Support The African Child

Posted by Chris on September 6th, 2012
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1.   HOME PAGE

Support the African child is so much blessed to have you visit our
site and indeed even as you navigate through our pages, we pray that
may the Lord touch your heart and use to have a difference brought by
you towards the life of the many disadvantaged children and
impoverished children, vulnerable children and widows facing welfare
problems.
At Support the African child, children are the major reason and focus
we exist and therefore our main objective is to serve them in the form of
humanity like the provision of food, shelter and so many more as you shall
read in our pages
Support the African child is a community based organization which was
founded in August 2011 by Aida Kagoya. Aida Kagoya is a 21 year old
lady pursuing a bachelor’s degree in management science at Kyambogo
University on government sponsorship. Aida was raised by a single
mother and six of her siblings in Wairaka village in Jinja district
after she lost her dad at the age of nine in primary four. She was
enrolled in an organization that paid her fees from primary six until
senior six where she excelled highly and qualified for government
scholarship. Aida is facilitated with a sum of sh.800000 per semester
at the university as a privilege for government sponsored students
which she is using to help six disadvantaged children to achieve their
dreams. I have the children enrolled in affordable schools, two in
senior 3, two in primary 4 and one in primary two and primary one. I
provide food, clothing and accommodate the children in my late
father’s second home in Mafubira, Jinja Uganda. I was inspired by my
past status as an orphan to start up this organization so that I can
help children who are just like I was. I rely on the university
government allowance and little funds from my friend as the only
support. I have 2 more years of university education and the support
shall be stopped as soon as I am out of university. With support from
helpers and anyone willing to donate for the well-being of the African
child, I hope to set up a spacious children’s home and school for the
disadvantaged children.
Though started as a community based organization, STAC soon shall be
upgraded to a nongovernmental organization to better handle the
anticipated future characterized by abject poverty and the unending
spread of poverty and HIV/AIDS. STAC is a fully independent registered
CBO with headquarters in Mafubira zone ‘A’ and 3 kilometers from Jinja
town along Kamuli road, and 80 kilometers from Kampala, Uganda’s
capital city.
Ecc 11:1 tells us to do good wherever we go and after a while the
good we do shall come back to us.
May the God Lord enable you to go through all our pages
2.    ABOUT US

Background
Support the African child (STAC) is a registered non- profit
indigenous community based charitable organization registered under
charity registration number 1808. The organization was started in 2011
by Aida Kagoya who was later joined by other members of the community
to respond to issues facing disadvantaged children including but not
limited to orphans, HIV/AIDS orphans and widows facing welfare
problems in Uganda so that care and support is given to them.
The plight of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda inspired the
formation of Support the African Child. Issues of poverty, health such
as HIV/AIDS and malaria, malnutrition, neglect, abuse and
exploitation, poor education and illiteracy, conflict in families,
water, sanitation, and housing that have ravaged our country were at
the forefront in the formation of this organization. We work with
children so they have a voice and are involved in the
deinstitutionalization process. We raise awareness, in the UK, in the U.S.A.
and across the globe, so that, one day, children won’t be locked away,
so they can enjoy their childhood.
Mission
To uphold the sanctity of human life and endeavoring to meet the
physical, spiritual and emotional needs to the disadvantaged children,
including but not limited to orphans, HIV/AIDS orphans and widows
facing welfare problems.
POSITIVE CHANGE THROUGH ACTION, LETS SUPPORT THE AFRICAN CHILD
Vision
To ensure the well-being of disadvantaged children through the provision
of education, accommodation and upholding the status of widows facing
welfare problems
STAC works in;
•    Assessing welfare needs for disadvantaged children including but not
limited to orphans, HIV/AIDs orphans and vulnerable children whose
families are affected by AIDs.
•    Providing formal education for disadvantaged children including but
not limited to orphans, HIV/AIDs orphans and vulnerable children whose
families are affected by AIDs
•    Providing accommodation to disadvantaged children including but not
limited to orphans, HIV/AIDs orphans and vulnerable children whose
families are affected by AIDs
•    Providing spiritual care and support
STATEMENT OF NON-DISCRIMINATION

STAC does not discriminate in regard to religious or tribal background
in its mission to serve disadvantaged children including but not
limited to orphans and vulnerable children, and our community members
living with AIDS.
Objectives
•    Providing formal education to disadvantaged children including but
not limited to orphans, HIV/AIDS orphans, and vulnerable children
whose families are affected by AIDS
•    Assessing child welfare needs for disadvantaged children including
but not limited to orphaned, abandoned and vulnerable children and
coordinating resources for their care
•    Providing psychosocial care to widows and children and spiritual
care and support
•    To set up projects intended to enhance the cultural educational and
economic development of all children without any form of
discrimination based on religion, tribe, sex, region etc.
•    To carry out intensive advocacy campaigns to enhance the rights and
equal opportunities of all the children in the country.
Our Core Values
In order to realize our mission, vision and objectives, support the
African child believes that certain values and principles must be
upheld. These include;
•    Transparency and accountability
•    People centered organization
•    Creative, innovative and learning organization
•    Efficiency and sustainability of interventions
What we believe in;
•    We believe that children should be raised in a safe and caring environment.
•    We believe that poverty, disability or tribal background should
never be a reason to lock a child away.
•    We are dedicated to transforming the lives of disadvantaged children
by facilitating the end of institutional care for good.
OUR PROFILE
STAC-Profile
Board Members
Kibumba Augustine – Board chairperson
Wakasadha Fred -    Vice chairperson
Kagoya Aida – Executive director and also board treasurer
Kulyani Ronald – Managing director
Kagoya Rachael – organization coordinator
Nampiina Lydia – Board general secretary
Ataliba Eron – Administrator
Muwereza Percy – Community representative
Executive Committee and Staff
Kagoya Aida – Executive director and also board treasurer
Kulyani Ronald – Managing director
Kagoya Rachael – organization coordinator
Kibumba Augustine – Board chairperson and Human resource manager
Nampiina Lydia – Board general secretary
Ataliba Eron – Administrator

3.    YOU CAN HELP


There are opportunities in all aspects of STAC’s operations for anyone
with a heart to reach out and serve disadvantaged children and widows
facing welfare problems in Uganda to find exciting projects to bring
God’s love to these deserving people.

Construction workers, Doctors, pastors, administrators, managers,
evangelist s etc. your time and skills will be put to great use! Some
specific areas of need are listed below but STAC is open to whatever
your interests as you desire to support the children of Uganda.

Support the African child Children’s Home

We intend to construct a big and spacious children’s home, big enough
to accommodate the increasing number of disadvantaged children. The
children are currently accommodated in a 3 bed roomed house making it
hard to extend great and voluntary services to the needy, who are
impoverished and those who have lost their parents to AIDS. Groups or
individuals with engineering, plumbing, construction, carpentry, or
electrical skills are needed to make this dream come true.

An integrated school

We need to set up a school for the children where they can acquire
free education and free scholastic materials. The school shall provide
subsidized education facilities to the community where fees got from
the local community can be used to pay for the teacher’s salaries and
other basics needed at school.
Basic school supplies are always needed and are appreciated.

A community hospital


We need to set up a hospital for the community where the disadvantaged
children and other people in the community will get medication at a
subsidized amount. The little money paid will be used to cater for
medical requirements and to pay the hospital staff.

You Can Pray

Would you join us, first and foremost, in praying for a solution to
the crisis? We have real confidence when we approach the Father in
Christ’s name, knowing that He is able to do immeasurably more than
all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within
us (Ephesians 3:20, NIV).

Please pray:
•    That the organization would respond with the compassion of Jesus
Christ to all those in need including but not limited to orphans,
HIV/AIDS orphans and widows facing welfare problems
•    That God would use the related projects of Support the African child
to give eternal hope to those who are hopeless.
•    For Support the African child Volunteers around the world who are
giving their hearts and their lives to care for people affected by
HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS Orphans & Vulnerable Children
HIV/AIDS provides an opportunity for the community to share the love
of Christ with those who are suffering from the disease. Your gifts
will support programs that provide care to people with AIDS and their
families, including home-based care and hospice programs. A $30 gift
per month can provide the resources, including food, medication, or
hygiene items, to care for one family with home-based assistance.
HIV/AIDS Medical Programs
With about 42 million men, women, and children infected with HIV/AIDS,
the medical needs facing mission hospitals and other medical
facilities are enormous. Your gifts will assist programs that provide
medical care, including medications and counseling to prevent
mother-to-child transmission, for those infected with HIV. A gift of
$15 can supply medication and post-natal counseling to prevent one
HIV-infected mother from passing the virus on to her child.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN GET INVOLVED:


There are many ways that you can support the needs of children
affected by HIV/AIDS and disadvantaged children in Uganda
•    Raise awareness in your community – Give a presentation to your
child’s class or school, a civic group, or your faith-based community.
Contact us for outreach materials.
•    Volunteer – Show your support for Support the African child or
another organization working to address the pandemic by giving your
time, talents, or expertise. If you are interested in volunteering at
STAC, please contact our office for more information.
•    Host a house party – Invite your friends and family to your home and
educate them about the challenges of disadvantaged children and
HIV/AIDS vulnerable children in Africa.

4.    STAC’S PROGRAMS


Community Placement of Orphaned Children
As we identify children that have lost their parents, we trace the
next of kin to try and place them there, so as to keep that unique
semblance of familial attachment going. In the absence of relatives,
we try to absorb them into our children’s home and then place them
there and treat these orphans as though they are our own children, by
providing them with whatever their families would: food, shelter,
medical care, education, clothing, but above all, love without
peripheral qualifications.
Support the African child Children’s Home
In the absence of a suitable home for orphaned and vulnerable
children, STAC provides a home to care for them as they can meet that
need. Children’s needs are complex and require physical, social,
developmental, and spiritual care to raise them with a sense of self
confidence and self-worth. Support the African child Children’s Home
currently serves six children but with hope of expanding and
accommodate more.
Widows Economic Empowerment Projects
It is women who assume much of the responsibility for orphaned
children ultimately. The income generating capacity of these
households is profoundly constrained by numerous dependent children;
lack of opportunity to accumulate productive resources like cattle,
goats, and farming implements; and difficulty in gaining access to
credit. They are further constrained by limited education and training
which limits their employability.  STAC has countered this trend by
organizing widows in groups, and then offering them training in
different skill sets such as tailoring, crafts, agriculture and
farming. The women work on skills of their own choice and demonstrable
ability for sustainability. STAC raises support for sewing machines
for groups of two widows, supplies for crafts, and livestock.

Support Care Groups
Our activities include widows groups and households affected by
HIV/AIDS. We have 40 active grass root inter-denominational community
based groups, called Support Care Groups (SCG’s). Each of these groups
has a leader, treasurer and secretary.

Community Based Health Education
Throughout Africa, thousands of community-based organizations are
addressing the needs of disadvantaged children and families made
vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. These organizations are strengthening the
traditional safety net of the extended family through a range of vital
programs and services. Often operating with minimal funding and with a
great deal of volunteer support, community based Social Care Groups
are the front line response to the needs of disadvantaged children and
vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS. Very few funds are reaching
this grassroots level.
We walk down to the people, deep in the remotest of villages, and
teach the basics; what HIV/AIDS is, what it is not, ways and means of
protection from infection, and how to treat and care for the victims
without discrimination. In vicinities where there is electricity we
show videos about HIV/AIDS, nutrition, and other sexually transmitted
diseases. At times, when we deem it practicable, we mobilize a parish,
using the local political leadership of the area, in concert with
STAC’s own registered community based volunteers as a mass approach.
We also use the home-to-home approach where we reach out to those who
cannot make it to the collecting centers for one reason or the other.
This is where we also reach out to the chronically ill, assess the
vulnerability rate of the children and take appropriate corrective
measures, commensurate with our capacity.
Education for Orphaned and Vulnerable Children
Education is such a vital ingredient of a country’s development, as it
is known to furnish the tools with which children and young people
carve out their lives, and is a lifelong source of comfort, renewal
and strength.
While Uganda currently has a free primary education system, many
barriers stand in the way of children accessing a school, which has
greatly  increased the overall dropout rate. The implicit costs of
building fees, feeding, uniforms, books and pens and other scholastic
materials are alone financially impossible for many families to
provide. Added are the complications of AIDS and other health
epidemics as children are required to stay home to care for their
terminally ill relatives. Household resource bases experience
shrinkage, as medical care, funeral costs, loss of work, and the like
take their toll.
We at STAC realized that it was our duty to plug this gap in helping
non-school going children access formal education through the
provision of the stringent scholastic requirements necessary. To ease
the burden of looking for the requisite materials necessary for
schooling, we are planning on building a primary school.

Beyond Primary School
As a child progresses beyond primary school STAC pays school fees at
the middle and high school level in public school as our international
partners and community members provide support.

5.    SPONSORSHIP


CHILD SPONSORSHIP
“Your sponsorship will make a difference in the life of a child”

Going beyond the concept of mere donations, sponsorships with Support
the African child offers you an opportunity to build a true
relationship with the organization and the sponsored child as well as
various stakeholders of the project through a proven system of
correspondences and exchanges.

“Educating a Child” sponsorship:


Millions of children in Africa live in absolute poverty and are out of
school. Education is one of the most efficient solutions in trying to
end the cycle of poverty. Through this sponsorship module, your
contribution will give a child an education! It also allows you to
build a personalized relationship with your sponsored child. You will
receive your sponsored children’s photographs and they write to you 3
times a year to tell you about themselves and their lives.

With a contribution of 87$/term, a primary school child is guaranteed
an education (school fees, books, pens and pencils, geometry set and
uniform). There are three terms in a year and you can choose to pay
the whole year at once or three times a year.

Communication and reliability


You’ll be given the opportunity to personally connect with your
sponsored child — building a relationship that could change both your
lives. Immediately, after you have made your donation, we will send
you an email confirming that we have received your donation. Shortly
after, we will send you a welcome-letter and at the end of each school
term we will send you school reports and a letter from your sponsored
child.

In the welcome-letter, our project coordinator and her team will help
you understand the specific context; they will inform you about the
Uganda, its culture and tell you about the various developments that
are taking place. You will receive your first letter immediately after
your sponsored child has started school and a letter at the end of
each school term. You can also send letters to your sponsored child
through our organization. As an organization we believe in fostering
communication and regular exchanges between sponsors and stakeholders;
we strongly feel that your letters as sponsors encourage communities
and local authorities in their developmental efforts. And yes, your
letters to children nurture them and offer them moral support as they
reflect your interest and concern for their education and their life
in general.

Get started
1.    For becoming a sponsor, please fill in an online registration form
or contact our sponsorship desk in our office. To register online,
Please click here

CHILDREN SPONSORSHIP FORM
Title:
First Name:
Other Names:
Date of Birth:
Marital Status:
Occupation:

Mobile Contact:            Office contact:
Postal Address:             Zip Code:
E-mail address:             Street:
State:                           Country:
Gender:                     Male
Female
Preferred School:     Day School
Boarding School
No of Children:            Payment Preference:

How did you hear about us?

Add details below (e.g. the name of the child you would like to sponsor):

Contact: +256 782879412, +256 776879412 or +256 775165991
Email: info@supporttheafricanchild.orgkagsaidy@gmail.com,
kronnie4@yahoo.co.uk

2.    Have a look at the profiles of children who are in need of
sponsorship and click on the profile of a child you would like to
sponsor. Click here

3.    Pay through PayPal on our website.

4.    Wait a couple of business days and receive an email confirming we
have received your donation.

Please, see Frequently Asked Questions on this link click here for
more details concerning sponsorship.

Frequently Asked Questions
+ Qn: Who are you and what exactly do you do?
Support the African child-STAC is a non-profit CBO that is dedicated
to finding and providing opportunities and hope for disadvantaged
children who are victims of poverty, HIV/AIDS, and other natural
calamities.
+ Qn: Do you sponsor Children?
Yes we do. STAC has “Educating a Child” Sponsorship program through
which we are striving to restore the dignity stripped from these
innocent children that are suffering through poverty and the orphaned.
By supporting these children, we can offer them a foundation of a
bright future.

+ Qn: How does, “Educating a Child” sponsorship help children?
Millions of children in Africa live in absolute poverty. Education is
one of the most efficient solutions in trying to end the cycle of
poverty. According to UNICEF, educating children helps reduce poverty,
promote gender equality and lower child mortality rates. At school,
children stay in a safe environment, with support, supervision and
socialization. They learn important life skills that can help them
prevent diseases, such as how to avoid HIV/AIDS.
In addition, they may receive life-saving vaccines, fresh water and
nutrient supplementation at school. Moreover, educated girls are more
likely to marry later and have fewer children, who in turn will be
more likely to survive and be better nourished and educated. Educated
girls are more productive at home and better paid in the workplace,
and more able to participate in social, economic and political
decision-making and thus make a difference in their societies.

+ Qn: Why should I sponsor with Support the African child?
Support the African child has continued to be recognized for their
fiscal accountability and programmatic responsibility. Support the
African child has consistently earned a good rating from Charity
Navigator, an independent rating service, as one of the efficient and
effective international humanitarian organizations. Our “Educating a
Child” sponsorship program is transparent and reliable. You will
receive receipts of school fees and other purchases that are made with
your donation. You will also be able to build a personal relationship
with your sponsored child by exchanging letters.

+ Qn: How does sponsoring through Support the African child work?
Support the African child works with impoverished communities in
Uganda. We work with disadvantaged groups in Jinja district in eastern
Uganda. We have formed women’s groups in the communities and know the
members and their children personally. The children to whom we are
looking for sponsors are selected in cooperation with the women
themselves, allowing them to strengthen their sense of community and
empowerment. We make sure that the child you have chosen to sponsor
receives the support in the most efficient way.
When you have made your donation, our team pays the child’s school
fees, purchases the necessary items and enrolls the child to school.
We create a folder for your sponsored child, save the receipts (and
the possible balance remaining from the purchases). To add to our
reliability, we will send you copies of the receipts of school fees
and other purchases alongside with a welcome-letter. This will enable
you to track how your donation is spent.

+ Qn: How much does sponsorship cost?
For only $87/term you can become a sponsor and help change the lives
of children in need around the world.
+ Qn: How will my donation be spent?
Donation of 87$ / term covers the following:
•    School fee 30$
•    Books 5$
•    Shoes 12$
•    Pens 2$
•    Pencils 2$
•    Uniform 12$
•    Lunch 8$
•    School bag 8$
•    Administrative charges 10% (letters, photocopies, printing, bank charges) 8$
Total: 87$

+ Qn: How do I pay my donation? Can I get a receipt from my donation?

You can pay online through PayPal. Just click on the PayPal link on
our website and enter your credit card details. The money will reach
us in a couple of business days. We will then confirm by email that we
have received your donation. Shortly after, we will send you receipts
by post. This may take several weeks depending on where you are
located.

+ Qn: How long will my sponsorship last?

That’s entirely upon you. Sponsorship is voluntary and ongoing
contribution. Many of our sponsors have supported all through and we
certainly hope that our relationship with you will be long-term too.

+ Qn: Can I give a gift sponsorship?
Yes! You are free to share the gift of sponsorship with a loved one’s
or colleagues

+ Qn: Who can I contact if I have questions about my sponsorship?
You may email us at, or contact an associate at +256 782879412, +256
776879412 or  +256 775165991

6.    DONATE
Donate and Change a Child’s life
Working with disadvantaged and vulnerable children is a concerted effort.
It needs a lot of hands to be put together, and a lot of ideas.
The orphan problem does not only belong to people with orphans.
It is everybody’s problem
We invite you to join us in addressing this funding gap, and to become
part of our growing network of supporters!
•    Donate by cash, check, or credit card – Support the African child
accepts cash and checks made payable to the Support the African child.
•    Honor friends and family – Make a donation to Support the African
child in honor of someone’s birthday, as a holiday gift, or to
highlight other celebrations. Support the African child will advise
the honoree of your gift.
•    Request a company match – Many companies have a corporate giving
program that will match your donation. Check with your employer
Make a Cash Donation
You can donate by cheque or bank draft. For money donations, please
make it payable to

SUPPORT THE AFRICAN CHILD-STAC
20375205010112
ORIENT BANK LIMITED
Swift: ORINUGKA

For more information; Contact us directly by Telephone or below
TELEPHONE: +256782879412, or +256776879412

Make In-kind donations:

Due to the growing number of children in our programs, we welcome
in-kind donations. This can include anything from books, children’s
toys, videos, game kits; computers, clothing, shoes, and any gifts to
children are very welcome.

Make an Online Donation:
To donate online please fill the form below:
And pay with your debit or credit card

7.    CONTACT US
Contact Us
BY MAIL – Please address all gifts and donations to:

SUPPORT THE AFRICAN CHILD
MAFUBIRA ZONE A
P. O. BOX 1232 JINJA
JINJA – UGANDA

Make checks payable to “Support the African child- Uganda”

For inquiries, please contact us as noted below.
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BY BANK WIRE – Please address all gifts to:

Support the African child

Please fill the form below
First name                                  Other name
State/country                            District
Gender: Male                              Date of birth
Female
Email
Physical address
Please put your inquiries/comments below

8.    CALENDAR

Old Running Photos

Posted by Chris on February 19th, 2012

Just came across these on my fried Peter’s Blog here:

http://arunningskeptic.blogspot.com/

Plymouth Marathon 1982 – I am number 086 and Peter is fifth from right.

024 is Jim Guy (a lecturer at Manadon at the time )
The guy behind him with hand to nose is, I think, John Burnip.
004 is Alan Lamb.
?31 is Ian Paley.
1723 I can’t remember
13?? is (I think) Paul Scivier

All those in Black tops with White stripes ( and some others – names to follow ) are from the Royal Naval Engineering College Manadon ( R.N.E.C. Manadon ) Running Club. We trained, ran X-Country and some marathons – for fun !!

Seven Sisters Marathon February 1982 – Peter and I are near the front ( stupidly ) with the police car behind us.

http://bdaugherty.tripod.com/running/SevenSisters.html

More on this some other time ..


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