We have sponsored 28 street children into boarding school. They are funded by individual scholarships provided by Sponsors in the UK and Germany. All nine students who have completed A levels have now embarked on University or College courses. This is just a few years after being destitute on the streets of Kampala.
Achieving their potential
4 are studying for university degrees at Uganda’s premier university and 5 for vocational college diplomas. At the end of these courses the students will be expected to become independent and self- supporting.
Through the Trustees’ regular project reviews in Kampala and school reports, we monitor that our model of sponsoring street children into boarding school is working. The students achieve good exam results; of the 6 who have taken “0” Levels, four passed in the first division and two in the second (lowest pass is division 7); and of the 14 children who have taken their final public primary school exams 11 passed in the first grade and 3 in the second (lowest pass is division four).
Just as importantly the children feel happy and safe; they have made many friends and are fully integrated into school life. They take lead roles in music, drama and sport, some become prefects and two were head prefects in their primary school. Three students played badminton for Uganda in 2012 in an African schools competition. None of the children have dropped out or been expelled, a fact which surprises charities who work with street children.
The wider community impact
The sponsored children are contributing to the wider community of street children we support who are not yet in school. In the school holidays they pass on what they learn to them, teaching them to read, write and learn basic maths. Older students teach them basic computer skills and art.
It is part of African culture that individuals use any education they receive for the benefit of the rest of their family. Our sponsored children use their education and new found skills to support their ‘family’ – the other children in their community. They help their friends to learn to read or to develop basic numeracy skills. So by sponsoring one child into education, the impact goes well beyond the benefit to that one child.
“One child, one teacher, one book and one pen
can change the world.”
can change the world.”