Our projects under the Distant Support programmes are to provide three basic human rights: water and food, health, education.
This support is to restore dignity to children and teenagers without a future, to help them become agents of their lives, and is an instrument of international cooperation and rebalancing of social injustice.
In Uganda, half children enrolled at the end of primary school do not continue to the secondary level. The low transition rate into secondary schools is partially a result of cargivers not being able to afford to pay for a child’s education. Secondary schools are rarely free and students must pay for tuition as well as books, uniforms, examination fees, and other school-related expenditures.
ISP’s intevention, is aimed not only at giving an oppotunity for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) to get an education and acquire skills but also at improving attendance, retention and performance by supporting OVCs to cover their educational costs.
In a few cases the program provides “block grants” to institution/schools especially in Northern Uganda and Karamoja Region. In such situations, the found is used to meet the running costs of the school and in return the school allows a certain number of children to come to school for free. This approach is less costly per child and more effective.
The program started informally in 1982, but with the support of individual sponsors, the number has grown beyond 1,375 in 2015 in 16 partner organization.