Our GoFundMe Campaign Update
As we draw close to the end of 2020, the team at My HOME Stars wants to send its sincere gratitude for your support, especially with the recent GoFundMe campaign success. By the end of September, you had played your part in helping us meet our goal of raising $10,000 to support the primary school refugee children in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp. Since then, we have been able to accomplish a lot on the ground. Today, we are thrilled to let you know that your support has enabled us to;
1. Produce 200 game sets of the 5 STA-Z educational game.
2. Make learning accessible for around 932 primary school children of the Kyangwali Refugee camp in Uganda.
3. Provide salaries to 10 full-time teachers at Planning for Tomorrow (P4T) primary school.
4. Provide salaries to 10 university and high school graduates who worked as teaching assistants at the COBURWAS primary school.
5. Provide a total of 1000 mask pieces and 4 handwashing facilities to the learning centers that needed the most.
6. Provide a total of 12 whiteboards and necessary teaching equipment to enable the learning of children within different centers/villages.
Game Production & Teacher Training
We had initially planned to do our production in China given that it would be easy to source most of the 5 STA-Z game pieces, but with the understanding that small businesses across sectors were struggling, we thought it would be more impactful to produce locally in Uganda. The production of masks, and securing of other items like whiteboards and notebooks went smoothly, but the production of the 5 STA-Z became challenging given that we had to contact different suppliers for every game piece like the board and pins. This took time and patience of our team on the ground, but overall we successfully worked with over 10 local businesses during this campaign.
After a month of working with local producers, by October 26th we had secured most of the items needed to start the program. Our project coordinators got on the bus alongside the 5 STA-Z game sets and traveled to Kyangwali. On the 2nd and 3rd of November they carried out the teacher training for all the 20 educators (10 full time teachers from P4T and 10 Teaching Assistants at COBURWAS) who were soon ready to introduce the game to their students.
Challenges & Mitigation
While the funds raised were to produce games and making learning possible for the children in Kyangwali during these tough times, our ultimate goal is to develop the 5 STA-Z into a learning resource students and teachers from various backgrounds across the African continent will find fun and engaging. With the support and mentorship from African Leadership Academy, we have been gathering both qualitative and quantitative data from the students and teachers that used the 5 STA-Z in schools, which we shall be analyzing over the next few weeks to inform us on the next steps we have to take in improving the game. We will collaborate with experts and researchers in the field of education to analyze this valuable data with the hope that the results will guide us in moving forward. My HOME Stars team is committed to making this happen, but achieving this goal will take the efforts of each one of us, especially the children and teachers currently using the game.
Main Goals for 2021
- – We have been intentional at gathering both qualitative and quantitative data from our users (educators & students) and we shall be relying on their feedback to better enhance our product.