• What is Lifeline Uganda?
• Why was Lifeline Uganda launched?
• Where are the Bukedea Lifeline Schools? What challenges are there?
• Who are the Bukedea Lifeline Schools?
• Who is Julius Adome Ben? What is his success story?
• Which children are supported and why?
• For what are the school fees used? What is included in the sponsorship?
• What is the cycle of an educational sponsorship?
• What makes Lifeline Uganda special? Why should Lifeline Uganda be supported?
• How did Lifeline Uganda develop since its start in 2009?
What is „Lifeline Uganda“?
The „Lifeline Uganda“ initiative is a sponsorship programme allowing children from poor families to attend school at the Bukedea Lifeline Schools in the district of Bukedea, Uganda. The schools consist of a primary and secondary school and a nursery school. The programme gives the children access to quality education. Through sponsorships mostly from private people, the school fees, meals and school materials of a pupil are covered.
Why was Lifeline Uganda launched?
Not all children have the same chances to pursue a full and happy life. A good education enables children with a disadvantaged background to participate in society and gives them better opportunities. It gives them the chance to take their own lives into their hands. A good education allows children to create their own „life line“ giving them a good prospect for their future.
Lifeline Uganda was founded in 2009 after a two-month stay in Uganda of our founding members Oliver Mundy and Julia Wagemann. They worked together with Julius Adome Ben, one of the directors of the Bukedea Lifeline Schools. Together with Julius, the idea of an educational sponsorship programme between Europe and Uganda was initiated. In 2016, the programme supported 26 children from disadvantaged families, giving them a good education and better chances for their adult life.
Geography and Challenges
Where are the Bukedea Lifeline Schools? What challenges are there?
The Bukedea Lifeline Schools are located in the district of Bukedea, in Eastern Uganda. Of the 46 ethnic groups in Uganda, mainly the Iteso live in this area. Apart from English, Ateso, the local language of the Iteso is spoken. Agriculture is the most important source of income.
The district is drought-prone and suffers from high unemployment and HIV/AIDS. Furthermore, the area is characterized by a weak academic performance. In comparison with other regions, public schools in the lower ranks. Many children don’t have access to good education, because they must help their families with field work and their parents cannot afford the school fees for privately managed schools.
The Bukedea Lifeline Schools
Who are the Bukedea Lifeline Schools?
Our partner, the Bukedea Lifeline Schools, were founded in 2003 and are among the best schools in Eastern Uganda. The schools consist of a primary and secondary school and a nursery school. About 40 teachers teach about 1700 students from 4-18 years. The schools were established with the aim to improve the education situation in the region. They offer a quality education at low cost.
The schools have steadily grown since their foundation. The secondary school today consists of two building blocks, a kitchen building and a girls dormitory. The primary school started off with renting worn-down buildings. In 2013 the primary school has moved into two newly built building blocks located right next to the secondary school.
DThe schools are among the best schools in eastern Uganda. Students of the Bukedea Lifeline Schools perform well at national examinations. The schools’ motto is to create academically mature people who value themselves and can serve their people and their country with dignity.
Main contact person in Uganda
Who is Julius Adome Ben? What is his success story?
Julius Adome Ben is one of the founders and directors of Bukedea Lifeline Schools and comes from the Bukedea district. He is Glocal LifeLearn’s main contact person.
Julius himself needed help to complete his education. After his father died, a generous foreigner paid for his school education. That made it possible for him to go on to university. Today he works as a social worker in Uganda, is married and has four children. Now he wants to help others in the same way through the Bukedea Lifeline Schools and Lifeline Uganda.
Our friendship and partnership with Julius has grown over the past years through regular contact and several visits.
Which children are supported? And why?
Many households in Bukedea are affected by poverty, HIV / AIDS and unemployment. Children suffer the most. The Lifeline Uganda initiative is intended for children from poor families who have difficulty to access quality education.
The local community nominates children for Lifeline Uganda support; only the neediest and most vulnerable children are selected by a committee of local elders, church leaders and school officials. This committee visits the child’s family and assesses their financial and social situation.
For what are the school fees used? What is included in the sponsorship?
We emphasise transparency in our sponsorship programme. An educational sponsorship costs €190 per year or about €16 a month. The annual invoice that our sponsors receive lists in detail the costs.
The fees of an educational sponsorship include school fees, a daily school lunch, various school materials and a development contribution to the school. The fees are transferred to the Bukedea Lifeline Schools in Uganda once a year.
Cycle of an educational sponsorship
What is the cycle of an educational sponsorship?
You can tell us your interest in a sponsorship anytime. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, you can always approach us. We will pass this on to the Bukedea Lifeline Schools.
Each year in November, the selection process for the child begins. Once a child has been selected, you will receive a short profile of the child with a photo and brief description of the living circumstances of the family. The school year in Uganda starts in late January. You will get at the end of January or beginning of February an invoice with the exact school fees. In February and March you will then get an update of how your sponsored child performed in class during the last school year. You further get continuous updates of the project Lifeline Uganda throughout the year.
What makes Lifeline Uganda special? Why should Lifeline Uganda be supported?
There are five good reasons why to support Lifeline Uganda:
Quality education at a low cost
DIn comparison to the national average the Bukedea Lifeline Schools offer a high quality education at a low price. Therefore the schools are affordable for financially weaker families.
Children from disadvantaged families have better chances in life
The programme gives vulnerable children access to a high-quality education giving them the necessary skills and knowledge to actively shape their future for a happy and independent life.
Strong mutual partnership with the Bukedea Lifeline Schools
The success of the programme is mostly based on our equal and strong partnership with the Bukedea Lifeline Schools. Over the years, we developed a deep friendship and trust. The schools are in close contact with the local community and know which children need help.
We inform our sponsors about the exact composition of the annual school fees.
A overwhelming majority of a donation goes into a child’s education
We work on a voluntary basis. Apart from the transaction costs to Uganda, there are no administrative or personnel costs. Almost the entire donation goes into children’s education.
How did Lifeline Uganda develop since its start in 2009?
The first sponsorship was taken privately by Julia Wagemann and Oliver Mundy in 2009. The sponsorship programme received a legal basis with the foundation of Glocal LifeLearn in 2009. Since then, the programme constantly grew. In 2016, 26 children in the Bukedea are being supported on a long-term basis.
In 2012, Glocal LifeLearn sent for the first time a trainee to the Bukedea Lifeline Schools. Julia Buchholz taught English and history and also coordinated the educational sponsorship program.