After receiving tax exemption status in February 2016, Watoto Read officially launched its fundraising operations. By December, 2017, we had raised over $80,000 and sent our first $69,000 to JRS for construction of six classrooms. Three new classrooms were constructed in Goz Amir refugee camp and were ready for use in early 2019. Additionally, three dilapidated classrooms in the Djabal refugee camp were renovated and ready for use in late 2018. These six classrooms host 360 children.
In 2018, Watoto Read again raised nearly $75,000. In January 2019, we sent $10,300 to JRS for 100 benches, enough to accommodate 500 children. Additional funds will soon be sent for more construction and renovation of classrooms in 2019.