What we do

We nurture the whole child by providing the love and care of a family. We also believe every child has the right to learn. Children who are excluded from education, whether because of gender, location, conflict, disability or the family’s socioeconomic status, are among society’s most vulnerable.

We Transform Lives Through Education

In Uganda, public schools generally do not provide a meaningful education. Without money for private school fees and uniforms, children do not learn. When we first met each of our children, most were recovering from malnutrition and few had ever attended school. We understand that every child entrusted in our care comes to us with a troubled past, unique challenges and his/her own dreams. Therefore, we work to tailor each child’s educational experience (whether through choice of school, tutoring, or other activities) so they have what they need to reach their full God-given potential.

Our children receive an education through secondary school, and we are making preparations to send our first group of students to post-secondary vocational schools and universities thanks to our donors’ support. After completing their education, the Sanyuka family will be here to help each young adult make the transition to independent living.

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Today, because of the generosity of our donors, every child (45 and growing) in the Sanyuka family is attending a private highly ranked primary or secondary school.

We Empower Girls to Break
the Cycle of Poverty

13% of Ugandan girls of primary school age and 30% of Ugandan girls of secondary school age do not attend any school, including underperforming schools.  Complex social and cultural factors often create an obstacle for girls to receive an education in Uganda.  Yet, when girls in developing African nations receive an education and earn income, they put 90 percent of their earnings into their families, compared to only 40 percent for men.1  Girls with secondary schooling are six times less likely to marry as children compared to girls with little or no education.2  And a child of a mother who can read is 50 percent more likely to live past the age of five.3

Of the 45 Sanyuka children receiving a quality private education, 24 are girls, with 14 attending primary schools and 10 girls attending secondary schools.  The lives of these girls, each with their own special talents, are being transformed each and every day, including through education.

1Aidforafrica
2International Research for Women; Child Marriage and Education.
3GEM/UNESCO, Education Counts.

"Before 2010, I had never thought that life would be any better, seeing my sickly mum in the make-shift shelter that we called home, with no hope of going to school. But my story changed. Today, thanks to the Sanyuka family, I was one of the top students in my class, having passed my primary leaving examinations very highly and my dream of being an accountant is sure to be a reality."
- Katrina

We Nurture the Whole Child

Care

The Sanyuka children come from impoverished families where nutritious food is in short supply. Today every child in our care receives a well-balanced diet of four meals a day. Children who had never seen a medical doctor before now receive regular wellness check-ups and treatment when ill.

Support

We support our children in realizing their worth and dignity. Through the work of Sanyuka’s volunteers and social workers, our children receive one-on-one counseling and mentoring to help them move from their traumatic pasts and into the future. Children who were once withdrawn and despondent are today expressive and engaged.

Restore

We restore childhood with life, color and play. The children play football, ride bikes, draw pictures, do crafts, and go on social outings. They are free to be kids.

Celebrate

We celebrate birthdays and holidays together. We share in household chores and cook and eat our meals together. We lead one another in prayer and daily devotionals. We are a family.

Martin, age 8, came to Sanyuka family when he and his brother Moses, age 5, were left for themselves and near death. When Martin joined Sanyuka, he was malnourished, quiet and withdrawn. Today, after just two years with Sanyuka, he is one of the most talkative and friendliest children at the home. He loves reading stories and playing with all his siblings at the home.

Like Martin, each of our children have their own special story. At Sanyuka, our leaders, volunteers and partners are privileged to play a vital role as their unique stories as God’s children continue to unfold.

You can play a vital role too!