During one of our trips to Kabale in Uganda, we met and made friends with some of the street children of Kabale. These children are either orphaned or live with abusive guardians or parents too poor to send them to school.
This kindled our desire to help the best way we could. We asked some of our friends in Kabale how we could best serve the community. We were told that we didn’t need to look further afield than where we were at the time, just to look around us. So, we did, and we saw.
We saw how just a little help could go a long way. We knew how child education could safeguard the future of some of the street children we had befriended. We wanted them to at least have a good head start in life and education is one sure way. So, to reduce the likelihood of them continuing on the path of extreme poverty, we needed to get these children out of the street and into formal education.
We took two of the children that we knew best, Daphine and Blessing, to the Amazing Love School. We knew the Director of the Amazing Love Nursery and Primary Boarding School, Mr Saturday James, who had been very supportive of our mission.
On a fateful Friday, we asked Saturday James if he would take the two children into his school as soon as we could find sponsors.
He agreed on the condition that they started immediately and offered to carry their expenses until we found sponsors.
Encouraged by this kind offer, we organised school uniforms over the weekend and Daphine and Blessing started school for the first time the following Monday. Seeing them in school uniforms and with shoes on for the first time brought tears to our eyes.
Prompted by the need to find sponsors for Blessing and Daphine immediately, the Alongside Africa ‘Give a Child a Change Programme’ was born. The programme now supports the education for more than 50 disadvantaged and marginalised children. There is, however, a long list of children known to us who desperately need sponsorship.