Latest News

• You can also follow our news on facebook, twitterLinkedInGoogle+, tumblr and Pinterest!
And sign up to receive our monthly newsletter by email


Fundraising auction/dinner 2012

Posted on November 8, 2011

Darren_Lewis.jpegJust announced… Child of Hope’s very own charity auction and dinner, hosted by sports journalist Darren Lewis.

A football writer for the Daily Mirror for ten years, Darren is a regular on the Premier League, Champions League and International Beat… plus Sky Sports News as well as radio stations TalkSPORT and Five Live, and occasional appearances on GMTV. He is named among the 50 most influential black people in the game

The event will raise thousands of pounds to help finish the construction of the Child of Hope School. Big thanks to Alan and Diane Aylett for organising it!

Lots will include:
• A pair of Gareth Bales' football boots, signed,
• A signed cricket bat by england 20/20 captain Paul Collingwood,
• Full day VIP racing at Newbury, for two people, inc food and parking,
• Signed football shirt from Tottenham Hotspur FC,
• Full day cricket at the Rose Bowl, for two people, inc parking.

Click here for more details.

Click here for online ticket sales.

Date: April 21, 6.30pm for 7pm 3-course dinner

Venue: St Leonards Hotel, Ferndown, Dorset, BH24 2NP

Cost: £20 per person


0 Comments Read full post »

Les on Namatala

Posted on November 4, 2011

Les Sherlock – our sponsorship co-ordinator (and Bex's dad) is currently in Mbale visiting Bex and Moses with Gill, his wife. He posted this on facebook...

"Here in Mbale, Uganda, it's a real mixture of emotions. On one hand we are really excited by the huge support now being given by Emerging World and Ernst and Young for Child of Hope. If we can put into place some of their suggestions, it will significantly help the growth of what Bex and Moses are doing here.

"On the other hand, seeing the desperate conditions in which many people live is heart-breaking. And travelling around with Bex and seeing the daily frustration of inefficient services, etc, and watching her having to make difficult decisions about who receives the finite financial help they can give and who doesn't: I don't know how she does it!

"But on the whole it is a wonderful privilege to be able to see the daily miracles God is working to bring relief to at least some people in this large and very needing community. For those who do, please continue to pray for Bex and Moses and the team out here: for wisdom, for resources and for their own protection. Many thanks."


0 Comments Read full post »

Slum_1458.jpgWe've just added two great new videos to our YouTube channel. You'll see scenes of the Namatala slum – described as one of the poorest places on the earth – and how Child of Hope is setting up long-term programmes to fight poverty for children and their families. Click on the titles below...

• Visit Namatala slum

• Child of Hope's work in the Namatala slum




1 Comment Read full post »

New home for vulnerable girls

Posted on October 14, 2011

Serious news with a happy ending... staff at the Child of Hope school identified three young girls who urgently needed a home ... one is in danger of being sexually abused, one is in danger of being beaten to death and one was left on her own when her mother ran away. This was a big problem for us ... setting up a home is no small thing - it's long term and there's no social services here to step in and help! However, a wonderful friend of ours heard about the problem and has stepped in to fund the home.

This is almost a repeat of how our boys' home started a little while ago - and that is continuing to provide security and love for a handful of lads who would have been out on the street.

More information and pictures soon.

0 Comments Read full post »

Burns victims: an update

Posted on October 5, 2011

Bex and Moses have sent us a report on Alice and Maria, the children many of you helped with medical bills, when they received terrible burns injuries a little while ago. 

Both had third degree burns and went through a long and slow process to recovery, but they are both now back at school. Your timely donations were awesome and without them, the girls would have struggled with terrible pain and infections. Thank you so much!

Anyway, you can read the full update by downloading the one-page PDF report here.


0 Comments Read full post »

Big success from the IGA project

Posted on October 3, 2011

At a time when many families in the Namatala slum are slipping deeper and deeper into poverty, this lady has demonstrated dedication, hard work and enterprise –  and has started building her own home outside the slum. All made possible by a grant to help her start a business. 

Maria is a widow who has lived for many years in the Namatala slum. Despite poor health, she cares for her elderly mother and her sister’s four children, as well as her own two children.

Two years ago, we gave Maria a grant of £20, which she used to register to work at a rice-sorting factory. It’s back-breaking work and she receives a small quantity of poor quality rice as payment. But here’s the good bit. Enterprisingly, Maria makes this rice into small cakes, which she bakes and then carries to sell to children at local schools.

 Every week she deposits part of her hard-earned income into the Child of Hope savings scheme. Finally, she had saved enough to start to realise her dream for a better life for her and the children – and she was able to start building her own house on her own tiny piece of land across the river, outside the slum.

She still has a long way to go, as the house still needs plastering (£150), a proper floor (£50) and a decent toilet (£50), but she has now used up almost all of her savings.  It will probably take her at least another two years to save the money that she requires.

As she stands outside her new house, Maria turns to us and tells us, “One day, all of us will move into this house and we will be able to grow our own food and to have a goat and some chickens…”  If you’d like to make a donation to help her family, please visit our donation shop and complete the ‘Support Child of Hope’ section, then, during the PayPal process, click ‘add special instruction to merchant’ to tell us the money is for Maria.


1 Comment Read full post »

Rising stars

Posted on September 26, 2011

Last term, nursery headteacher Scovia decided to give four of her best pupils in top class the Primary 1 end of term exams and they did brilliantly! So this term they are being trialled in P1 to see how they do. If they keep up with the others, then they’ll be promoted to P2 next year with the other P1 children.

So big congratulations to Agnes Ikiyai, Joseph Lokuma, Margret Watera, Paul Achia – we hope you get on really well! 


0 Comments Read full post »

Two new videos

Posted on August 24, 2011

On our YouTube page, you'll find two new videos: one of the children doing a blindfold game, and the other with some info on our income generating activities – you'll tour some of the Namatala slum and see some of the ladies at their places of work.
Click to watch the videos:
Blindfold game
Income generating activities



8 Comments Read full post »

Six of the best!

Posted on August 8, 2011


Here are some interesting facts about Child of Hope, which came to light after Bex's letter to the Daily Mail... which made about half a page!Fact_6.jpg

1. More than 100% of your donation reaches the children.

2. None of your donation will be syphoned off by corrupt dictators.

3. If you sponsor a child's education, it can become personal.

4. We won’t keep increasing the cost of education sponsorship.

5. School staff, builders… everyone we hire lives in the Namatala slum, the area we serve.

6. We don't bombard you with appeals for money!

For explanation on all of these... click here.

9 Comments Read full post »

School_phase_2.pngThere is a new Child of Hope video on our YouTube page. It's Bex and Moses' first video and they’ve done a great job. OK… the volume’s bit quiet, but it shows great views of the new first floor being built on top of the existing ground floor!

Well worth a look… click here to watch it.



9 Comments Read full post »