“My hope for the future keeps on building each and every day.” These powerful words are quietly spoken by Daniel. Daniel was sleeping on the streets in Northern Uganda when Project Have Hope first started sponsoring him in school 8 years ago. Daniel is now 17 years old and has only one year left before he will complete the equivalent of high school.
Daniel is just one of 92 children we are sponsoring.
When given the opportunity to study, these children are given the gift to dream, and to dream big. What’s the saying? Dream big or go home. Well, these children know how to dream big. These children dream of becoming engineers and doctors. These children dream of making a difference in the lives of their families and of those in need. These children want to make the world a better place.
These children don’t dream of buying the latest gadget or owning a car. These children dream of being well-fed and having a bed to sleep in at night.
Won’t you help to make a difference in their lives? Won’t you empower them to dream big and give them the tools to turn those dreams into an authentic future.
We believe that with hope, a lot of hard work, and the generosity of donors like you, these children can, and will, build a better future. These children will become valuable, contributing members within their community. These children will help others in need, just as you have helped them.
Children, like Daniel, were born into their circumstances of poverty, displacement, and futures as hard laborers. We are changing that. You can help. Just $10 provides rquirements for a student. $100 provides tuition for one term. Consider giving the gift, the opportunity, of education to a child who would not otherwise have it.
"I am 18 years old. I am the last born in our family and the only girl. My father passed away when I was nine months old. I have no memories of him. I have been with my mother through all of this time and I must say things have not been easy."
Charity is one of the fortunate children. With your support, Project Have Hope has sponsored her education for eight years. She is in secondary school and outperforms many of her peers.
"My proudest accomplishment was when I received the highest grade on my entrance exam [to secondary school]. I am very proud of this because I faced many challenges... Most students come from different family backgrounds. Some of them would really try to make my life miserable because of the fact that they have more than me. That was a great challenge. I believe that no one desires to lack basic items but that just happens during unavoidable situations."
"Honestly, I don't know what my life would be like if I wasn't at school. I hope to attain a university education in accounting and finance. Thereafter I will get a good job and later support my family. I will engage in charitable organizations so that I can help the needy. The saying goes, 'One good turn deserves another.'"
Children, like Charity, were born into their circumstances of poverty, displacement, and futures as hard laborers. We are changing that. You can help. Just $10 provides rquirements for a student. $100 provides tuition for one term. Consider giving the gift, the opportunity, of education to a child who would not otherwise have it.
"My life would have been so terrible if I was not in school. Many children in the Acholi Quarters who do not have the chance to go to school, have to work at the stone quarry the whole day, I would not be an exception," Benard solemnly says.
Benard is one of 97 children who has the opportunity to attend school through the efforts of Project Have Hope and through your support. And we do mean opportunity. In Uganda, particularly for a child who lives in a slum and was born into a family, a life, as a displaced refugee, an education is not taken for granted.
Before we enrolled Benard into school, he would spend more than 10 hours each day laboring in the stone quarry beside his aunt. Now he is consistently top in his class. "My proudest accomplishment is being able to excel in exams and in most cases I am top in my class, which has made me win praises from my teachers and the school at large," Benard proudly acknowlegdes. "Most importantly, the respect and fame that I have gained through my excellent performance at school, would not be there, not even the good English that I now speak."
Benard reflects on his future, a future which would be very different without an education. "My hopes are that I will one day become an engineer. I will definitely have to work hard to achieve this. This is important to me because the few times I travel to my village, the roads there are so terrible that I feel we possibly do not have people with this knowledge. I need to acquire this so that it will be of help to my people."
Children, like Benard, were born into their circumstances of poverty, displacement, and futures as hard laborers. We are changing that. You can help. Just $10 provides rquirements for a student. $100 provides tuition for one term. Consider giving the gift, the opportunity, of education to a child who would not otherwise have it.
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.
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