Education in Uganda

In theory there is universal free primary education throughout Uganda. In practice there are insufficient government funded schools in each area. The state provision has to be complemented by a large number of fee paying schools. In Mityana most parents have no alternative but to pay school fees. Secondary schooling is sometimes partly subsidised by the government in various ways but there are always fees to pay and equipment to buy.

Reasons for our sponsorship project

There are very many families in Mityana in desperate need who cannot afford to pay school fees for their children. This might be because of the death or desertion of one or both parents or often the death of both parents leaving a child living with a grandmother or an uncle who will often have many other orphans to care for. The death of so many young parents is a consequence of diseases such as AIDS, TB, Malaria and Typhoid that are all endemic in Mityana. All the children are desperate to go to school as they know that it the key to a better future.

These children were not allowed into school because they had not paid their fees. They were trying to listen outside the door. They will study anywhere.

Sponsorship Poster

Criteria for selection for sponsorship.  The cost of sponsoring a child  The cost of sponsoring a grandparent  Our team in Uganda

Criteria for selection for sponsorship.

We have strict criteria for the selection of children for sponsorship. They are chosen using the criteria listed below on the basis of need only. Race, tribe, religion and family connections are not taken into account. Equal numbers of girls and boys are chosen over the medium and long term.

The criteria are:

  1. Children who are orphans (who have no living parents) and whose guardians have no regular income.
  2. Children who have a single parent (one parent has died or has abandoned them) who has no regular income.
  3. Children who have been taken into extended families because their parents are sick or have died or abandoned them and whose adopted families have limited incomes or many children to care for.

Sponsors are asked to support a particular child and at the start are sent information about the child's home circumstances. Each autumn they are sent a letter from the child and three termly school reports plus fees receipts. We also try to send photos of the children every few years. Sponsors, if they so wish, are able to write letters and send gifts to their sponsored child. A few sponsors have even joined us on visits to Mityana and met their sponsored child. The address for letters and parcels is:
C/O Mrs Grace Musaasizi
PO Box 289
East Africa

The cost of sponsoring a child

For the school year of 2013, we have asked sponsors to contribute 125 for a primary child and 250 for a secondary child. The Ugandan school year starts at the end of January after their long Christmas break and finished at the end of November. We ask sponsors to try to pay fees for the following academic year by the end of November of the previous year at the latest. This allows us to transfer the money to Mityana in time to buy all their new uniform and shoes etc. ready to go back to school.

The cost of sponsoring a grandparent

Many impoverished grandparents , usually unsupported widows, are struggling to care for orphaned grandchildren. Some are bringing up more than one family. 15 a month would make a big difference to their ability to feed their grandchildren.

Our team in Uganda

Grace (L), Florence (R)

We have a dedicated hard working team in Uganda carrying out the huge task of administering the fund. Grace Musaasizi took on the task as a volunteer 9 years ago thinking that she could manage it in her spare time as a secondary school Physics teacher. Unsurprisingly she found the task impossible and after 25 years of teaching decided that it was God's plan that she should give up teaching and devote herself to the sponsored children. She brings her wide professional and personal knowledge of children, a positive hard working approach and a warm personality to the task which requires a huge range of skills.

Grace has to deal with the problems of more than 200 children ranging from four year olds up to university student in their early twenties. Many of these children have no one else to turn to for advice and help. She equips the students with all their needs for living away from home when they start university or college and takes them to far flung places with all their baggage and bedding on their first day. She also has to organise payment of all the schools and colleges. As the number of sponsored children has grown over the years her job has become fulltime and she is now paid a salary by the charity and works from the charity offices instead of her own home.

Grace is ably assisted in the office by Florence who is a graduate doing a funded two year work experience which should hopefully enable her to go on to further study. Florence helps with many tasks including the complex spreadsheets that we use to keep track of spending.