GODPARENTS FOR ORPHANS
Become a Godparent to one of the orphans taken care of by ARCOS Uganda
You can make a wonderful difference in the life of a child by becoming a Godparent to a child supported by Arcos Uganda, either at our secondary and vocational school or at the Pre-primary school. It’s also a wonderful way to learn more about the daily activities of our children. You will receive regular updates on your Godchild’s academic and social progress, a Christmas card with a new photo every year and replies to all of your letters. See what a difference you can make in the life of a child.
Your sponsorship will begin upon receipt of your first sponsorship donation. Please allow four to six weeks to hear from your Godchild.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many children are taken care of by ARCOS Uganda?
Currently, there are over 152 children (Jan-2012) in the Program. But the number of children constantly fluctuates as new children arrive and older children leave the program as they reach adulthood.
Are the children adoptable?
No. The children who find their way to ARCOS Uganda-have been orphaned, abused, shuffled from one family member to another. Like all children, they are seeking love and security, a place they can call home. When they come to ARCOS Uganda, they are told they will never be asked to leave. The children grow and learn in their culture and language and become contributing citizens in their own communities. Also, many children arrive with several brothers and sisters; it is the priority of ARCOS Uganda to keep families together.
Do the children have contact with their families outside of ARCOS?
Most of our children that have family do have contact. As most of them come from the homes of guardians and visitors are also welcome. Families arrive and spend the day on ARCOS Uganda grounds and usually bring food and soda. The families usually consist of brothers and sisters, uncles, aunts, cousins, sometimes fathers and grandparents.
How old are children when they leave ARCOS Uganda?
That depends on the child and how far they want to pursue their education. Some children may leave ARCOS Uganda and start working after having finished their Vocational Training. Others may stay in the ARCOS program and attend primary school or even go on to High school.
Can I visit ARCOS Uganda and its child program?
Yes. You are always welcome to visit if you have a godchild or are interested in one of our programs. You may also want to volunteer your skills with our Child Evening Glory program or generally our organization. Or to pay a simple holiday visit to African Rural Community Shepherds in Uganda. If you want to visit our Child program on your own, please notify our office so they can ensure the school is aware of your travel plans and can make preparations to give you a warm welcome.
May I write to my godchild?
Yes! Your godchild will love to hear from you and will reply to each letter that you write! (Allow 4 weeks, and up to 2 months in Europe, for a reply.) We strongly encourage letter writing because it helps create a special loving relationship between you and your godchild. To send a card or letter, simply place it in an unsealed envelope and mark it with your child’s full name, and your name. Then place the unsealed envelope and its contents into another envelope and mail it to our offices in Uganda. NOTE: Be sure your letter or card will fit into a 7×10-inch mailing envelope. All letters should be written in English. The children in Uganda use English as their study language though most of them use Luganda which is their mother tongue.
Small gifts such as stickers, drawings, photos of your family, cards, coloring books, clothes, shoes or small monetary gifts may be sent to your Godchild through our office. Packages are subject to high import taxes and unfortunately are not practical. We encourage Godparents to provide their sponsored children with the greatest gift of all – love!
May I visit my godchild at ARCOS Uganda?
Godparents are always welcome to visit their godchildren! If you would like to visit your godchild, please contact our offices which will notify the school of your plans. This way, the staff can be certain that your godchild will be available to meet you. Your godchild will not be allowed to stay with you overnight, but depending on his age, you may make arrangements to take him into the city or to spend the day at the orphanage with him.
How long does my godchild need a Godparent?
A child needs daily love and encouragement. As a Godparent, you become an important part of a child’s emotional growth. Your financial support enables ARCOS Uganda to provide food, clothing, shelter, medical care, education and other provisions for all of the children of ARCOS Uganda, while giving you the unique opportunity to develop a special relationship with your godchild. As long as your godchild remains under the care of our family, he or she will benefit from your support. Whether in elementary school, trade school or in a year-of-service, your godchild is still supported by the ARCOS family, which includes generous people like you!
Am I the only godparent to my godchild?
No. To raise a child is more expensive than just one Godparent’s contribution. Therefore the children may also have Godparents in other countries
Does my donation go directly to my godchild?
Your financial support provides for the care of all the children including food, clothing, shelter, healthcare and education. If you send extra money for your godchild’s birthday, your godchild is given a set amount and the remainder is placed into their private savings account or a group sharing fund, depending on the policy set in place. We ask our Godparents to correspond with our office if they would like to send additional money to their godchild.
If I send a letter to my child, how long does it take before I can get an answer?
The children write back to their godparents in scheduled classroom events every month. Postal services in the African countries are sometimes very slow and it can take up to two weeks before a letter arrives. It may take two to eight weeks before you receive an answer.
How often do I get mail from my child?
You will receive mail from your child at Christmas time and for Godparent’s Day. In addition, every letter, gift or card you send is always being answered.
Can I stay in touch with my child when they leave ARCOS Uganda?
No. When our youths leave ARCOS Schools they receive 3 series of checks to help them get started in their new life. We encourage our Godparents to sponsor another child in need.
How to Help
With the increasing discontent, with giving blind to a charity with little knowledge where your donation goes, ARCOS Uganda is able to offer a way to ensure that your donation goes directly to the people that need it.
Your donation helps us to provide a home, food, education and medical care to the children supported by our programs. Contributing to their support ensures that our doors will always be open.
Becoming a sponsor through our Godparent Program, you help a child in two ways. First, by developing a relationship that strengthens the Child’s self-esteem; and second, by providing ongoing financial support for the care of all of the children.
Become involved in a specific project at one of our schools (primary, secondary or vocational section) or office. There is an ever changing list of projects outside of the normal budget that would benefit from your support.
If you are interested in sharing your talents and enthusiasm with the children in our schools, consider volunteering with us. If you have the time and commitment to share with our children, we would love to have you join our team.
Buying English books for the ARCOS libraries is a simple and inexpensive way to directly improve the lives of the little disadvantaged children. Select a title of your choice and then send it to our library.
To support ARCOS Uganda, which helps provide future care for all the children contact directly our offices in Uganda.
There are many ways to get involved with ARCOS Uganda without leaving your home country. Our office would love your help online fundraising volunteer for details click here, working at one of our special events or helping with numerous administrative tasks in our office. Contact us to find out how your talents can help.
Click here to learn more about volunteering at ARCOS Uganda
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