Every child deserves to receive an education, to play and to dream. With your help, we are making that a reality for children in Uganda's Acholi Quarter. Children whose lives and futures are still affected by the war in Northern Uganda. Children who grew up fighting as child soldiers. Children who grew up in a slum. Forgotten. Haunted. Hungry.
Penina is one of those children. She lives with her aunt, Irene, in the Acholi Quarter. Her parents live in a refugee camp and feared she would be abducted by rebels, so they sent her away. Her aunt is hard-working, but never attended school. She works tirelessly in the stone quarry to support both her immediate and extended family. She dreams that Penina will have the opportunity to receive the education that she and her siblings did not.
With your support, we've been able to make that possible. Penina is now attending secondary school. She performs Ugandan cultural dances with her school's dancing club and feels free and happy when she dances.
We strive to continue to make it possible for all children in the Quarter to have the chance to dream and find the happiness from within.
In January, we successfully enrolled 92 children into school for the start of the 2014 academic year. But that was only the first hurdle. May 19th marks the beginning of term two. And with the new term, the second round of school fees, totaling $15,000, is due. We need your help!
Children, like Steven, are depending on us. Steven lives with his grandmother who supports the family by selling charcoal. Steven has suffered from an illness since he was a small child, which has left his left leg partially lame. Recently, he underwent a procedure which has greatly improved his physical ability. He is a talented artist and is proud to be recognized by his teachers for his skill. “I am so happy to be in school where I get appreciated for my skills in fine art because I draw really good pictures. It's really encouraging.”
Consider this Mother's Day honoring your mother with the gift of sponsoring a child's education. For just $10 you can make a difference, while also receiving a hand-crafted paper bead bracelet to give as a gift.
In Uganda, January marks the beginning of the school year. With your support, we were able to enroll 92 children into school and give them the opportunity to change their lives.
Meet Gloria. She is 16 years old and hopes to become a doctor so that she can help people. Her mother, Betty, never had a chance to go to school. Betty's father died when she was only one month old. She had four brothers, so the priority was their schooling. Education was not seen as important for Betty or her sisters. Because of that, she is determined that Gloria receives an education. Gloria is equally determined. "I want to become somebody in life."
View Gloria's video.
Meet Samuel. He is 12 years old and lives with his mother and 10 siblings. When he was about 9 years old, his mother, Paska, noticed that he was "running with the wrong crowd" and was skipping school. She implored us to enroll him in a boarding school. Since then, his grades have steadily improved and he studies hard. A rising entrepreneur, during the break between terms, Samuel has a small business selling paraffin. He uses this money to buy his school requirements.
These are just two of the many exceptional children living in exceptionally challenging circumstances who are looking forward to a brighter future through the opportunity of education.
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