St. Stephen Children's Centre
Makondo, Uganda, Africa
Our centre supports many children, youth, and adults in need. Many children in rural Uganda are orphaned due to the AIDS epidemic. One in four households in Uganda foster at least one orphan. Many of these foster parents lack education and training to be employed and are unable to make an income, despite having many children or grandchildren to take care of.
A sponsorship of $300 USD per year covers tuition and school supply costs for a child attending primary school at St. Stephen Children's Centre, in addition to shelter, food, water, clothing, and health care as needed. Students can continue to be sponsored for $450 USD per year to attend secondary school and receive ongoing supports after they have graduated from St. Stephen Children’s Centre. Older youth and adults who have not completed high school can be sponsored for a one-time sum of $300 to $500 USD to receive vocational training, which will allow them to find employment and become self-reliant.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted - Garrison Keillor
One of the special differences between our sponsorship program and other larger ones is that you can have a very close and personal connection with the person you sponsor. You can correspond, send gifts, or even visit them if you wish. You will be in direct contact with the Centre's Director, Ben, who will be happy to provide regular updates and deliver messages to and from them.
If you are interested in sponsoring a child or youth/adult, please complete the online Sponsorship Form, or contact us and we can provide you with further information about our program and the different people awaiting sponsorship.
No one stands so tall as when they stoop to help a child - Abraham Lincoln
We have the pleasure of sponsoring two children from St. Stephen’s Centre: Andrew who is almost 13 and Josephine who is 10. We are happy to know that this provides them with food, health care, and an education. But more importantly a relationship has formed. They write us letters regularly telling us how they are doing in school and at home. In return we can tell them of our lives and our country. An interesting question posed recently by Andrew was "what is snow?". Explaining something we are so familiar with was an interesting task. St. Stephen’s Centre is an important centre of the community run by wonderfully caring people and provides a much needed service we are happy to contribute to.
Marlene and Bob Liske, Canada
If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten
that we belong to each other - Mother Teresa
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