September 05, 2017
A common thread that runs through the lives of all the children in Project Have Hope’s child sponsorship program is their understanding of the value of education. Though they are young, they understand that education is the key which can unlock their potential and put an end to the poverty they experience.
One of the children sponsored by Project Have Hope, Okello Benard, hopes to become an engineer in the future. He has had a very positive experience at school. “It is better to go to a boarding school than a day school,” he says, “because there is predatory time where I can read my book without being disturbed and understand it properly. […] During break times we sometimes go to the library and research for the work which we have been given, and also during lunch, sometimes we eat as fast as we can so that we can go back to class early and revise our books.” On the value of his education, he says “I would like to continue [to] higher levels of education and be a light to the world by helping others and also teaching others of the goodness of school.”
Another child, Ajok Winnie, hopes to be a doctor one day so she can save people’s lives. “I truly hope that one day my dream comes true,” she says, and she works very hard in school to ensure that it does. “My proudest accomplishment [came when] I greatly improved in my exams of the July assessment…I really look forward to excelling more and more not only in [school but in life]. […] If I wasn’t at school, I would not have the knowledge that could guide me through this life.” Ajok Winnie also prefers her education at the boarding school better than a day school because she gets more time for revision and there is less distraction so she can focus more and get better grades.
Aweko Janet is sixteen years old and has been sponsored by Project Have Hope for eight years. Her proudest accomplishments are finishing her primary levels education and becoming a leader at her school, something she’s always wanted. She has had many challenges in her life. She lives with her elder sister because her parents were killed in northern Uganda. She has overcome the obstacles in her life by staying close to her friends who assist her with her schoolwork and by consulting her teachers when she is having trouble. “If I wasn’t in school,” she says, “I think I would be a mother […] because that’s the option most of the girls would take due to lack of enough care in their lives.” She hopes to finish her studies and be “very successful in life.” “I want to build a big house for my sister and buy a plot of land for her, then open for her a business.”
As demonstrated by these three remarkable children, Project Have Hope’s sponsorship program not only gives these kids an education, it empowers them to create a future in which they can create success for themselves and overcome any of life’s challenges.
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