The above pictures show just a few of the children at our school. There are many still awaiting your sponsorship for just £5.00 a month. Please click here to find
the details of the children who still need your help.
Sponsor a Child in Uganda: Our child sponsorship program
There are many child sponsor
programs throughout the world making a real difference in the daily lives of
children who need a better start to maximise their life opportunities not just
in terms of health and education, but by becoming a fulfilling member of their
So what makes sponsoring a
child at Uganda Lodge different? Well, its not really
different it just makes a real difference. When we established our primary
school deep in the heart of rural Uganda within an impoverished community, it
wasn't a case of westerners adopting a worthy cause and delivering benevolence
to the locals, but a response to a request by local families to set up a
school for their children ~ and with local labour to build it.
Without the school most of
the local children would go uneducated, but it was always agreed from the
outset that the funding of the school wouldn't just be the responsibility of white
donors, but also of the the community as well. As such, although the school is
heavily subsidised, local families also make a meaningful financial commitment
to the education of their children.
So where does your
sponsorship come in? Well, the school has grown rapidly from just 30 children
a few years ago to over four hundred today. The funding from parents goes some
way to meet those costs, but often those families face extreme hardship and
cannot afford the fees from time to time.
When you sponsor a child at
our school in Uganda you are securing that child's place at the school. In
reality if the fees can't be paid we would never turn a child away, but
someone or something has to pay the teacher's and other running costs at the
end of the day and apart from contributions from people like yourself, we have
no other sources of funding. Our sponsor a child program has no running costs.
We operate no expensive, or indeed any offices either here in the UK or in
Uganda or elsewhere. Every penny of your £5.00 a month goes straight towards
the education of the child.
Now, many people want to
sponsor so they can strike up a one-to-one relationship with a child in a
developing country. That's very understandable, but not always in the best
interests of the child being sponsored or their wider community.
This is because in highly
impoverished countries children are as much children of their village as they
are of their direct family's; when one child in the village family is treated
to something 'special' such as a gift by an outside sponsor it can have
unexpected and unintended consequences. For example, one child was recently
bought some shoes by a volunteer to protect his feet after they had been cut
and gone septic. By the following day other children were lacerating their
feet with broken glass so they too could get some shoes.
As such, whilst you will be
making a massive difference to the life of the child you will be sponsoring
by committing to your monthly donation we
do not encourage one-to-one exchanges; in any event the child you sponsor will
get as much delight from having a letter read out to their class at school
than receiving something personal that they know will cause resentment amongst
their siblings and peer group.
Please consider being a
child sponsor for one of our children. Again its only £5.00 a month, or £60.00
a year ~ just £1.60 a week. Some ask why we don't ask for more. Its simple,
£5.00 is what we need per child, not more, not less. So could you sign up and
make that difference today? For three easy steps please see the sponsor guide