Sponsoring a child at Ruhanga Development School is as simple as A, B, C!

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 community.

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 opposite.

Choose a child to sponsor

Click here for children currently awaiting a sponsor and decide which child you would like to sponsor.

Download an application form

Click here to download a sponsor form, complete and sign it.

Upload the completed form here

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