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 coordinator,  Mary and her mother
Our coordinator, Mary and her mother

As an organization, we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to all of our loving supporters for 2022, your unselfish contribution brings a bright light to the lives of our children. Because of your love and support, they are able to perform well in class, and 100% of our children passed and are going to join new classes this year, 2923.

Our first term in the new class starts January,04,2023, this is when children in boarding schools are expected to report back. We believe that they have had their best time resting and helping their parents and guardians with house chores. We teach our children during the holidays to be helpful to their mothers and to show good behavior.

As a country, we however still impacted by the effects of Covid 19, our education system is facing a lot of crises ever since the lockdown of schools for 2 years, Children have dropped out of schools because of the raised school fees because their parents cannot afford the new hiked fees, this will affect their future of not getting good jobs because of their low level of education.

The raised school fees are affecting us as an organization as well, school fees this year is almost double the one we have been paying last year. Our team is on the ground trying to look for alternative schools, but still, the fees are beyond our budget. In this way, we need more support so that we don’t get to see our children drop out of school.

According to Daily Monitor New papers (Aug 2022), schools hiked their school fees prior to the third term, which is the term that ended the year last year. The government had pleaded with the schools to maintain fee structures, but schools haven’t responded. We are also seeing the cost-of-living skyrocketing all over the country, everything is expensive affording to buy the school requirements is also hard. Our children are scared that they may drop off from school, as an organization we are working so hard to see that they are retained in school and so we continue to ask for your continuous support and asking that help us share our link to your network of friends and family, Please tell a workmate so that our commitment together with your support will help a child in Katanga slum who has a dream of becoming a doctor and to change the lives of her of family come true.


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Our children on the first day of school, this term
Our children on the first day of school, this term

Dear friends and supporters

Thread of life is thrilled to share with you the updates on what is happening with our children's lives. To be reminded that our children are studying from 6 different schools. That are Wakiso Christian schools, Kasubi parents’ school, Mirembe primary school, Mulago school for the deaf, and Kampala school for the handicapped.

All our 15 actively sponsored children are in the final term of their school year, which will end in the second week of December.

The month of August was their break-off and holiday time. Only 3 of our children are in candidate classes and they were asked to stay at school for holiday lessons so that they may catch up with the syllabus and the studies they missed during the covid 19 period. We are happy to let you know that your support enabled us to fund their holiday studies as well. The same program prepares them for their candidate class which they will enter next year. That means next year they will be in primary 7, this grade, passed shifts them to high school.

 

Challenges

One of the major challenges that the program is facing, was partly the impact of covid 19. The country is going through an economic recession and because of that prices for everything went high including school fees which almost doubled. This has affected us so much that this year around we were unable to add to the number of children under sponsorship. and also managing to pay for our children who are already on the program worries us.

 

This very year, we had plans to contribute 100% to the school requirements, to help the mothers who find it so hard to support their children with some requirements. But because of the increasing unemployment and rising prices, we are unable to do so. Our finances are still limited.

 

Children’s story

This time around we are sharing the story of one of our children called Rianah and Rodney who are orphans. The two lovely children are siblings who lost their father in an accident in 2017. Their mother Is a school dropout, and she was a stay home mother because failed to get a decent job, she used to go through the neighborhood selling craft shoes, and sometimes she would sell, and other times she would come back with no income. ever since the death of her husband, the children stopped going to school completely. We took the two beautiful children up for sponsorship. We are encouraging their mother and helping her to get a decent job so that she can be able to get them a place to stay and put food on their table. In this way, we believe that we are empowering the family.

Thank you so much for the great changes you are bringing into these families through your love and generosity.

Rianah and Rodney.
Rianah and Rodney.
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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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Thread of life women empowerment ministries

Location: Kampala - Uganda
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Project Leader:
NAKAVUMA MASTULA
Kampala, Uganda
$11,895 raised of $35,000 goal
 
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