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Frequently Asked Questions
Where does the Child Scholarship Program work?
The Child Scholarship Program operates in Northern Uganda, in the districts of Gulu, Nwoya, and Amuru.
How do children benefit from the monthly scholarship contribution?
The monthly scholarship that academic sponsors provide goes towards school tuition costs, uniforms, and school supplies. Remaining funds from the monthly scholarship contribution cover food and medical care as needed.
How often will a child write to his/ her academic sponsor?
Children in the program write to their academic sponsors at least twice each year. If the child is not yet able to read or write in English, a staff member reads the academic sponsor's letter to the child and writes to the sponsor on the child's behalf. Ugandan children are taught to write letters in a specific style of English, which sometimes may come across stiff or formal. Despite the kids’ more formal style of letter-writing, they manage to convey their love and gratitude.
What happens if an academic sponsor's contribution is late?
We wire scholarship contributions to our Uganda office at the beginning of May, September, and January. The Ugandan school system is on a trimester schedule and our wire schedule reflects their school’s payment schedule. After the scholarship contributions are wired, our staff in Uganda travels to each child’s school to pay tuition.
If we do not receive an academic sponsor's scholarship contribution before the end of May, September, and January, we may not be able to wire funds and the child being sponsored may risk not being able to attend school. For this reason, we urge academic sponsors to send their scholarship contributions in a timely manner. Of course, we understand that problems sometimes arise. If this occurs, please contact the Child Scholarship Program Coordinator at 619-286-9052 x 300 as soon as possible.
Can payments be made monthly?
Yes. Payments can be made monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Checks can be mailed to Alliance for African Assistance (Attention: Child Scholarship Program) 5952 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego, CA 92115. We can also provide assistance in setting up automatic monthly withdrawals from a credit card or bank account as a more convenient payment option.
What happens when a child leaves the program?
Children sometimes leave the program for a variety of reasons, some joyous and some sad. Graduation, improved economic situation of the family, marriage, death, moving outside the program’s service area, and failure of the family to meet responsibilities of the scholarship program (e.g. not maintaining adequate school attendance) are among the reasons a child may leave the program. While we try by all means to keep children in the program as long as they are eligible, if a child must leave, Alliance notifies their academic sponsors as soon as we are alerted by our Uganda office. At that time, academic sponsors are given the opportunity to support another child’s education.
How long do children remain in the program?
Most children remain in the program until they complete both their primary and secondary education. Many academic sponsors choose to continue providing the monthly scholarship through post-secondary education such as college or technical training.
Can academic sponsors visit their sponsored child?
We strongly encourage academic sponsors to visit the child whose education they're supporting in Northern Uganda, learn more about the Acholi culture and lifestyle, and accept the local community’s gracious hospitality that they would love to show. For academic sponsors interested in planning a trip to see the child they sponsor, the Alliance can arrange a face to face meeting and advice on travel details. Please contact the Alliance at least four months in advance of a planned visit, so that we prepare our office in Uganda accordingly.
Will the Alliance sell or rent a donor or academic sponsor's name?
NEVER! Alliance for African Assistance assures that our donors and academic sponsors' names, addresses, and other personal information are never sold or rented to other organizations.