International Literacy Day 2022: Laptop Program Benefits Angels Of Hope Children
COCONUT CREEK, Fla. (September 8, 2022) The use of technology gives children easy access to information, boosts their creativity and helps them become independent learners more quickly.
Thanks to Food For The Poor and its donors, FFTP-Jamaica’s Angels Of Hope Laptop Program distributed 68 laptops and covers to children living in 23 Angels Of Hope-supported homes.
The devices are intended to provide Angels Of Hope residents with the tools they need to maximize their full participation in online learning while also advancing their education and social development in an increasingly digital environment.
Today, Sept. 8, was declared International Literacy Day by UNESCO in 1966 to raise awareness and concern about literacy issues that exist locally and globally.
Yvette Mahoney, Operations Manager for a girl’s home in Montego Bay, expressed her gratitude for two laptops donated to help 10 teenage high school girls at the home.
“As the young people would say, ‘Big up yourself,’” Mahoney said “I really want to thank the donors for their tremendous support to the girls. Education is the key. Every child can learn, every child must learn, and with your help, every child will learn.”
Major Jacqueline Palmer, administrator at another AOH-supported children’s home, believes the laptops will boost the children’s academic performance.
“A big thank you to the donors, hats off to you for helping us,” she said. “This is a very big enhancement to the home, towards the children’s education. Thank you again for helping the less fortunate in the Jamaican society, it is going to a good cause.”
With bright eyes and a broad smile, Toni-Ann, an FFTP Angels Of Hope teenager, said the laptop donation will give her a better chance of passing her final exams.
“I feel happy because now I know my School Based Assessment will be done,” she said. “I know that I’ll get the necessary things done, pushing me one step closer to becoming a teacher or an actress, while operating my farm. I am thankful to you for sending the laptops. Without them I would not get to finish my SBAs properly and although I have access to my school computers, I can’t always depend on them because school is closed sometimes.”
FFTP President/CEO Ed Raine emphasized that the laptop program will enable children living in Angels Of Hope homes to enhance their skills in a variety of ways and to build their futures.
“A personal laptop will remind these beloved children that they are seen, known, and loved by God and other people at a time when adjusting to constant changes can be difficult,” he added.
Through FFTP’s Angels Of Hope program, sponsors help more than 6,941 children living in 129 homes in six countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America, where the children receive food, clothing, shelter, education and lots of love.
Food For The Poor, one of the largest international relief and development organizations in the nation, does much more than feed millions of hungry children and families living in poverty primarily in 17 countries of the Caribbean and Latin America. This interdenominational Christian ministry provides emergency relief assistance, clean water, medicine, educational materials, homes, support for vulnerable children, care for the aged, skills training and micro-enterprise development assistance. For more information, please visit www.FoodForThePoor.org.