Becoming a Sponsor
We have set out below how to become a sponsor, but please feel free to contact us and one of the Trustees will be delighted to discuss with you the process and your options.
Deciding whether or not to Sponsor a Child
Sponsoring a child with Amazing Children Uganda means supporting a child through a phase of their education, either primary or secondary. We ask you to make a commitment to that child of a number of years until they complete that phase, although the number years will depend upon factors such as their age when the sponsorship starts.
We place children in boarding schools because our aim in not only to give them a good education in a safe and structured environment, but to help them integrate into society. At boarding school they make friends with those from more normal backgrounds, learn how to live in a community, and build essential networks for the future. They leave school with the ability and the confidence to go onto further education and with the real prospect of becoming contributing members of society.
Typical costs of sponsorship are about £110 per month for primary level education and £145 per month for secondary level which covers everything a child needs for boarding school in Uganda:
You should also consider that costs rise each year with inflation, which is typically higher in Uganda than in the UK.
If you want to sponsor a child but cannot afford the full amount, then you may want to find someone to share the commitment with you. A few of our sponsors have done it this way.
All your sponsor payments go directly into a “restricted” fund and are used solely for the education costs described above.
The Gift Aid on your sponsor payments where applicable will be used as general "unrestricted" funds for the administration and infrastructure necessary to support your ACU child as well as paying for the direct costs of medical and dental treatment, holiday accommodation, additional costs such as school trips and exam fees, and other expenditure in line with ACU’s charitable objectives.
Choosing a Child to Sponsor
When you have decided to sponsor, we will give you some choices around the age and gender of the child you will sponsor. We will inform the Project Leader in Uganda who works on a daily basis with the children, and can tell us which children are ready to benefit from sponsorship.
We will give you some background to the child and, if you are happy in principle to support them, will find a school place for them.
At this stage we will confirm the costs of sponsorship for this child.
Making your sponsorship payments
We require that you complete a standing order. Standing orders are easy to change if fees and circumstance change. Payments are typically made on a monthly basis.
Your relationship with your sponsored child
We encourage sponsors to exchange three letters a year with sponsored children and we will manage this process for you. We will also provide you with updates on the child’s progress and academic achievements as we get the reports from the school.
Sponsors can also arrange to visit the children, subject to advance notification to us. Uganda is a beautiful and exciting country with much to see, and a visit to meet your child is a highly rewarding experience.
For the safety of the children and for your welfare, we do have rules around the nature of relationships with the children, but these will be explained to you during the process.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child, please contact
What our sponsors say...
"Since I became a sponsor with ACU for a street child in Africa I have come to realise how a relatively small amount of money can make such a big difference to not only the sponsored child’s life, but also everyone that they come into contact with in their lives. Sponsoring one child’s education helps to lift them out of the trap that is the norm for many street children of poor nations; that is, without an education they have no prospects, no respect and little hope for a future beyond living an impoverished life and producing more impoverished children.
Sponsoring one child means that he or she can turn that hope into a reality not just for themselves but for others around them. Sponsoring one child’s education is not the end of the road. The results of that one child being educated will continue like a ripple throughout their lives. Something I am happy to be a part of."