By Michon Garret
In a typical school year, case managers have lots of interactions with students where they check in about how the students are doing in school, how their families are doing at home, and about the health of the students and their families. These check-ins are part of the regular programming at Saturday Program, camp, home and school visits, meetings with families, and during school marks collection.
However, during this pandemic, the opportunities for these check-ins have disappeared. As a result, the case managers have been calling every family about once a month to ask questions regarding updates to the family’s situation, health, and the student’s ability to do schoolwork at home.
In May, sponsors received an update from case managers about their sponsored students and their families. Since that time, we have built a survey system in our data management system so we can collect and analyze the information we receive, and so we can publish it to sponsors more easily. This data collection allows us to see trends in what is happening to the families in the program, and identify situations where we can help make things easier. Below are some of the summarized data.
|Information Reported||Number of responses|
out of 365
|No one in the household is working||54||14.79%|
|The reported decrease in household income||307||84.11%|
|At high risk for eviction||48||13.15%|
|Receiving and doing assignments at home||187||51.23%|
|The student doesn’t have the necessary technology to complete assignments||27||7.40%|
We have published the information collected by the case managers about your student to your sponsor portal so you can learn about how your student and family are managing in the midst of the pandemic. In addition, we will be sending the results to your email, so keep an eye out for it this afternoon.
If you are not yet a sponsor and are interested in sponsoring a student, please visit us at www.ngongroad.org/sponsor.
Information Systems and Business Manager
Friends of Ngong Road