Tag Archives : Stories of Sponsorship

Work hard, pray to God April 24, 2018

Have you ever wondered what happens after the Ugandan Kids Choir returns home? To give you an idea of what life is like for former choir kids, we caught up with Ssemujju, who was on the very first Ugandan Kids Choir tour in 2006.

The first Ugandan Kids Choir tour – in 2006! Ssemujju is in the back row, on the right.

The choir has grown and changed a lot since those early days. And so has Ssemujju. (more…)

10 Ways to be an Awesome Sponsor July 10, 2017

The relationship between a sponsor and their child can be incredibly rewarding, but it’s hard to know where to start. Their lives seem so different from our own – how do you find the common ground from which to start a real conversation?

But we hear from sponsored children over and over how encouraging and exciting it is for them to receive messages from you. So, here are 10 tips to get you started writing great letters to your sponsored child! (more…)

Room for One More in the Family July 5, 2017

Every host family is special, but there are some who go above and beyond – families like the Hogans who we met in Missouri. After hosting the Ugandan Kids Choir in their home, the Hogans decided they wanted to do even more. They wanted to sponsor a child!

The Hogan’s host children were thrilled! Finding new sponsors is their ultimate goal while touring the U.S.

Desire had no idea how special the Hogan family would be to her own family.


The Road to Graduation May 24, 2017

The funny square hats and black robes…the happy parents holding back tears of pride…the long-winded speeches…these are all signs it is graduation season. And we have a lot of students to celebrate with! In the past year, 118 Childcare Worldwide students have graduated (or are about to graduate) from college or trade school!

A group of about 30 students pose for the camera in black graduation robes, with brightly colored leis and ribbons around their necks.

Congratulations to all the students graduating this year!

Even here in the United States, with our relatively high graduation rates, graduation ceremonies are a big deal. But for the kids we serve in developing countries, it is even more important. You see, to them, graduation day is one giant step on the path out of poverty. Many of them are the first in their families to finish school! (more…)

Sponsorship changes lives February 7, 2017

By all rights, Joseph should have been a statistic. He should have died young. He should have lived a life of crime. He should have become radicalized. He should have been a drug addict.

But that’s not how his story turns out…

Joseph stands on a hill overlooking a lake.

Joseph beat the odds!

Joseph was born in Rwanda in 1994, during the height of the genocide. Joseph’s family was Tutsi. To save their newborn son, Joseph’s mother fled with him to Uganda while his father stayed behind to fight. Joseph and his mother made it safely to Uganda, but never heard from his father again. (more…)

Her hands speak louder than words September 8, 2016

When I was in Kenya in early May, I met my former sponsored child, Vivian Dede. I remember when she was just a child and we exchanged letters back and forth across the miles. It was always exciting to get the updated photo and her neatly written letters on lined paper. At that time, I could already see her efforts to “get it right” by her carefully erased mistakes and re-written corrections.

One of my very first sponsorship photos of Vivian

One of my very first sponsorship photos of Vivian

Fast forward twenty years. Vivian is now an accomplished young lady giving back to the less fortunate in her own country.


Annette’s Trip Cliff Notes May 30, 2016

This is the last blog in our #GoBeyondHope Series, featuring on-the-ground updates from Annette and Nathan as they visit our ministry locations in Kenya and Uganda.

Hard to believe but our 3 weeks in Africa have come to an end. It has been a trip full of surprises and blessings. There has been laughter, but I have also shed tears and held hands with those I have encountered that have been suffering. I have been both moved and touched by so many people. Here are some highlights of the trip that I will take home with me.

Devotions with our staff in Kenya

Devotional time with our office staff in Kenya and singing hymns together with them. What beautiful voices they have! (more…)

Sending hope back to Uganda April 26, 2016

One of the youngest members of the 2016 Ugandan Kids Choir, is dimpled, 6-year-old Titus Makumbi.

Titus recognizes one of the children on the sponsorship table.

Titus recognizes one of the children on the sponsorship table.

At a recent choir performance, Titus and his fellow choir members sang and danced their hearts out like they usually do. But this performance was different from the others. After the performance, he stood near the sponsorship table greeting several of the attendees. Glancing at all the passports, his heart suddenly beat faster as his eyes stopped on someone he knew.