Being a Sponsor is an incredibly special way to connect one-on-one with a child at Ujamaa Children's Home. Our Sponsors are the backbone of our funding and are integral to the ongoing development of our organisation.
General Sponsorship - $50 per month
General Sponsorships are designed to support the on-going running costs of the home. This is used to pay for food, clothing, healthcare, home costs and extra activities. As a General Sponsor you will receive a Sponsorship Pack and then a letter from your child twice a year.
Education Sponsorship - $60 per month
Education Sponsorships are used to pay for school fees, transport, uniform, text books and stationery. As an Education Sponsor you will receive a Sponsorship Pack, a copy of the child's school results at the end of each term as well as a letter from the child twice a year.
**All children have more than one sponsor to ensure all costs are fully covered**
Why do our kids go to Private School instead of Government School?
The official languages of Tanzania are English and Swahili. However, in government schools, Primary education is taught in Swahili and Secondary education is taught in English. This transition is very difficult for most students and the drop out rate is extraordinarily high. Additionally Government schools are over-crowded, under-staffed and lacking funds. They provide the most basic of education and often in a very harsh emotional environment. Since our children learn English throughout Primary school, their transition into Secondary is a lot easier and they also have a much better chance of gaining employment when they leave school. English Medium Schools also have smaller class sizes, teachers that are there everyday (not always guaranteed in Government schools!) and individual support and care.
What our Sponsors say about Ujamaa...
"I met Carley on a volunteer trip to Mombasa, Kenya in 2006. It was her first time participating in something of this sort and I remember her being in tears the first night, overwhelmed by the experience. I had to return home after two weeks, Carley stayed for another month. We lost contact and reunited several years later on social media. At that point, Carley had founded Ujamaa Children's Home and I was excited to have someone with feet on the ground that I could partner with, in my own small way. My husband and I have made it a priority to seek opportunities for our family to serve and have been honoured to sponsor Meshack and Shedrack at Ujamaa. When Carley sent an email looking for a sponsor three years ago for these 5 year old twins, I saw my son, also 5 and from Ethiopia. Thanks to social media and Carley's emails with videos and letters from the boys, I have been able to watch them grow, go to school and enjoy their childhood. In 2018, when the boys and my son are 10 years old, my family will be going to visit Ujamaa Children's Home and we are so excited that we will have the opportunity to visit the boys and the entire Ujamaa family. It will be a dream realized. I look forward to watching Ujamaa expand their family, allowing other children the freedom to experience the joy of childhood, the comfort and security of being nurtured and loved and the opportunity that is afforded when one is educated." Thea Judge, USA
"In the grand scheme of things, sponsoring a child is but a drop in the ocean, however these drops make such an impact. It's an honour and a pleasure to be able to spill these drops, to really make a difference and to be the reason someone smiles! Having witnessed first hand on my travels to Africa the amazing work Carley and the rest of the Ujamaa team do and how loved and well looked after the Ujamaa kids are, I began to sponsor Angelina a couple of years ago. For me, sponsoring her means I know she will get the care, education, opportunities and upbringing she deserves. It's a way to give someone some of the privileges I had and perhaps even took for granted as a child. By all accounts Angelina is a part of my family and following her progress makes me so happy! I feel so lucky to be able to share in her life as she grows. I've loved seeing her from afar (through photographs, newsletters, update emails and social media posts) as well as from near when I returned to Arusha in January 2016 and got to hug her and play with her along with all of her Ujamaa siblings on a fun day trip out to the pool - an incredible bonding occasion and such special times! Without sponsors Ujamaa Children's Home wouldn't be half of what it is today - a haven and a loving family home in every sense of the word. A peaceful happy place oozing sunshine and smiles. Without sponsors those smiling little faces would be smiling a little less and suffice it to say, the kids would not receive the superb education, healthcare and nurturing they do...so it's an absolute no- brainer! To anyone considering sponsorship (or even those who may not have thought about it before) - Sponsor! Sponsor now!" Natty Seeff, ISRAEL