A number of times Isaac and Christine Oyako have had a young teen-age girl brought to them, or to their attention, either because she has been orphaned, or has been rejected out of her home for becoming a Christian. Each time they seek diligently for a sponsor to help that girl get an education - which is not free in Uganda - so that she will be able to be self-supporting.
Sometimes that means a secondary or high school first, and then college to get training for a career. You may see the photos of the girls that have already received sponsors in the past below.
This Sponsor-a-Girl program was inaugurated about four years ago, as an intervention to help vulnerable Christian girls acquire a formal, skill- based education. The purpose of this program is:
(i) Protect poverty-stricken Christian girls from a common and bad practice of selling themselves for sex as a means of survival, thus exposing themselves to the HIV/AIDS scourge, plus unwanted pregnancies
(ii) Rescue these girls from forced early marriages as imposed by backward cultural practices.
In the year, 2013, the first bunch of the girls we supported through linking them with friends from Netherlands and England, graduated with university degrees. All the three got employment immediately. The next year, we had 5 graduate in December.
But this has not been without challenges:
(a)We have an overwhelming numbers of genuine cases for which we cannot find sponsors
(b) The worst case scenario, is when a girl looses a sponsor due to natural causes such as the sponsor's death. or loss of employment. It puts us under tremendous pressure. This is the case with both Vicky and Jessica.
RTM successfully has four girls sitting for their Examinations this year
i.e. Jessica Ilalu, s while Betty Lorot is sitting for her senior Six Examinations, making a total of four girls. Your prayers is requested for their success.
Please click on their names to see their photos and learn more about them.
Betty Loroti |
Has a sponsor, and is sitting for her Senior Six exams in October 2017
Update: July/18... Betty performed well at her S6 level to join a comprehensive nursing course at Jinja Nursing, Betty has a sponsor from Netherlands taking through her nursing training school. Praise the Lord!
in O'levels - Has a sponsor for O'level only
July 2018 update: Jessica performed well in her A 'level, she is at Jinja Progressive School doing Divinity, Entrepreneurship, Geography/computer (DEG/ICT) at one of the best schools.
Lucky Ayato -
sitting for O'level examinations.
Deborah Alweo -
sitting for 0`level examinations.
Update: July/18... She performed well enough to take her to a catering school; her sponsor of Netherland is still taking her throughout.
Sarah Achen - was dismissed due to pregnancy.
Stella Amiediong -
got sponsors and is now in Kyambogo University. Stella is in her first year of a 2 year course, in Accounting and Finance.
Has sponsor and is now in her second year (of 3 year course) in Development Studies
Since the currency is a little different, depending on which country you are in, and sometimes fluctuates, it is best if you contact Pastor Isaac Oyako, or his assistant, Loy, about your sponsorship of any one, or any number of these special girls.
Read "Faith's Story" to get a sense of some of the drama involved in these girls' lives.
Note: In Ugandan schools there are fees that are due at the start of each semester.
You might prefer to mail in a cheque, but that can take many weeks to arrive, so it would have to be sent in well in advance of the semester
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