You and Us
First of all we would like to say a big thank you to all the TFCM supporters who have been with us on the journey so far. You are making a real difference in many families’ lives in a variety of different ways.
For more than 200 potentially lifesaving mosquito nets
To our regular sponsors who enable schooling for 80 children so far, giving them an education and hope of income for their future.
For the varied admin support that individuals have given since the start...from designing fridge magnets, typing up our newsletter, organising presentations and maintaining contact with sponsors.
To friends and family who gave generously in memory of Maureen Miles, Paul Checkley and Cherry Bray to help secure the purchase and development of a new children’s house for orphans as well as a new kitchen with smokeless ovens at our school.
To our local churches for raising funds for 50 solar lights for homes and village huts without electricity.
To Rose Checkley for cutting 10 inches off her hair to raise funds. Thanks, also, to a local band Brother John for producing a CD, sales from which helped meet the cost of much needed school equipment.
To The Nepalese Ladies Sewing Group in Hong Kong for making and delivering 60 new dresses to Ugandan girls who had never owned one.
There are many more ‘thank yous’ to say, for which we don’t have the room here...Thank you! We are so grateful for all of your support. We are a small charity, easy to connect with. We give our time to serve our Ugandan family. There is loads of room for new people to get involved, either as a ‘one off’ or on a regular basis, remotely or more locally.
100% of the money that comes in goes out to Uganda each month. Nothing is kept back for U.K. administration.
Here a some of the main ways in which you can support TFCM
Schooling for children
Join the Buddy Builders Club (BBC)
This project provides opportunities for two ‘Buddies’ to partner with each other through TFCM to sponsor the schooling of two children from the same needy family where the guardian is struggling to meet the basic needs of the children, and where funding of schooling is pushed down the priority list.
The sponsoring ‘Buddies’ could be two members of your family, or two close friends. The sponsored 'Buddies' start their schooling at the same time as each other and ‘buddy up’ to support and encourage each other at school, even though they may start in different classes. That said, we do have quite a lot of families with twins who would start in the same class together... like these two!
Identical twins Kato (left) and Wasswa before being sponsored
At the nursery school after their U.K. 'Buddies' came alongside
The Buddy Builders Club is all about two people who care, connecting with a family in need in Uganda, for whom hope has to look like something tangible... and which brings encouragement and a foundation for a better future into their lives.
When new ‘Buddies’ join the Club we share the family situation with them. We then keep them updated on the progress of the children at school and any TFCM support activities in which the guardian is involved.
BBC enrolment details:
Joining fee: Its Free!
Monthly Membership Fees: £15.00 ($19.50) for each buddy
- Partner up with a ‘Buddy’
- Click the link below to proceed and sign up straight away
(There is an option to request further information before you proceed)
Sponsor a Child
TFCM promotes the Buddy Builders Club (BBC) as the preferred option for child sponsorship, but sponsors for schooling of a single child are also needed and always welcomed.
TFCM promotes and supports schooling for children in two of the three locations in which we operate.
In Kawempe we partner with 3 separate schools offering education from Nursery and Primary level through to secondary leaving stage. In Kalagi we have our own school which currently provides nursery and primary education only.
Some of the children from Happy Hours Primary School, Kawempe (with TFCM Co-ordinator, Fred, and Suzanne visiting from U.K.)
Graduation Day at our school in Kalagi...as pupils celebrate leaving Nursery Top Class to start in the Primary School!
All the children sponsored for schooling in both locations are from the poorest extended families living in the area, or are orphans cared for in the Children’s House in Kalagi.
The monthly cost to sponsor a child is £15 (20 USD) which is used to contribute to these items:
- school uniform
- scholastic materials
- personal hygiene items
- daily hot meal and drinks.
- teacher and staff salaries
- classroom equipment
- learning materials
How to sponsor a child
Click the link below...
Support and Encourage a family guardian
TFCM support for family guardians is focused on 2 key areas:
- Education in family care
- Training and support for generating family income.
Gertrude (on the left) with her daughter Precious. Recently widowed, and with 3 other children to support, she struggles daily to care for her family and pay room rent on the meagre income she gets from running a small fruit stall).
Catherine (on the right) with her son Jordan. She cares for her wheelchair bound husband, Henry, as well as their 4 children and they all live in one rented room. The only family income is from Catherine’s part-time job as a neighbourhood washerwoman.
Education in family care
Many of the guardians never had the opportunity to complete their own schooling because their parents could not afford to keep them in education. Now they are parents themselves, and with only limited access to free community courses to help them, they lack understanding of many of the basics of caring for and protecting their children.
Through the TFCM training centre in Kawempe, we provide a range of basic education courses covering child health care, home hygiene and personal rights & parental responsibilities.
Income generation projects
Ask these guardians what they want the most and they will often say the same thing....”I want to be able to provide for my family through my own efforts.” The reality is that jobs are hard to come by in Uganda with many people competing for them.
The TFCM Training Centre has been set up to help empower the local guardians we work with by giving them the basic skills to set up their own small businesses to generate regular family income.
At the training centre, older guardians, especially grandmothers, are trained in a range of craft skills including making mats, hats, bags, jewellery and scarves.
The training centre includes an outside display area from which these items can be promoted for sale.
Sponsor a family guardian on her way to independent living...
Monthly sponsorship of a guardian will open up many opportunities for her to make a lasting difference in her own life as well as the lives of the children in her care.
The monthly cost is £10 (13USD) which is used to:
- Provide training for income generation, including any equipment or ‘start up’ materials needed.
- Support their involvement in our family care education programme
- Contribute to improvements in family living conditions, especially diet, home essentials, health care and medical support.
Sponsors will be provided with updates on the guardian’s progress and on the impact of the monthly support on the life of the family involved.
Befriend a granny
In any country in the world, life can be tough for many elderly women living on their own, but nearly all the widowed grandmothers in our Ugandan communities face challenges that are very often extreme.
They are vulnerable as well as poor, lacking access to free health care or social services support and without family members to look after them locally.
Although these special women have spent much of their lives in caring for children and grandchildren they now find themselves in need of some practical support themselves, as well as the need to feel valued and not forgotten within the community.
TFCM support for grannies is directed at making a difference in their lives by meeting some of their priority practical needs as well as making them feel special, as they deserve.
This is Rebecca Joyce Nabirye who is over 80 years of age, pictured here with Pastor Sam in her room which has an earth floor, no furniture and contains precious few personal belongings.
Her diet is poor, her eyesight is failing and she has great difficulty walking, or standing for any length of time.
The good news is that Rebecca’s home situation is changing for the better. She now has an overseas sponsor who gives a regular monthly donation which is making a significant difference in her life, in practical and tangible ways.
Additionally, Rebecca’s sponsor has taken up the option to keep in touch with her through our local partners, which she is valuing as much as the practical help she is being given.
TFCM has identified upwards of fifty grannies aged 60 years and over living in Kawempe, Kalagi and the village of Kateete who are facing similar circumstances to Rebecca. All of them are in need of practical help and compassion to make their later years more comfortable.
Sponsor a granny
A small monthly amount of £5 (6.5USD) will make a big difference in the life of any one of these special women.
This monthly support is used to provide:
- Home essentials including bedding and cooking utensils
- Home first aid kit, personal hygiene items and toiletries
- An improved daily diet
Sponsors will be given the option to receive periodic updates on the sponsored granny’s situation and to connect with her directly if they choose to do so.
How to sponsor a granny
Click the link below...
Support building & development projects
TFCM has a number of key projects which will enable us to support our families and children effectively. These projects incolve either new building work or improvemnets to existing fascilities.
The Children's House - Kalagi
A total of 16 orphaned boys and girls are housed through TFCM and are in the care of our partners in Kalagi.
Some of our supporters raised the funds for us to buy a small house near our school.
Work is in progress to extend and adapt the house to provide separate dormitories, bathrooms & toilets for the boys and girls, plus a kitchen and dining area.
Also, in order to provide a permanent water supply to the house, we need to install a rainwater capture system which needs a storage tank, guttering and downpipes.
The children are being housed in temporary accommodation until the dormitories, bathroom and toilets are completed, when they will be able to move into the house pending completion of the remaining building work.
The 16 residents of the Children's House together with the house matrons, Evelyn (left) and Martha (right)
To comply with Ugandan government security requirements for vulnerable children, we have had to divert some of the house development funds raised so far into installing a steel gate and a perimeter security wall around the house site.
As at January 2018 we still need to raise £4,800 ($6,300 USD) to finish all the necessary work to turn the Children’s House into a safe and comfortable home.
The Training Centre–Kawempe
We have a small training centre attached to The TFCM office in Kawempe where we run training and education programmes for family guardians and young adults from within the local community.
Currently, our regular training sessions fall into 2 categories:
1. Skills empowerment courses
These are for family guardians and jobless young adults to equip them with the necessary skills for generating a regular income. Up to now we have focused on training in dressmaking and tailoring skills and employ a permanent trainer.
For many of the older family guardians we provide a small starter fund for them to purchase materials to make craft items at home, especially baskets, mats, hats and jewellery items. These items are then displayed for sale in the craft display area outside the TFCM office.
From 2018 we will be expanding the training space in the same location and plan to introduce additional programmes. These will include computer skills.... as well as practical training in liquid soap-making and knitwear design (an unusual combination perhaps, but with a good market locally for the products!)
2. Training and counselling in family care, personal rights and parenting skills
A range of training and counselling sessions are held at the training centre, mainly for the family guardians directly supported by TFCM. Increasingly, we are extending the training sessions to include younger parents within the local community, especially those who have previously failed to complete primary or secondary schooling.
The Father’s Children School–Kalagi
The Nursery and Primary School had 130 pupils in 2017, of which 50 are sponsored currently. Our aim is to secure sponsors for all of the children, to enable them to complete their primary education and for the school to have sufficient funds to maintain the necessary operating standards.
(Schooling sponsorship and how monthly funds from sponsors are allocated is covered here)
The Baby class section of the nursery school
The current priority building and development projects for the school are:
Completion of boys and girls toilet blocks and wash rooms. Funds target: £2,600 ($3400 USD)
Completion of a rainwater capture system to provide the school with its own permanent water supply. Funds target: £2,000 ($2625 USD)
Construction of a permanent classroom block for three classes (to replace the current temporary building). Funds target: £3,100 ($4060 USD)
Of course, if you would prefer to get more practically involved rather than making
a donation you could always........
Set up your own fundraising project
We would love it if you decided to raise funds for a TFCM project of your choice. It takes just a few minutes to set up your own dedicated fundraising page for TFCM on give.net, where you will also find a free fundraising toolkit.
Come and see for yourselves!
Winston Churchill called Uganda 'The Pearl of Africa' and with good reason. It's a great place to visit for a vacation or gap year, or for a group visit combining a safari with a working holiday for which TFCM could provide the 'To Do' List!
We would be pleased to discuss visit options with you including some suggestions for planning a trip to TFCM in Uganda.