Can you imagine being unable to send your child to school?
That your child will grow up illiterate?
An Internally displaced camp in Kampala
At our 22STARS projects in Uganda, this is the sad truth for many parents and children. Twenty years of civil war took a heavy toll on the Ugandan people. 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.
Kids as young as 3 years crash stones
80% of the children that we are sponsoring in Acholi Quarters were sitting in this stone quarry, like Olivia, the girl in the green T-shirt. Thanks to people like you we were able to save more than 200 kids! The children next to Olivia are still looking for a sponsor to start finally school. This situation is unbelievable, but true. I took these pictures myself and I am about 4 months a year at this place. The kids come often to our office asking me whether we can also help them and we give them the little we have. It breaks my heart to send them away, but I know that we will get over time more and more children out there into school!
Education is the key!
We want a better future for these children and their communities, and for that they need education. Once they are doctors, engineers, teachers or whatever their dream is, they will become change-makers and able to give back to their community. Educating children will help pull families, and perhaps even the whole country, out of the poverty cycle. Helping a child complete their schooling will double the likelihood that they will send their own children to school! By keeping girls in school, the rates of child marriage and teen pregnancy significantly decrease. In addition to sending the kids to school we run several community projects that benefit these children and their families.
How our long-term sponsorship works
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Kids don't go to school for just one year, but several years. Hence why sponsorship is a long-term commitment and happens through a recurring payment plan. Once you have paid for at least 1 term we can offer you also monthly or quarterly payment plans! :)
What our long-term sponsors and donors say
Sponsorship vs Donations
While sponsorships last over years, both sponsorships and donations can change a life. Many of our sponsors also make donations to one of our six projects that benefit all children and their community.