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Canadian Sponsors in Action

Sponsorship Changes Lives and Strengthens Communities

Through the achievements of students like Susan Nankya, International Needs Uganda celebrates the contributions of Canadian sponsors to their efforts to transform lives and change communities over the last 20 years…

Susan Nankya spent many of her early years struggling to stay in school. Raised by her mother who was single and often unemployed, Susan was constantly being sent home because her school fees were unpaid. This affected her performance and her attitude towards education. Being sent home meant she missed her classes and her connections with friends. It also meant she would miss lunch—one healthy, nutritious meal she could rely receiving on every day.

Susan’s sporadic eating and attendance pattern changed in 1997 when a Canadian donor volunteered to sponsor her education. With her school fees paid and a consistent supply of books, school supplies, uniforms and meals Susan’s sense of hope for the future, her attitude toward education as well as her academic performance improved dramatically. She excelled through secondary school, attended the Nsamizi Institute and earned her Diploma in Social Work and Social Administration.

“I am grateful to my sponsors and International Needs for paving a path to the future for me,” Susan says. “Given my economic situation at home, I would never have made it this far. You have made a difference not only in my life but in family and my community.”

Today, Susan works in International Needs Uganda’s Household Income Enhancement Project which focuses on empowering people to find means of earning a sustainable livelihood through income generating activities in their communities.

Notably, Susan succeeded recently in securing sponsorship for a child whose father had become incapacitated in an accident. She also co-ordinated the care of 10 disabled children who were taken for treatment at CORISU Rehabilitation Centre. She is currently focused on co-ordinating the efforts of 22 farmers’ groups and 2 groups of people with disabilities.

“I am now using the skills I acquired,” Susan says, “to extend the love and support my sponsors offered me to help other vulnerable people.”


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