Christine Poni

Christine Poni, 11 years old who attends Katele Primary and Nursery School in Kampala

Update – August 2017

CRESS sponsored children are now being educated in Uganda due to recent events. The majority are boarding due to the distance to schools from the refugee camps. 

This has resulted in an increase in fees and CRESS has been fortunate in securing a grant from the Ransome Trust to enable the continued education of the children we support.

Being a child in South Sudan is hard!  Most children don’t go to school and can be found working in the fields and quarries which is extremely hard work.  Education is a paid-for privilege, and not attainable for most families who simply can’t afford to send their children to school.

At CRESS we believe that providing a good standard of education to the young people of South Sudan is an effective way of helping to ensure that the future is brighter for all.  Education was the first area in which we worked and funded, as an immediate benefit for all.

How our programme works

We provide education through our sponsorship program and presently support 80 children (August 2017) and aim to support up to 100 children at any one time, in all stages of education.  At the charities current size, this is the level of support at which we know we can ensure success and treat each child as an individual.

Sponsorship includes University education although this is expensive and funding dependent so as an alternative one year of skills training. At present, there are four CRESS children being educated at University. 

>> Anna Modong at Uganda Christian University (UCU) who is studying to be a nurse and in her last year.
>> Anna’s sister Beatrice Kiden at Uganda Christina University (UCU) who is studying computers and in her second year.
>> Nelson Gwolo at Uganda Christian University who is studying Business.
>> Jo Jo Seme at the International Health Sciences University in his second year studying to be a doctor.

All of our Sponsors have a named child and receive an annual progress report.  Each of the children knows who their sponsor is, and writes at least once a year to their sponsor.  Unlike other sponsorship schemes we pride ourselves on creating relationships between the sponsor and child, in some cases, sponsors have even been to visit their child and attended graduation ceremonies!

This long term and committed relationship is fundamental to improving the child’s outcome and success at school.  The children that we sponsor attend a variety of schools, some in South Sudan and some in Uganda, and we always have a waiting list!

What is the commitment?

>> Sponsoring a child in Primary school costs £25 per month
>> Sponsoring a child in Senior School costs £45 per month
>> Sponsoring a young person into further education, including University costs £90 per month

Because of the way we run our sponsorship programme we are looking for long term commitment from a potential sponsor and welcome the opportunity to discuss our programme with you.

If you would like to learn more about our sponsorship programme and help us continue supporting the South Sudanese children please get in touch with us.