Help us to help our students access the internet and online learning
Just $3 allows one student access for 1 week
Just $30 allows one student access for 10 weeks
$60 allows one student access for 20 weeks
Just $30 allows ten students access for 1 week
Just $300 allows ten students access for 10 weeks
$600 allows ten students access for 20 weeks
120 Students: Just $300 allows 120 students access for 1 week
OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE Like many of you from all over the world, we are reeling from the effects of COVID-19. Suddenly the world has turned upside down and like so many, the world over, we are in crisis and our core focus has shifted.
We have managed to get 21 of our full bursary Ridgeway students into a safe house, where they have proper sanitation, healthy and abundant food and most importantly, they have internet access (Wi-Fi).
Thankfully Riverdale Country School (an American school) so kindly donated laptops and iPads to us, which are being used by the students in the safehouse.
For our other 113 students who are residing in the villages, they cannot afford Wi-Fi and often electricity is also too expensive.
Our students all have basic mobile phones but access to internet (data) in this country is prohibitively expensive and there is no such thing as free Wi –Fi in their villages. Often there is inadequate signal for mobile phones, even for text messages.
They live in extremely cramped situations, where social distancing is impossible, and studying in private, or at night, is not an option.
Many people have already lost their jobs and there are many more job losses to come. Our students, by definition, come from low income families so mercifully many of them survive on government grants.
What is Sumbandila doing?
1. We have set up a toll free help line for our students to contact us.
2. We have set up an e-learning program for our 113 students. We have therefore hired teachers, and tutors, to provide and monitor “Whatsapp” lessons following the government syllabus and moving as fast as we are able.
Lessons are provided by teachers, the students are then closely monitored by tutors and guardians. Tutors are ex-students and teachers, and the guardians are the Sumbandila Scholarship staff.
3. We have educated our students about the virus and asked them to be agents of support in their communities and homes.
Please help us to keep our students educated. Any amount can help!
Fondest regards and grateful thanks,
From Leigh and the Sumbandila Team
To learn more, please visit our website and please see the video links below:
#2: Impact on Students: Basic resources
#3 : Impact on Sumbandila Exceptionals Programme
#4: Impact: Primary Caregivers at Highest Risk