Sponsor a child's education for just £15 per month! (20 euros)
In Uganda, primary education is almost free... there are no school fees, but parents still have to pay for uniform, pencils, books, even toilet paper. This means many don’t bother and the kids stay at home... or scavenge on the nearest rubbish tip. Lots drop out from becoming orphaned or because their parents are just too poor. Our sponsorship package provides education at the Child of Hope school for the poorest and most vulnerable children who want to get to school.
Your monthly donation will help pay for staff wages, uniform, shoes, books, play equipment, healthcare and resources. All the stuff that his parent could never afford. It's amazing to think how far your money will stretch. So... want to help?
Sponsors receive two or three letters a year from the child and at least one photograph every year - which you can stick on the fridge to remember them! You can make it as personal as you like… some sponsors send letters and birthday presents… it’s up to you and we can offer advice on how to proceed.
Would you like to go ahead? Please see the next section below.
Three options to sign up for child sponsorship:
1. STANDING ORDER or ONLINE BANKING REGULAR PAYMENTS: Click here to download our sponsorship form. For online banking, you'll find our bank details here. This way, every penny of your donation reaches our work in Uganda.
3. JUSTGIVING: If you would prefer to set up your monthly sponsorship online through JustGiving, please click here...
What happens when my child finishes primary education?
The current P7 class will be the first at the school to complete their primary education and we’ve been working on some alternatives for them, including a secondary education at the nearby excellent state school or vocational training with a local college if they prefer.
Currently we aren’t able to offer further education in our own facility, although it won’t be long before we launch a limited number of vocational training options. Whichever route your child chooses (and that depends a lot on exam results this December), Child of Hope is committed to funding ongoing education. At either school or college, we will fund our children’s ongoing food, welfare and medical care they presently enjoy, plus the new school/college fees. The overall cost of ongoing education/training will be around £25 per month.
It’s an important decision time for the children, and we hope the whole class decides to continue with some form of education or training. The alternative is grim – without further education they could potentially turn to begging, scavenging in the slum, prostitution or crime.
We don’t want you to feel that you would have to help us fund this next stage. In fact, you would be very welcome to finish your sponsorship at the end of the primary school with our blessing.
But of course you would also be most welcome to continue the journey with us… here’s a few suggestions on how you could do that:
• Continue supporting your existing child into secondary education, at the same monthly rate,
• Increase your monthly donation (by whatever amount you like) to help cover the additional costs from 2016,
• Or transfer your current sponsorship to a new nursery child at the start of his/her school life.
More information, if you’re interested!
While school attendance at the primary level is considered mandatory in Uganda, because everything except the teaching itself has to be paid for – books, uniforms, even toilet paper – the children of Namatala generally do not attend. Their parents, if they have any, simply do not have the money to pay for it.
Child of Hope established a free school for children of the poorest families in Namatala in 2008, expanding from 40 of the youngest children initially to 410 by the start of 2015. This only scratches the surface of the need in Namatala; but it is a start, and by taking just one child from each family, more families are able to benefit. Of course it would be far better to take all the children, but with at least 6,000 in need the line has to be drawn somewhere. The faster Child of Hope can expand, the sooner more of these children can be helped.
How do we decide which children to take? Our welfare team is moving around the community every day and knows which families are really struggling. Long before we get to enrollment day, we already know which children we are going to take through the reports we’ve gathered over the previous year from our own staff. In addition, we work with the local authorities, elders, leaders and pastors to ensure a fair system and that the neediest kids are helped.
Sponsors are allocated a specific child and given a photo and details of the child and his/her circumstances. Children and sponsors are encouraged to write to each other via the Child of Hope offices, and should sponsors wish to send additional small gifts to their child these are very gratefully received. Copies of school reports are also distributed to sponsors.
Child of Hope is extremely grateful to all those who partner with us by joining the Child Sponsorship programme. The best means of doing this is by standing order; and for those who are tax-payers at the standard rate, gift-aiding the donation significantly increases the amount received at no extra cost to the sponsor.
All the children are aware that a good education can provide them with the means to escape poverty when they grow up, and it is common to see them over an hour early for school every morning, waiting for it to open. Sponsorship can bring hope and care for children who otherwise would be doomed to scavenge in rubbish dumps for food, or turn to begging on the streets or crime to survive.
Click here to download our sponsorship form