When children grow up in poverty and don't know any other kind of reality it makes one wonder if they allow themselves to have any dreams at all.

Here are a few examples of what the children in the ABC schools in Uganda wrote down when they were asked about this a few years ago. What's most interesting here is the children's desire to do good and help others fulfill their dreams.

Nalubega Moureen wants to be an accountant. When asked about what she would do if that was achieved she said:

She wants to find a job and start working. She wants her own land and build her own house. She wants to help those who have difficulty achieving their dreams. She wants to help her parents.

Nakkazi Viola wants to become a doctor. When asked about what she would do if that was achieved she said:

She wants to build a hospital and take care of patients. She wants to build her own house. She wants to build her parents a house. She wants to pay the tuition for her siblings's education. She wants to start an orphanage. She wants to travel.

Sponsors play a large role in that the children can even allow themselves to have dreams and think big. The willingness to lend a hand comes from being lent a hand.

Your support means the world to the children.

Moses is a seven year old boy who lives in Uganda. He has six siblings and he lives in a three room house with no kitchen. All cooking must be done in the living room. His mother, Josephine, is the sole provider as the father ran off to be with a younger woman. He provides no financial support. Josephine was forced to take a loan to provide the basic necessities for her family and when she wasn't able to make a payment she was put in a jail cell. Her oldest son, Kevin, had to leave school and find work to provide for the family.

After a few months spent behind bars Josephine was released but now her health has deteriorated considerably. Her job is physically demanding and she earns about a dollar a day. She can only afford one meal a day for the whole family. Her children share two beds and use old blankets for cover. To fetch water they travel around 500 meters to a nearby village.

Despite these difficulties the family is grateful for what they have and believe the future is bright. Moses is in an ABC run school and two of his siblings also. In one of the photos you can see the children in their school uniforms which they wear proudly. They look forward to seeing what the future brings.

Josephine would like to thank her children's sponsors for this great opportunity. Without them good education would not be in their reach.

 

Tracy is nine years old and she's in an ABC school in Uganda. She's very intelligent and loves attending school. She lives with her mother and three siblings in a two bedroom house where there's no electricity and they have to use candle lights. Tracy travels some distance every day to fetch water alongside cooking and cleaning when the school day is over.

Her mother earns very little money by cleaning her neighbors's clothes and Tracy's stepfather earns about a dollar a day as a casual laborer. Together they don't earn enough money to put Tracy through school.

Despite the hardship optimism reigns. Tracy's mother is extremely grateful to her daughter's sponsor. "The ABC sponsorship program brings families hope of a better future by educating the children", she says.

 

A new school year began on October 3rd in the ABC school in Burkina Faso and students were pleased at resuming their studies. Happier still, if anything, were the 70 new arrivals who look forward to hitting the books and they know exciting times are ahead. First order of business for the students is mastering the French language. Over 70 different languages are spoken in Burkina Faso and it can be quite difficult relating messages in the classroom. In some cases the students speak 5-6 different languages. Gully Jonasdottir, one of two directors of the school, said in an interview that "the teacher has to combine everything so it must be quite difficult in the first and second grade but they manage somehow".

One of the new students, Alassane Konate, is 6 years old and he speaks a native language called Dafing. Of the 17 million residents of Burkina Faso only 135.000 speak the language which is less than 1%. The dialect is only spoken by muslims in the country.

Fewer than 15% of the population use French on a daily basis. But natives want to keep French as the language of instruction and not see their children learn a language at school that they already speak at home.

 

A lot is going on in the ABC school in Burkina Faso.

A new water pump has been installed and water is flowing from all the taps. Staff and volunteers have been hard at work and, needless to say, this is very good for the school and beneficial to everyone.

It's also nice to note that the Icelandic volunteers brought with them shoes donated by sporting goods stores in Iceland. A lot of the children in school play soccer and basketball. This time the basketball team got to go through them and find a pair that fits. The shoes will be well looked after and stored in the school and used only on practices and game days.

 

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