Watoto Read strives to understand the barriers to education facing children in refugee camps in Sub Saharan Africa. Presently, our work is focused in Goz Beida, Chad, which hosts one of the most protracted and forgotten refugee situations in the world. Our implementation partner, Jesuit Refugee Service, is on the ground in Chad to prioritize our focus areas based on the most pressing needs.

Since our founding, we have supported education in various ways:
– Constructing and rehabilitating classrooms
– Building benches for classrooms, so that children are not sitting on the floor
– Providing funds for school supply kits, including books, pencils and erasers
– Rehabilitating facilities for preschool education
– Training preschool instructors
– Providing menstrual hygiene supplies to improve girls’ access to education

We are also sponsoring 14 refugee girls in Malawi by paying their high school fees for all four years (through 2026)

Our work has so far touched thousands of children in the camps, and we have seen impact in increased attendance rates, especially among girls. In 2023, for example, distribution of school kits increased attendance from 65% to 95%!

Click on the panel to the left to learn more about different aspects of our work.