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Everything You Need to Know About Child Sponsorship

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We ask for a minimum donation of £16 a month, which works out at around 55 pence a day. Most sponsors make their payments monthly.

How does sponsorship work? Child sponsorship creates a unique, personal, connection between you and a child and their family in Uganda. As part of your sponsorship you can exchange letters and photos.

How are my donations spent? We have been working with children for over 13 years and in that time we have learnt to address cultural issues sensitively. We never aim to pay all school costs as we believe this would compromise the dignity of the family. We want Ugandan families and relatives to remain the primary caregivers of their own children - we simply aim to provide a supporting role.

£16 per month covers around 90% of school costs depending on the age of the sponsored child, the area they live in and their chosen school. Your £16 will contribute to the cost of education, school meals, uniforms and basics like school stationery.

What will I receive? When you first sign up you will receive a photo of your sponsored child and information about them. Three times a year you will receive a handwritten letter from your sponsored child, as well as a school report. Once a year you’ll receive a recent photo. See here for more information.

Can I choose the child I sponsor? Amigos has many children waiting to be sponsored. You can let us choose the child most in need, or you can choose whether you’d like to sponsor a girl or a boy, you can also choose their approximate age.

Currently, our efforts are focussed on the North of Uganda, where the devastating impact of the Lord’s Resistance Army has been at its worst, and in Western regions made vulnerable by extreme poverty.

Is sponsoring like adopting a child? No. The child you sponsor will have a family of their own, you will play an important role as a supportive ‘aunt’ or ‘uncle’. As well as funding their education, your sponsorship can inspire and encourage children. A simple letter or card can boost kids’ self-esteem and motivate them to study harder. Children tell us they love hearing from their sponsors.

We hope your relationship with your sponsored child will continue until they complete their education at the age of 18, but if your circumstances change, you can stop at any time and we will find another sponsor for the child.

Access to education enables children to improve their own lives and that of their families. Children are safe when they are at school and they receive a meal every day. They are more likely to grow up healthy and enjoy a childhood free of disease. They get the chance to go to a well-equipped, stimulating school instead of having to do exhausting and sometimes dangerous work all day. Education gives them the opportunity to acquire a job in the future. Find out more.

How do you select which children to sponsor? With 15,000,000 children in Uganda needing an education we have to pick the ones that are really needy. This means they will be an orphan, either a maternal/paternal orphan, or a pure orphan if they have no parents at all. Some children have been abandoned, some are deaf or disabled, some might be living with HIV.

At present over 360 children are being sponsored through Amigos. We aim to increase this to 400 children by the end of 2015.

I have more questions – who can I speak to? Staff in the Amigos office are happy to answer any questions you have about sponsorship and our work. You can call us on 01271 377664 or email info@amigos.org.uk

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