St. Stephen Children's Centre
Over 350 students from Kindergarten to primary 7 attend our school. Many of them are sponsored and supported by the centre, including children who are orphans; children living with single parents, elderly, or teenage caregivers; children impacted by AIDS, domestic violence, abuse and/or poverty; and children with disabilities.
Older youth and vulnerable adult community members including women, the elderly, and disabled persons, are also supported through programs at our centre.
There is no Them. There are only facets of Us - John Green
Alex Katende (13 years old), Emanuel Luyima (10 years old), and Patric Kasoma (8 years old), are brothers. Their mother left because of domestic violence and their father is now very ill and unable to care for the children. Alex is in charge of caring for his younger brothers. They are not able to attend school or get appropriate food and health care with their father unable to work. They all have a passion for sports and reading.
Sponsoring these children will give them access to basic care and an education, which will then lead to them being able to work, farm, and support themselves and their family. Your sponsorship has the power to change their lives and those of their families.
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men - Frederick Douglass
George William, Mary Nakigudde, and Joseph Mulema are some of the children who attend our school. George is sponsored and is doing very well with this support, but we are still looking for sponsors for Mary and Joseph.
Mary and Joseph are both 8-year-old orphaned children currently living with foster families who are unable to adequately care for them because of illness and many children to support. They are both in primary 2 at St. Stephen Children's Centre. Mary wants to become a doctor one day. She is also very artistic and would love to be more involved in music, dance, and drama. Joseph loves sports.
Sponsoring these children will help them to pursue and accomplish their dreams of a brighter future.
It is through education that a daughter of a
peasant farmer can become a doctor - Nelson Mandela
Rosa Nansereko is a 47-year-old widow who cares for 4 children. St. Stephen Children's Centre recently bought eucalyptus trees from her grove in order to make the poles for the roof of our school, which in turn helped her to feed her children and send them to school.
Ritah Ssebuuma is a 55-year-old grandmother who makes and sells banana beer with the help of our centre, in order to pay for the needs of her family. Further education support to her and her children would help them to learn business, craft-making, and other strategies to provide a sustainable income for their family.
Gertrude Nakamya is a 58-year-old woman with several children and grandchildren in her care, but no income. St. Stephen Children's Centre helps to provide education, work opportunities, and training for her, her children, and her grandchildren.
You educate a woman, you educate a generation - Brigham Young
Harriet Nabakooza is a 13-year-old girl living with her mother and 8 siblings. There is no father to provide income and her mother is sick and unable to take care of the family. Harriet cares for her brothers and sisters while also trying to go to school. She is currently in primary 6.
Josephine and Annet Nassali are also young girls who are both sponsored and have greatly benefited from this support. But their siblings still need support. Sponsoring them would help them all to get a better education and a better hope for their future.
Courage, sacrifice, determination, toughness, heart -
that's what little girls are made of - B. Hamilton
John Mukasa and John Ndikola are both homeless men in their 60s who must rely on the kindness and compassion of those in their village to obtain food, shelter, clothing, and medicine. John Mukasa is unable to use his legs. John Ndikola's wife has epilepsy which requires significant care.
Your donation helps St. Stephen Children's Centre to support and help John Mukasa and John Ndikola, as well as other elderly community members in great need. We will be able to build them a home, provide food and care, and offer an education to their children who can then provide for them. Together we are helping to care for those who once cared for us.
To care for those who once cared for us is one of the highest honors - Tia Walker
Ssegawa Mubarakah is a 15-year-old orphan. He lives with a grandparent and greatly desires to go to secondary school. He enjoys studying and learning and has big dreams for his future.
Maculate Nantongo is a 16-year-old girl who cares for her mother and is not able to regularly attend school. A high school education would allow her to become self-reliant, support her family, and escape the hardships many women in Uganda face including poverty, abuse, and prostitution.
Richard Junju is 14 years old. His mother cares for him and 9 other children but has no income, so Richard is not able to go to school. He would like to become a teacher. With sponsorship, he may become one of the next generation of dedicated and inspiring teachers making a difference to children like him.
We cannot always build the future for our youth,
but we can build our youth for the future - Franklin D. Roosevelt
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Makondo, Uganda, Africa