Uganda’s cycle of poverty is a generations old problem. Families have no alternative but to just do the best that they can. Often, parents have to make decisions such as which of their children to feed on any given day or to let a sick child go untreated because treating the child’s illness will mean that all of the other children will be put at risk as well.While these circumstances may be unimaginable in many parts of the world, in Uganda these extreme circumstances are simply called life.
But there is a solution. The solution is profound in its simplicity and accessibility. The solution is you.It is the mission of Child care foundation Uganda to partner people like you with the people who need you the most. We have faith in God and our fellow Christians that we are not alone in our mission.
Take a moment to think about how much of a burden $150 per year would be on you and your family. Monthly, that amounts to approximately $12.50 per month. While this number may seem insignificant to you, it is in fact the difference between a child in Uganda growing up with an education and a child in Uganda simply growing older.
We understand that everyone has needs. We understand that everyone’s budget is already full. So we don’t ask for your help lightly. It is our hope that you will not offer your help lightly. Changing a child’s life is no small thing. We only ask that you take a moment to seriously consider the impact of $150-$200 per year on your life. And if, after taking the time to consider, you determine that the impact will be minimal, we ask that you give us the time to show you how profound the impact will be for our children.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Our child sponsorship approach creates a connection between a sponsor in a developed country and a child in one of the communities we work with in Uganda. As a sponsor you will receive photos, letters and information about the child that you are linked with. Your child will have a project identification number as well as you. You will also receive information about the child’s community and the project you are supporting.
HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
Generally, sponsorship projects will run for a period of 20 years. In the first year of the program, sponsor children will be selected by a trusted staff member, nominated by a committee of community members and partner staff. All children will spend at least 18 years in the program and will graduate either when they reach 20 years of age or when they achieve their future plans. Some children may leave the program earlier if circumstances change, for example, their family may move to a different area, or get improved economically or fail to comply to project policies.
The final years of the program will focus on the sustainability and longevity of the community activities and how the child can be able to support him/herself after leaving the program. We work to build the community’s knowledge and skills that will help them provide for and nurture the development of their children beyond the conclusion of the project.
When the partner organization is able to move away from any particular area and the community can continue to thrive without reliance on partner staff, it is a good sign that the project has made a real difference.
In most cases, when a child leaves the program, or a program concludes we automatically link the child sponsor with a new child unless they have already informed us that they would prefer this not to happen.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Children who get priority consideration include:
Children who are at high risk of child labor
Children who are at high risk of child trafficking
Children with a disability
The orphaned children due to HIV/AIDS and other reasons
Children at risk of malnutrition and disease
Children, particularly girls, who are denied access to an education
Child centered community development projects, for which sponsors are yet to be found.
HOW DO I HELP?
If you would like additional information regarding the program, or would like additional information on how you can change a child’s life, please see our contact page, We do ask that before you make any decision, please pray.