Family to Family Sponsorship Program

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The goal of Give Us Wings’ Family to Family Sponsorship Program is to enable more children to realize their potential by helping families overcome obstacles that prevent their children from completing their education. The program is designed to help the entire family develop the skills necessary to build a sustainable future.

Give Us Wings employs a holistic approach that involves all members of the family in identifying the challenges and barriers that make educating their children difficult. For one family the challenge may be that the mom or dad is ill and unable to work, or that they need business training and a small interest-free loan to expand their business. For another family it may be unexpected expenses due to a death in the family or suddenly having to repair their home.

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Give Us Wings staff in Uganda help each family access the services needed for success. The whole family to has access to resources related to parenting, health care and business, and one child per family attends a private school.

The program launched in April 2015, and currently there are 47 families—from Tororo and Kayoro, Uganda—enrolled in the Family to Family Program.

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Community Involvement:

Community Involvement on the part of the sponsored child is a key element of Give Us Wings’ Family to Family model. Research tells us that this type of activity among young children (ages 5-14) promotes a healthy life-style and choices, enhances psychological, social and intellectual development (e.g. self-esteem, interest in learning, moral reasoning); it also helps with life skills necessary for a productive adulthood (e.g. responsibility for task completion, reliability, getting along with others); it encourages a life-long service ethic and improves the community. Volunteering is a perfect way for children to be welcomed as productive, active and valuable members of their community. Moreover, a benefit of volunteering as a group is that the members motivate each other. So, much like their parents’ groups, the children are now part of a group who will support and motivate each other with schoolwork and volunteer activities.

For their first act of community involvement, the children of members of the Kayoro groups (Tekere, Makimoth, Katonda Mbera and Afwoyo Were) were given gloves and tools and then worked together with adult leaders to clear grass and trash away from the water source that had become overgrown and caused the water to stagnate. The children worked hard to clear the bushes and open up the drainage system. The children of members of the Hera group helped clear a rubbish pit in their community.

Afterward, all of the children gathered at the grounds of the St. John’s Kayoro Health Center for a celebration with games (like soccer and sack races), lunch and a piece of Christmas cake (the first piece of cake for many of the children!). The community involvement and celebration activities that day caught the admiring attention of many people in the community. The children and the adult leaders will plan their next community activity for the next school holiday break. There will likely be two such activities per year.

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Make a Difference with Family to Family Sponsorship

This unique sponsorship program employs a holistic approach. Parents living in deep poverty in Uganda are able to provide a stable and healthy environment for their children. The whole family has access to resources related to parenting, health care and business, and one child per family attends a private school. Together they work toward a sustainable future.

The goal of Give Us Wings’ Family to Family Sponsorship Program is to enable more children to realize their potential by helping families overcome the obstacles that prevent their children from completing their education. Give Us Wings has learned, through our years of experience, that a child’s success involves more than just going to school—the parent must be able to provide a stable, healthy environment where the children can grow and thrive.

Our holistic approach involves all members of the family in identifying the challenges and barriers that make educating their children difficult. For one family the challenge may be that the mom or dad is ill and unable to work, or that they need business training and a small interest-free loan to expand their business. For another family it may be unexpected expenses due to a death in the family or suddenly having to repair their home.

“I am very excited for my child to be among the lucky children to get sponsorship. The letter means a lot to me—that the sponsor writes to us means that she really loves us.”

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Give Us Wings staff in Uganda will help each family access the services needed for success. Our program is designed to help the entire family develop the skills necessary to build a sustainable future!

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Take this opportunity to create long-term and meaningful relationships while supporting a child’s education and their family’s health care. Contact us today!

“Our sponsorship of Joseph has been an education about the world, opportunity and love. We have learned so much about giving, patience and strength through our relationship with Joseph and his family.”

COST OF SPONSORSHIP:

It costs $1,500/year to fully sponsor a family.

If you donate $1,500/year to Give Us Wings’ Family to Family Sponsorship Program you will be partnered with a family in Uganda.

If you donate $750-$1,499/year to Give Us Wings’ Family to Family Sponsorship Program you and another donor in the US will share the sponsorship of a family in Uganda.

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HOW IT WORKS:

When you decide to become a sponsor, you will be partnered with a Ugandan family. You will receive an introductory packet including:

DURING THE YEAR YOU CAN EXPECT TO RECEIVE:

WHAT THEY RECEIVE:

“I write this letter with tears of joy in my eyes. I never dreamt that I would get someone to take me back to school.” – Mary Alice, sponsored student, Kayoro, Uganda.

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