We will do everything that we can to provide help for the needy in Uganda. But without the support of people like you, we will fall far short of those needs. Only with the support of those called to help the children can we hope to find success in our mission.
Christian Efforts Against Poverty Uganda is an organization that was started by a former sponsored child of Compassion International. After finishing school and graduating the sponsorship program, Alex Munyantwari tried to help others to the end of his means. But the need was simply too great.
Alex spoke to his former sponsor, now friend, about the struggle with what was in his heart versus what his hands could do. His sponsor told a similar story. As a younger man, he realized that he, alone, could not help those who needed it. But he could advocate for them to create a network with others who, together, could change the world.
All over Uganda, there are children who go to school with no shoes, no paper, no pencils. There are children who drop out of school at the age of nine because a family member is injured or falls sick. There are children who have never tasted meat, never smelled soap, and never seen a book. And there are people, like you, who want to help them.
We bring together those who need help and those who will help. We are not the answer to the problem. We are simply the voice of the voiceless, calling to the ears of those who will not allow the problem to go unanswered.
Many years ago, someone took a stand on behalf of Alex Munyantwari, the founder of this organization. That person said that they would not allow Alex to fall away into simply doing the best he could do. That person decided that they would help Alex to be the best he could be. That person’s name was Budeaux and he was twelve years old. Alex continued to progress through school until the school fees became too much for his sponsor. Although Budeaux could no longer support Alex directly, he directed Alex to the Mother’s Union at Willowfield Parish Church who took on his school fees until the end of his senior schooling. When Alex was accepted into university, the Mother’s Union could no longer support him. This is when Dan Yleana Newton took over the sponsorship.
Over his life, Alex had three sponsors. Today, he still remembers each one of them gratefully.
We, as a people, will be judged by how we provide for our children; spiritually, mentally, and physically. Because we, as a people, will one day be replaced by our children.
Without us, there are children all over Uganda that will simply have to do the best they can. So the question remains: who are we if we simply stand aside and let that happen? The answer is simple: we will never let ourselves find out.
Our program offers educational, medical, spiritual, and emotional support to students who may not otherwise have access to such. The educational component includes covering fees for tuition, school uniforms, shoes and socks, and a long list of supplies from brooms to soap and toilet tissue. Each student’s basic medical care is also provided.
Our sponsored children each have an individual sponsor. We are fortunate to have sponsors from many locations around the world including the United States of America and the United States of England. The strength of the program is in building strong personal relationships between our students and their sponsors by constant letter writing and updates from the sponsored children to the sponsors. We also allow the opportunity for sponsors to send gifts at least once a year.
In addition to providing educational and medical support, we also offer support to students and their families in other ways, including life survival skills training like tailoring. We regularly run weekend feeding and school holiday activities for all the students in the program, giving us a chance to spend time with the students and connect with them individually. Our sole reason for doing what we do is the call from the book of James 1:27
Poverty, at its most extreme form, is destitution. It’s trying to survive without even the most basic of needs, like food, water or shelter. For sub-Saharan Africa, that’s the reality for almost half of the population.
Africa is the poorest continent on earth by a long shot. With the exception of three, 28 of the poorest countries in the world are in Africa.
You and Christian efforts against poverty can play a role in solving this problem.
Our program serves the needy children from kisoro, one of the poorest people.
A continent of children: Africa
Half of the continent’s population is children, up to 20% of which are disabled.
An ever-increasing number are growing up stunted because of the challenges of malnutrition.
Diseases like HIV/AIDS are leaving kids orphaned and in charge of their households at very young ages. An estimated 50 million orphans live in Africa.
Malaria kills 3,000 African children per day.
With a population expected to more than double by 2050, even fewer resources will be available to go around without dramatic change.
The infrastructure that most of the world takes for granted is missing or severely limited in Africa. 589 million sub-Saharan Africans live without electricity and cook by burning whatever they can find.
Water and sanitation issues cost these countries more than the total economic aid they receive. Of all of the people in the world without access to safe water, almost 40% live in Africa.
Hunger is a major issue, and Africa is producing less food per person, with the average plot of land being too small to feed a family.
A solvable issue, with our efforts put together, we can restore hope for the children around the world.
How much does it cost to sponsor a child? If you choose to sponsor a child, the cost is only $39 per month. Yes. We encourage you to give additional monetary gifts for special occasions, to address specific needs, or simply as an act of love.
What does sponsoring a child mean?
Child sponsorship is a type of fundraising in which a charitable organization associates a donor sponsor with a particular child beneficiary. The sponsor receives updates from the child, typically including photos and translated letters, which helps create the appearance of a personal relationship with the child.
How do I sponsor an African child?
There are currently over 1,000 children who are in need of support to access services. For just $39/month you can sponsor a child in Africa and help provide an orphaned or abandoned child with a loving home. Through your child sponsorship, your sponsored child receives: A safe and nurturing environment.
Is 14 still a child?
Yes, you are most certainly still a child. Some people of that age prefer to be known as a young person, but legally you are still a child. Yes, you are very much still a child. You’ll reach adolescence at 16, legal adulthood at 18, but you probably won’t really feel adult until about 21 years old when you become mature.
How can I sponsor a child?
Sponsor a child, and your monthly gift helps bring essentials like clean water, nutrition, education, basic healthcare, and hope to your sponsored child and the community. When you sponsor a child, you can build a relationship with your child through letters photos and visits.
How do you choose whom to help and whom someone else must help?
Here are 7 suggestions.
Choose a child who has been waiting the longest.
There are children who have been waiting for months and months, hoping and praying that the Lord will bring them a sponsor. Are you the answer to their prayers?
Let your kids pick.
When many of us talk about sponsorship, one of the things we point out is how it has transformed the lives of our kids. Our kids have learned caring, sharing and empathy. They’ve learned to write letters. Sponsorship has sparked their interest in the world around them.
Give your children ownership in the sponsorship process.
The thought and care they put into the decision just may surprise you.
3. Consider a child who is mentally or physically challenged.
Do you have a heart for children living with a medical condition? Perhaps it’s a population you work with. Consider taking your ministry global and sponsor a child who is mentally or physically challenged.
Your sponsorship will help that child access treatment and support. Your letters and prayers will bring him or her hope.
We have thousands of unsponsored children here on ceapu. You may find a child who grabs your heart.
Isn’t it ultimately God who leads us down the right path? Pray for guidance. Pray that God will bring you to that one child whom you are perfectly and ideally able to love, nurture and care for.
Find a child who shares your birthday.
Kids think it’s cool to share a birthday — your Ceapu kid will, too. It’s a special link to share with another person.
7. Let us decide.
If you are ready to sponsor but prefer not to choose, we can select a child for you.
P.O Box 114 kisoro Uganda.
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Every child deserves a strong start – the best chance for a successful future. But too many children right here in the Uganda and around the world aren’t getting the opportunity to reach their full potential. You can help change that. If you sponsor a child, then you’ll give them the gift of a brighter future. Child sponsorship is one of the best methods for helping people rise out of poverty. And by best we mean cost-effective.
This best explains the reason for our existence. It costs $39 a month to sponsor a child. Will you consider sponsoring a child through CEAPU today?
This is a question many people ask when non-profit organizations like ceapu come to their schools, churches, or jobs to bring awareness on children living in developing/third world countries.
When you were in college, this might have been a question you had in your mind while listening to a famous organizations talk about the children who were in need of sponsors. You were probably a little disinterested because of the fraudulent stories you had heard about certain non-profits and their abuse of the donations that were coming Incas for us we have a very clear system. Ask anything we will answer you and clear your worries. We some of the answers to the questions that you are almost asking before you can sponsor a child through ceapu.
Why should people sponsor through CEAPU?
There are many less fortunate people in this world. If anyone is able to, they should lend a helping hand. I think it’s very meaningful to share your feelings and compassion through giving. These children can’t help their current situation, so it’s important to help them so that they can eventually learn to support themselves. Sponsoring a child brings happiness and satisfaction to one’s life. I really do believe that. As an adult, we all face our own challenges but I think it’s good to think about others instead of focusing on our own problems. It’s refreshing to the spirit and mind.
What is the ultimate goal for ceapu as sponsorship program?
I feel that no child should go hungry, without clothes, education or a future. If everyone does their part, these children will not need to be helpless and always facing hardship. These children had no choice when they were born in a poor village with no one to supply their basic needs. By having sponsors like you, we are giving them choices to live a normal life. The goal of sponsorship is to provide a safe and loving environmentexcellent education and training in which our children can thrive and develop to their full potential.
Where does the sponsorship money go?
The money goes to the care for the children. It breaks down to the tuition/school fees, living expenses such as food, clothing, medical attention and educational supplies for the children. If you think about your own children and the expenses in raising a child, we use the sponsorship money to all go into raising these children. We do have administration fees which include the rent of the children’s homes, staff wages, and transportation costs for the children, building maintenance, etc.
What makes our organization different from other organizations in relation to the sponsorship programs?
A lot of organizations have age limits on when the sponsorship stops. I feel that each organization should investigate and learn from each culture because every country is different. Many people think that 18 year olds are adults and old enough to find a job and be independent. For China, that is not the case. Even after they graduate from high school or college, it is very difficult to find a job. Once they become our child, they will always be our children. Our goal and commitment is to make sure that each child is well established and able to care for his or her own needs. Although our children grow up, they are still “orphans” in the sense that they do not have biological parents to look out for them. Our organization is out to help children in need. When a child has needs, we will not hesitate to offer help, regardless of their age. We also provide parental care. We believe that emotional nurturing is important as well.
What have been the success stories?
We have many success stories from the children who have come from nothing to something and have shown their gratitude with heartfelt letters to their sponsors. We shall keep sharing these with you
Ou r child celebrating a blessing of a gift from her dear sponsor from Austalia.
Our children smiling for the surety of a night’s meal. Food all the way from North Carolina
This is Alex! Celebrating with his former compassion sponsor Dan Yleana Newton. Alex was a sponsored child who championed the birth of CEAPU that has continued to grow and support many more children.
Please sponsor a child,Unable to sponsor a child.Give where most needed
Have compassion for Orphans and other vulnerable Children Right Now.How will you help them then!
If your heart breaks for orphaned, abandoned, or abused children, you might be wondering, “What can I do to help orphans?”
Through CEAPU, you have the power to rescue and raise these desperate children in loving programwhich cares for families unconditionally. Does that sound like something you can get behind?
I hope so!
There are multiple ways for you to achieve this heroic act. However, we’ve narrowed it down to the top five categories you might want to consider.
And the best part?
So give confidently knowing that your entire gift will benefit these kids!
Rescue and care for orphans
CEAPU Leaders in Uganda actively rescue children from abusive situations, forced labor, and more. They care for these otherwise forgotten children in the same way you would care for your own!
But they can’t accomplish any of this without your support.
Will you give a life-saving gift to Orphan Rescue and Care?
Feed a malnourished child
Before joining CEAPU, most of the children never knew when they would eat their next meal. But you can keep the Project’s cupboards stocked so these children will never have to worry about food again.
Will you give a belly-filling gift to the Food Fund?
Give a child water that won’t make her/her sick
Facilities have decreased over the years, but contaminated water still accounts for hundreds of thousands of deaths annually.
But you can keep kids healthy and hydrated with water filters and deep water wells at each at our Project. Will you give a thirst-quenching gift to Clean Water Solutions?
Empower a child with an education he only dreamed of
For many of the children joining CEAPU, school was an unattainable dream. An opportunity they could never afford. But generous sponsors like yourself are making that dream a reality! However, there are many more children waiting for this chance.
Will you make it possible by giving a dream-fulfilling gift to Education?
Introduce a struggling child to God’s love
Every child in our program has a chance to be introduced to the love of God. And most of the new children have never heard God’s word or encountered His love and kindness. Until donors like you made it possible!
You can help CEAPU to expand the kingdom of God. Will you give a spirit-satisfying gift to Evangelism and Worship?
There are so many ways you can be a major change-maker in these children’s lives. Although you’re not there during meal time or when the kids are getting ready for school, you can be assured their smile never leaves their little faces.
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for caring about these children and this cause. They couldn’t smile without you.If you would like to sponsor a child feel free to write to us or to select a child of your own choice from our website.
Death is a tragedy that we all know exists but are scared of. You might never feel its intensity until it robs you of the one you love. Death alone wouldn’t be the thing that scares us the most but the emptiness it leaves in our hearts that might never be filled.
As we all plan for our families, we never know what will befall our loved ones when we are gone. A situation where the parents die leaving behind helpless children is catastrophic. Some children are taken up by close relatives while others are left alone to figure out how to survive on their own. In a situation where you are required to lend a helping hand; raise children of your deceased sister, brother or friend. It might seem like a smooth journey but it’s a tough task. Even when they are leaving alone and fending for themselves, they need the support of whoever would be willing to help in whichever way possible. To support just one through ceapu(Christian Efforts Against Poverty Uganda) one needs to save only $39 in a month. This may sound small, simple and affordable but not everybody can do it.
Facing the loneliness
A child who has just lost a parent is delicate and prone to every form of abuse but like any other child needs to be known, loved and protected, The responsibility ahead of us as a program/project. He/ she is battling with more than you can ever imagine, the loneliness and the thought that they will never see their parents ever again is heartbreaking.
One child shared at a graduation, “When my parents died in a car accident, I never knew what it meant until all the sweet speeches given at the burial faded away and the many people who had come for burial left. It dawned on me that we are alone in this world and all the people who had come for burial had done it for our parents not necessarily us the children. Our grandmother stayed and tried to bridge the gap, but it was not the same. As time went by, I forgot the numerous people who attended the burial but I remember the only person who stayed when everyone had left.” She spoke as she thanked her grandmother.
If you take on a niece, nephew, friend’s child or any other child who has just lost a parent, take time to study their personality/ character. Some children can reconcile with the loss after a week or a month whereas others can take longer.
How to raise an orphan
Alex Munyantwar, a Director at Ceapuganda, says orphans are delicate; anything can open the wound. They have needs like all other children but have no access to them. If you can please help at least one by visiting ceapu.com or write to us at ceapuganda @gmail.com
“In the years I have spent dealing with orphans and vulnerable children, I have realized that an abandoned child has hope of seeing their parents some time but an orphan has lost hope and thus they are hard to deal with,” He explains. Alex adds, “I personally fear to hurt an orphan, when I accidentally say or do something that might hurt them, I apologize fast before the word goes deep. Do not allow an orphan to think deeply about some bad things or statements told to them by either a teacher or any other person.”
If you are like me working with OVC’S, treat all children the same. It is hard to balance love but if you are to help that child, you must make sure they are not alienated by either your children or spouse. Work hard to raise their self-esteem.
.If you have adopted a child, make the child your own, the way you would treat your child. If he or she is young, let them call you mummy or daddy. Don’t let them feel the difference between your own child and them. Be careful never to let them hear you say you are not their own parent. Be proud of them and affirm them like you do to your own children.
Things you should never tell an orphan
Avoid anything that might drive them into thinking about the past. If you choose to talk about their late parents, do not talk ill about them, just share the sweet memories only. A child is only interested in keeping the sweet memory not the bad.
Do not be mean to them, if you cannot help an orphan, do not hurt them. Truth is, no one chooses to be an orphan. Sometimes they might joke about it but be careful not to go on that path especially if your parents are still alive.
We have made it even easier and convenient for those able and willing to support.Just visit our website Ceapu.com,choose the best possible way you want to support and use pay pal.
Taking care of 50 children is no easy task and it’s not enough, but through our person-to-person sponsorship program, most of them have been connected to sponsors. Sponsors have lovingly “adopted” these children into their families. They pray for their sponsored children, Love and care for them and above sacrificially .pay their school fees on a termly basis
Generous donors in all over the world change the lives of little ones, helping to ensure them with good health care, instilling values and making an investment in the future of our world. It could be probably be your turn to partner with us in this. Providing education to an orphan is transforming their future dreams into reality.
These children are fed, clothed, housed, educated and nurtured by dedicated caregivers in the different institutions where the children attend, most of which are in Kisoro Uganda.
Every day you and I are counting the costs of things. We do it with clothes, food, cars, homes, extracurricular activities, the way we spend our time and energy, how many times we hit snooze on the alarm clock, the friends we hang out with and even the ones we don’t. We do it intentionally; we also do it subconsciously.
In the economy of our daily lives, we are perpetually assessing the value of things, relationships and opportunities by determining whether or not the benefit of having those things in our lives will be worth the costs required of us to get them. This constant evaluation of costs, worth and ultimate value are a part of our normal daily life.
As we interact with people all over the country on the topics of caring for orphans and other vulnerable children(OVC’S),we find these issues of cost, worth and ultimate value to be significant ones – both for those who are already involved and those who are hesitantly considering it. It’s real in my own family as well as we continually learn to embrace it as a central component of who we are and what we do. We count the costs, consider the implications they will bring on our family and ultimately have to answer a very important question – Will it be worth it?
COUNTING THE COSTS
Nobody stands in front of a church on their wedding day or sits at a table and signs mortgage papers without having seriously considered the implications of what they’re about to do, but everyone who ends up in those situations has ultimately concluded one thing – it’s worth it. Consider your successes how hard or easy was it to be obtained honestly after hard decision follows success and celebration.
The same is true for caring for caring for OVC’s – it will cost you. Maybe some money, certainly some time, definitely some energy, and absolutely some emotion, convenience and comfort. No one ever said, “I want to care for them so that my life will be the same.” No. Nothing will be the same. Everything changes because of it. It’s important to be aware of the costs; to not go into this with rose colored lenses on. Yet, at the end of the day, we must accept the costs to us as worth it for the gain a child may receive. This is exactly what Jesus has done for us. He joyfully laid down the infinite value of His own life so that we might know the immeasurable worth of being fully and unconditionally loved in Him. Caring for OVC’s and adoption are beautiful expressions of that gospel. They demand a selfless, costly and potentially painful love for the sake of a child gaining much as we willingly give all. As we labor to love with the love we ourselves have received from Jesus, we do so in a cloud of uncertainties and unknowns, but with the confidence of one guarantee – it’s always worth it. A child is always worth the process and more valuable than the costs. Always.
Let me be as honest and encouraging as I possibly can be: If you keep thinking about it, talking about it and praying about it, that’s probably a sign that you would be great at it and just need to do it. The issue for many isn’t whether or not they are “called” to foster or adopt and care for those in need, but what it will cost them if they actually do it. It’s easy sometimes for Christians to hide their insecurities, concerns and fears under the veil of spiritual language, claiming they’re still “praying about it” and determining whether or not they are “called” to do it, when that matter has already been resolved by God in His word and in their hearts. At the risk of sounding unspiritual let me suggest this: certainly not for all, but definitely for some, perhaps the most spiritual thing you can do is stop praying about whether or not you should do it – and just do it, choosing to believe that the costs you will incur will be worth it for the gain a child may receive. I know this is not where everybody is, but I also know this is where someone is. Perhaps that someone is you.
WE CAN’T AFFORD NOT TO
But when it’s all said and done, let’s spend less time talking about what it will cost us if we do care for them and more time talking about what it will cost these kids if we don’t. Kids in crisis can’t afford to wait until it’s most convenient for us to care for them. They simply don’t have that luxury. And maybe we don’t have that luxury either. Perhaps the question we need to be asking ourselves over and over and over again – whether you’re in the middle of it already or just now considering the possibilities of it for you and your family – is not “Can we afford to do this?” but rather “Can we really afford not to do this?” A slightly different question with significantly different implications.
At the end of the day our “no” will be much more difficult on them than our “yes” will ever be on us. So let’s resolve to never neglect their perspectives in our own personal considerations about whether or not we should care. What we stand to lose pales in comparison to what everyone else, especially these kids, stands to gain.
The good news for all of us is this: the gospel has the unique ability to turn costs into privileges and inconveniences into opportunities. It has the distinct capacity to completely empty us while at the same time abundantly fill us. Perhaps in the end you will find those costs that once concerned you will become the very things that now compel you – to give all so that a child can gain much. Will it be hard? Yes. But will it be worth it? There is absolutely no doubt.