Education plays the central role in escaping generational poverty. It’s been estimated that for every year a child stays in school, their future earning potential increases by 10-20 percent. Unfortunately, many families in poverty consider education a luxury and even those who value it can find it difficult to afford.
The goal of Ssamba Foundation Education Program is to empower communities and reduction of poverty through a combination of education, nutrition, healthcare and income generating activities. We believe every child is a special little person with unique talents and abilities. We work hand in hand with the community to provide children with the opportunity to explore their potential and truly shine!
Education Support | Scholastic Materials
Early childhood is an essential time for development. We have integrated lots of hands-on materials that allow students to experiment with reading, writing, music and art. Children benefit from computer classes and a unique skills training program that aims to equip children with valuable skills and instill a life-long love for learning.
While each area we serve has unique needs, Ssamba Foundation encourages and sustain the academic progression of children from early education programs through secondary school and beyond. Youth and children in poverty come to our office to receive educational support, such as:
- Uniforms: clothing, backpacks and shoes
- Supplies: textbooks, calculators, notebooks, pencils and pens
- Financial support: school fees and transportation costs
- Libraries: study areas and reading materials for all ages
- Study aids: tutoring, educational workshops and special youth programs
- Computer center: free Internet access, basic computing courses and tutoring services
- Scholarships: vocational training, college and university assistance
- Community literacy: books for classrooms and libraries, mobile libraries and reading tents.
Orphans | Vulnerable Children Sponsorship
For just $100 per year you can sponsor a child and help break the cycle of poverty. We will send you a sponsor package with photos, information and a letter from your child. And, if you wish, you can correspond directly with your child. Sponsorship provides
- Quality education from caring and attentive teachers
- Small class sizes (many schools in Uganda have student teacher ratios 1:100 or more)
- Skills training that goes beyond the classroom
- Two nutritious meals per day
- The chance for a brighter future
At Ssamba Foundation we believe long term success begins and grows at the community level. With the intent of reducing donor reliance, we have introduced various projects aimed at raising an income for operational expenses of the schools. We have introduced the livestock farm project, food growing project and other projects will be introduced soon. At the moment our sponsorship program provides funding to 100% of all school attendees
Why Ssamba Foundation Education Program?
In Uganda, most people living in poverty are children. Poverty denies children their basic human rights. To reduce poverty, we believe you should start with children.
One in four pre-school children is underweight for their age; two in five are physically or cognitively underdeveloped (World Bank). Malnutrition diminishes a child’s ability to perform in school and increases the incidence of infectious disease. These factors make it difficult for a child to escape poverty.
Our school provides education, nutrition and immunizations to 100 orphans and vulnerable children. We offer preschool, kindergarten, primary 1, primary 2 and primary 3 classes. Parents are directly involved in operations and work cooperatively in the school garden in exchange for low-cost or free tuition. School gardens provide children meals as well as cash crop, which support our model for local sustainability.
Family Support Program
The family support program was introduced to help families earn an income to pay for their children’s continuing education. Families attend classes to learn the fundamentals of livestock husbandry and microloans and are then awarded the gift of a goat, a pig or a microloan. In turn they pass the first offspring from their animal to a neighbor in need, thereby continuing the circle of sharing. Other community programs include, adult education classes, the women enterprising team, and the skills training program and talents nurturing program.
To Volunteer with our Education | Teaching Program, please fill volunteer application form now.
Ssamba Foundation – empowering vulnerable communities since 2006