“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworkers can become the head of the mines, that a child of farm workers can become president of a great nation.”
We believe that every child has the right to, and deserves, an education. Irrespective of that child’s background or gender, all children should be supported in attending school and acquiring the skills and qualifications necessary for a healthy and prosperous life. The education of disadvantaged children and orphans is at the core of our work.
Many barriers to education such as poverty, gender and lack of educational resources exist in the countries where we operate and prevent poor children from going to school. In many African countries, education even at primary school is not free, and is a barrier that stops many disadvantaged children and orphans from receiving an education.
Our child sponsorship programme gives children the opportunity of an education to realise and reach their potential. It covers the cost of school fees, books, uniform and shoes and for meals both at school and at home, which needy widows and guardians (often grandmothers) cannot afford.
We are committed to supporting each child to completion of their education, from primary and secondary schools and where possible up to university or other tertiary education. This means supporting some children for 10-14 years or more. Since 2008 more than two hundred supported children have have gone on to university or other tertiary education.
With just £15 a month you can help to educate a disadvanatged child who may otherwise be forced into child labour or marriage in order to support their family.
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Lowema was born in Moshi and struggled through life as a child, having lost her father at very early age. Her widowed mother did not have the means to support her education, being unemployed herself. ACT supported Lowema from 2004, covering the cost of her education from primary school to university. She completed her Master’s degree in Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam and now works with Tanzania Revenue Authority as a senior Tax Officer, specialising in international taxation issues. Lowema hopes to give back and help others who have gone through similar difficult circumstances to achieve their goals, in the same way that she was supported by a child sponsor through ACT in the UK.
Shalon was just a month old when her father died. It was a difficult time for her mother with her 4 children. Living in Jinja, she was concerned particularly for her only daughter and youngest child. She could least afford the cost of sending her children to school, as education even in primary school, was not free at the time. ACT heard the story of the family and found a UK child sponsor who supported Shalon’s education in primary and secondary school. ACT was able to obtain a grant from a UK charitable Trust that enabled Shalon to study at the University of Kyambogo in Kampala. She hopes to complete her 4 year course and graduate with a degree in Economics and Microfinance in 2020. For Shalon this is a feat that had seemed impossible in those difficult days. She is the only one of her siblings to have the opportunity of a university education. Sadly, her mother would not be able to see her daughter graduate. She passed away just before she sat her university entrance exams. Shalon speaks warmly of ACT and is grateful to God for bringing her this far in life.
Salimot is an orphan from Ayobo-Ipaja, in Lagos State, Nigeria. The death of her father in 2011 unleashed so much hardship on his polygamous family and with the difficulties her mother faced, Salimot and her brother from her mother were left in the care of an uncle with biological children of his own. The financial burden made life difficult for the children. The family came to the attention of ACT and Salimot and her brother are supported and able to go to school and have their education and welfare needs met. Salimot is making progress in her education and recently passed to Senior Secondary school. She is looking forward to a brighter and better future.
William has already faced many hardships in his short life. The youngest of 6 children of his mother, he was born into a family ripped apart by the murder of the father. They were further disrupted by the ill-treatment of his mother by her in-laws after this tragedy. His mother was denied the right to use her husband’s land to support their children and so has struggled to earn a living in a community where nearly all families live on the land. So she does casual labour on other farms to be paid with food for her family. The family came to the attention of ACT and William is now supported and able to go to school and have this education and welfare needs met. He hopes to complete primary school in 202 and go on to secondary school.