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STAY IN SCHOOL (SIS) EDUCATIONAL SUPPLIES

The Challenge

In spite of the free compulsory basic education, school feeding programs and other incentives provided by the government of Ghana to promote basic education thousands of school aged children are not in school often due to the lack of a school uniform, shoes or educational supplies.

Consider the toll of not having school uniforms, educational supplies and decent shoes takes on the self-image of a school-age child. And some of these children have been without the basic educational supplies, school uniforms and shoes. Inadequate or poorly fitted shoes adversely impact not only a child’s self-esteem but also her or his physical health as they are exposed to unsanitary conditions that lead to diseases such as hookworm or threadworm.

Like all children, they’ve outgrown old pairs of shoes. The mental health and well-being of children is a growing concern, given the complex problems facing these youths today. Because a proper fit is essential, our Stay In School Educational Supplies Initiative does not only provides school uniforms and educational supplies but also the experience of choosing a pair of a brand new shoes which they continue to receive twice a year.

The Solution

The SIS Initiative of the EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative positively impacts the lives of thousands of children each year especially those from deprived communities and refugee camps by giving them the self-esteem and confidence that comes from having brand new shoes, school uniforms and other educational supplies. The Initiative serves as a change agent for families living in poverty.

By providing new shoes, school uniforms and educational supplies, the Initiative enhances the lives of under-served school-age children in deprived communities and refugee camps by giving them the self-esteem, confidence and salutary effects that comes from having brand new shoes, school uniforms and educational supplies whilst connecting their families to other sustainable livelihood services that improve and enrich their lives.

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IMPACT

  • Since 2011, the EPF Educational Empowerment Initiative has collected and distributed more than 100,000 pairs of brand new shoes, educational supplies and uniforms to those in need in 50 deprived communities and 3 refugee camps in Ghana.
  • Shoes, educational supplies and school uniforms helps children enroll and stay in school because they are required for school attendance and every year of school can increase a child’s future earnings by 10%.
  • Our shoes help protect children’s feet from cuts, infections and diseases. When children are healthy, they can attend school, fight minor illnesses and grow up to reach their potential

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