Frequently Asked Questions
Q Why Uganda?
A. Uganda is the birth country of E3 Africa's co-founder, Father Robert Aliunzi. When Father Robert came to the U.S. in 2005, he began brainstorming with Rosalie Weller, our second E3 Africa co-founder, about building a school in rural Uganda. Before long, the foundation of the sponsorship program was developed. With Father Robert's connections and understanding of Ugandan life, society and its educational system, E3 Africa was established in Uganda.
Q Where is Uganda?
A. Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania.
Q Is the Ugandan government doing anything to help with education?
A. Yes. Although there are exceptions to this rule, the Ugandan government generally provides children the US equivalent of elementary education. One of the exceptions to this rule is that the provision is only available to four children in any one family in a country where families average seven children. A secondary education, on the other hand, is fee-based and funding must be obtained by other means.
Q How are contributions made to E3 Africa spent?
A. It depends on what area you designate your donation to. We have three funding areas: Sponsorship, Development and the School. The condensed answer is that,
- Sponsorship funding provides a student with an education, room, board, and supervision.
- Development funding covers phone, transportation, supplies, printing, media, professional services, fees, and licenses.
- School funding covers the costs for the construction of an E3 Africa-operated secondary school. The school will be built in phases.
- Phase 1 was completed in early 2017 and included the Dr. Susan G. Menking Multi-Purpose Hall.
- We are currently fundraising to finish Phase 2 which consists of a chapel and furnishings for two classroom blocks.
- It is beneficial for our organization to receive donations to our general Development Fund. Grants are more readily available for sponsorship and construction, which means that we, as a non-profit, must raise our own development funds. We are always grateful for additional help in this area.
Q How much of the funds donated for student sponsorships go directly to tuition, room & board?
A. All the sponsorship funds go to tuition, room, board and Ugandan administration. We are one of the few organizations that have native, on-the-ground coordinators and oversight which is run by EENU-Uganda, a registered non-governmental organization in Uganda.
Q Do all the students attend the same school?
A. No. As a result of tribal loyalties and potential conflicts, students are sent to 56 different schools throughout rural Uganda. Traveling to pay school fees and check on the progress of E3 Africa students is an extremely time-consuming endeavor for our Ugandan Executive Director, Joseph Ambayo, and his team. With the construction of an E3 Africa rurally-based secondary school, the peace and conflict resolution curriculum planned for the school will target the resolution of tribal conflict, beginning with our students.
Q Where is E3 Africa's school campus located?
A. We currently have 29 acres located in the Moyo district of Northern Uganda just south of the Sudanese border. The land was donated by local villagers with the understanding that a secondary school would be built there. In 2017, we completed phase 1 of the school which included the Dr. Susan G. Menking Multi-Purpose Hall. In early 2018, half of Phase 2 was finished with the construction of two classrooms, and we are now completing Phase two, which includes the girls' dormitory and a chapel.
Q How can children be sponsored by E3 Africa?
A. The vital work of educating impoverished and orphaned children in Uganda has spread across the country by word of mouth. For a child to apply, there is an interview process. Our Ugandan coordinators find out the child's motivation, future goals, family financial need if the child is currently in school or has been in the past, as well as many other factors. The applications are then brought before the Sponsorship Committee on the EENU Board of Directors, who reside in Uganda. Children who have been chosen by the board are then put on a priority care list which is communicated to E3 Africa in the United States. Once a sponsor comes forward, a child from the list is assigned to the new sponsor. E3 Africa relays this information back to the Ugandan team who then speaks to the school board at the school that would be attended to arrange the care of their education.
Q How can I correspond with my sponsored student?
A. The relationship you establish with your student is potentially just as valuable as the generous education your sponsored student receives from you! Learning about you and family life in another country may be the spark that ignites their fire or the platform that catapults them into action and greatness!
There are currently two ways in which you can correspond with your student:
1) Write a letter (you can include pictures up to 4x6) and mail to:
18521 East Queen Creek Road
Queen Creek, Arizona 85142
2) Email a letter (attach pictures is acceptable) to Programs@E3Africa.org, and it will be forwarded to our Uganda team to give to the student.
Typically, it can take as long as six weeks for a letter to be delivered to your student and just as long to receive a reply, so please be patient in waiting for a reply. If you do not receive at least two letters each year from your student, please contact us.