February – the month of love – is also the beginning of the new school term. Send love to Uganda by sponsoring a child to attend the school for a year for only $50.
There is limited free schooling in Uganda. Government schools are far apart and are poorly staffed with up to 100 kids per class. For Mubaku Village, the nearest school requires the children to undertake an hour long walk though an area with many baboons. The parents of Mubaku Village know that the baboons will attack their children as they walk to school, so the free school is not an option. So the people of Mubaku village decided to form their own school and came up with the fee structure in the chart below.
However, the villagers are mostly subsistence farmers and have very little income. Often parents send only one child from the family and usually the girls stay at home to help with home duties or get married as young as 13 or 14 years old. You can help these families by sponsoring a child for an entire school year for only $50.
Each sponsored child is carefully selected by the school leaders. The majority of sponsorships go to girls whose parents can not afford to send a second child. There are still more children not attending school than attending due to the parents being unable to afford to send more than one child,
The costs for the villagers to send their child to attend Bright Future School are;
|School Fee of 20,000 Ugandan shillings a term. There are three terms a year of three months each. This pays for the teachers.||60,000|
|Maze for lunch – Parents can provide a 5 kg bag of maze or pay 13,000 Ugandan Shillings for the maze for the year. Most send the bag of 5 kg Maze.||13,000|
|Exam Fee (the school uses the government exam so that kids that move can enroll at another school and get credit for their schooling at Bright Future School).||4,000|
|Report Card Fee – this is the cost to print the report card, the diploma and calendar for the parents.||3,000|
|School Uniform (May not be needed each year).||25,000|
|TOTAL (Between $27 and $30 USD1 per year depending on the exchange rate)||105,000|
There are other expenses that are not every year such as PE uniform of 28,000 shillings and graduation party cost of 10,000 shillings.
The orphans in the village were the first to get sponsored – they all attend school at no cost to the foster family.
When a child is sponsored, we ask for $50, which is higher than the villagers’ school fee. The difference is used to provide other items to the sponsored child like clothes, shoes, toothbrushes, and sanitary supplies plus some general school supplies for the entire school such aspaper, pencils, pens.
Consider making a huge difference in a child’s life by sponsoring a year of schooling for just $50.
$50 per year sponsors a child’s educational expenses for one year, including books, uniform, teacher fees and a hot lunch plus some support to the general student population.
There are multiple ways to give.
Sponsor using PayPal Click the Donate button and put a note in the message or email us to let us know if you’re donating to sponsor a child verses a construction donation.
If you want to send cash or a check to sponsor a child please mail to:
Mubaku Educational Foundation;
P.O. Box 70.
Agoura Hills, CA
(1) Over the last three years the exchange rate of US dollars to Ugandan Shillings has ranged from 3,500 to 3,800 Uganda Shillings to the US dollar.