HOW LONG HAS SON MISSION BEEN SERVING ORPHANS?
Son Mission has been serving orphans with High School education and discipleship since 2016. Through Son Mission, over 20 orphans have scholarships at Howard Christian High School in Busia, Uganda. Currently, we have 5 orphans who are in S4 (final year in "O" level)! They would have graduated in 2021 but due to Uganda's COVID response, schools were lockdown longer than any other country in the world, resulting in two years of educational stagnation.
HOW DOES SON MISSION SERVE ORPHANS?
Son Mission Busia finds orphans who are in P5 from the Primary School’s they teach “All about Jesus” and “Sheep Primer” AND who live in proximity of the Son Mission Hub. They disciple them for three years: P5 through P7. Once they reach P7, we begin the process of finding a Supporting Church who will provide for their High School education. If a Supporting Church is found and the students pass the P7 National Exam, they will enter into Howard Christian High School. Once your students are at Howard Christian, Son Mission Busia assigns each orphan a mentor who will meet with them weekly for continued discipleship. We significantly value building gospel-centered relationships with each orphan we serve, especially over the course of key developmental years.
IS EDUCATION FREE IN UGANDA?
WHY CAN SOME CAREGIVERS AFFORD PRIMARY EDUCATION BUT NOT HIGH SCHOOL EDUCATION?
The average Primary School in the Busia District costs about 70,000 shillings per year per student (25 USD). The average High School (boarding student) in the Busia District costs about 1,400,000 shillings per year per student (400 USD). Most caregivers who apply for our help earn about 1,000,000 shillings per year (285 USD).
HOW DO WE KNOW IF HE OR SHE IS TRULY AN ORPHAN?
Son Mission Busia does a thorough application process of each orphan and caregiver we serve before you are able to support them. Unfortunately, biological parents have claimed to be “caregivers” so their sons or daughters can receive perks, and NGO’s have claimed to be serving hundreds of orphans when they’re not. Son Mission does not support deception. We dig deep into the life of each orphan we serve, with the purpose of serving him or her authentically. Two criteria must be met to allow an orphan to be supported by you: they must be (1) needy (2) a total orphan. (1) Some orphans get adopted into a situation where their family can afford high school without your help. We make sure there's a financial need. (2) The child is a total orphan who lost both biological parents.
WHAT DOES MY SUPPORT PROVIDE?
Your support provides the following (for each individual orphan you committed to) at Howard Christian High School: yearly educational fee’s; 2 meals per day while boarding; mattress & 2 bed sheets; bug net; 2 Bibles; school uniform; National Exam fee; and other scholastic materials (i.e. math set, calculator, pens, art book, and paper).
DOES MY SUPPORT GO TOWARD HIS OR HER HEALTHCARE OR SON MISSION’S OPERATIONAL COSTS?
No, all Orphan Support goes exclusively toward your specific child’s educational and boarding needs. The caregiver of your child has agreed to help with the healthcare of your child.
DO I RECEIVE UPDATES ON YOUR CHILD?
Yes, we highly recommend you follow Son Mission's newsletter, instagram, and Facebook to stay up to date. You will always be able to mail and email your child whenever you desire. Also, Son Mission plans a yearly trip to Uganda, if you desire to GO, you can meet your students in person.
WHAT INITIAL INFORMATION WILL I RECEIVE?
You are mailed a detailed packet with individual refrigerator pictures of each orphan and given digital profiles of your students where you can access at anytime on the Son Mission website. Additionally, yearly, you are given handwritten letters from your students.
HOW LONG IS MY COMMITMENT?
4 years. "O" level High School education in Uganda is 4 years (S1-S4).
HOW DO I KNOW IF MY CHILD IS ACTUALLY ATTENDING HIGH SCHOOL?
When your orphans enter into High School, they are assigned a Son Mission Busia mentor who will meet with your children weekly for continued discipleship and accountability.
CAN MY STUDENTS LOSE THEIR SCHOLARSHIPS?
Yes. First, students must meet the standards set by Howard Christian High School. Second, students must meet the standards set by Son Mission Busia. If they consistently fail to meet the standards, their scholarship will be revoked. For instance, if students continually refuse to attend classes after multiple warnings, their scholarships will be revoked. Of course, Son Mission is all about extending grace, mentoring, and working with all students. But ultimately students must adhere to the agreements to maintain their scholarships.
HOW DO THE PAYMENTS WORK?
500.00 yearly or 42.00 per month (per student) for 4 years. Payments are to be made by January 10th of each year as the school year in Uganda starts at the end of January.
Below is an example of payments and due dates, if your church supported 10 orphans. Of course, your church can support 5 orphans or whatever fits within your desired commitment:
IF AN ORPHAN LOSES HIS OR HER SCHOLARSHIP, DOES MY COMMITMENT CHANGE?
No. Hypothetically, if your church made a commitment for 10 orphans, but sadly 2 orphans dropped out in the 2nd year, your commitment will be for the remaining 8 orphans. We will never add anyone to your initial commitment.
HOW DOES MY MONEY REACH THE BUSIA DISTRICT?
Son Mission goes to Uganda yearly to transfer funds, encourage, etc. We transport your student to school and pay for his or her school fees in person (along with bug nets, mattress, suitcase, etc.).
Son Mission uses Transferwise (Wise) to wire funds directly from Son Mission (WaFed) to Son Mission Busia (Stanbic). The Son Mission Busia team transports orphans to and from High School (each term) and pays for their school fees (in-person).
WHAT IS THE END-GOAL?
The end-goal of “orphan support” is to position orphans to thrive during critical developmental years (13-20) with discipleship, structure and foundational education (S1-S4). In essence, we position orphans to love Jesus AND springboard their education. After orphans have gone through 4 years of discipleship classes, trainings at the Hub, and education: we have done our part, in partnership, to position them to become sustainable Christ-like adults.