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Sylvia's Children

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Development

Mission: In 2003, Sylvia Allen went on a humanitarian trip to Uganda, Africa. While she was there, she was asked by Geofrey Kawuma, head of the Mbirizi Primary School, to be the school’s Grandmother. With 1,000 children in the school, of which a third are orphans due to the AIDS crisis, she was honored to accept the responsibility. Out of this Sylvia’s Children was born a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of her ‘grandchildren'; to give the children a fighting chance. The organization helps to better the lives of the 1,005 children in the village, and in the process is setting up a self-sustainable economic system that will allow the school and the community to thrive.

Results: We've Built: A boys dormitory An addition to the girls dormitory A clean well for fresh water Three new double classroom blocks A new library A building for corn milling A playground A 10-unit teachers housing A building housing 24 sewing machines And Supplied: Money for a 6,000-square-foot medical clinic (currently being built) Three new stoves Three new cooking pots to extend the ability to feed the children Desks for the new classrooms Medical supplies for the nurse School supplies Multiple Christmas parties with gifts American and Ugandan flags New t-shirts and dresses for the children 1,000+ pairs of shoes and socks Books for the library Computer and Internet service Solar lights for nighttime safety 1,000 blankets - one for each child New beds for the boys dormitory New latrines A chicken coop with 400 chickens to give the kids one egg per day. We've Also: Hired a school nurse Purchased eight acres of land adjacent to the school for corn Increased student population from 439 to over 1,000 Increased support for orphans in primary and a secondary school

Target demographics: give an education to the children

Geographic areas served: Uganda at the Mbiriizi Advanced Day and Boarding Private School

Community Stories

38 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

See the smiles on those children's faces? Before Sylvia, most, well, likely all, of those young precious children of God knew nothing of the possibility for a positive, fruitful, and productive for them, their current and future families.

I know Sylvia. Sylvia is Love.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sylvia's Children is such a wonderful organization. Our company has been proud to support this charity for many years. Sylvia's heart shines through the dedication she puts in to it every single day, making sure the children of the world are taken care is what makes the future bright for everyone. Each dollar raised is another opportunity for a child to be given the chance at education and a chance an succeeding in their future. Thank you Sylvia for your continued hard work and dedication. As you say "life is a mosaic" and with Sylvia's Children, you are giving children a brighter future, one piece at a time.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Hello,
It is always good to know that donations go directly to the clients of the group you support. I believe Sylvia’s Children does this. I received information about the child I sponsored. In addition to yearly photo of him, his report card and letters he wrote to me. It is as personal as you can get. One child at a time. Sponsor and get to know one of Sylvia’s Children!!
Sincerely,
Nancy Bove

Donor

Rating: 5

I've know Sylvia for almost 10 years now and I have been so impressed how she has continued to grown the opportunities for these children in Uganda. Not only that, since the first small school has thrived to become so much more, she has been able to employ local Ugandans in the work at the school, so additionally she is now helping with employment in the community. She husbands every dollar, continues to see product donations to help offset costs, she truly takes great care in spending the donation funds in the best possible way. She wisely offers trips to Uganda that include exposure to the school, experiences with the children so that the visitors become lifelong donors who help spread the word about these good works. I'm so proud of Sylvia and her team.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sylvia Allen is every bit as wise as she is kind.
That means, this is a most responsible non-profit, doing maximum good for children who truly benefit from this support.

Seeing this organization serve, and these children grow has been an inspiration.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The first time I learned about Sylvia's Children was when I went to one of the banquets with my husband almost 10 years ago. My husband works with many charities but something about this one felt so different. You could literally feel the warmth from the moment you walked in the door. As the song goes, "Children are our future. Teach them well and let them lead the way" and Sylvia Allen is doing just that and helping our future.
Sylvia is giving these children the ability to grow and become the strong members of the world that they are meant to be. Every child deserves a chance to thrive, to be educated, and to feel they have a purpose. That is what this charity is all about. Starting these children on the right path, with the basic everyday needs and education. Sylvia's Children is exactly the kind of non-profit organization that deserves recognition for all that they do. Sylvia Allen is an amazing woman who is making a change in the world, one child at a time.

Donor

Rating: 5

Sylvia is driven to help build a self sustaining community through her efforts in providing education opportunities to many children who would otherwise be left behind. Her efforts are working and her school is thriving! Sylvia doesn't take no for an answer when it involves "her kids!" Silvia has the passion and energy to continue her amazing work. This should be the model for providing assistance and building sustainable communities.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have a small charitable foundation. Sylvia stood out among many organizations because the money donated truly goes to help the children. So many larger charitable organizations have inefficient expensive overhead, marketing, travel and other drains on funds intended for the people who need it most. Sylvia doesn't take a salary, doesn't charge for accounting and tax preparation, and visitors to Uganda pay their own way, so donations truly go to help the children. She's a dedicated, energetic, honest, and wonderful person who we are honored to support.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We have worked w/Sylvia for many years helping to promote Sylvia's work with Sylvia's Children at the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary School in Mbiriizi, Uganda, Africa. This organization is making an amazing difference in the lives of children in Uganda. Since becoming involved the school has grown from 4 buildings to 26 since Sylvia's Children has gotten involved.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sylvia Allen is a member of our church in Holmdel NJ. Sylvia is an inspiration to us all. At an age when most people retire, Sylvia lunged forward, founding "Sylvia's Children", giving care, education, hope and purpose to thousands of forgotten children in Uganda. What "Sylvia's Children" has accomplished is truly an amazing fete. Sylvia has shown us what determination, love, and tenacity can make an amazing difference in the lives of thousands of children. What a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Mbriizi Primary School is an oasis in the dust and poverty surrounding it. The children are house, clothed, fed, educated, and HAPPY! The graduates of this school are already at work improving their communities, which will improve their country, which will ultimately improve their, and our, world. Sylvia, one woman, is making a difference. Imagine what one child can do, given an opportunity! And one more child, and another, and another...❤️

1 Shari Kaplan S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Sylvia is passionate about her children and their success! She is no nonsense when it comes to doing whatever it takes to help them succeed. Sylvia shares her love and passion with everyone and its hard to not fall in love with these children that you have never met.

1 Doug43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've traveled with Sylvia Allen and different Sylvia's Children teams for a number of years. What can I say other than it is like breath & oxygen for me--the years I've missed going over to Uganda usually leave a bit of an ache in my heart for the children and the folks at the school who I've come to know. I love them and miss them all the time. For many of us who volunteer for Sylvia's Children, we have seen our students for years; from the age of a toddler and now they are heading into university. This is a mighty effort. What this organization has done over the years with the integral leadership and the heartfelt passion of Sylvia Allen is breathtaking. I've included a picture of just one of the chicken farm buildings on the campus that Sylvia helped the Director of the School bring to fruition. One of my favorite moments was seeing the Director of the school Geofrey Kawuma this summer with one of Sylvia's beloved "grandchildren" , Gloria. It was the highlight of 2018; among a number of moments that aced the 2018 summer trip as heart-filling. This is like no other organization. You can be hands on, or not. You can travel each year to Uganda, or not. You can go once or every year, or not. What Sylvia provides is an opportunity for other to make a difference as each are able and that is a sacred task she's taken on in this world. 100% of your donation goes to the school for tuition, infrastructure and will also support the tuition for secondary and university students who have moved through our school. This school has produced eventual teachers, activists, nurses, artists, business owners, upstanding citizens in their communities. I believe in this organization. I've seen first hand what has been done. I've seen the lives that have been changed--both for the students and the community around the school, but also the lives of those who volunteer. People say, "oh what your doing is so wonderful, you do so much for those students!" To which I say "Those beautiful students, our teachers and each individual I meet while I travel in Uganda changes me, they offer me a gift which far exceeds anything I give--they give me their hearts and their love!" You will forever be changed by Sylvia's Children.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sylvia Allen has created a beautiful cooperative project with students and staff at Mbrizzi. Her mission was not charity but empowering and that is what she has done. And that is what makes every dollar given to Sylvia's Children so vital. 100% of the donations go to the school, funding education, community projects, medical care. The school and local community is a better place because of this cooperative effort between Sylvia's Children and Mbrizzi. I have seen it first hand and encourage anyone interested to join one of her yearly trips to the school. You will be changed forever.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Two years ago I happened to see a highlight about Sylvia's Children on a local program called, "On The Road with Jason Davis". I connected with Sylvia because I wanted to share her story with our local Rotary club. Rotary, as you should know, is one of the top ranking service organizations.
Sylvia spoke to our club, we loved her, and we partnered with her project. She has dedicated her life to this project and has already accomplished so much! 100% of donations go to the project. There are no management fees. I am not aware of any other organizations that can say that.
We'd love to see Sylvia's Children be able to do more!

Donor

Rating: 5

Sylvia's Children is truly doing "God's work". Led by Sylvia Allen this organization came into my life over 5 years ago. I have only been able to make small donations that I know help but I wish they could be larger because every dollar is put toward helping these great children get the chance we all want for the people on this earth. These kids deserve the chance to experience things they otherwise could not imagine and Sylvia's Children makes that dream come true.

While working with Sylvia herself through the years, a friendship has grown that I value deeply. The stories she tells about this organization (Which has become her passion) are always wonderful. No matter the people involved or how grim the setting, this organization makes great things happen. She told me of a very strong woman that has grown up in the organization and can today boldly stand up for herself and all women in her community to show how strong and valuable they are. We all know that culturally this is not common and through the education and guidance of the staff and volunteers have provided her, this girl is making a future where none existed before. After sharing this powerful story, Sylvia presented me with a hand woven basket from one of "her children" and through tears she relished how touched I was and how the depth of that gift left me speechless. It was funny that the basket's creator apologized to Sylvia that it took him over three hours to complete it!! I could not have made it in three years! The basket now has a prominent place in my home and serves as a reminder to be thankful each day for all of my blessings and that there are still people in the world who need some help just to survive each day and that I need to try harder to provide more assistance to them. The organization is great and Sylvia is an angel!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Last November (2016) I went with Sylvia to help with the Christmas festivities. We also had a team of nurses who came to give physicals etc. It was a life changing experience! To see all these happy children, who have nothing, except what the sponsors provide, is remarkable. We visited classrooms, who teach without the benefit of textbooks,they learn everything by rote. Having been a teacher I was amazed at the quality of education, and all with class sizes twice the size of those in the U.S. I was 72 when I went and I promised the children I would return when I was 75, so I need to stay healthy!

Donor

Rating: 5

I first became aware of Sylvia's Children when the daughter of a friend accompanied Sylvia on her annual trip to Africa. Hearing of the amazing work being done and seeing the images she captured while there convinced me this was an organization making a very big difference in the lives of children. The fact that this is a local organization was important to me . I am kept abreast of their activities by email.
It somehow feels more personal than other charities i support.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have donated to this organization since it's inception, and our daughter has gone to Uganda 3 times with Sylvia's Children. Sylvia is directly involved with the school, and with the children and staff. She, and various volunteers, have traveled to Uganda for many years, bringing supplies and financial support. With Sylvia's effort, they have achieved so much in making the school great for the children, including the orphans, who actually live at the school. New dormitories, a well, and a library are among the many accomplishments. Also, the village has benefited, because they been helped to be more self sufficient. Great organization. and one amazing woman....

Donor

Rating: 5

Sylvia's Children is a remarkable cause benefitting some of the worlds most disadvantaged children find a better way of life through schooling. The sponsor/organizer, Ms Allen, has unbelievable passion and drive in pursuit of seeing these orphaned children experience a life filled with love, support and hope that wouldn't exist without the organization's funding and efforts.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am Rev. Kawuma Geofrey Walter. I am from Africa Uganda, I meet Sylvia Allen in 2003. I have a primary school, and some orphans from the school and I requested Sylvia to be the grand mother of the children. Good enough, Sylvia DID. The school is growing: we had 438 children before Sylvia joined us now we have 1,012 children. Sylvia has so far raised more than $1,000,0000, and we have done more projects: we have a Clinic, chicken farm, a Pig farm, sewing school, coffee nursery, Mongo nursery, Every xmas we have a party where a boy gets a shirt and a girl gets a dress and a bottle of soda and a plate of rice and beef.
We do the same every summer when Sylvia visits the school. All in all SYLVIA IS OUR ANGEL AND SHE'S HONEST.