We are a Christian Child Sponsorship Program, empowering older children (ages 15+) in Uganda to complete their education through sponsorship. Along with their education, we seek to help each child develop spiritually, physically, socially and mentally.
Sponsorship is bringing hope and a future to our students
SPONSORSHIP (ages 15+)
African Hope Children’s Ministry is a sponsorship program, empowering older students (ages 15+) in Uganda to complete their education. Along with their education, we seek to help each student develop spiritually, physically, socially and mentally. We support the work of a local ministry in Uganda which works primarily in the Nakasongola District and which provides assistance and support to these students and their families.
The sponsorship program currently has 31 registered students who are thankful for the opportunity to continue their education. Eight of our students live in the Kampala area and the other 23 students live in the Nakasongola District. After one student completes his/her education, we will give another student the opportunity to come into the program.
Sponsorship Program goals:
- To have two new church plants in two different communities.
- New students registered into the sponsorship program from these church plants.
- For students to graduate as Job Creators rather than Job Seekers and giving them opportunities to intern with electric, water and building companies
- A meeting with parents/guardians to update student information.
- Our heart’s desire remains to give these students a future and a hope in Jesus’ name.
We are seeking multiple sponsorships for each student to ensure a proper education and a brighter future. Sponsorships help cover:
- School fees
- Health needs
- Facilitation for their Training (camps, missions, conferences, workshops)
Achievements and Specific Needs
- Dug three water wells and repaired one existing
- Supplied over 600 mosquito nets, medical outreach in Gulu and Nakasongola districts
- Distributed reading glasses to elderly people
- Educated areas within Nakasongola district on issues of abortion, HIV, Sanitation.
- Community empowerment to fight poverty through distribution of piglets for home sustainability.
- To dig at least two water wells and at least 100 water filters to over 100 families.
- To dig at least 5 pit latrines in five communities
- Distribute at least 500 mosquito nets to expecting mothers and other families
- Doing two medical outreaches in Nakasongola and Iganga Districts
- Mission teams to help in building and medical outreaches
- Financial support
- A dedicated team
- $11,000 per water well
- $100 per water filter
- $3500 for Pit latrines
- $20 for each mosquito net
- $1000 to facilitate a medical outreach
$35 MONTHLY for a single sponsorship
$70 MONTHLY for a double sponsorship
$105 MONTHLY for A full sponsorship
$140 MONTHLY for A full sponsorship
Payment is due at the beginning of each month. Make checks payable to:
African Hope Children’s Ministry
c/o Nancy Dickey
250 Cactus Canyon
Spring Branch, Texas 78070-5663
You may also give online. Thank you so much.
A student may have a maximum of 4 sponsors helping them financially and building into their lives through prayer and letter writing.
Letter writing is a privilege; it is a time for sponsors to build into the lives of the student that God has chosen for them to communicate with. These students need to hear from you; they need to know you are praying for them; they need to hear words of encouragement to work hard in their studies; they need to hear scripture to lift them up and challenge them; and they need to just be reminded again that someone outside of their small world loves them. Your student would love to receive a picture of you and your family, your pets, the area in which you live, places you go visit, scenery in your area or places you travel, what grows in your area, the wildlife in your area; in general, they are interested in your world! You are most welcome to send post cards, birthday and Christmas cards, book marks or even scrap book pages that you make with pictures- be creative. For your safety and that of your student, the sharing of personal contact information such as email, phone number, address or facebook contact information is not allowed. As a sponsor, you are in a wonderful position to model Christ’s love as you mentor your student.
The fact that I am alive today is a miracle. This is the story of that miracle, or rather, the many small miracles that led me to where I am today. This story is not made up. It is a real story of my life. I am the child from an impoverished, AIDS-affected village in east Africa, who is now a living testimony to God’s work.
I was born in the village of Ggaba, a small fishing community on the northern shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda. It is a very poor village. In my village many babies die before they are even born; many mothers die too. Of the children that do survive childbirth, many die as infants.
It is very good for me to encourage lives, as I have been in a destitute situation myself. I know what poverty means. To me, one life changed is like an answered prayer or a dream come true. That is where my passion comes from. Ever since I was a little girl I’d say, “God, if You will ever get me out of where I am, this is what I will do for You; I will speak against injustice and act as a voice for the voiceless.”
Life for me is a far cry from days spent selling coal and samosas in a hustling market place.
My father had three wives and eventually 11 children, but before all those wives and children came along my mother was his first wife. I was born after six children had died before me. I came at the time when he needed a child from my mother, and when I was born, he really loved me. I used to go everywhere with him. At least I have memories that he loved me.
God opened a door, that’s when Compassion International came to my village and I was registered in the Compassion program where I met my husband when we were both very young.
Just like many families that have suffered the HIV/AIDS epidemic, mine was one of them. My father contracted HIV AIDS but never believed it. He thought they were be-witching him, a belief of so many people in Africa. By the time he eventually accepted reality, it was too late. In a place where most people have to feed their families, and survive on less than a dollar a day, medicine was very expensive up to $10 for every tablet! My father received too little, too late. He died in 1994. I am very grateful that my father accepted the Lord just two weeks before he died. It was very comforting to know that. But when my father died, I could no longer be a little girl. At 11 years of age, childhood was a luxury I could not afford. I had to grow up quickly. When he died, we were left in the hands of a loving but helpless mother. Two of my father’s other wives also had died to HIV/AIDS. God is so good. My mother survived and she tested negative. My mother had to take care of the 11 of us. I,being the oldest, had to start responsibility at a tender age of 11. I had to work to make a living for me and my siblings to survive and help my mother too. I had to sell coal and samosas so that my young brothers and sisters could get something to eat. So much energy would be spent working in the scorching sun and yet earing less than a dollar a day. I used to wake up at 4:00am with my mother to start on the days work.
By 8:00am I had to be at school. On many occasions I arrived late at school and this called for punishments. My performance in school was really bad. In the evenings after school I had to go and sell samosas in the market. I never had time to do my home work so my school performance was poor. Another blow came about when my father’s relatives sold off the only property our father had left us. We were thrown out to the streets and lived from here to there. Eventually we settled into a tiny dilapidated house made of bricks with muddy floor. Many times my mother had no food to give us. My brothers and sisters would say to me, Jackie, we are not eating, we are starving. And this would break my heart and my mother’s too. It was very hard; I felt the pain of hunger, too.
Friends, I am happy to say that in the midst of all those problems, God opened a door. That’s when Compassion International came to my village and I was registered in the Compassion program where I met my husband when we were both very young. Compassion changed my life from that of a miserable little girl to what I am today.
I have come to believe that when the devil closes one door, the God we serve always opens another door. Jeremiah 29:11.Thanks to the wonderful ministry of Compassion International which has introduced the love of Christ to young people like me. I was amazed that someone loved me, a shy little girl.
I began to lift my head a little. I came to believe that my situation did not dictate my future. That one day, my life could be different.
Alma, a lady who sponsored me through Compassion, had packaged Christ and His love in such an amazing way, making it real for me. – a dream for the majority of young Ugandans like me! After many years of being so faithfully sponsored by Alma, I entered Compassion’s Leadership Development Program and attended the university. I learned more about servant leadership and had opportunities to minister in my community. My LDP sponsor, Tony Neeves, became a father figure and mentor for me, which I had lacked for so many years. Thanks to the Compassion program, in 2005 I graduated from Uganda Christian University with a degree in communications. In January 2008 I married a wonderful man named Jonathan a pastor.
Today as I look back on where I have come from, I am amazed at God’s goodness and blessing. At 11 years old, my dream was simply to go to school; never imagining that one day I would be a university graduate, fully equipped to serve my family, my community and my country Uganda. Today, I am a passionate advocate for the children . I use my communications training to speak for the poor- particularly poor children and to be a voice for the voiceless.
My husband Jonathan and I put our visions together as a way to give back to God for what He has done in our lives since we were little children in a Compassion program. My husband felt a call upon his life to reach to the unreached places. He went to Bible college and he was able to be trained. His desire was mainly to help and serve the pastors in the rural areas with less privilege. There are so many pastors in our country who want to serve God but lack the necessary training and resources. God called us to start Unreached Africa, a ministry suited to reach to the unreached.
Our main projects are the Child Sponsorship Program, Mobile Bible Training Program and Relief. We organize missions and Bible training to illiterate pastors in our country. We also run short courses that usually go for 2 weeks and after, each pastor is awarded a certificate. Friends, You can as well write a story into the life of another person and be part of our ministry. Stand with us both through prayer and financially as we take God’s kingdom to the unreached villages in our country. You visit our website www.UnreachedAfrica.org We are looking forward to hearing from you.
God Bless You,