Our goal for each child sponsored is that they are able to fulfill their potential and achieve independence in the knowledge that they are beloved of God.
Boarding School: For about 75% of our primary and secondary students, we have seen that they flourish best at boarding school, where they can focus on learning rather than subsisting.
University or Vocational School: After completing secondary school, university or vocational education is a necessity for most young adults to live independent, productive lives.
As boarding and vocational school and university are far more expensive than local schools, additional funds are needed to help these students. Sponsorships alone cannot cover these costs.
Many sponsorship programs do not take students across that finish line. Students are “aged out” by 18 years old, some never having had the ability to graduate high school or attend job training schools. In 2023 MCM saw 20 students graduate from either University or Vocational schools and complete the MCM program with employable skills.
For about three-quarters of our students, boarding at school is making a big difference. Although many sponsors are initially concerned that children will feel homesick away from family, there are many reasons why most of our children thrive in this setting.
If a child shows extraordinary scholastic potential, we want to support this gifted child with a move to a more academically stimulating, competitive school. This always makes them smarter because they find other students and teachers who can challenge their intellect.
After COVID we noticed many students made disappointing declines in class. We attributed this to the two years they were out of school combined with every child skipping forward a year on their return. The skipped class content would never be recuperated in rural schools because they did not teach the lost year. However, the urban schools were helping their learners go back and cover this content very fast. They understood if they did not, students would fail and so would their institutions. High final exam marks result in higher admission numbers the following year.
Many of our teenage girls (and occasionally boys) are culturally required to become like servants of the household. They do the cooking, fetch water, look for firewood, babysit siblings, wash their uniforms and many more chores await them after returning from school until late into the evening. When MCM learns of this, the child is removed from the situation and placed in boarding school so she may have ample time to focus on her studies. MCM does not support a culture which allows guardians to use children as laborers.
Less common, but sadly it does occur, is physical or emotional abuse of children. MCM has seen fathers released from prison, drunkards, guardians who resent the very children they have taken in, and mentally ill caregivers resort to abusing children. In this case the children are obviously much safer boarding away from the abusive family member.
Praise God these Ugandans are going to transform our community with their diplomas!
We thank our American partners for extra resources to move students into dormitories, but we are currently running a shortfall for funding these students.
As everywhere, students right out of secondary school are rarely ready to support themselves. Most need additional preparation for a career or job to live independent, productive lives. For those children who have worked earnestly during their primary and secondary school years, we want to ensure that they are fully prepared to not only support themselves, but contribute their talents to their communities, by providing assistance to complete their education and training at a university or vocational school.
Tuition multiplies seven fold for these students who move from secondary school to university. Those that join vocational institutes, the number increases five fold depending on the course they pursue. Courses in the medical field increase ten fold. When I look at the monetary costs every term I marvel at the goodness of our God of miracles. This gives MCM the drive to go beyond our comfort zone, trusting God all the more to provide sponsors and support for as many in need as we can manage because they too will broaden the cycle and continue to change more Ugandan lives.
We are so excited about the future when we see what is happening now. In over a decade we have witnessed God’s great faithfulness: graduates changing their families and communities, students committed and working hard, and you as sponsors and supporters blessing us with your generosity and perseverance (even through a global pandemic!) to meet the goal and desire to share the Love of Jesus and the truth we ALL matter to God.
Since our founding over a decade ago, our vision has grown along with our sponsored children. Educating and providing stability to young Ugandans not only enables them to thrive as adults, breaking the cycle of poverty and subsistence, but helps lift Ugandan society as a whole. Educated young minds will help solve the problems of tomorrow.
MCM currently helps over 340 children, including both sponsored children and those helped by local primary school scholarships. But when we count all the children who have completed the program the number is bigger still…over 400! God has really been good and the testimonies we have are endless.
Attending University and Vocational schools, at this writing, MCM is grateful to support five Nursing students, one Midwife student, two Clinical Medicine students and one Medical Records student. Our hospitals have struggled with having few quality medical professionals. We are honored that as an organization MCM is going to make a contribution to health care when these nine students complete next year. Praising God many future infants and delivering mothers will survive while other preventable deaths will be reduced with more well trained Ugandan hospital staff.
In addition to the medical field we support three Social Work students, two Education students, a future Accountant and another in I.T. We are also proud of our students studying to be Carpenters, Tailors, Knitters, Automotive Repair workers, Tourism leaders, Hairdressers, Civil Engineers and Environmental workers. We praise God! Without His blessings and your support these young people would have remained uneducated; financially unable to develop their gifts, skills and talents.
Our village is also blessed with every child that graduates because we have seen some we started ten years ago come back and help other children. Like Owen, another Electrician who has installed over 40 solar units in our MCM children’s guardians’ homes. Or Blessing who volunteers to help younger students write their letters! It is becoming a cycle and it is amazing to see.