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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

50 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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.

Previous Stories

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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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.

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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.

1 Kirsten V.

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.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Children of Grace is an amazing Non for Profit that helps children succeed in school and have the ability to attend school. Children of Grace is unique in that they help children directly by allowing people to sponsor certain children and that sponsorship money goes directly to the school to pay for tuition, uniforms, ect. Not only do have people working in the US to help the children in Uganda, but, we have a full staff in Uganda that checks up on the children every week to make sure that they are healthy and in school.