Ears to Our World is privileged to have established partnerships in the following countries:
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We have managed to get a few radios into rural Cameroon via our partner EduCare Africa this year. We are currently working closely with EduCare representatives in Cameroon and the U.S., raising money to pay for logistical support and seeking assistance to send our radios to teachers throughout rural Cameroon. EduCare does not have the financial resources to pay for this project, but we believe we can have a strong impact there and so are seeking funding sources now.
Our partner, the American Haitian Foundation, supports a large K-12 boarding school in Petite Rivière de Nippes. This facility is located in a very rural, isolated part of Haiti, but has developed into much more than just a school: it is also a local employer, a community center, and a hurricane shelter when required (a frequent need in Haiti). The AHF operates its school strictly off solar and renewable energy. It also runs three local radio transmitters that broadcast community information and weather advisories. ETOW is proud to have distributed radios, with AHF’s assistance, to all 38 of its teachers, who may have access to power at school, but have none at home. We were able to get radios there in time for this year’s hurricane season.
Update: In response to the January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Ears To Our World has decided to extend our reach beyond schools and teachers, to distribute a substantial number of Eton Corporation-donated ETOW radios to individuals in remote and impoverished areas affected by the recent earthquake. Read the full story here.
We partner with World Corps Kenya to serve rural schools throughout Kenya. We are currently working with Saint Catherine School in Kibera, Kenya (a pilot project), and have several other schools earmarked for radio distribution.
Through our other Kenyan partner, Friends of Kakamega, we are serving pilot groups of teachers that serve local children. Kakamega is located in Western Kenya.
We partner with a new organization, Books For Kids, Africa, based in Mozambique, who will give radios to teachers graduating from their teacher training program and relocating to remote parts of the country. ETOW’s radios will allow them to keep up with current events in places where the internet is still a thing of the future.
ETOW partners with Pleasant Ridge Church (Morganton, NC) which sponsors a school for Gypsy children and youth in Hirip, Romania. Many of these students do not have access to electricity or running water either at home or at school. The radios are used both in and out of class by teachers and students.
ETOW is very exited about this partnership. The country is war-torn and in a state of re-building. Project Education Sudan (PES) builds schools in an area of Southern Sudan so remote that resources often have to be flown in on chartered planes. The diverse programming available to these teachers, via shortwave radio, is nonetheless staggering and these teachers have much to gain from our radios. Our shipment, which will supply all four school’s teachers with radios, will arrive in January of 2010.
Through our partner the Empower Campaign, we have recently sent radios to every teacher at Bigodi Parent’s Primary Progressive School in Uganda. The Empower Campaign is currently building this new school, which previously had been constructed of nothing more than tin sheets and poles.
ETOW is currently seeking new partnerships in countries throughout the world.