School Sponsorship: My personal experience

Following on from our most recent blog post about Kids Club Kampala’s School Sponsorship programme which you can read here, I wanted to share with you my personal experiences of sponsoring a child.

Sponsoring a child to go to school is an issue which is very close to my heart as for the last 5 years I have sponsored a child myself. I first met Beth in 2007 when I was living in Uganda, and she was working as a maid for a family I knew. She was 8 years old. We became good friends and I started to help her out around the house so she could spend time just playing and being a child, and also I started to help her learn some English. During the end of my first time in Uganda, after I had been there 6 months, Beth managed to tell me in broken English that she was going back to her village. I thought it was really unfair that this young girl of only 8 years old had been working as a maid and then was being sent back to a village where she would struggle to get enough food and didn’t have any chance of getting an education.

I didn’t know what I could do to help, so I asked her and she told me that the thing she really wanted to do was to go to school. So the next day I went with her and enrolled her at the local primary school and paid her school fees for her. 6 years on, Beth is now 14 years old and has just finished Year 5, where she is doing really well. I regularly visit her when I am in Uganda, and it is amazing to see the huge difference I am making in her life. Helping Beth to go to school is definitely one of the best things I have ever done and I would really recommend it to anyone.

Me and my sponsor child, Beth

Kids Club Kampala currently has 18 children (including Beth) being sponsored to go to school through Child Sponsors from the UK. Without a Sponsor, these children would not have the opportunity to attend school, receive a good education and grow up having hope for a bright future. If you would like to know any more about Kids Club Kampala’s School Sponsorship programme or about my experiences as a Child Sponsor, please feel free to email me  – would love to hear from you!

Olivia Barker

UK Director for Kids Club Kampala