FAQs for Sponsorship

Why should I sponsor a child in Uganda?

If you choose to help us in this way, you’ll be giving long-term support to a child. We’ll make sure they have a permanent and caring home in a Possibilities supported Children's Home, as well as an education and training so they can one day lead an independent life. £20 per month will pay for an education and for the necessary equipment for schooling in uganda (ie a contribution to the running of the school, a uniform, pencils, pens etc.) and ensure a mid day meal for your child.

Can I sponsor several children at once?

Alternatively, you can choose to sponsor an entire Possibilities supported Children’s Home. This helps to ensure that all of the children benefit from an education, medical care, food and clothing. Helping us to ensure they’re all able to enjoy happy and stable childhoods and look forward to a brighter future. And of course the funding of medical facilities, schools and welfare centres helps the wider community as well.

How long do I have to be a sponsor for?

There is no minimum or maximum period. If, for whatever reason, you wish to stop sponsoring your Possibilities child or Possibilities supported Children's Home just write and let us know. In either case, we’ll continue to contribute funds until a new sponsor can be found.

Will you keep me in touch with what my money is helping to achieve?

Of course. We receive a school report three times a year from the children's schools and we will pass them on to you if you would like? One of the beauties of being a small charity is being able to maintain the personal touch. We know the children personally and always bring back the most recent news when we visit (twice a year). We’ll also make sure you receive our regular quarterly enewletter filled with information on our work, if we have your email address.

Can the cost of sponsorship rise?

If the cost of sponsorship rises we tell donors. However, existing donors may carry on paying their existing rate unless the difference becomes too great.

How do you pay for your costs, newsletters, information etc.?

We are a volunteer organisation. All our efforts are for the children and we take no payment for our time and considerable effort. We do pay occasional costs for some admin help but that all comes from gift aid money that we reclaim from the government on your behalf. 

1. Where people pay for sponsorship through payroll giving etc., - so that the tax is already reclaimed, we cover the costs of sponsorship from our general funds. 

2. Where people pay us directly, and Gift Aid their donation, we can reclaim this tax and the tax is used to pay for the costs of sponsorship for them and others.

May we write and visit the children we sponsor?

We always welcome letters to the children and the children always like getting letters. However, we do not make children reply to every letter or write a thank you letter for every gift. Some children do so themselves and sometimes they correspond frequently with sponsors, especially if they speak the same language.

We have thought a lot about this, and realise in general that this is the polite thing to do in English society. But our primary concern is the welfare and happiness of the child and we would like the child to feel the love and support they are getting is unconditional. As we endeavour to keep your costs low and still provide for these dear children we don't have staff on the ground to oversee regular letters or even reply letters on top of everything else required in maintaining a children's home. 

It is also possible to visit the children, although we do not wish to turn our homes into a spectacle - the privacy of all the children in our care and their right to a normal upbringing will always remain our priority.

Can we choose the child we sponsor?

Unfortunately this is not possible. There are privacy issues involved in sending out details of children to potential sponsors. You can tell us what particular type of child you would like to sponsor (boy, girl, approximate age). If for some reason the first child you are sent is not suitable, we will try to help.

What religion will my sponsored child be?

As with real families children generally are brought up in their mother's faith until they are old enough to make decisions for themselves. Many villages have families of different faith living side by side. If a child comes to us of a particular faith we will honour that position and love them and encourage them like any other child. To us their religion is of much lesser importance than their need which we will meet if at all possible. Although many of our sponsors and people who work for us are religious and we treat religion very seriously, we do not try to introduce different religions or cultures into a region. It is neither our practice or desire to convert children or those that work with them. In general we respect the local culture in its entirety: there are only a very small number of exceptions to this (we prohibit physical punishment of children even if local culture and law allows it).

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