We support orphans and their adopting families with financial means for education because our orphans deserve a fair start in a loving family, with good health and education.
Help spreading opportunities and sponsor an orphan!
Our region has many orphans, till 2001 because of violent rebel groups and till this day because of HIV/Aids. In African tradition, these children are adopted by their (extended) family. But many families do not have the money to raise them. Therefore many of them are not able to go to school or receive health care. Some families are not even able to feed them well or teach them practical life skills. This deprives them of the opportunity to escape poverty.
With RENA’s adoption programme, we support families in raising these children. After careful assessment of their needs, we provide families with support for school. Schools provide the two most important ingredients for a better future: healthy food and education. In our own school, we also provide health care. In some cases, we can help the family with basic needs like a toilet or drinking water, benefiting the family as a whole.
“When my parents died of AIDS, I was adopted by my aunt. Eventhough she gave me a loving family, she was not able to send me to school. But with a little support from RENA i could go to school. I obtained my A-level last year. Now I study to become a nurse. As a nurse i can do so much more for my commutity then as the uneducated peasant i was destined to be. RENA helps people to escape the poverty trap. Everybody deserves that opportunity!”
Support a child
You can help us and give a child a fair start in their life.
How it works
After submitting your preference, RENA will select the orphan in that category that needs help the most. We will send you a photo and a biography of him/her. We will then provide their families with the support and monitor the child carefully. Every Easter and Christmas, you will receive a letter of the child. With Christmas, you will also receive a photo of the child, a school report and a report of how he/she is doing and how we have spend the donation. We strongly encourage you to send letters back. This is very valuable for them: knowing someone in the world cares for them, and you will often be there only contact outside Uganda, thereby broadening their world.
Currently about 220 orphans are in our program. Over time, we have helped about 300. some of them are in our program from early childhood to university, others only need our support for a few years, depending on their individual needs.
What happens with my money?
The need of every family is different (i.e. some can pay half the fee), so are school fees. The numbers on this website are estimates. If the need of the orphan is less, we will use the remainder for other orphans, or compensate if the donation for an other orphan in our program is not sufficient.
We try to keep the costs to a minimum. But we want to make sure your money is spend effectively. Therefore we monitor the orphans closely and report to you. Also, as most people in Uganda work in the informal sector, assessing the need of a family requires research. With our experience and our extensive network in the community, we can do all this for as little as 10%.
Also, because we have no (paid) offices in other countries, no big for wheel drives (we have a bike) and no other frills, overhead costs are as low as 5%. We are very proud we have a cheap and yet transparent system, with a stunning 85% or more of your donation reaching the child.
Every year, you will receive a detailed report where we specify how we have used your donation.
How can i terminate my contribution?
Off course we hope you will continue to support your pupil till he/she finishes the program, because this is the best guarantee for graduation, but also because of the emotional support a continues correspondence gives. But if you for any reason no longer can or want to contribute, you can. Please notify us in advance, so we have time to prevent a gap in the education.
Why a school uniform?
school uniforms are part of Ugandan (and Colonial British) tradition and obliged in schools. It also means decent clothing for all children and promotes equality and bonding amongst pupils. A uniform includes 2 pairs of trousers/skirts, 2 dress shirts/blouses and 2 t-shirts.
Why has RENA no orphanage?
In Uganda there are many orphanages, that are often very profitable for their owners. But in African tradition, orphans are adopted by their (extended) families. That is also up to 75% cheaper and it provides children with a much better future: they grow up in a loving family in stead of the stigma of an orphanage.