Thank you for considering helping our work with slum children in Uganda, either financially or with your time. Here are some pretty awesome reasons for doing so!...

Virtually all your donation reaches the children

Because most of our UK staff are volunteers, our expenses are low (in 2012 it was just 3.3% of income and in 2013 it was 8.22% - both were more than covered by Gift Aid claims). Things are changing this year due to our growth, and we now employ a part-time UK director and part-time administrator. The anticipated very high percentage of your donation that will reach the children in Namatala slum is currently being recalculated and will be updated very soon.

None of your donation will be syphoned off by corrupt bureaucracy

We have our own people 'on the ground' in Uganda, and all donations are transferred directly to Child of Hope Uganda's bank (not via any Government body)... so our funds are not affected by corruption.

We employ locals living in the slum

School staff, builders… virtually everyone we hire lives in the slum area we serve. And we work with local traders and use locally-produced goods (food, uniforms, furniture, etc). So, not only does your money go to help our children, it also helps community members, local business owners and their families. Everybody wins!

The poorest kids in the slum now get an education

Virtually none of the children in our school would have previously gone to school, as they come from the poorest and most vulnerable families only. But now they are achieving high grades, with hugely-increased literacy and numeracy skills, so their future job prospects are much higher. They are climbing much higher than their previously-expected future of crime, begging, prostitution and abject poverty.

Mums are earning an income from their own small businesses

After helping to set them up with small businesses, mums become able to pay their rent, buy food and educate their other children. The process also raises the status of women, who traditionally lack financial independence and therefore a voice in family decision-making.

Free healthcare… an awesome benefit

We provide our pupils with free healthcare and medical services, bathing soap and other personal items, and shoes and clothes. We also provide them with sleeping mats, blankets and mosquito nets. We have built 12 pit latrines in the community and carried out various repairs works on accommodations. We also provide practical teaching on health issues and have carried out a health outreach to the entire community.

Social care… previously unheard of for these vulnerable families

Regular home visits on all our children produces free social care for their families, including numeracy/literacy training, family planning and health awareness that includes sanitation and hygiene, road safety and malaria control. As a result, mortality rates are being reduced, while sanitation and hygiene are dramatically improved.