Do you know how far your $30 a month can go?

In Kampala, $30 a month provides a child living in the slums the opportunity to thrive.

In Kampala, $30 a month provides a child living in the slums the opportunity to thrive.

Why sponsorship?

We believe that a sponsorship model is one of the most sustainable ways to affect long-lasting change. Many children are unable to attend school simply because their families cannot afford school fees for things like the required school uniform or the pens and books they need. With our structure, your $30 goes directly to the child you are sponsoring and to enriching his or her community. Our goal is seeing entire families and communities changed. This is why we build into your sponsorship two very important components: supplementing teacher salaries and assisting with medical costs.

Many of the schools we work closely with employ incredible teachers who are invested in the students. However, these educators do not always receive adequate salaries with which to provide for their own families. By supplementing their income, we allow them to educate the children free from worry.

Because of the poverty families in the slums live in, they cannot afford medical care for even minor illnesses. Left untreated, these sicknesses often escalate into something more serious. By setting aside funds to assist with medical needs when they arise, we ensure each child is always in their best health, receiving treatment and returning to school as soon as possible.

 

Sponsor a Child

Every year of sponsorship, you will receive a photo of the child, complete with a biography and school information, and at least four letters written by the child providing updates and more biographical information.

Every year of sponsorship, you will receive a photo of the child, complete with a biography and school information, and at least four letters written by the child providing updates and more biographical information.

In Kampala, $30 provides a child living in the slums the opportunity to thrive.

For children living in extreme poverty, education is the key to breaking cycles of poverty and giving them a future and a hope. Through sponsorship, each child is able to attend school and receive everything necessary to succeed.

Every month, your $30 sponsorship goes towards:

  • School tuition for all three terms each year

  • New school supplies at the beginning of each term

  • A new school uniform at the beginning of each school year

  • Supplementing teacher salaries

  • Assisting with any medical needs that arise for the child

  • End-of-term celebrations to recognize the children's accomplishments

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For about $1 a day, you can fulfill a child's dreams of transforming their future through education. Instead of living life as trash pickers in the dumps, like the generations before them, an educations allows these children to achieve their dreams of being doctors, lawyers, teachers, and pastors.


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Marcel Wopata
9 years old
Banda Slums

Marcel lives with his parents and five siblings in the slum of Banda. His parents are both unable to find a steady source of income around their house. He is currently in Primary 3 at Banda Primary School because of its inexpensive school fees, but is excited to transfer to Vineyard after he’s sponsored. Marcel’s favorite subject in school is literacy. When he is finished with his school work, he loves to play soccer with the other children in the neighborhood. After Marcel finishes school, he wants to be a driver of taxis or for private hires.

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Andrew Musika
12 years old
Banda Slums

Andrew lives in the slums of Banda with his parents and three siblings. His father makes pottery and his mother is a housewife who occasionally works to wash clothes of university students staying in the dorms near their house. Andrew is currently in Primary 5 at a school more than 30 minutes from his house, due to the low cost of school fees there. His favorite subject in school is mathematics and spends most of his free time studying and reviewing what he learned in class. When he finishes school, Andrew wants to become a teacher.

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Sudati Ssempala
5 years old
Banda Slums

Sudati lives with her parents and seven siblings in the slums of Banda. She is currently in her second year of schooling, known as middle class. Sudati’s father is a conductor for a public taxi and her mother is unemployed. While she doesn’t have a favorite subject in school yet, she enjoys spending her free time playing with her friends. When she finishes school, Sudati dreams of becoming a teacher.

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Hawah Namuzige
7 years old
Banda Slums

Hawah lives in the slums of Banda with her sister and parents. She is in Primary 2 in school, but is not currently attending school because her father recently lost his job and cannot find work elsewhere. Her mother is also unemployed. Hawah’s favorite subject in school is mathematics and she spends her leisure time reading books. When she finishes school, Hawah wants to be a nurse.

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Sponsor a Teacher

Every year of sponsorship, you will receive a photo card of the teacher, complete with a short biography and information about the school they teach at, and at least four letters written by the teacher providing updates on their class, what they are teaching, and what they have been able to purchase to help their students thrive.

Every year of sponsorship, you will receive a photo card of the teacher, complete with a short biography and information about the school they teach at, and at least four letters written by the teacher providing updates on their class, what they are teaching, and what they have been able to purchase to help their students thrive.

Teachers have unique positions of influence in a child's life. The teachers we have connected with in Kampala are among the most gifted, passionate individuals we have ever met.

However, these incredible teachers are often very underpaid and struggle to provide for their own families. This is why we've decided to not only sponsor students, but the teachers as well.

A livable salary takes the financial pressure off our teachers so they can continue focusing their time and energy on educating our students and changing the community.

With the teacher sponsorship of $25 a month, you could be one of a small handful sponsoring one of the teachers at the schools we partner with.

Most of the questions we have had about wanting to sponsor a teacher have come from other teachers in other countries, who want to both encourage a teacher and financially help provide for learning materials, after knowing the struggle of doing so in their own classrooms. The teacher sponsorship will also allow us to send the teachers for training days every term, allowing them to learn techniques and tips for how to better teach their children or sessions of encouragement.


Teaches Nursery (Baby/Middle/Top Class)
St. Paul Primary School

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Teaches Primary 1
St. Paul Primary School

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Teaches Primary 2
St. Paul Primary School

 
 

Teaches Primary 3-5
St. Paul Primary School

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St. Paul Primary School

 
 
 

Sponsor a School

We focus on partnering with schools located in Kampala's slums. Currently, we focus on one primary school in the Banda slums. Children in this area are particularly at-risk for dropping out of school, and schools themselves have a difficult time operating when students have a hard time affording school fees. Choosing to sponsor a school will put your $40 directly towards the teachers and students at that school.

 
 

St. Paul Banda Primary School

Just opposite a garbage dump, St. Paul Banda Primary School is located in the middle of the Banda slums. During the school week, the 115 school children alternate between the courses they study on a daily basis, which range from SST, English, math, Luganda (local language), science, religious education, and reading. The children study from 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. While school fees are lower than city schools, they are still unobtainable for many of the parents in the area. Many children are sent home from school and miss periods of school because of their inability to pay the school fees for that term. 

Many of the children come to school without having had a meal that day and then leave to go home in the evening still without a meal. They might go the entire day of studying and working hard without eating anything. They also regularly miss school since they face the hardships associated with hygiene. Because of their physical location in the slums and next to a dump, the children lack proper education and supplies to ward off sickness and disease and often fall sick and miss school. 

Because of their proximity to the dump, they have adopted extra-curricular programming that focuses on the 3 Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle.

The school’s compound houses three buildings, two with school rooms and one that is administrative offices, and the center courtyard is slowly being filled in with reflections of their lessons in the 3 Rs. In one corner, there is a small greenhouse structure filled with plants planted in upside down water bottles and old plastic containers. The greenhouse itself is made of bamboo shoots surrounded by recycled plastic bottles for the walls.

Throughout the compound there are rubbish bins constructed from recycled irons rods surrounding by recycled soda bottles. The tables and benches, both in the classrooms and in the courtyard, are constructed using recycled shipping pallets. Discarded tires are halfway buried around the courtyard, providing the children something to play and sit on.

We are currently working on clearing space to create a soccer pitch behind the school compound.

How We're Involved:

  • Teaching in classrooms

  • Weekly Bible programs including stories and games

  • After school sports programs

  • Assisting with sustainability projects

  • Making space for a soccer pitch behind the school.

  • Purchasing supplies for the classrooms

  • Student sponsorship program