Education provision and quality vary greatly across Uganda. Generally, cities and towns have better provision in comparison to villages and rural areas. Nowhere is education free. Children can only attend school if their parents are able to pay for school fees, uniform, books, and food for each child sent to school. Without this provision, the child is not allowed to attend school. Formal education for many children is a privilege.
Unfortunately, we are also seeing an increasing number of grandmothers in their 80s left to raise grandchildren. Sometimes this is due to the death of their own children through HIV/Aids and sometimes grandchildren are abandoned by their single parent mothers who cannot cope with raising their child. Many of these children living with grandparents have little to no hope of ever going to school. They need help with food and clothes and help with paying school fees.
Through our sponsorship we currently give 25 children and one adult the opportunity to get an education. Of these, 23 children are of primary age, 2 children are of secondary age and the 1 adult is receiving their primary education for the first time. We're pleased to share photos of 20 of these children here on this page.