Thursday, April 10, 2008

school sponsorship

Click on the pictures to see them enlarged. All of these kids need school sponsorship. Please see the blog below for more information.

Here is the information on the school that we are helping and had previously told you about in one of the blogs. The name of school is Christian Friends School. We are considering renaming it.
We were at the school most of the day on Friday. 6 of us went with one being a new acquaintance here from England. She had been here for awhile and had not seen the real Africa, spending most of her time in and around Kampala. We were there doing the social work of cataloging the children and taking pictures. We were only able to complete through P-2. That was 94 of the 150 children and here are some of the findings.

47 boys and 47 girls
11-AGE 3, 17-AGE 4, 11 AGE-5, 12 AGE-6, 14- AGE 7, 18-AGE 8, 3- AGE 9, 6-AGE 10, 1- AGE 11, 1- AGE 12. We still have about 56 more of the older kids.
45 Double orphans (both parents dead), 18 single orphans (one parent dead), 31 with both parents.
25 children always pay the school fees. ($4.50/term) 2 children pay sometimes, 67 are never able to pay school fees. Monday was the start of the exit testing for the year. It is required to pay about $ .60 per child to get the test. 59 of our children could not pay. We made up the difference, but insisted that they help with the garden and bring in mulch for it and they did. We heard of another school that requires the children to bring in homemade bricks if they cannot pay. There is really no free education in Uganda. These kids are as poor as it gets. We found out that for many of our students, the porridge they get at lunch is many times the only meal they get that day. It has very little nutrition in it, but it does fill them up with carbs. Some of the children walk over 3 miles one way to come to the school.

We started putting together a basic budget for the monthly reoccurring costs.
* We want to have 5 qualified teachers at $120.00 per month. Plus 5 teachers aids at $40.00 per month.
* A qualified head master at $240.00 per month.
* A school secretary at $40.00 per month
* 2 cooks/cleaners at $40.00 per month
* A grounds/gardener at $40.00 per month
* Pastor Joseph as our Chaplin and counselor at $60.00 per month
We want to increase the nutrition of the children’s 1 meal so we want to serve them beans and rice 3 times a week and beans and porsho (cornmeal) 2 times a week. This will cost us about $.15 per meal. 150 kids and 15 staff cost about $450.00 per month. We will also build a water purifier for the kids so that they can have a drink of water during the day. I swear they don’t drink any water at all. Dehydration is a major issue in all of Africa. Clean water is hard to come by.
Health Care
We want to insure the children and staff. Our friend Gerry Noble is an owner of a health insurance company called MicroCare that is totally changing the way health care is done. He will be able to create coverage for the school children and staff for about $50.00 per year per child and staffer. That totals to about $690.00 per month.
These 3 things total to about $2425.00 per month. These totals do not include teaching aids, paper, pencils, books, uniforms, and backpacks, wood to cook the lunch with ECT…
Our hope is we will be able to sponsor all of the children at a dollar a day.
If we do, we will able to rock the world for these students and the community.
We have uploaded pictures of a lot of the students. We will finish them all soon. Please consider to commit and sponsor a child.

Start-up costs
At this stage the school doesn’t have one single book. Not for the students and for some of the classes not even the teachers. No library either. The students don’t have proper clothes, shoes, school supplies ECT. We put in our last blog about the school the costs of repairs, desks and so on, but that didn’t have in it the costs for supplies, uniforms, shoes or books. These are costs that we are tallying and will have them posted in the future as well.


You can choose a child and begin donating $30 dollars a month towards the schooling and care of the child. The money will go towards the things that the school provides. Maintaining uniforms (tee-shirt and shorts for boys and skirts for girls, flip flops), 1 nutritious meal a day and maybe a morning snack, Health care, and a decent education with qualified teachers and teaching tools.


How to sponsor a child.

On the list below there are names children and pictures to connect them with.
Choose a child and respond to us at OCF Uganda through this blog or email us at Tell us the child’s name and age and we will hook you together with those child/children. We will send you reports and as soon as they can speak and write English with the help of staff the child will send you a letter thanking you. We will send pictures and report on a regular basis.

How to make the monthly donation.
You can send a check to 5753 Republic of Texas, Austin TX 78735 designate it for “school sponsorship” with the child’s name , age and number or we can help you set up a monthly debit from your credit card. Please let us know.

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