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Hope for Life Breakfast

Breakfast Invitation 1Come join us for breakfast, while we hear from our guest Nkurunziza Francis (Co-founder & Director of Hope for Life Katanga) as well as the rest of the Hope for Life team from the UK.

Francis will share a little about his background growing up in Uganda, before talking about the exciting work we are currently doing in Katanga (& beyond?). Francis, Megan and Mark will be sharing stories, pictures and videos throughout the morning.

There will be a time for Q&A at the end too, all while you enjoy a cup of coffee, croissant and perhaps a Ugandan chapati.

There will be a crafts area in the hall, as well as lots of outside green space if the children (or adults) want to run about.

Please register that you are coming to the breakfast by ‘purchasing’ free tickets from our event page.

We would love to see you there.

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Arua’s story

Liberty PicMy 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.”

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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 hopeforlifekatanga@gmail.com.

* 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.

Desire’s story

My name is  Desire* and I am 7 years  old. I have lived in Katanga for 7 years to date. I live  with my father and mother, who are the sole bread earners  of my family. My father works with a bus company and my mother fries samosas. I have six siblings, five girls and one boy.

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I was a primary three pupil at a primary school in the city but due to lack of school fees I dropped out.  I am now getting formal education from CLC (Creative Learning Centre). I got this opportunity through some lady who works with Hope for Life Katanga who came and briefed my mother about Hope for life and the following day I was taken to the Hope for Life office in Katanga where I was registered.

“This has given me the hope of studying in order to get a bright future.”

I love this organization because it teaches children how to read and write. I am  so happy because I  managed to meet other children with the same problem like mine, they are friendly and very willing to study. This has given me the hope of studying in order to get a bright future. I walk 2 kilometers from Katanga every morning before nine o’clock to the CLC to study.

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Purple is my favorite color and I like it so much because it looks nice, my best dish is chips and chicken plus rice, I like playing games like running and nobbling but I love singing and therefore I would like to become a singer one day in future .

HFL Social Worker: “At first Desire was shy and could be so quiet in class but the Hope for Life staff have managed to catch her up in class and help her to relate with other pupils. Now she has settled into class we are so pleased with the progress she is making.”

Desire 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 hopeforlifekatanga@gmail.com.

* We have changed names and edited the written story for child protection reasons, otherwise the story was either written by Desire or transcribed by one of our social workers.

Can you Sponsor a Child?

In Uganda, education is not free, on top of school fees, families must pay for uniforms, books, stationery and more. This is simply not feasible for many families in low income areas like the community of Katanga.

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We currently run catch-up classes throughout the week, for the children whose parents can’t afford for them to go to school. All of the children we work with, either have never been to school or have been to school for a term or two. As a result we work with children who, for example, are 13, 14, 15 years old but intellectually they would go into a class of 5/6 years olds because they have had no real previous education. So we work with these children, getting them to a level where they are able to pass the entrance exams and enter school.

We have set up a sponsorship program to help our children move into a school in Kampala. The program is based on the premise that every child has a right to an education and a hope for a better future.

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Sponsoring a child costs £20 per month and includes:

  • School fees to enable them to attend school.
  • School uniform including sports wear, shoe polish and a school bag.
  • School essentials: pens, pencils, ruler, maths set etc.
  • School lunch fees.
  • An emergency medical fund to help pay for emergency hospital fees and other necessary items e.g. Mosquito nets.
  • Sending letters to the sponsor.

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What we at Hope for Life Katanga will continue to do with the children who are sponsored:

  • The children will join us at our weekend reading and homework club where they will have the work space, the light and atmosphere to concentrate.
  • As the child continues to attend the weekend reading and homework class, we will continue to assess how each child is getting on in and out of school life. As a result of this assessment we will be able to support them efficiently. This will also be a time they can write to the sponsor to tell you how they are getting on themselves.

Our child sponsorship program will hopefully only last 4 – 7 years per child (this does not mean you need to commit for this amount of time). This is because, alongside providing children with education, we will be training and resourcing the parents in money-making skills and money management so in the future they will be able to support their own children. Click here to find out more information on family work.

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If you feel you are able to sponsor a child for £20 a month then please fill out the form below…

  

New children and families joining us in Katanga

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.

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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.

Have you ever thought about…

Have you ever thought about Sponsoring a Child in Uganda and seeing the difference you can make to 1 child’s life.

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Back in 2011 we started a small school, running catch-up classes, in Katanga slum. Our idea was that we could get these children to an intellectual level where they would be able to attend a formal school.

We then would find people willing to give £20/month to see these children go to school and  have the same opportunity at education as other children their own age.

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Christine is 10 years old, she had attended a school for a little less than a year when her mum died, her dad at this point was already not around. So she had to move into Katanga Slum with her Auntie who doesn’t have enough money to feed the family, let alone continue paying the school fees that Christine’s mum previously paid for.

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We were so excited then when, at the beginning of 2013, we found 3 sponsors to send James, Alex and Christine to school. The moment I got the photos of these children in their new school uniform, on their first day, starting at their new school I was so overwhelmed.

I was so pleased, that what was an idea, a thought, a dream, at the end of 2011 became a reality by the start of 2013.

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A picture of Christine in August 2012, in the catch-up classes at the Hope for Life school.

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Here’s a picture of me, with Christine and Prossy, in their new dresses that were donated to us from ‘Dress a Girl Around the World‘.

IMG_7517With your help we would love to send more children to get an education that we take for granted. There are about 12,000 children in Katanga Slum, which can be a huge overwhelming number but you can play apart in helping reduce the number of uneducated children.

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” ~ Mother Teresa

 

If you would like to know more about sponsoring a child then click here and if you want to go ahead with sponsoring a child like Christine then let us know by filling out the form below…