SPONSOR A CHILD
ERAB envisions a world full of God’s love to alleviate suffering in families, disadvantaged children and young people through Christian based activities that enhance and boost human dignity. We exist to support educating the young people in the admonition of the Lord, protect, nurture and restore children and empowering families through Christ centred services.
As such we run an education sponsorship program for selected children in primary schools from when we enrol them until completion of P.7. The program is run and manged by ERAB HOMSKOL SERVICES LTD our subsidiary company registered in Uganda.
Our selection criteria considers children whose parents cannot afford even the basic scholastic materials or cheapest of school fees in Government Schools. We would like to offer these children an opportunity to study to enable them break the poverty cycle as we journey with them through their life development by providing an environment for enriched academic growth and development and focussing on each child as a unique creation of God.
We also work closely with parents by empowering them improve their lives through Vocational training, finding jobs and adult learning to enable them to support their children financially and getting involved in their education.
We pledge to pay fees and scholastic materials as required by the school and provide necessary support to our children that will enable them enjoy learning.
What we don’t do is assuming full responsibility of the parents. Parents have to ensure that the children are healthy and well looked after to continue with their studies. However, we empower households to create an income generating activity to support their day to day living.
The School’s role
Providing a safe environment for our children, ensure good communication between the parent, our representative and allowing us to monitor the child/children progress as per stipulated guidelines of the school.
Ms Nambatya has four children with a set of twins. She has a surviving mother that is deaf and dumb and currently very ill. She is the main carer of her mother and children. In August 2019, she lost the father of the twins and as such she has been left to fend for her family.
When we inquired about her job, she told us that she normally washes clothes of the neighbours to find food for her children and medicine for her sick mother. And such jobs are not always available, so she gets her sick mother outside and leaves luck to be on her side when well-wishers give a token to her mother. That is what they use for food and if they don’t get anything, she boils water and gives her children to sleep.
For the accommodation we found out that the house belonged to an Aunt to the mother and therefore have a room to sleep in with her children and mother. There other residents in the house to up to 15 other relatives. The only advantage is that she is not paying for rent and her mother feels more comfortable staying there.
Ms Nambatya never went to school but she is determined for her children to attain education. Elizabeth and Gabriel had been taken away by grandmother to Gabriel who managed to put them in school up to where they are.
However, Ms Nambatya told us that a paternity DNA test was carried out with Gabriel’s dad and the blood samples did not match. So, the children were returned to her. Fortunately, the grandmother found her this sponsorship so that Gabriel and Elizabeth would continue school. Elizabeth’s dad is available but cannot afford to support his daughter financially. Although he wants to take the daughter away to his village so that his parents may look after her. Ms Nambatya is not in favour of separating her children as Elizabeth is also supporting her with looking after her siblings.
From the above findings, ERAB thinks that Ms Nambatya does not have a supporting system that would enable her to maintain her children in school. She will need support to find a paying job that puts food and other basics on the table. This sponsorship may run for a while, and what will happen if she cannot afford to maintain her children in this school or any other? This is the dilemma for most families in Uganda. In this situation we call for partnership with anyone willing to change a life of a young mum like Grace.