The main aim
of ACE is to assist rural primary schools in southwest Uganda.
we have come across another need which we are trying to address.
When the pupils
leave the primary schools they are often unable to proceed to
secondary education because of their family circumstances. Many
of them are orphans or come from very poor families. There are
a small number of these pupils who are very gifted and could potentially
go on to be the doctors and teachers of the next generation.
So ACE started
a sponsorship scheme to assist these children in secondary education.
We started with six students being sponsored by ACE supporters
in schools in Kisoro and Kabale. Some were day-pupils and some
It soon became
obvious that the boarders were doing much better. The day-pupils
had to walk such long distances each day, and carry out household
tasks when they got home. This made it impossible to keep up with
their homework. So the trustees decided that all our sponsored
pupils should board at school.
The cost of
this is currently £40 per pupil per month. This pays for them
to be at a boarding school due to the remoteness of their homes.
We are asking
you to help us by sponsoring a child. If £40 per month is too
much, we invite you to donate £20, £15 or £10 per month
and share the sponsorship with another supporter.
students begin secondary education at the end of January each
year, and it is at that time that sponsors are allocated to students.
However we welcome new sponsors at any time of year. We have to
build up funds in the ACE Sponsorship bank account because a student's
expenses are not spread evenly through the year. When new students
initially join the school they each require equipment costing
about £150 (see below) plus the cost of their transport to Kisoro.
If you opt to become a sponsor, your monthly contributions will
go into the ringfenced sponsorship account to help with these
initial costs and you will be allocated a student next January.
We ask the
headteachers to identify qualifying potential students in August/September,
after they take their mock primary school leaving examinations.
This may enable us to give sponsors the name of a student earlier,
but it cannot be confirmed until we get the exam results in mid-January
the different schools in the Kisoro area and decided that the
best school for our pupils was Kisoro Vision Secondary School
so in 2009 we moved our sponsored pupils who were at other schools
to this school.
In 2017 a
new volunteer, Val Boakes, took over the scheme and liases with
the sponsors. Then, in 2018, the trustees decided to move the
students to Kisoro Standard Secondary School.
You can obtain
a sponsor form by clicking here.
Instructions are on the form.