Watoto Read is partnering with Jesuit Relief Service (JRS), a well-established humanitarian organization, to implement educational projects in refugee camps in Sub Sahara. JRS is an international Catholic organization with a mission to accompany, serve, and advocate on behalf of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons, that they may heal, learn, and determine their own future. JRS oversees education in a large number of refugee camps globally, including all camps in Chad, Africa. JRS has infrastructure in place to provide for education including staff physically located in the refugee camps, allowing them first-hand knowledge of the unique barriers to education in each location. JRS provides feedback to Watoto Read regarding the greatest areas of need and together we prioritize ways to support education for refugee children.
Watoto Read is also partnering with Days for Girls International to provide menstrual hygiene supplies to young women in the refugee camps in Chad. During a trip to Chad in 2018, our team learned that a disproportionate number of middle school girls stop attending school when they begin their menses. There are a number of reasons for this but two of the biggest are lack of adequate private facilities (bathrooms) and lack of supplies to manage their female hygiene needs. Watoto Read aims to address both of these barriers in 2019 with Days for Girls to help provide female hygiene supplies. Days for Girls increases access to menstrual care and education by developing global partnerships, cultivating social enterprises, mobilizing volunteers, and innovating sustainable solutions that shatter stigmas and limitations for women and girls.