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Supporting Street Children in Kabale
“With the help of loving and caring children in the UK, I am confident that my future is not doomed”
“I want to assure you that I will do my best to to continue laying a firm foundation for my future”
During our annual visits to Kabale we have been shocked at the number of children wandering around the town when they should be at school. These are street children, many of whom are either orphans or children who come from such impoverished families that they run away from home to live on the street. We have developed a partnership with Junior Tukwasibwe, a social worker who runs a small centre to support street children which he has registered as a Community Based Organisation called Educate a Child – Street Children Uganda. The street children whom he supports at his centre are given food and sometimes shelter, and offered activities like football, but what they most need is the opportunity to go to school. However, they cannot attend school without being able to pay fees.
Trustees of All Our Children decided to work with Junior to identify some street children with the ability or readiness to attend school or to return to school. Thirteen of them are in very good schools now, either primary (classes P1 to P7) or secondary (classes S1 to S6), and doing well. You can read brief profiles of some of these children below.
Because of the success of these first street children to be sponsored by All Our Children, we have begun to find sponsors for more of the children, at least to attend government schools which have much lower fees than the many other schools in Kabale.
By choosing to sponsor one of the street children through their education, you will not only enable them to spend their days in a school rather than on the street but also provide them with the opportunity to acquire a recognized educational qualification and fulfill their potential.
Fees for a government primary school including a payment for food at lunchtime are as little as £50 per year. Other schools, which have smaller classes and better facilities, and at which the children will board, can cost up to £30 per month at secondary level. Donations may be a single one off payment or a regular amount by direct debit. Whatever you choose to give, All Our Children will ensure that it goes to keeping these children in education. We meet all the children during our annual visits in the Easter holidays and go to their schools to discuss their progress with their teachers. We keep in touch with Junior very regularly and spend a lot of time at his centre during our visits.
Please email us if you would like to partner a street child on their journey through education towards a productive and independent future.
Wise Parents’ Day Care and Nursery, Kabale.
Established by teachers from Kigezi High School, the Wise Parents’ Day Care and Nursery has an inspirational motto: ‘The best way to begin is to begin’. The best way to respond to this kind of initiative is to give! During William Morris visits, toys have been contributed, walls painted and wendy houses built. In 2011 All Our Children helped to purchase a new plot of land for Wise Parents, to ensure the sustainability of its development.
New girls’ dormitory and classrooms at Kigezi High School.
Girls often face bigger challenges in accessing education. That’s why we were so keen to support the building of this new girls dormitory and classrooms at Kigezi High School. Named ‘Elizabeth Hall’ after our chair of trustees, the building also became a source of fresh, safe drinking water as we funded the installation of a water harvesting facility. This had the added bonus of reducing the amount of time (mainly girls) spent walking to collect water. Although this project is completed, there are many others like it you can donate to here.