The closure of businesses, schools and tourism in the area is having an extremely negative effect and IOP have admitted that they are struggling to keep going in their support of their various projects, including the Ilula Orphan Center (IOC - also known as The Lord’s Acre, which seeks to provide a safe, loving and nurturing environment for orphaned girls aged 2-17 years and where IOC promotes education, life skills training and community engagement) and the Sunflower Primary School which opened in 2019 as an English medium and which uses Montessori Methodology in teaching and learning. For full details of the vast array of projects and initiatives, see http://ioptanzania.org/home/
Some initiatives requiring financial aid at this time:
- simple tip taps – an installation at every home will help with hygiene
- foster families - they are amongst those needing help with food during times of crisis
- IOP teachers at Sunflower school - their salaries are amongst those needing support (some will educate local communities about virus prevention)
To help to protect and sustain them all through this crisis, donations can be made to the IOP-LUX asbl (IBAN LU27 0019 3955 9582 3000, Reference: "IOP Covid Support". IOP-LUX is a registered NGO with the Luxembourg government: all donations are tax-deductible.
€20 will provide (a) facemasks, soap and detergents to families in need, and (b) locally-made tip taps to those without running water, enabling easier handwashing.
€200 will sustain employment by supporting the salaries of IOP employees, including teachers and staff at IOP schools, at the volunteer centre and at the IOP centre (orphanage).