Content1. C.A.R.E. Program
2. Female Adult Literacy Program
3. Self Sufficiency and Economic Empowerment Program
4. Health and Education Fairs/Events
Originator's of the C.A.R.E. Program
INTBN knows that education and good health are key
essentials to a productive and progressive life in this ever expanding global
economy. It is well documented worldwide
that the females, especially the female child in many countries are at risk to
exploitation in many forms and extreme poverty due to lack of one and in many
cases both of these key essentials. INTBN’s C.A.R.E. Program
has been created to deliver in part these key essentials and to remove these
female children at risk from harms way.
INTBN firmly believes that providing educational opportunities and basic
health education will lessen their chance for exploitation, extreme poverty and
diseases. The program is designed to provide financial support for the
education of children and a minimal financial incentive for their
families. The goal of INTBN is to enlist
at least 11 children into the program each school year
*1“The Gambia is a source,
transit, and destination country for children and women trafficked for the
purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation; women and girls,
and to a lesser extent boys, are trafficked for sexual exploitation - in
particular to meet the demand for European sex tourism - and for domestic
servitude; boys are trafficked within the country for forced begging and street
vending; Gambian women and children may be trafficked to Europe through
trafficking schemes disguised as migrant smuggling.”
*2 “Child labor is prevalent in Gambia, the
study found. Some 49,000 children between 10 and 14 years were reported to be
economically active in 2000, representing 33.83 percent of this age group.
There are not enough secondary schools and enrollment of girls in school is low,
particularly in rural areas. Many children in rural areas assist their families
in farming activities and there is no protection from exploitation for children
on family farms.”
There are different reasons children don’t attend school
in this region:
- Some children that must work to help contribute to their
family income, these parents see a 2-fold loss in putting their children
in school; first the money the child would make vending would be no more
and secondly the money they must now spend to educate the child.
- In some families where the child is not working outside
the home the children don’t attend because the family can not afford the
fees associated with school, uniforms, shoes, transportation, and school
- In other instances some parents still fail to see the
benefit of educating due to their own lack of education and traditions and
fail to understand the future economic stability that education can bring
into the family.
Though governmental education is said to be free, in this
instance free comes with a price. There
are school fees, uniforms, shoes, school supplies, lunches and other
incidentals that are associated with attending school. These minimal fees and lack of education of
some parents prevent many children from attending school, especially the female
child that in most cases is designated to work in and out of the home to help
support the family. The program pays all school fees,
uniform expenses including school shoes, school supplies and extra study fees
for children to help bring the child in line with their class and where they
should be scholastically.
INTBN will provide for the necessary essentials and support for
the children in the C.A.R.E. Program to be educated through high school (senior
secondary school) and incentives for their families.
References:*1 Information gathered from CIA World Fact Book *2 Report from International
Confederation of Free Trade Unions (IFCTU) and is produced to coincide with the
trade policy review of Gambia at the World Trade Organization (WTO) as reported
by, “afrol news”
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Female Adult Literacy Program (The Gambia)
INTBN’s Female Adult Literacy Program offers free basic
reading and writing classes for females 18 years and over. The classes
are designed for individuals who have not received any formal education or left
elementary school before completing grade 3.
The Gambia’s adult
literacy rate is a real and not a manufactured problem. According to
statistics, *Gambia’s overall adult literacy rate is 40.1%, more than
half of the population. Of this females are the most disadvantaged;
literacy rate for males is 47.8% and female
*The Point Newspaper published an
article on Tuesday, 14 April 2009 titled, “Recipe for Poverty Reduction,”
citing Mr. Buba Joof; Buba Joof says, "Due to the unequal treatment women
and men receive, coupled with unequal access to resources, which is
strengthened by social and cultural norms and values, it will be of great value
if we could explore the relationship between education and poverty. This will
go a long way in enhancing the understanding of poverty, hence the development
and implementation of viable interventions to alleviate it. Notwithstanding,
participatory poverty assessment in the Gambia late 1990 has identified low
literacy (illiteracy as one of the causes of poverty).
This suggests that many partners would
have to join with education authorities in developing basic education by
strengthening the active participation of communities, private enterprises
including government, non - governmental organizations, etc in the planning,
management, and evaluating the various forms of basic education.
The heavy workload on women, coupled
with poor attitude of men to support women's literacy activities is a major
issue that needs to be addressed to enable achievement in education.”
*The Point Newspaper is
a local, daily Gambian Newspaper (thepoint.gm)
INTBN offers free basic reading and writing classes for females 18 years
and over, especially those who work as housekeepers, produce sellers, the
disabled, and refugees but will not be limited to these areas. The
classes are designed for individuals who have not received any formal education
or left elementary school before completing grade 3.
will provide for each student’s educational materials and supplies, as well as
the course instructor and classroom.
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Self Sufficiency and Economic Empowerment Program (The Gambia)
promotes and supports female self sufficiency and economic empowerment.
organization provides minimal financial assistance and guidance for females to
start their own small local businesses. This empowers the women to be
self reliable, financially productive and adding to the economic growth of
their families, communities, nation and the world.
*1 “The majority of women’s employment in The Gambia is generally
restricted to occupations such as selling food or subsistence farming.
Women are subject to discrimination in education and employment. The
female literacy rate is extremely low at 32.8 percent which lowers their chance
of competing in today’s global economy.”
is not difficult to see the need and despair of some of the women in The
Gambia. Begging is widely noted, especially in tourist areas, near
supermarkets and mosque where the women sit or stand outside most times begging
for money with their children clinging to them.
meets with candidates for this program and assesses their skills (if any),
interest and financial status. The organization will offer ideas and help
the participants develop a short term and long term work plan for their project
that meets the needs of the participant and provide minimal financial
assistance to begin.
will offer further advisory support and counseling for sustainability of the
Reference: *1 Report
from International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (IFCTU) and is produced
to coincide with the trade policy review of Gambia at the World Trade
Organization (WTO) as reported by, “afrol news”
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Health and Education Fairs/Events
(Chicago, IL, U.S.A. and The Gambia,
Health fairs are an effective way to
provide valuable health information and screening services to the community.
INTBN provides informative health fairs to community organizations,
churches, senior citizens facilities and groups. We provide valuable
medical information at these events , some these events basic screenings for
Our Health Fair topics include:
Non Communicable Diseases
Female Health Issues
We are happy to work
with you to provide an on-site lecture on other topics not listed here.
INTBN also provides
education fairs (Chicago, IL, U.S.A.) with resource information on GED
programs, alternative high school and training programs. We also provide
information on Chicago City College Programs.
The organization also goes into
communities and applies a one on one approach for sex workers and others less
likely to attend organized events.
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Donations (Chicago, IL, U.S.A. and The Gambia, West Africa)
INTBN donates new and used usable goods to individuals,
families, organizations, schools and communities when these items are