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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, International, International Development, International Relief, Religion, Religion-Related, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Children of Grace demonstrates the love of Jesus Christ by offering hope to Ugandan orphans and other children affected by poverty and AIDS. We do this through education, healthcare, and empowerment programs to enable a better future.

Target demographics: vulnerable children.

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 800 Ugandan youth.

Geographic areas served: Uganda

Programs: education, healthcare and empowerment programs so each student can reach their own potential.

Community Stories

96 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have immensely benefited from the children of Grace first as a sponsored student then later on I got a chance to volunteer as a medical assistant where I was able to learn and gained immeasurable experience. I am so happy that this organization is operating in Uganda.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have known Children Of Grace for the last fifteen years. As a senior citizen investing in institutions, I usually offered some scholarships to the great academic performers in my schools who would be financially disadvantaged but that would be taken till primary seven. Therefore, I couldn't tell what would become of the students once they'd be out of our schools. Their future became so clear when Children of Grace came in to enroll most of these students.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love the developments Children Of Grace has brought into our community.Mbikko has been blessed to have hundreds of our children benefit from the program. On behalf of the local Counsel administration, I thank you for the great work that you do. God bless you

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hello. I am Ndemaru Phiona a sponsored child of Children Of Grace. COG has been a great family that has supported and taken good care of me not only with my tuition but also in mentoring me in becoming a great lady of substance. Most of my dreams have become realities because of the wonderful work of this organization and I am looking forward to joining the university soon. A great thank you to all the sponsors. Thank you COG for making me who I am today. Long live COG!

AugustimeMB

Client Served

Rating: 5

I joined Children of Grace in 2016, and at first, I was only sure I would finally go to the school of my dreams. But Children of Grace turned out to be much more than that. Children of Grace is a home and a family.

Children of Grace has given me a new way of seeing life, through Career Guidance, parties that bring all the children in the organization together, wild and transforming trips, and the mentors who so quickly become friends.

I'm grateful to everyone at Children of Grace, and I pray God helps them transform even more lives like they have mine.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children Of Grace is an immeasurable blessing to our community. Before it started its operations in Konko, we had a great level of illiteracy which has sharply gone down. Our children have had a turning point in their lives, they are treated when sick, and recently during the lockdown, we were astonished by the organization's intervention through providing money to these people who were going through a hard time. We are extremely grateful for the work the entire staff does. The parents' health talks organized by Children Of Grace are of immense help to us as community leaders.
May God bless you all as we serve our nation,Uganda

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Dr.Kato Charles working with Global Health Uganda which is based at Jinja Main Hospital. I am extremely glad for having Children Of Grace as part of my past. I got enrolled in the program in 2005 when I was on the verge of dropping out of school. At that time, I was tired of my irregularities in school attendance and all I yearned to become was a driver, a profession that I later on realized couldn't serve my purpose. The several career guidance programs facilitated by Children Of Grace altered my life's expectations from mediocrity to striving to save the lives of people in my country and beyond.I can not forget the numerous times when doctors from Jinja main hospital would be invited to speak to us. I thank God each morning because I set my mind to become like those doctors and miraculously, through Children Of Grace, I have been able to study and later on serve in the same hospital where I have been admitted and treated to full recovery thousands of people. Thanks to God for bringing children Of Grace to us.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am very grateful because Children Of Grace came into my life. I wouldn't have grown into the ambitious young lady that I am today. In addition to going to one of Uganda's most prestigious schools which consequently earned me superb grades, I have also enjoyed the privileges that come along with being a beneficiary of this program. I have attended great life-changing programs such as GirlsCan Camp, career Guidance, and leadership workshops which have turned me into an all-around student who is ready to sail through the world with unceasing enthusiasm.

Client Served

Rating: 5

For me, being in Children Of Grace was a second chance to life. It was being alive and being loved.I have been fulfilled with hope and the presence of an unimaginably supportive family.I have been blessed with more than just an opportunity to education but the privilege to use my position in community as a platform to reachout to those that do not have the privileges I have and broadcast a message of hope even in times of a bleak despair.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children Of Grace has done more than paying my tuition. It has given space to grow,it's so unbelievable that even as I still attend school,I have been given an opportunity to volunteer which is a way to serve my country.I feel extremely awed each time I meet the children who are just like me when I first joined CoG in 2012.I help in coaching them academic work and also inculcating discipline in them while they are still young.The Ugandan staff is superb likewise some of their sponsors I have been able to meet.May God bless this family.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As Buikwe Local Government Committee, we are very happy with all that Children Of Grace is doing in Uganda most notably in my community in Buikwe District. We have hundreds of young men and women who have immensely benefited from this program. Because of taking the children to school, illiteracy levels have sharply dropped low and early pregnancy cases have consequently gone down. The students are fully engaged both when in school and when they return to the community. It is a great honor that this organization is supporting the needy children in our community.

1 ShivanshTrivedi2021

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My name is Shivansh Trivedi, I was a student luckily sponsored by children of Grace from 2015 to 2021. In the beginning, I thought they just covered my tuition fees but they did so much more. Here, in Jinja-Uganda, not many students get a well rounded learning. Thankfully, I got just that through children of Grace's career guidance program. The latter enabled to not only cultivate an informed career path for myself but also familiarize myself with the kind of person I am and who I strive to become in the future. The school catered for the academics, Children of grace nurtured the child/student/person at the centre of it all. In a not too long time, my incessant drive to succeed was inevitably supported by unique personalities I met through Children of Grace namely; Mary Anne McCoy and LIz Mweru. These two people made the biggest impact with regards to my personality...God fearing, resourceful and unflinchingly principled. A feeling of family. One would think that there being so many of us that some might be ignored but that simply isn't the case. One need only ask for help and they'd receive it. For me it was someone to confide in and listen to me. Those two extraordinary women were and are like family.

I've recently graduated high school and at only 18, I'm slowly but surely realizing the life I want to build and legacy I ought to leave behind. Children of Grace maintains a close follow up on their students' progress. I, like many others before me and many still to come have the chance to make for ourselves the kind of life worth living...the kind that future generations of humanity thrive in. Starting with the child at the centre of it all. Children of Grace plays a most irrefutable and impactful role not just on the life of the person but on the future as well.

No matter how uncertain tomorrow may be, it's undoubtedly certain that the lives I and countless like me touch and those that will be touched in turn owe it to the turning point in the beginning... Children of Grace.

The best thank you is living an even better life than one children of Grace wishes for those they help in more ways than one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children Of Grace started funding my education right from 2009 when I was in Grade 2.We were in a very difficult financial situation to even afford all meals for a day. CoG helped me find a new ray of hope because I was taken back to school at a time when dropping out was the only option. They funded both my primary and secondary education. This means CoG paid my tuition for eleven years. What an act of kindness!

After school, I got an opportunity to volunteer with the very team that raised me. I have never been happier than I am now while working with this awesome team. The staff that coordinates the work on ground is so united, friendly and they make work easier and more interesting. Monitoring the children's progress is more than just a responsibility, to us, it is a divine calling worth countless blessings. I love everything about this organization given the fact that my opinion during vital decision-making is highly regarded despite my volunteer status.
Long live CoG

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am extremely grateful for the existence of Children Of Grace in Uganda. For close to three years, I have been honored to serve as a life coach to many of the students most especially the girls on the program, and the impacts created are far-reaching.

Children Of Grace has invested quite a lot in Girl Child education and empowerment, something that Uganda needs the most today. It is so edifying to see many of the girls learning to appreciate who they are, who they want to become in the future, and realizing that they can be instrumental in improving their country's economy.
Many of the girls I have been endowed to mentor have turned to be competent for the positions that have been belonging to the male gender for so long and this will definitely bring gender balance in the labor force-courtesy of Children Of grace.
Children Of Grace is literally an immeasurable blessing to the children in Uganda.
For God and My Country.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Children Of Grace has been a huge ardent supporter of my education since February 2014. I was not sure of how I was supposed to get to secondary school despite my wonderful results in the primary final examinations. My family's meager income would utmost purchase some of the requirements excluding the tuition that was way beyond our reach.

My enrollment in this program was a verification of God's irrefutable love for me because getting sponsorship to study my six-year-long secondary level of education, was my maiden prayer, which if answered, would be proof of God's existence. Indeed He did prove it all when Children Of Grace came into the picture. I was able to study in Uganda's prestigious schools which I couldn’t privately go to. I also got the opportunity to attend Children Of Grace’s Career Guidance programs which were extremely substantial in ensuring that I stayed relevant and developed an end in mind as far as my dream career is concerned. During these programs, experts from all sorts of professions would be invited and you can’t imagine how excited and fired-up we would all be on meeting the people in the careers we aspired to get into -I am still a prospective pilot because of the motivation from this program.

I can’t disregard the medical attention rendered by the medical personnel at Children Of Grace who incessantly treated me whenever I fell sick. It is without a doubt that Children Of Grace is one of the best around the globe. God bless its work and donors.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband and I have sponsored several children . We have received many letters over the years but never responded with anything other than our money. This year our pledge amount was confused and I actually spoke to someone in the office. We got talking about what "our" children were doing this year and how Covid had affected the school program. I had never really understood how little these children have and how our small contribution is so helpful. One of our students did not have a mattress. It was so easy for me to send money for something we take for granted. I received a photo of him beaming with delight while holding his bedding and a delightful thank you letter from him. I am grateful to Children of Grace for giving me an opportunity to not just donate but to learn to connect in such a caring way.

1 Nkuutu.J

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since the start in 2014, Children of Grace (COG) has mentored and supported me. Once a young dispirited village boy, with no hope, I saw light when I became part of the COG family.
Through their support and mentorship in my final year of high school, I was able to get a full-ride Mastercard scholarship to attend Arizona State University. At college, COG’s support and guidance were always behind us, and we managed to do well.
I was able to get an academic training with Emerson Automation Solutions. None of this would have been possible without the mentorship that COG has been giving me. They have been there for us whenever we needed them.
COG is helping many other children in Uganda the same way they helped us.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Coming from a very poor background in Uganda, Children of Grace organization gave me a brand new life and hope for a bright future through sponsoring my education, medication, spiritual, and career development. I was able to have mentors who were always there to support me, listen to me, guide me, and share the love of Christ with me. I had a chance to attend many of their programs such as; All star camps, Holiday Bible school, and career guidance. I completed my studies in Community Psychology, now earning and living my dream because Children of Grace sponsored me. I am forever grateful.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

It has been such an honor and privilege to experience first hand the changes that occur in the lives of children and their families when they experience the love of Christ through the Children of Grace programs. Many stories are changed and fond memories made in the mentorship and empowerment programs that the organization runs, and ultimately lives are changed and the future brightened for these children who were on fringes of poverty, hopelessness, and disease.

I have never seen an organization that not only invests in the education of a child but invests in their future today. Children of Grace provides an enabling environment for the children under their programs to be the best that they can be through providing quality education both in and outside the classroom, first-class health care to the most vulnerable children in Uganda, dedicated one on one mentorship for each child, and very engaging and intensive empowerment programs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Children of Grace (COG) is the best nonprofit. COG supported & mentored me (the organization has an excellent team of mentors) in my senior year of high school and later supported and financially facilitated my scholarship applications to University. From those applications, I won the prestigious Mastercard full-ride scholarship to study in the United States (USA). However, even after getting to the States, COG has occasionally supported me and other colleagues in uncountable ways.

I am currently working on community give-back projects, one of which is to build an easily accessible, sustainable and modern clean drinking water source for my community. And COG has greatly supported my project financially, and administratively and has offered mentorship. With COG's help, we are constructing a solar-powered borehole/water-well to provide clean drinking tap-water to my community in Uganda.

One more thing among so many I could write.
When COG welcomes you as their student, you become family. It meant so much to me from the time I became part of COG, the way a stranger cared for me, another stranger, and welcomed me to their office and into their personal life. Mike and Mary Ann and COG in general have ever since occupied a special place in my heart. When I fell sick and my family couldn't afford the treatment costs, Mike and Mary Ann welcomed me into their home and they paid for all treatment costs and cared for me like their own family. And here in the USA, they have been the family to lean on. They have been there when we need family most.

There is so much to write about COG, but this is just a piece of my experience that I can write now. This is a great organization. This is the best charity!!!!

1 Esther O.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Wow!!! Where do I even start? I have been a recipient of Children of Grace (COG) since I was 14. I’m forever grateful to all the sponsors who have always supported my education. I recently graduated college with a BS in Civil Engineering from Arizona State University. I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for COG.

COG did not only provide me with an education but also mentorship as I pursued my career. COG is my family!

Please support this amazing organization. All your donations go along way to make a child’s dream a reality. THANK YOU, THANK YOUU.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

It's now eight years under the support, and mentorship of Children of Grace. I was young, ambitious, but hopeless. Yet, I had just emerged as the best national student in the Uganda Primary Leaving Examinations. I bore big dreams. But I could not afford secondary school education ( junior college). I was afraid of the future. With my uncle, we reached out to Children of Grace and candidly shared my story. I was given an opportunity to join one of the best schools in Uganda. This would be a redefining moment in my life. For six years in school, I was closely guided by passionate and selfless mentors, being encouraged to think disruptively and follow my deepest passions. This support reignited my childhood dreams of being a changemaker. From the career guidance sessions and self-examining experiences, I found a passion. A passion for helping many more young people realize their voices and live up to their maximum potentials as they create the change we all want to see. I have since grown from a shy, afraid and hopeless boy to an enthusiastic protagonist, energetic and intellectually competent young man, intensely creating change in my community. Even now, Children of Grace has mobilized support for me to join the African Leadership University, one of Africa's best leadership universities. My life has changed for the better, gained more hope, and my options and choices expanded. I have enhanced my leadership skills, grown emotionally intelligent, gained global networks after emerging as one of the ten youth champions for disarmament with the United Nations in the whole world. My story is one of the many stories of young people that have been impacted by Children of Grace. I am so indebted to Children of Grace for unconditionally making me who I am today, and I must pay it forward.

Bateme D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My life wouldn’t be the same without Children of Grace. A rural boy from Uganda was picked up in 2003, given the opportunity to go through prestigious schools and with their assistance won a Full-ride Mastercard Foundation Scholarship to Arizona State University in 2014. Fast forward, I graduated with honors in 2018, and got accepted into the Thunderbird School of Global Management where I recently graduated with my masters degree. Children of Grace is one of my counted blessings.

Mark W.5

Donor

Rating: 5

A sincere and very effective non profit creating amazing results! A great use of their funds, changes the world every day!

Donor

Rating: 5

It has been a pleasure to sponsor a young person in Uganda through Children of Grace. Through regular feedback, we have been glad to know that our sponsored child has been supported in her life path.

Nikki M.3

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been associated with the Children of Grace for over 10 years, and I am completely satisfied working with this organization. My contacts directly within this organization are professional, knowledgeable, and caring about the children they represent. Through this organization I have been able to support my two Ugandan daughters and and watch them grow into a lovely young ladies. I’ve been able to contribute to their education and healthcare directly. Through the Children of Grace I have been able to provide more opportunities for my wonderful girls!

Angie Tonge S.

Donor

Rating: 5

Fifteen years ago I learned about Children of Grace while attending Community Presbyterian Church (CPC) in Danville, CA. There were tables of photos with bios of children from Uganda looking for sponsors to help them with education fees. I asked God, “How am I supposed to choose?!” The answer: pick a girl my daughter’s age (14) and a boy my son’s age (10). Our girl “aged out”, so we asked for another girl, and then another and another...we have a very young girl now, so we expect to sponsor her for many years to come!

Our boy, Denis, we sponsored from age 10 all the way through high school. He would write us letters about his various leadership roles and about how hard he was working in all his classes. My son and I would talk about how we’d like to meet Denis someday, assuming that we’d have to go to Uganda in order for that to happen.

Fast forward to the spring of of 2014. I got a call from CoG founder MaryAnn McCoy informing me that “my Denis”, and several other CoG students, had received FULL RIDE scholarships from a MasterCard program to Arizona State University!!!!! I think my smile split my face I was so excited by this unexpected news! My family and I were going to actually meet this young man who’d been prayed for and financially supported for over a decade. God is good!!!

In September of 2014, I finally got to meet, and hug, “my Denis” on the ASU campus. I also had the privilege of meeting three other CoG/MasterCard scholars that night: Patricia, Limon and Wilson. That December my family and I were thrilled to host the three young men for a dinner during their first Christmas break in the US and to share some of our family traditions and food with them.

The first of June, 2018 was a very, very special day. My husband and I joined MaryAnn and Mike McCoy at the ASU campus (in 100+ degree heat) to watch all of these amazing, intelligent, hardworking young people graduate WITH HONORS! They took advantage of every opportunity they were given in their four years at an American university, and ran with it! And they’re not done yet. Each of these four is pursuing at least a masters degree. “My Denis” was accepted into the ASU Thunderbird School of a Global Management and is excelling in his leadership and academic programs.

We are blessed in the simple fact that we live in America. None of us gets to choose where we’re born and who our families will be. By sponsoring a student through CoG, you have the opportunity to literally change a young persons life for the better through better education opportunities, spiritual support, receiving and sending letters and photos (I have folders for each of my sponsored kids; Denis got a kick out of looking through his at a CoG fundraiser we attended earlier this year), and truly MAKING A DIFFERENCE in a child’s life.

You may not get the chance to meet your sponsored child, but know that your sponsorship is vitally important - not only to that particular child but to their entire family as well. An educated individual has a better opportunity for a better future - we all know this. Sponsoring a Ugandan student is not a high-stakes risk, but the stakes are high for each and every student who just needs someone like you to give them a chance for a better future. Be that person and sponsor a whole bunch of kids if you can - I promise you won’t regret it!
PS I made Denis promise to invite me to his wedding someday so I can meet his family, and my husband and I have “volunteering with CoG in Uganda”on our bucket list
Angie S.



Donor

Rating: 5

We have sponsored COG children for about 15 years. It has been an amazing experience to develop a true relationship with these students and see how they grow and mature through the love that they receive through this organization. We were fortunate to have the opportunity to visit Uganda and meet not only the students that we sponsor, but many others. It is truly God's gift through COG that is changing the landscape in Jinja, Uganda. We will continue to support COG and it's mission for years to come.
Mark and Cynthia Rahn

Donor

Rating: 5

Children of Grace is an amazing nonprofit that helps thousands of children. I love what they do and I am so happy to be able to support them! I love getting personal letters from my sponsored kids, they are so thankful and loving!

Jackie M.6

Board Member

Rating: 5

Organized, communicative, loving, caring, prayerful. They truly love and care for each student and help achieve their lifelong goals.

Donor

Rating: 5

My husband helped MaryAnn McCoy as she was organizing this very effective non-profit to help with the highly underserved children in Jinja, Uganda. In this effort he traveled to Uganda twice, and I went with him the second time, spending 3 months there. John was helping with the administrative work and I taught phonics in 3 schools - to 3rd and 4th grade students. In all our dealings over the years, while sponsoring two lovely children, we have been impressed with the care, love, tenderness and effectiveness that Children of Grace has provided to those children - usually around 700 of them. The mentors who work with the children are well-trained and are very kind and gentle with the children. It is a joy to see how happy the children are as they go to school in their uniforms, getting good health care, and corresponding with their sponsors in the United States. They also are given the chance to go to camps during their vacations, which helps them physically, emotionally and spiritually. Their future is so much brighter as they make their way through the school system with so much encouragement. I could NOT recommend any organization higher than Children of Grace. It is making a huge difference in Jinja and surrounding villages.

Debra P.2

Donor

Rating: 5

When I turned 50 years old my only wish was to make a difference in a child's life. This was 9 years ago. Our sponsor daughter has become a true daughter to us. We write frequently and as she has grown, with the Lord's guidance, we have been able to celebrate her joys and guide her through challenges. She has become a part of our family. Children of Grace has given us this incredible opportunity to witness a very young girl grow into a beautiful, smart, ambitious young woman, whose future now holds great promise!! We are grateful to Children of Grace whose commitment to the youth of Uganda continues to be exemplified by their incredible staff, providing outstanding education and care to children who would otherwise lack any hope for a bright future. Thank you!! Debra & Gary Prince

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the impact Children of Grace is having in Uganda. We supported a child for a number of years. Their communication with us and between us and the child was consistently good. They always tell stories of both their successes and their struggles, which helps keep me informed and engaged. When our child graduated, they called us personally and thanked us, told us where our child was headed in life, and congratulated us on our impact in his life. Then we "adopted" another.

Donor

Rating: 5

I like how Children of Grace provides great communication between sponsors and children. The online writing option is extremely timely, though physical letters can be delivered as well. Children of Grace makes is easy to bless my sponsored children with useful gifts, and I know I'm helping my specific children obtain an education.

Sandra M.4

Donor

Rating: 5

We support a couple of young Ugandan children through Children of Grace. The fact that these children are orphans and have lost parents to AIDS, puts them at a huge disadvantage when it comes to being able to go to school. We enjoy letters from our children, personally written and filled with news about how they are doing in school. It's super easy for us to manage our payments, plans and communications with the children on-line.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is one of the best non-profits I have worked with. First of all, I was blown away by Zahara's personal experiences and how Children of Grace has been instrumental in giving her a platform to succeed. I noted that all the donations go directly to help the kids in need.

Love it.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love the organization Children of Grace! Wonderful people who truly care run this nonprofit. They provide school fees for children in Uganda who can’t afford to go to school. Not only do they provide them a chance in this world through education but they also take care of their medical needs too! They are top notch!

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been a supporter of Children of Grace for fifteen years, as a sponsor of several children enrolled in their education program. CoG provides a primary education for At Risk children in Jinga, Uganda. What is unique about their sponsorship program, is that it does not only support its enrolees up to the end of their primary education, but CoG supports each child as far as they can and wish to go in school. CoG continues to support its sponsored children through secondary or vocational school. In many cases their graduates have moved on to government universities. And a select few have also earned scholarships to American Universities. CoG's unique program looks at a range of needs of their sponsored children. They provide annual checkups to its enrollees and individual mentoring during their years in the program. Further, as a Christian organization, children are taught about God's love for them, through CoG's annual camps, Christmas celebration and Girls Can programs. This is a sponsorship program that looks at the holistic needs of each child. Though there are hundreds in the program, each child is individually known, they are cared for by their mentors, by CoG's caring staff and the services of its mobile health clinic. For the last three years it has been a privilege to serve the needs of these children as a member of CoG's Board. The organization saves lives and gives hope to children and their families living in the poorest of circumstance . This is a nonprofit to support!

Robyn Toshcoff R.

Donor

Rating: 5

I got a first hand look at this nonprofit by visiting them in Jinja, Uganda and it was an amazing experience! Children of Grace goes above and beyond helping pay for orphan's education . They help where there is a need and I can tell you that the money given to Children of Grace is being used for the betterment of the people. It made me happy to be part of an organization such as Children of Grace.

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Donor

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring kids through Children of Grace since 2008 and have always had a very positive view of the organization. That positive view has grown exponentially after visiting Uganda and seeing first hand the indisputable impact CoG is making in Jinja. Meeting the children and guardians, seeing the villages and touring the schools gave us a clear understanding of the incredible challenges in Uganda. We witnessed the unconditional love, commitment and sacrifices from Mary Ann and Mike; the vision, leadership and hard work from Zahara and Joseph; and the dedication and quality of the mentors, nurse and support staff. Children of Grace is doing God's work in Uganda!

Sraavya S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Children of Grace has had an incredible impact on my life. I first learned about the organization when I decided to write an article about them for my Journalism class. Since then, when I learned about their unique purpose(providing an education to hundreds of impoverished children in Uganda whose families have been destroyed by AIDS), I immediately knew I wanted to get involved and help spread their message. Currently, I teach a narrative writing class to 15 children in Uganda over Skype. It has been such a fulfilling experience watching these students blossom into accomplished writers and share their stories in such an eloquent way. When you volunteer with Children of Grace, you are helping educate some truly wonderful kids and shape their future positively.
-Sraavya Sambara

Board Member

Rating: 5

Children of Grace meets the needs of some of the most a-risk children in Jinga Uganda in a very personal and hands-on manner. The children not only receive the gift of education and healthcare care they also discover they are loved and cared for both by a team on the ground in Jinga but also by people that live over 5,000 miles away.

Paul83

Donor

Rating: 5

Children of Grace is true to its mission of demonstrating the love of Jesus Christ through providing an education, access to medical care and empowerment programs for orphans and 'the least of these' children in Eastern Uganda. I and my family have personally experienced the transformation that occurs by seeing and supporting this mission, both as a supporter as well as serving along side the local Ugandan staff for CoG. Over the past 15 years since CoG was founded, hundreds and even thousands of children and their extended families have been impacted by giving them a 'hand up' and not just a 'hand out'. Its also an organization that has demonstrated effective and efficient use of the financial resources entrusted to it through the donor community.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

A short term visit to Uganda to work with the staff and kids of Children of Grace changed my life forever in a very positive way. Why? Seeing these orphan kids appreciate the simple opportunity of going to school, despite the circumstances of their living conditions, with joy and smiles that can only be a testimony of God's love for them. Because there are people around the world with 'means' and a heart for 'the least of these', hundreds and thousands of kids who otherwise don't have the hope of accomplishing their dreams through a basic K-12 education, are given that opportunity. The local Ugandan staff of Children of Grace dedicate themselves everyday to mentoring, coaching, disciplining and just plain loving on these kids. I witnessed that personally for almost two years while living in Uganda and serving with Children of Grace with my wife and daughter. Experiencing life on the 'front lines' in a developing country helped me learn what 'serving' is all about and the renewed hope given to these kids through the Children of Grace ministry.

Donor

Rating: 5

We had an amazing trip to see Children of Grace, and I was blown away by the positive impact COG is having on the Ugandan Youth and their families! Our company is fortunate enough to donate to a building fund, which provides a home for deserving and qualified families that benefit the children in the COG program. We went out with the Mentors of the program, who do regular and frequent checks on the children and their home situation. To hear the children read and speak with us is a testament to what they are learning in school and that this program is having a profound effect in their lives. Thank you Mike, MaryAnn, Zahara and all the others in the organization for your faithful dedication and hard work! God Bless you all!

Donor

Rating: 5

Sponsoring children through Children of Grace has more than met my expectations.
I have experienced the joy of becoming friends with the children. It has been my pleasure to visit them in their homes. I have been welcomed with great enthusiasm and seen the sincere gratitude of the mothers who so want their children to be educated, but cannot afford it. With just a few of my dollars I can made a huge difference in the lives of the students and in the families who depend on them for their future.
It is easy to stay connected with the students through e-mail and letters, so the friendships continue as the students advance in their classes or in learning a vocation. It is a privilege to see how sponsoring children through Children of Grace can better their own lives as well as the lives of others in their communities.
I have had the unique opportunity to sponsor a student who later received a Full Ride to a University in the United States. She has spent many holidays in my home and our family has embraced her as a daughter or sister or aunt. Our lives have been enriched by this beautiful relationship.

Donor

Rating: 5

I was introduced to the Children of Grace in 2010. I decided to check them out myself by going to Jinja, Uganda and witnessing how the organization was run. I was blown away by the love, care and true professionalism of this org. I met Mary Ann and Mike McCoy, the founders of CoG and they truly are the heart and soul of this org. They have dedicated their lives to make sure the CoG is a place that children can grow, feel safe and loved. I also met their entire staff, several of the children they sponsor and watched how the mentors (staff) dealt with the children assigned to them. I felt that my donation was going to the right org. My family ended up sponsoring 3 children over the years and it has been a true blessing.

I went back in 2013 and again, I was inspired to think of more ways to get involved and offer my help. I went again in September, 2018. This time I asked several of my friends to join me. They heard me talking about my trips to Uganda over the years and bragging how it has been a life changing experience. Finally, they all said ok, let's check this out. To watch how they embraced the whole experience was amazing. They were all as taken with the CoG and the children as I was and seeing that, made it the most rewarding of all my trips. On this trip, we also had the pleasure of meeting Zahara McCoy, Mary Ann and Mike's daughter. Zahara, is the Director of CoG and is doing an incredible job. She has the passion and shares the same vision as her parents. There could not be a better person to step into the role. Being from Uganda herself, she was adopted at age 10 by Mary Ann and Mike and grew up in the US. She understands the children she represents better than anyone could. Her personal story is as heartwarming as the founding of CoG. Check it out on the CoG website.

It's one thing to write a check which is great but it's another thing to actually see what your donation can do for a child and their family. Words can't describe it. I believe visiting the Children of Grace in Uganda and seeing all of it's beauty would make for an incredible vacation and a life changing experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5


I have been associated with Children of Grace since its formation in 2001. I am currently the CFO, a Board member and spouse of the Founder. I have lived in Uganda for 5 years and observed several child sponsorship programs up close and on the ground. CoG has a unique child sponsorship program in Jinja, Uganda. In addition to paying poverty stricken orphans and vulnerable children's school fees; they provide scholastic materials, medical care, lunch at school and most importantly know individually each of the students in the program. A team of 12 mentors maintain daily contact with assigned students, their schools, guardians and village life. Each child has a personal relationship with their mentor and participates in spiritual and personal empowerment programs conducted by the CoG staff. Each student’s participation and performance in school and related programs is monitored closely and customized help and counseling provided when needed. The result is nearly 100% completion of primary school for CoG sponsored students where the national average is 35% and many students go on to graduate high school and earn scholarships to attend Universities in Uganda and the USA.

Donor

Rating: 5

We have the privilege and the blessing since 2003 of sponsoring children through Children of Grace. I have visited Uganda the last two years and worked with their excellent staff during a camp week for children. Our first sponsored son graduated from nursing school in 2015 and is serving his community. This would not have happened for this young man without Children of Grace. By helping this one child, he is now helping many more children in Uganda which is definitely a blessing to all of us. We sponsor two other girls and one young boy and will continue sponsoring and encouraging these young people. Last year my husband and I were able to go to Uganda again and meet our sponsored children and hear their dreams to succeed and benefit their country through education. All of this would not be possible without sponsors. As a sponsor, we are able to correspond with them through COG letting them know we care about them and will continue to sponsor them so they can succeed and help others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have been sponsoring children through Children of Grace for over 11 years. I had the privilege in January of visiting Uganda and working with their excellent staff during a camp week for 135 children. Having this opportunity afforded me to see first hand how we are making a big difference in the lives of these children and their families. I was able to meet and spend some time with my sponsored children and their families and they were so grateful to have the opportunity of getting an education through COG. The young man we have sponsored for 11 years is attending nursing school and will graduate next May. He will make a difference in the Uganda communities. One of the other children we sponsor wants to be an engineer and it would not be possible without sponsorships and donations. We are blessed that we can be part of their lives. Knowing that COG is so beneficial to the Uganda children, we plan to be sponsors for the long run.

Donor

Rating: 5

It has come to my attention that the status of the non-profit organization, Children of Grace CoG, has come up for review. I have been a supporter of CoG since its founding in 2001 and have monitored its progress over the years. In all of its activities and programs to support the education of needy children in Uganda, it has operated in an engaged, loving, caring and fiscally responsible manner. And CoG's results over the years are indeed impressive. This has resulted, in large part, by the founders personally dedicating much of their time in Uganda, thereby assuring the effectiveness of CoG's programs.

Dick Warmington
Retired Hewlett-Packard Co Executive
Founder of Chadwick International School Inchon Korea 2010

Juan14

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

My name is Joanitar Mpakibi, its 6 months now working with Children Of Grace, and from my point of view, among the many organisations that sponsor children's education in Uganda, C.O.G is an organisation with A DIFFERENCE in all its operating aspects of Education, Health and Empowerment. Many orphans and vulnerable children that have passed through C.O.G are now living a bright future and acting as LIVING TESTIMONIES to the community. When it comes to health, all cases are critically handled by the medical personel hence no record of misdiagnosis for all the years of its existence. Iam forever grateful to all those who have always spared aside funds to keep us operating. God bless you all.

Cathy120

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

My name is Cathy I have been at Children of Grace for one year and 3 months. This is anon- profit organization which is reaching out to all the vulnerable children to provide with school fees, medical care, and providing with social psychological support such that they can be able to maintain themselves in future. The organization has reached further to teach the word of God and empowering both the children and their guardians for the better wellbeing. Personally I am grateful for the good work being done by Children of Grace and my God bless the works of all who give to support its operation.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been associated with Children of Grace since it formation in 2001. I am currently the CFO, a Board member and spouse of the Founder. I have lived in Uganda for 5 years and observed several child sponsorship programs up close and on the ground. CoG has a unique child sponsorship program in Jinja, Uganda. In addition to paying poverty stricken orphans and vulnerable children's school fees, they provide scholastic materials, medical care. lunch at school and most importantly know individually each of the students in the program. A team of 12 mentors maintain daily contact with assigned students, their schools, guardians and village life. Each child has a personal relationship with their mentor and participates in spiritual and personal empowerment programs conducted by the CoG staff. Students participation and performance in school and related programs are monitored closely and customized help and counseling provided when needed. The result is nearly 100% completion of primary school for CoG sponsored students where the country average is 35% and many students earning scholarships to attend Universities in Uganda and the USA.

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Donor

Rating: 5

The students sponsored by Children of Grace are receiving schooling, medical care and love and guidance that otherwise they would not receive. I have been pleased with my experience and with my interaction with COG.

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Board Member

Rating: 4

Children of Grace strongly advocates for the orphans and other vulnerable children in Uganda. The organization's values have consistently been witnessed in the local community as their staff are dedicated and loyal to their students and community stakeholders. They genuinely care for the students and lovingly mentor them in their educational journey. All donor funds are handled in a professional and transparent manner.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the honor to become a volunteer for this great organization this year. The commitment and dedication of everyone to connect the sponsors with the children in Uganda is astounding. This collaboration between the sponsors and the organization allows access to education and health care for these children, strengthening their future in so many ways. Watching the impact Children of Grace makes in the lives of the children is the most rewarding experience.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Children of Grace has touched my life multiple times in the last 15 years. I am thankful to be able to support the mission to provide education, healthcare and empowerment to children in Uganda as I believe that the work being done on the ground is tremendous. Over 800 children are currently being sponsored and I have seen what impact these students have, not only on my life, but also on everyone around them. I am blessed and honored to be associated with an organization such as COG.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have had the extraordinary opportunity to see firsthand the dedication of the Children of Grace staff both in Uganda and the US. They continually make sure the needs of the sponsored children are met effectively. Close monitoring of the children and programs to insure donor dollars are being spent meaningfully are an integral part of the structure and success of COG. The lives of so many children have been changed and enhanced forever because of COG. It has been a pleasure to be a small part of this truly amazing organization.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I am impressed with Children of Grace because the staff takes a personal interest in each child.
Cog goes far beyond the goal of providing education for each child.
An example is a student I sponsor named Alex.
When I first met Alex I noticed that he was very thin and small for his age. I was told that he had a heart defect which hindered his growth and prevented his participating in sports.
This year CoG provided an adult to accompany Alex to a hospital in S.Sudan where he was able to have heart surgery.
He stayed at the rehab center for several weeks. All of the expenses were paid for him.
Now he is back in school and has gained weight and is looking much stronger.
He is taken to Kampala once a month for regular check-ups.
His future has changed from despair to hope, thanks to the generosity and compassion of the staff of CoG and donors in the US.
He has been given a new life.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We sponsor three children in the Children of Grace sponsorship program. We have been supporting this amazing organization for 7 years. We correspond by letter and email to our sponsored children and have watched them grow and become educated, empowered students. Children of Grace has provided us an opportunity to help children in Uganda and show our children a view into the life of children in Africa. Its been an honor and a privilege to support Children of Grace and we look forward to many more years of child sponsorship.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Umaru Waizoba. I'm a young man who has been nurtured and transformed from grass to grace by Children of Grace, an organization based in Jinja, Uganda. The organization has given me all the necessary support to fully grow up into a responsible young man. Children of Grace has helped me with all the financial support I needed in order to excel academically-- it provided me with every item I needed for school and as an individual, however small it may seem because I couldn't afford. This gave me the courage to work hard and excel academically and I developed my leadership skills, too. I went ahead to unite all my brothers and sisters in the organization. This achievement led to a great academic excellence in high school last year, I was able to help fellow students who were having challenges and in the end they emerged successful, scoring the top grades and getting government sponsorships for their university education. This was the first time for the organization to achieve excellence in the national exams. I believe the financial assistance CoG offered us with to buy the necessary textbooks: however expensive they were, was the greatest step for this goal.

Further still, Children of Grace has helped me to support my family. During the holidays, I always got a loan from the organization which would help me start up my small project of laying bricks and selling rice such that I could earn some money to support my sisters and buying the basic needs in the home. And its now looking forward to supporting more children with loans in the near future such that they can support themselves during the holidays. This is going to be an advantage to many of its children because they're going to be exposed to real life and it's one way of gaining skills of business.

I can't forget the role Children of Grace played in enabling me get a scholarship to come and study in the United States of America, particularly at Morehouse College where I am having everything going on well. It managed to secure scholarships too, for other four scholars who are at Arizona State University right now. I was excited travelling out of the country, and boarding a plane for the first time!

With this opportunity to study and get the skills, I will be able to go back and light up my 'Dark Village'. My desire to achieve this goal has been growing inside me since I became a teenager and is now bigger than the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I sponsor five students in the Children of Grace program and feel confident that the money I give goes directly to the children for their education, healthcare, food and enrichment programs to give them the best opportunities to succeed. Children of Grace is an organization that uniquely serves all of its 800+ students in primary, secondary, vocational and university schools. I have been a sponsor for 10 years, and I have had the opportunity to visit some of my sponsored children in Uganda. I cannot begin to convey the emotion I felt when one of my sponsored boys fell to his knees and, with tears in his eyes, called me, "Mum." It was an experience that changed my life and I know that my donations are changing his life. As Jesus said, "truly, I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me."

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been on the Children of Grace scholarship program for 10 years now. In other words, Children of Grace has seen me through the childhood days and is still giving me the opportunity to become the leader that my community has been deprived of. The holiday bible studies, leadership seminars, youth camps, Christmas parties together is a way of sharing Jesus' love to an African Child. The opportunity availed to me by Children of Grace to apply for an Arizona State University MasterCard scholarship which i did get has enabled me see light at the end of the tunnel. I now want to make the rest of my life the best of it and also lend a helping hand to someone out there. My community will not remain the same if i show to others the love Children of Grace showed me. Children of Grace will always a special place in my heart. "FOR GOD AND MY COUNTRY".

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

You can never know how comforting a graceful touch can feel until you get to experience it. I count myself lucky for being one of those who were touched at their desperate moment of need.
When I lost my mother, this meant me going through a hard time to get through school. I always skipped school because I could not pay all my fees on time. I had to work much more than an average student my age to maintain my academic level.
However by God's grace, I was able to find out about Children of grace and I applied to have financial support with my education.
When I applied I thought I was only applying for academic support. Little did I know that this organization was not just about the education. It was something more than that. Children of grace is one that I have found emotional, social and spiritual support. It has become a place I find comfort and a place I can call home. I have met such amazing people. These have become my mothers, fathers and brothers and sisters. Children of grace has become a source of inspiration to me.
I walked into the doors of this organization and I had no idea that they would all they can to see me through my education. I never knew I would ever be able to fly to the U.S for school but the ways of the Lord are amazing. Through this great Organization, I was able to find a scholarship for my college education.
To me Children of Grace is not just a Non-profit Organization, It is home to me, a place where my heart feels most at peace and most accepted for who I am irrespective of my background.

Patricia Ibalo
Student At Arizona State University

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am Wilson Bikaba, a child in the Children of Grace family, a nonprofit organisation found in Jinja Uganda. I became part of the family in 2011 after performing well at St. lawrence S.S. Due to the fact that I had no financial support, I had very high chances of not continuing with the education just after ordinary level. I thank the Children of Grace team (The director, staff and the financial providers ) for the great work done to make the economically humble children (from poverty and health hit families) attend education and have bright futures. I appreciate them for the love they have to seek for great opportunities of the children in the way of making them explore more about their future dreams. As I talk now, I am a student at Arizona State Universuty pursuing a degree in civil engineering. This is all their efforts to look for the extra opportunitise for our success.

I thank the organisation for the great work done in the social, academic and spiritual growth aspects. These have changed my life into a person who focuses on the well- being of other people. I hope this is gonna make me reach my future goals of improving the infrastructural setup of my village , country and the world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Children of Grace(CoG) is a non-profit organisation based in Jinja, Uganda that sponsors the education of over 2,000 children deprived of this opportunity because of poverty or demise of their parents( due to the rampant HIV/AIDS in Uganda). I, myself, am a Child of Grace and I joined this profound organisation 7 years ago. My dad had passed on a year before and my mom could not make sufficient funds to pay my school tuition. Despite having good grades in elementary school, I had no chance of ever attending high school or college due to poverty. All I had was hope because it's the last and most precious gift one can lose. Children of Grace gave me love, care and hope. Today, here I am at Arizona State University(ASU) pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Chemical engineering after CoG helped me secure a MasterCard scholarship to ASU. Being part of this organisation is the best thing that has ever happened in my life.