Orphans and vulnerable children support project
This is the essence of our mission at New Hope. Under this program, we assist orphaned and vulnerable children in two categories: resident and non-resident. The resident children live on the grounds of New Hope and sleep in two dormitories separated by gender. Except for a brief period during the Christmas and summer holidays when most of the children return to their home villages, we are the sole caregivers for the resident children and provide them with all their food, educational support, clothing and healthcare. The non-resident children live with relatives in Busia Town Council and receive food, educational support, clothing and healthcare services from us. These non-resident children come to New Hope at least once a week to play with the other children, participate in life skills training and keep us updated on their situation at home. In addition to providing the basic necessities for the 110 children under our care, we offer them much needed emotional support. So many of our children have suffered through the trauma of losing their parents or living in extreme poverty. We seek to alleviate this by providing a safe, loving environment where our children are free to be kids again. The yearly cost for this project is about $50,000.
Women Micro- Credit Porject:
The Microcredit project aims at empowering orphan caregivers in communities. We realized we cannot afford to support every orphan in the community where we serve, so the microcredit project provided small loans for women to start and develop business project that will enventually become their sources of income to support their families. Over 150 poor women have been reached with small loans ranginmg from $50 - $100. Through this project, you can support a woman or group of women to start their own income generating projects. The first batch of women supported by this project have already set up exciting bussiness projects with good impress results and success stories.
New Hope's livestock project brings both food security for the children and a source of income to cover such needs as school and medical fees. Under the livestock project, we raise pigs, chickens and cows. The pigs are bred and the piglets sold to local merchants and other pig farms. The chickens produce eggs both for consumption at New Hope and sale in local markets. Once our cows have matured, their milk will provide a valuable source of calcium to the children's diet, and the surplus milk (i.e. milk the kids dont drink) will be sold in local markets to generate income. This project is a crucial part of New Hope's long-term vision to become a financially self-sufficient charity. By investing your donations in income-generating activities like this we're greatly increasing the impact of your gift. For example, if you donate $10, we could use that to feed a child for a week or we could use it to buy and raise a chicken that will provide eggs for the child for years.
Marty P. Higgins Computer School:
This school, named in honor of a late donor and faithful supporter of New Hope, serves two functions: 1) educating the children at New Hope as well as the wider community in computer skills and 2) providing internet access to the town of Busia. The school also generates income from tuition and computer usage fees that goes towards meeting the needs of the children at New Hope--food, clothing, school fees, etc. This school is a crucial part of New Hopes long-term vision to be come a financially self-sufficient charity (i.e. an orphanage that is not dependent on the generosity of its donors to meet the day-to-day needs of the children).
Were Elijah: BA. Business Education - Kyambogo University, Uganda
Though we spend most of our time and resources meeting the immediate survival needs of our children, our dream is to forge these victims of poverty and AIDS into the educated and upright leaders Uganda so desperately needs. To do this, we first must open the gates of Uganda's colleges and universities to our children. The yearly tuition at a Ugandan college (the approximate equivalent of 11th and 12th grade in the American education system) is $900. The yearly tuition at a Ugandan university is about $2000. All told, it takes about $11,000 to train a Ugandan doctor, lawyer, accountant or other professional. Such a sum is impossibly high for the average Ugandan child, so weve established a scholarship fund to support the education of the children in our program. The oldest New Hope children will be ready for college in just over one year.
With a university education, our kids can one day make a difference. To help give our kids an education, please click below.