child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum

by Thread of life women empowerment ministries
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
child sponsorship,139 children from katanga slum
Our high school students at their school
Our high school students at their school

The longer-term impacts of COVID-19 on the education system in Uganda have greatly affected our children in schools. The longer the kids stayed home caused the children to not want to be in school again. Most children especially from low-income families where our children come from were engaging in income-generating activities because they had to help their mothers to earn to be able to support their families, majority of the slum children are out of school because their parents are not able to pay the rising fees, those that have managed to get back to school, their academic performance in the first term was greatly influenced by what happened during those the 2 years they were not in school. We are working along with the schools to see that we support and encourage our children to fall back into the morale they had for books.

 Since the school fees almost doubled, school requirements became so expensive as an effect of covid 19, our organization has been greatly affected as well, this year we weren’t able to add on a new child to our sponsorship program as a goal has been for each year. Out of 139 children registered for this program, we have 15 children that are fully sponsored in school, and we are happy to report that all their school requirements and fees are covered for this second term.  We can’t stop thanking all our monthly donors who have committed to seeing that our children are paid for and are sustained in school. Thank you very much.

Julius is one of our students whose education journey we have walked with him since he was 5 years old. Julius has been raised by a single mother, with his other older sibling. Julius is born and raised within the Katanga slum, this is where he has been all his life, his father abandoned them when his mother was pregnant. Julius didn’t get a chance to see his father taking care of them or his mother. What is so amazing is that Julius wants to be a different boy, to make a good husband when he grows up. he also wants to take care of his mother, even at his tender age he is promising that he wants to become a doctor, get a good salary and build his mother a decent home. Currently, he is Senior 1, we happy that we have walked 7 years with Julius and we want to see him graduate 8 years from now.

This is Julius.
This is Julius.
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Some of our high school students
Some of our high school students

Greetings to all of you, our donors. We greatly appreciate your support and for believing in our mission.

On 10th January 2022, schools were reopened and many Children in Uganda managed to back to see the light of formal Education again for it provides many intellectual benefits to society, where school serves as a place where children develop mentally, physically, and socially. Unfortunately, for some children living in poor communities in Uganda, it is still a dream for them because their parents can’t afford to pay for their education.

 

With the closure of the Education system for the past two years, when the schools reopened, they were highly expensive for the poor communities to afford in Uganda. The community we serve has households with at least 5 to 8 people living in one single room house and can only afford one meal a day much less afford the expensive education for their children. With the low-income households in our community education still becomes inaccessible for these poor children.

 

As an organization, we managed to put 14 children in boarding schools who reported to school on the 10th of January 2022. The children and their mothers were very excited for yet another opportunity to get back into school after a very long time. Although some of them could not afford to buy the other school requirements for their children which caused the kids to report late in school. Most of our kids have reported back to school and are settling in well.

Among the most excited children is Paul our new child that we got from the street last year, we reconnect him with his mother and now he is in school. 

We wouldn't be able to do this without your support. So Thank you all!

Bosco is our one of newest children.
Bosco is our one of newest children.
See the excited Paul, from the street to school!
See the excited Paul, from the street to school!
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Greetings to all of you, our donors. We are always grateful to you for believing in our mission.

 

Covid 19 has indeed posed a serious threat to the education sector of Uganda. The government of Uganda had earlier suggested that our children turn to use technology (that is radios, TVs, and the internet) to access their learning classes but this has not been effective due to the gap that is there between the rich and the poor children. The community we serve is among the poor communities in the country where the majority of the children cannot access technology. However, children from rich families who attend international school are continuing with school and the parents who can afford to provide internet to their children have their children attend classes online.

Since covid 19 has led to an absence of formal schooling and has turned our children and youth into idleness, some children have turned to child labor activities, road traffic side business sales. particularly some of our children have been sent by their mothers to the streets to sell some food items like bananas, local bathing sponge among others, to help their mothers to raise money for food and she does the same to raise money for rent. it is feared that some children will not get back to school because some are used to getting money however little it is, and some girls have gotten pregnant. We had hopes that schools will be opened this September but yesterday 22 Sept 2021, the president gave a directive that schools will not be opened until January 2022.

 

As an organization we had already focused our efforts to see that our children are engaged, we have done this by providing each child with workbooks that have questions and answers for all the subjects that they are in primary, these are, English, Mathematics, Science and Social studies and they cover all the syllabuses. Each child will be supervised by their guardian every day. they are expected to study for at least four hours per day and on every Monday starting from 27 September, our children will be tutored at our offices under the supervision of one staff. This will go on for the next 3 months as we wait for the schools to hopefully re-open in January. Those students catered for P.4- P.7. By the end of this month, we want to have all of them covered and engaged in revision.

It is your continued support through your monthly donation that has made this project possible. We are so grateful to you! Our numbers are still limited, please consider sharing our work with your friends.

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Paul reconnected with his grand father and mother
Paul reconnected with his grand father and mother

 

As an organisation we are happy that you give towards our 139-child sponsorship project. To day the organisation has 14 children that are sponsored in school. 13 of our children are in primary school and one in high school. 3 out of 13 children completed their primary leaving exams in March this year. so far, we are waiting for the results from the national examination board, and we believe that they are going to excel.

2 of our new children are joining school this June/7/2021. That is Janet and Paul. Janet and Paul will be joining boarding school and they are both excited about the new experience they will be getting. 

Paul is 8 years old, a former street child. He has lived on the streets the slum and kampala city for the last 3 years, Paul narrates that he came to town with a woman who claimed to be his father's wife. they travelled from the rural area and when they got to the city centre, the woman told him to seat somewhere on the roadside that she had go to look for what to eat. Unfortunately, the woman didn’t come back. "since 2018 the woman never come back for me". He has been sleeping in open spaces, unfished buildings and particularly there is a restaurant space he uses when it rains in the night. He was identified by an old lady who sales French fries on the on the roadside, sometimes she would give Paul lunch or dinner accordingly, but she was scared to take him in because of his age and because she is also hustling to sustain herself. it is this old woman who introduced us to Paul that was last year in October.

The first time our team met with Paul, he told us that all he wanted is to go school, Paul's dream is to study, though he is not yet sure of what he wants to become,he believes as long as he is in school his eyes will opened to see what he wants to become. As an organization it is our desire to also reconnect children with their families. On the 23/04/2021 we were able to re unit Paul with his grandmother, who shared with us a story of how Paul was offered by his father to be sacrificed so that he becomes rich. They believe that Paul was saved from being sacrificed because he has pierced ears.  In Uganda there is a belief that if a child has pierced ears, spirits won’t accept him or her as a sacrifice.

For this project to be sustainable and consistent please consider becoming one of our monthly donors and help share our project with your friends and family.

 

Thank you for supporting our community and to help children like Paul to go to school. Wishing you and your loved ones a great summer holiday

The joy of Paul
The joy of Paul
Paul's bed where he was sleeping on the street.
Paul's bed where he was sleeping on the street.

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As we are at the start of the year 2021, as the project we are hopeful that this year everything will get back to normal so that our children may be in school.

Apart from the candidate classes that resumed October last year, schools have not been opened yet due to the current pandemic situation that has affected the world. As the project we hopeful and we are making our children ready for their next phase at school. 

This January we have selected the most vulnerable children who will be joining school when schools open. The program will be taking on 6 children on sponsorship this year.

The photo below shows Esther a beautful and jolly girl who is going to step in class for her very first time, raised by a single mother from the Katanga slum along with 5 siblings. Esther is the only child who was born deformed that she cannot walk. And because of her situation, Esther's father who stays within the vicinity abandoned the responsibility to the mother who has solely taken care of Esther for the last 11 years. The mother earns $3 dollars that mainly feeds them and takes care of their rent. She says she has always admired to see her daughter in school but considering her state, the only schools that can handle her is expensive; she couldn’t dare to take care because of her poor financial position. Esther has never been in school before; it is going to be her first time in class that she can’t wait to start. Esther wants to be a teacher.

We want to say thank you to all our donors who chose to walk this journey with us. to make dreams come true for children like Esther and others who are going to start pursuing their dreams.

 

Please visit our website:  www.threadoflifeug.org

 

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Thread of life women empowerment ministries

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
NAKAVUMA MASTULA
Kampala, Uganda
$10,725 raised of $35,000 goal
 
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