SixtyFeet’s Child Sponsorship program is unique. We provide school opportunities exclusively for children and teens who’ve been in prison or in contact with the law.
Ugandan children love to learn. Every day, we see their eagerness to explore and create at the children’s prison and remand centers. However, for most children, school is not free – their families have to pay for tuition, supplies and resources. To put one child in school can cost a family half of their income. This means school is totally out of reach for many Ugandan children. They have no chance of a well-rounded education – unless someone sponsors them.
SixtyFeet’s Child Sponsorship provides everything that a child needs to thrive in school:
- Tuition fees
- School uniform
- Math set
- Craft supplies
- Hygiene items
- Lunch, and much more
More than 50 items are requirements for attending school. If a child shows up for class without these items, he or she could be turned away.
Only 1 in 4 Ugandan children receive more than a primary school education (UNICEF).
Most of the children we work with have been in the children’s prison – or in trouble with the police – for begging on the streets, petty theft, or misdemeanors. Simply put, their parents can’t afford to send them to school, so they end up running with the wrong crowd. Some children – orphaned or abandoned by their families – turn to begging and stealing to survive. Many children at the prison and remand centers have broken no laws. They were taken off the streets during one of the frequent police sweeps – a classic case of being in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Children are chosen for Child Sponsorship based on their individual Vulnerability Report, produced by SixtyFeet social workers. Selected children generally fall into at least one of the following at-risk categories: just released from the children’s prison, recently reunited with their family, children with special needs (including mental and developmental disabilities), and deaf children.
How Can I Help
Your gift of $50 per month ($600 per year) covers the entire school expenses for one child. Expenses include tuition, school uniform, books, and other required items. Your one-time gift of any amount helps equip the most vulnerable children – including those with disabilities – for success in school.
About SponsorshipBecause SixtyFeet is Christ-centered in all that we do, children encounter the Godly influence of our Ugandan staff counselors – even after they’ve returned home and start going to school. We check up on them regularly, and encourage them to seek God, pray, attend church, and share the Good News with their classmates. Many of the children who graduate from SixtyFeet’s Bible-based counseling program at the prison and remand centers pursue Jesus and grow in their faith, exhibiting Christ-like behaviors and leaving their old lives behind.Our Ultimate Goal is to see children THRIVING in their homes and communities, ADVANCING academically, and LIVING OUT the Christian life for all to see.