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Get to Know SHANITA: Making a Difference, One Child at a Time

Updated: Feb 3

Shanita children in class in Moroto, Karamoja, Uganda

Who are we & What we do?

SHANITA is a nonprofit organization supporting children in crisis through a long-term, educational journey.

We serve children who are deprived of the right to education due to extreme poverty, discrimination, gender, or other unjust reasons. We do this by providing immediate support and access to long-term quality education.

Shanita teacher and student in Uganda

Where do we work?

We focus our efforts on supporting children from the remote Karamoja region in the north-eastern part of Uganda. Specifically, we work in the communities of Moroto, Napak, and Nakapiripirit.

Situated In the midst of striking landscapes, children in rural Karamoja encounter substantial barriers to accessing quality education. These challenges not only impede their academic development but also cast a shadow over their potential for future employment and socioeconomic advancement. 

Karamoja region in Uganda during dry season

Who we Help?

SHANITA’S primary objective is to extend a helping hand to vulnerable children facing immediate crises. We support children who live in dire circumstances, ranging from domestic violence, gender discrimination, risk of early marriage, child labor, and severe malnutrition.

Children want to go to school in Karamoja Uganda

Why we do it?

We believe that every child, regardless of their circumstances, deserves access to education and the opportunity to unlock their full potential. We are motivated by the impact that education has on individuals and society as a whole. It is a transformative force that empowers individuals to break free from poverty, discrimination, and inequality.

Sunshine over Shanita children in Uganda Africa

Rise and Shine: Into Our Scholarship Program

Our scholarship was designed to turn a child's life from surviving to thriving. With a community of sponsors from all around the world and local expertise, The program has the transformative power to empower children to overcome crisis, break the cycle of poverty and unlock their full potential.

Small price big impact Shanita scholarship program in Uganda Africa

How we do it?

It starts with YOU!

By becoming a sponsor, you take the first step towards transforming the life of a specific child, who will directly benefit from your generous contribution. Through regular updates, you will witness the transformative impact of your support firsthand.

We connect all the dots

We identify the child and welcome them into our family. With our dedicated team by their side, they are warmly embraced by the school community. After an adjustment period, they integrate with their peers and actively participate in classes. We provide comprehensive support, meeting their immediate needs, creating a nurturing foundation for their growth and success.

The child is the key

The child's active participation is essential in our program. We prioritize assisting those who are committed to their own growth. We are delighted to share that so far 100% of the children in our program demonstrate a strong willingness to embrace the support provided.

The journey of transformation starts

Through continuous support, guidance, and resources, we create a stable and nurturing environment for children to thrive and break free from the cycle of poverty. Our long-term intervention transforms lives, fostering resilience and empowerment. With each day, their potential unfolds, paving the way for a future filled with hope and possibilities.

Our Approach

1. Education starts at home  

While children are at the heart of our organization, we embrace an intergenerational approach that extends our assistance and support to their mothers. By empowering mothers, we ignite a ripple effect of positive change that is enriching 

the entire community.

 2. Holistic Development

Academic success is not the only measure of a child's development.  Our program focuses on character building, emotional well-being, and the development of life skills to equip students with the tools they need to thrive.

3. Quality over quantity

We provide individualized attention and support to each child, understanding their specific needs and aspirations. We offer personal guidance and mentorship to help them thrive academically, emotionally, and socially.

 4. Local Modelling

By utilizing local modelling, we tap into the wealth of knowledge, experience, and cultural understanding that exists within our local team. This approach allows us to establish long-lasting connections and meaningful relationships instead of relying on short-term volunteerism. 

 5. Nothing comes for free

Through active involvement in various tasks, children become architects of their own growth. By actively engaging in these experiences, they shatter the chains of dependency, paving a self-determined path toward an independent and promising tomorrow.

How much it cost?

With a monthly contribution of just $50, you provide life-changing support and unlock incredible opportunities for a child in need. Our community-first economic model maximizes the impact of every dollar, ensuring financial efficiency and transparency.

By eliminating unnecessary expenses and leveraging local expertise, each dollar is guaranteed to create a tangible difference in the life of the child you support.

Here is how your money is put to use:

What is the Impact?

The impact of the program is profound and far-reaching. We provide immediate rescue and assistance to children facing crisis, ensuring they have access to healthcare services, nutritious meals, and a safe space to thrive. Through educational tools and extracurricular activities, we empower children academically and cultivate essential life skills like leadership, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

Our personalized mentorship instills core values such as respect, empathy, integrity, and responsibility, fostering a strong sense of belonging and community. This supportive environment contributes to the overall well-being and success of the children, preparing them for a brighter future. As children graduate from our programs, they carry with them invaluable tools, knowledge, and opportunities that shape their futures and create a lasting impact for themselves, their families, and the entire country.

Join us Today

Throughout the scholarship period, we are committed to keeping you connected to the child you support by providing you with exciting milestone updates with photos and certificates. These updates will be sent to you after every school semester, allowing you to witness the remarkable progress of the student you are helping.

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