Holistic Education Program
The parents of the 22STARS children fled from northern Uganda to Kampala, the capital, where they sought refuge from the war of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). They settled in "Acholi Quarter" - an Internally Displaced Camp - and ended up living in an area centred around several stone quarries. Even children as young as 3 years old, have to work, crushing stones, to earn money for food. Although there is now peace in Uganda, the battle against poverty in Acholi Quarters continues. Many more refugees from Sudan and Congo have also settled there. In addition many people went to Danida, one of the poorest areas in Jinja, where our second 22STARS project is located.
We send children to school through our long-term sponsorship program.On top of paying their school fees and uniforms, we make sure that the kids come together at least once a week, we hold regular parent conferences to also educate the parents of their plights and we give the kids extra classes on weekends and holidays, so that they can keep up with school.
We also hold extra- curricular activities, such as sports, painting, dancing, health, education, and we are holding parent conferences to include them in the education of their children. In addition we provide our kids with mosquito nets, beds, mattresses, clothes, water filters and medical treatment.
We want a better future for these children and their communities, and in order to reach this goal proper education is the key. Once they will get their dream job they will become change-makers and will be able to give back to their community. Educating children will also pull their families out of the poverty cycle. Helping our children complete their schooling will increase the likelihood that they will send their own children to school!By keeping girls in school, the rates of child marriage and teen pregnancy has proven to significantly decrease.
Thanks to amazing people like you we are sending 391 children to school!
Kids in kindergarten
Kids in Primary School
Kids in Secondary School
Kids in University / taking courses