Projects in Africa
International Needs Uganda manages a diverse portfolio of sustainable development programs focusing on educating and providing psycho-social supports to vulnerable children. These projects include 780 students at Buikwe Primary School, 460 students at Kiyundi Primary School and 1300 other participants in the International Needs Child Assistance Program. The Makonge Health Clinic treats more than 200 people per week, and many families generate income through a livestock distribution program. International Needs Uganda also helps to support healthy communities by providing sanitation and safe water in remote areas.
International Needs Kenya takes a holistic approach to community development by empowering people to identify and address their own needs. Community members are supported in their efforts to identify challenges, prioritize, and make strategic actions towards goals. Through initiatives such as Good News Clubs and outreach to street children, International Needs Kenya provides opportunities for people living in the Kibera and Kawangware slums to acquire and apply the life skills they need and make steady progress towards self-fulfillment. The GilGil Special School and the Kivuli Hostels were established to help children with physical disabilities and learning difficulties. In addition to equipping these children with life skills, interaction with others on the grounds of the local public school helps to encourage understanding for future generations. The next step in a care strategy for these children is the creation of a vocational centre so that they will have a place to go when they leave school.
Democratic Republic of Congo
After three years of tireless work by generous supporters in Canada and beyond, Clinique Papillion stands as a testament to International Needs’ commitment to women’s empowerment in a country popularly described as the worst place on earth to be a woman. The clinic is financially self-sustaining, and delivers a wide variety of health services to women. Clinique Papillion has been recognized as a centre of excellence and its leadership has been honoured by the government. The Ephata School for the Deaf serves 130 students from primary school to adult. The Kigoma School symbolizes perseverance after the community advocated for the right to have a local school. Ruashi School is deeply grateful to donors who funded the water and sanitation infrastructure that allowed the institution to serve the students in its care.
International Needs Zambia champions the needs of underprivileged orphans and other vulnerable children from Solwezi and surrounding villages at ZACTS school. ZACTS provides primary education to children up to 12 years old and offers skills training in agriculture and carpentry to older children. ZACTS is a prime example of social and economic sustainability as its vegetable farming activity generates a significant portion of the its operating funds. Plans are under way to expand into animal husbandry.