BENEFITING: Children of Uganda
Sharon (pictured left) just knew her dream was going to come true the day she met Rose.
One year ago, 7-year-old Sharon was found living in a slum with her ailing 80-year-old grandmother helping with daily chores and her grandmother’s care. Her father had died of AIDS and her mother subsequently abandoned her. With no source of income and the demands of living in a poverty-stricken home, it would seem impossible to hope for a better life; and yet, Sharon held on to the dream of attending school despite her many hardships.
When Children of Uganda's social worker Rose first met little Sharon on student recruitment day, she knew this brilliant child deserved a chance to attend school – something Sharon’s grandmother simply could not afford. And now, thanks to Sharon's sponsor – her dream of attending school came true this year.
Sharon and her fellow classmates returned for their final (and most important) school term of the year on September 3rd. All primary (elementary), secondary (middle and high school), vocational (trade school) and university students supported by Children of Uganda are now back and studying hard - and consequently, this month we face a heavy financial commitment of providing school fees and requirements for hundreds of orphaned and vulnerable children in our care.
We need your help. And, thanks to one of our most loyal and generous supporters - your donation can now go twice as far and have double the impact.
A longtime friend of our organization has offered to double your gift, dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000, if we receive your donation before October 1st. The money raised in this match will be used to pay school fees and provide the academic requirements our students need to succeed for their 3rd school term of the year.
Do you know what it's like to be 7-years-old and to lose both of your parents, be responsible for the care of an elderly loved one and wonder if you'll ever have the chance to attend school? Most of us do not. And yet, countless children like Sharon are facing this reality in Uganda today.
So, as you can imagine, education means everything to our children. They are acutely aware that being in school is a distinct privilege (education is not free in Uganda) and that by working hard in their studies they can achieve a brighter future for themselves, extended family and their community.
Can you help us keep hundreds of deserving Ugandan children and teens in school with a gift of $25, $50, $100 or more? Your donation of any amount will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 - but only if you donate by October 1st. Sharon and all of our beloved children are counting you keep their dreams alive.