Outreach Uganda’s child sponsorship program is now in its eighth year. As time passes, we can see more clearly how the sponsorship program is keeping more children in school and far longer than any of them or their mothers would have ever dreamed was possible.
We spoke with over fifty of our sponsored students last month right before they were returning back to school for the new school year. Almost every older secondary student that we spoke with mentioned that were it not for their sponsor, they would not have gotten this far in school.
Talking to these older students and hearing their thoughts about how the sponsorship program helped them mature and become focused on education and their goals impressed us. It can be summed up best by Ileut Daniel, age 20, and in his last year of secondary school, who said, ” My favorite song is “I Know Who I Am”. It inspires me. I want to be a responsible person in the future.”
Another student, Nabatanzi Adiya, age 16 and in 10th grade has recently opened her own bank account. She stated simply, “It [the sponsorship program] helped me to get an education.”
Adong Kevin, a 20 year old girl also in 10th grade said, “The sponsorship program has paid my fees. I would not have gone this far. I won’t let boys distract me.” Adong is an orphan who lives with her auntie whom she helps during her holidays.
Through Outreach Uganda’s child sponsorship program, 34 secondary students and 21 university/vocational students are continuing their upper level schooling during this 2014 school year . Five students have already graduated from a university or vocational program. Over 120 primary and nursery students are also sponsored. All this is made possible through dedicated sponsors from all over the U.S. and even Canada. Learn how you can help a child continue in school.