We are not a child sponsoring charity and do not intend to become one! However, we are a charity that wants to give the best possible start in life to the children who attend the five nursery schools we support.
Thanks to the amazing interest in our projects and people asking about sponsoring children - like Veronica in the video below - we have started a very simple child sponsorship programme, which works like this:
When we travel to our nursery schools we are on the look out for children that stand out from the crowd, either because they are full of energy and are very sparky, or because the teachers tell us how clever they are. When someone comes to us saying they would like to sponsor a child, we know which ones would do the best.
We work closely with Susan Wamala who is the incredible head teacher of the high achieving and successful Mukono Boarding Primary School in Mukono. Susan takes our children into her boarding school and nurtures them through their primary education, giving them the best chance for the future.
It costs £300 a year for a child to attend Mukono Boarding Primary School. As the school is a government school, the education is free. The £300 pays for their board and lodging and their school uniform, bedding, food etc.
We ask that sponsors commit to sponsoring the child for the full 6 or 7 years (sometimes the children have to repeat their first year because they are so behind the standard of the other children who have benefitted from a better nursery education) the child will be in primary school and that the £300 is paid in one payment every February.
This is very important for the school and for us! For us because we do not have the resources in place to manage and chase payments (we run Seeds in our spare time) and for the school because £300 can be used for major projects like building toilets and so the money works twice as hard. If the payments are small then the money is eaten up in day to day expenses and there is no way Susan would be able to save up £300 for a specific project. Even better is if you are able to pay for more than one year in advance!
The payment is made to Seeds for Development by Virgin Money Giving so we benefit from the GiftAid if you are in the UK. The GiftAid money is used to cover additional expenses like transport for the children and also for the parents so they can visit their children.
We don't really ask for sponsorship of children through our nursery schools because it doesn't seem fair for a few tiny children to benefit when the need is so great! However, if you would like to sponsor a child through their education starting at nursery school, we also ask for £300 a year for the child. This money goes towards the payment of our teachers and feeding all the children porridge.
If you would like to sponsor one of our brilliant children and change a family's life forever and are happy to make the commitment of at least 6 years, we would love to hear from you.