See these sweet students?
They were expelled from school yesterday.
Here in America, you don’t get kicked out of school unless you do something really awful, repeatedly. And even then, you don’t have to fall behind in learning. You get sent to an alternative school, or they enroll you in cyber school at home.
Even when an American kid royally messes up, he or she still gets an education.
But, that’s not the case in Uganda. These children didn’t do anything wrong. They were expelled simply because their orphanage director didn’t have the money to pay their tuition in full at the start of their school term. The school director gave him a two-week grace period, which ended Friday — with the fees still unpaid.
So these orphans were told not to come back until he had the money.
Breaks. My. Heart!
To us, what they need is not a lot. Most of us have spent more than this on one restaurant meal this week. There are three school terms each year in Uganda, and each costs approximately $40 per child. Another $10 covers necessary supplies, such as paper, pens, pencils and workbooks. So for $50 per term, or $150 a year, a child gets a good education.
These children know that it’s a privilege to go to school. They work hard and set big goals for themselves.
Dan always places at or near the top of his class of 74 pupils.
Haawa dreams of becoming a doctor so she can help the people of her community.
Tony is always enthusiastic about his schoolwork and tells everyone that education is the light.
And, next week all of them will start falling behind unless we do something to help.
As I said, I’m not talking about a ton of money. There are 25 children in Pastor Ronald’s care. That’s only $1250 to get all of them back in class. Anything that any of us can contribute will help make a difference.
Please visit THIS page on the ministry’s website for information on how to donate. If you would prefer to pool a smaller amount with other donations I collect, please contact me privately through this site and and I will give you information on how to do so.
I thank you in advance! And I can tell you from experience that helping an orphan receive an education feels a thousand times better than having a meal here, or covering your iPad with this, or drinking one of these every day next week!
Kari Apted is a writer and speaker residing in Georgia with her husband, three sons, and an ever-changing menagerie of pets. She writes a humorous weekly parenting column for The Covington News and freelances for various publications.more»