In 2008, we learned about an epidemic present in sub-Sahara Africa that still exists today. Oftentimes, parents and/or guardians are forced to give up their guardianship to orphanages simply because they’re unable to provide the most basic needs for their children: food, medical care, and education. Children who have living, healthy family members can and do become orphans overnight.
As we began to speak with parents and guardians who were dropping their children off at local Ugandan orphanages, a simple solution arose. If we could provide food, medical care, and schooling funds for their children, their families were more likely to stay intact. We started in 2008 by meeting these basic needs of just 10 children, ensuring they remained in the care of their own families rather than in an orphanage. That number grew to 150 before the end of 2008 and by 2016, Amazima’s partners were helping provide over 700 children with daily meals, education, medical care, and discipleship. What started as a small sponsorship program grew to include mentoring, vocational training, and feeding outreaches. Though the program has grown and evolved throughout the years, our mission has never wavered. It remains, “To live out the love of Jesus by educating and empowering the people of Uganda and the communities we serve.”
Now, in 2017, Amazima welcomes our first class of students to The Amazima School—a key component of our scholarship program. The Amazima School is a Christ-centered secondary school that sits on a beautiful 70-acre campus on the outskirts of Jinja.
It is on this campus that we believe we’ll witness long-term, systemic change in the lives of the children and families we serve as parents and guardians become more involved in their children’s education. Students in our scholarship program will attend a Christ-centered primary school and then transition to The Amazima School for secondary. Through the generosity of our monthly partners, students will not only receive nutritious meals, access to medical care, and vocational training, but they will also receive a top-notch classical Christian education that engages both their heart and their minds, fostering both creativity and problem solving.
Our goal for these students is more than just “making life better” in Uganda. Our goal is to make disciples, and we believe the classroom offers the greatest potential to do so. Equipped with an exceptional team of educators, mentors, and house parents, we believe The Amazima School will help make us more effective than ever, ensuring that every person we serve would know Christ and make Him known, resulting in transformed lives, restored relationships and changed communities.