My name is Jessica*. I live in Katanga and I am 17. I live with my elder sister because my father died 12 years back and my mother runs a small kiosk deep in the village therefore she couldn’t cater for my basic needs due to low earnings.
I am a mother of one son in the above photograph, I became pregnant in primary 7 and before completing my primary leaving exams I had to drop out of school due to stigma from fellow classmates and school staff. The father to my son is a senior four student in a village in western Uganda and since he’s a student I do not get any help from him or his family. My sister who works as a waitress in a local bar is the only one who tries to provide some basic needs but due to her poorly paid earnings my son doesn’t eat the required diet like other children; my son eats anything available in order to survive.
While in Katanga my neighbor, a pupil at CLC, informed me about hope for life Katanga and she took me to the hope for life office and due to my situation I was immediately recruited and I was taken to their Creative Learning Center at Kampala Baptist since I loved studying, I have got to walk approx. 2km every day to go to the CLC class, I walk there with other girls from Katanga, there are about 13 of us who walk to Kampala Baptist church.
I love this organization because it has taught us how to read and write and my teachers are so nice because they like us so much and are always ready to teach us. I am so happy because I have managed to meet fellow children with the same problem like mine they are friendly and very willing to study.
Jessica ~ “This has given me the hope of studying in order to become a nurse which is my future dream.”
HFL Social Worker ~ “As soon as Jessica fell pregnant, the school no longer wanted to support her in her education. She has been out of education for over a year being supported by her sister. We want to be able to provide Jessica with the necessary education, skills and training to help support her family and become the nurse she would love to be.”
Jessica and the other girls in the CLC are now looking for sponsors to take them to a school in the city, for £20/month, to further their education. If you are interested in sponsoring a child with us then send us an email at email@example.com.
* We have changed names and edited the written story for child protection reasons, otherwise the story was either written by Jessica or transcribed by one of our social workers.
My name is Arua and I am 10 years old. I live in Katanga but before I used to live in the village. I live with my father & mother. My parents separated but my father sells second hand clothes and shoes and my mother works in a saloon as a hair dresser within Katanga. I have three siblings, two sisters and one brother who is eleven years old. My sisters are six and four years old. My mother pays for my sisters school fees as she can only afford for one child.
“…but due to lack of school fees I dropped out.”
I was in primary two at a primary school in the village but due to lack of school fees I dropped out. It was my father paying my fees, before I left and joined my mother in Katanga. I was registered with Hope for Life Katanga after my mother talking to Hope for life management. I love this organization because it supports me am now in a creative learning center and it taught us how to read and write and my teachers are a blessing because they like us so much.
“This has given me the hope of studying in order to become a pilot in future which is my dream.”
I am so happy because I managed to meet other children with the same problems like mine; they are friendly and very willing to study. This has given me the hope of studying in order to become a pilot in future which is my dream. Yellow, pink and red are my favorite colors and I love them so much because they looks nice, my best dish is rice and chicken, chips, irish potatoes plus Macrons, I like playing games netball and nobbling.
HFL Social Worker: “When Arua came to the CLC class, she was interested in reading and writing and she was very fast in relating with her fellow children. She has learnt a lot during her time here at the CLC and is now ready for a sponsor to take her to formal school.”
Arua and the other girls in the CLC are now looking for sponsors to take them to a school in the city, for £20/month, to further their education. If you are interested in sponsoring a child with us then send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* We have changed names and edited the written story for child protection reasons, otherwise the story was either written by Arua or transcribed by one of our social workers.
It has now been 2 years since Megan and I first went to Uganda, met some Ugandan friends and started a little project; teaching 15 children, aged between 4-12, in a Slum that is home to 20,000 people.
With an amazing team of Ugandans, we sought to think about our vision for Katanga, working out what it would take to help this community to get out of poverty and live self sustainably.
Fast forward to November 2013 and we have bought buildings, hired some people, continuing to provide education, giving out loans and see many families take their next steps towards getting out of poverty.
We feel like it’s time to have an evening filled with videos, pictures and stories from the past 2 years, talk about where we are currently and our aims and vision for the next coming couple of years.
We understand that we have lots of friends and supporters who are in various countries around the world but if you find yourself in or around Nailsea (near Bristol, England) on the 25th of November then why not come join us.
The event will be at Nailsea school (BS48 2HN) from 8pm.
If your on Facebook, why not RSVP on our Facebook event page. You don’t need to RSVP to come along but if you do it would be very helpful. If you are not on Facebook then you can fill out the little RSVP below.
Hope to see you on the 25th.
Just wanted to share with you all a few pictures from my time in Katanga, Uganda so far. I upload quite a lot of pictures onto our Facebook page, so if you want to keep up to date with what we are doing in Katanga then check it out. Be sure to ‘Like’ the page.
Recently we have had a few more children sponsored, from our catch-up classes, to go to school in Kampala. Children sponsored to go to school leaves spaces in our classroom in Katanga for new children and families to join our program.
Below are 3 children who have just recently joined our catch-up classes. It’s is not only the children who join our program but the family as a whole, so we will now be working alongside the families to help support them in a better future.
These children and families have joined our program here at Hope for Life Katanga because of a number of reasons for example, some come from extremely low income families, some from homes where there is drug and alcohol abuse and even some families which have parents missing due to death or neglect.
In each individual circumstance we work with the family to help in various aspects of their lives e.g. income, health and to help combat drug and child abuse.
Below our our the latest children to be sponsored, leave our catch-up classes and go to a formal school.
If you want to know more about sponsoring a child to go to school for just £20/month then follow the link to go to our Sponsor a Child page.
Within the term before we flew out to Uganda, students from Sea Mills Primary School, Bristol had written letters to our children in Katanga, introducing themselves and explaining about their lives in England.
In the picture above, Chris and Megan are helping the students read the letters written by Sea Mills students.
Our children loved to receive the letters that others had written for them, they spent the rest of the morning reading all the letters as well as writing and drawing their replies. The theme of the letters were, ‘what can I see out of my window’.
It was an obvious difference in presentation and the vocabulary used in the letters, from the children in England, to those in our catch-up program, who had never been to school but it is always amazing to see the progress from the children most of which, a year and a half ago, couldn’t even use and hold a pencil correctly.
Read the previous blog Day 1 – Arriving by clicking the link.
I was just leaving Katanga today, when I very proudly saw 2 of HFL’s ‘ex’-students Moses & Akram as they return from their first day at their new school.
In the picture below: Moses (in the Orange) and Akram (in the Red) with a few of their classmates, just last week, at the Hope for Life school.
Thanks to all of you who Sponsor a Child to go to school.
If you would like to Sponsor a Child for £20/month then contact us at email@example.com or find out more information on our Sponsor a Child webpage… www.hopeforlifekatanga.com/sponsor-a-child/
Since Megan and I went to Katanga for the first time in September 2011, we have been dreaming about giving children in Katanga slum a chance to an education. Ever since then our trustees have worked hard at hiring teachers, recruiting volunteers; working hard to see us achieve this goal.
From an early stage we wanted to find away to get these children into a school where they are able to have the opportunity of receiving a good education for their future. We decided it would be great to find willing people from all around the world to partner with us in sponsoring a child to go to school for £20/month.
We had one big problem, as the children had not received education before we needed to get them to an academic level where they would be able to pass a school entrance exam, and have a good understanding of basic subjects that they will be taught in their new school.
We then started our small school in Katanga slum, teaching these children until we thought they were ready to attend school and when we had found sponsors for them.
In Uganda the school year runs from January to December. This January we enrolled our first 3 children into a formal school, they all passed their entrance exam and are enjoying going to their new school.
Here is a picture of James, Christine and Alex looking smart in their new school uniform at their new school.
These 3 children leaving our Hope for Life school means we can receive another 3 children from Katanga slum who vitally needs education.
If you would like to find out more about how you can sponsor a child like these 3 above then fill out the form below. You can also visit our ‘Sponsor a Child’ web page to find out more.
Merry Christmas to you all, we hope you have had a great time perhaps seeing your family & friends, eating some good turkey and sharing lots of gifts with each other.
We finished the school term in December with an end of year Christmas party with all the children in our school, the teachers and Ugandan trustees too.
& A Happy New Year. We in Uganda are looking forward to a new school term in January with some more new faces. A few of a children have acquired the sponsors necessary to send them to a private school, in Kampala. These children have studied hard, have really got to grips with learning and have shown real improvement in the last year in the Hope for Life school.
Both our teachers and social workers have worked hard, over the past year, to ensure the children are at a standard where they are able to attend formal school and pass the entrance exam.
As we have some children leaving our school, we will have more space in our classes to welcome in more children, from Katanga slum, who can not afford & need education.
Tendo (the girl in orange), who goes to the Hope for Life school, with her friends; all who have never received any formal education.
We want to thank all of those people who are currently supporting our teachers to teach the children in Katanga, to a level where the can attend formal school. We are also thankful for those who are sponsoring children to start school in January 2013.
If you would like to know how you are able to support a teacher or sponsor a child then fill out the form below and we will get back to you as soon as possible.