Sponsorship brings life changing differences to orphaned and vulnerable children in Northern Uganda. You have the power to change a life! Their prayers are simple: school fees, food, shoes, the love of a family. Sponsors develop a long-term relationship with a child through pictures, letters and even visits to Acres of Hope when possible.
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How does Acres of Hope International ensure that my support actually benefits the child I sponsor?
Acres of Hope International reviews the books of Acres of Hope Uganda every quarter. We are in weekly contact with the staff of Acres of Hope Uganda and monitor closely the activities in Uganda. Additionally, we visit Uganda at least once every year to review progress from the previous year and discuss in detail the budget for the coming year.
Please note that the money sent for sponsorship does not go into individual bank accounts for individual children. Rather, Acres of Hope Uganda uses one account to insure the needs of all sponsored children are met. Your child will be cared for according to the high standards set for all Acres of Hope Uganda children.
How long should my child sponsorship last?
Our hope and prayer is that you will stay with a child for a number of years, usually through Primary 7 with the option to continue sponsorship through high school and even college. While we hope that you will be able to continue your support of your sponsored child until he or she completes the program, we recognize that circumstances sometimes change. You may discontinue your child sponsorship at any time. Please understand that in rural Northern Uganda, a sponsored child's circumstances may change, too. For example, sometimes families move and children no longer have the opportunity to participate. We will inform you as quickly as possible if any such circumstance affects the child you sponsor, and we'll offer you the opportunity to support another child in need of your help.
What specific benefits will the child I sponsor receive?
The child you sponsor will receive opportunities and services that most of the world's poorest children never see. These opportunities and services include:
Basic Needs, Healthcare, and Emotional Support
Five houses provide homes for over 70 of the most vulnerable children in Nebbi, Uganda. These homes were funded by generous donors in the United States through Williamson’s Chapel United Methodist Church and West United Methodist Church in Mooresville, North Carolina as well as ONE Less Ministries in Smyrna, Tennessee. Each home houses between 8 and 20 children and one matron or patron. The caretakers ensure that the children are fed and healthy. They form appropriate emotional and social bonds, helping the children to cope with their past, and look forward to their future. The children have responsibilities, but they no longer have to skip school to find food or fetch water. The students who do not live at Acres of Hope receive breakfast and lunch while at school. Many of them live with guardians who receive support from Acres of Hope in the form of basic necessities like food as well as livestock and gardening supplies to aid in the production of a local income.
The high dropout rate in Uganda is primarily because survival takes priority over education, and most of the time, school fees are simply not available. Acres of Hope Nursery and Primary School serves the children who live at Acres of Hope as well as others who live in the community. Approximately 150 students attend AOH School in Nebbi, and an additional 70 students attend the campus in Pakwach. Acres of Hope children attend the Acres of Hope schools from Nursery through Primary 7 (which marks the end of elementary school). The children then attend secondary (high) schools throughout Uganda. The best secondary schools in Uganda are boarding schools so many AoH students attend school in the bigger cities of Arua and Kampala.
Sponsorship and Relationships
While Geoffrey and his team in Uganda do most of the leg work, child sponsorship has provided a way for hundreds of people to partner with Acres of Hope. For $50 a month, individuals can sponsor a child, providing school fees, school uniforms, healthcare, food, and other basic needs. The sponsors then get to communicate with their child through e-mail and physical letters. This relationship has proved to motivate the students to excel in their studies, knowing they have the support of their sponsor. Many of the students refer to their sponsor as Mom or Dad, and the joy they experience when they receive a letter is infectious.
What our Sponsors Say
Kati, Northway Church, TexasI wasn't sure what to expect when arriving in Uganda for the first time. I quickly realized that these are special people, unlike any other. Acres of Hope is a light in the dark and I am so excited to not only continue working with Geoffrey, but also sweet Priscilla. I connected with her from the beginning and felt led to sponsor her. I can wait to watch her grow and see how the Lord works in her life. This is only the beginning!
Derek, KSSaying our goodbyes was definitely the hardest part of the entire trip. It was even more difficult because Samson was really struggling with me leaving. It is truly amazing the bond that you build with a child that you sponsor. For that child, you are their family. You will never be able to understand how important you are to that child. Many tears were shed as we drove away for the last time.
Pat, West UMC, NCBeing a sponsor of Yona is more than just about money, it is about making a difference and offering hope. It is about the love between us, through letters we offer each other words of encouragement, love, and prayers.