FAQs

Child Sponsorship

Why don’t you build orphanages?

Experience has taught us the value of raising a child in a family home compared to raising them in an institution with all of its drawbacks. Primary negative aspects include the child’s loss of family identity, loss of community belonging, loss of permanent relationships and lack of a family to assimilate into as an adult. Additionally, the costs in institutional care can support many times the same number of children in family-based care.

What will my Child Sponsorship pay for?

Child Sponsorship covers school fees, books, supplies, school uniform, food, clothes, medical and dental care, and a monthly get-together, called Activity Day, for all the ACM sponsored children in each participating school. This gathering treats the children to singing, games, sports, puppet shows, arts and crafts, letters from sponsors and refreshments.   »Tell me more

How much does it cost to sponsor a child?

Child Sponsorship payments are $30 per child monthly, $90 per child quarterly, $180 per child semi-annually and $360 per child annually. »Sponsor now

How long does a sponsorship last?

Sponsorship continues until the child is no longer in the Child Sponsorship Program or the sponsor discontinues their support.

What if I can no longer sponsor my child?

When a sponsor informs us that they will no longer be sponsoring, we are grateful for the support they have given the child thus far and assign another sponsor. Financial support for the child continues without interruption.

What can I send to my sponsored child?

We strongly discourage sponsors from mailing packages to Africa. Airmail is expensive. Mail by sea can take months. Even letters sometimes take many weeks to reach us, and packages often don’t make it at all. We suggest that sponsors write brief letters to their child and, if they like, enclose flat paper items such as cards, photos, colorful or interesting magazine pictures, and drawings done by their own or someone else’s children. »Learn more

Can I send a letter or gift for my child direct to Uganda?

ACM’s policy is that sponsors send communications to their sponsored child through the U.S. ACM office. The same policy applies to volunteers and visitors to our mission station in Uganda who wish to communicate with ACM children or youth they meet there. We do not share with anyone our visitors’, volunteers’, missionaries’, or sponsors’ address, phone number or email address. »Privacy and Security

Can I send extra money for Christmas?

Yes! Extra funds are always appreciated. However, financial gifts are not given directly to sponsored children, except for students in college or university, who are managing their own expenses. Christmas (or any other extra gifts) are used for the benefit of all the children equally – usually for a special occasion party, which includes an extra special meal. »Send a financial gift

What is my child’s birthday?

Most of our children do not know exactly when they were born and they are not accustomed to celebrating birthdays. In the investigative process for sponsorship we ask for the child’s birth date, but are usually given only the year.

What happens when my sponsored child graduates?

When an ACM sponsored child graduates and is no longer in the Child Sponsorship Program, financial assistance for the child is discontinued. The sponsor is notified and asked if they would like to sponsor another child. If we don’t receive a reply within a few weeks we send a second inquiry.

Graduation is not the only reason our children leave the Child Sponsorship Program. Some people in our area are semi-nomadic cattle keepers and move from place to place. Sometimes children transfer to a school beyond our mission’s area of operation. We try to inform the sponsor of the reason and the child’s new location and circumstances. However, we don’t always have that information.

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Mission Trips

How much does it cost to go on the wild game safari (to go to the game park)?

It costs from $400 to $600 to go to the game park for two nights, depending on how many passengers are in the group.

Will I need to get a visa before traveling?

You do not need to buy an entry visa before traveling to Uganda. It is fast and easy to do that upon arrival at the airport in Entebbe.

How much does the Uganda Entry Visa cost?

The Uganda Entry Visa at the Entebbe Airport is $50 USD.

How far is it from the airport to the ranch?

It is about 100 miles. It normally takes about 45 minutes to drive from the airport to Kampala. It is another hour and 45 minutes to the ranch. In rush hour, morning or evening, it takes longer.

Where will we stay?

Volunteers and mission teams enjoy staying in one of the guest rooms at the African Hospitality Institute (AHI), which are comfortable and clean. Or you may stay in the new guest home. All guest quarters are equipped with private bath with hot water and solar-powered lighting.

What will we eat?

When asked, “What will we eat?” Wayne Daniel has always loved to reply, “In Africa we eat anything that doesn’t eat us first!” Actually, you will enjoy a wide variety of international foods prepared by the students in the chef training school of AHI, and just good home cooking from Mary’s kitchen.

Where will we eat?

Most meals are served in the mission team dining room located in the main building of the Bible Training Center for Pastors. On special occasions, such as when large groups are present for a meal, it is served on the AHI patio. On Sundays you may be dining in the home of the founders of the mission.

Are there wild animals on or near the ranch?

The only wild animals on or near Ekitangaala Ranch are small and harmless, such as geckos, chameleons, ground squirrels, rabbits, occasionally monkeys, bush bucks, and other small antelope. Monitor lizards are dangerous, but not aggressive if left alone. Some insects and caterpillars have painful stings.

Are there any snakes there?

Yes, there is a variety of poisonous snakes on the ranch, including an occasional python. But, please don’t let that discourage you from paying us a visit. Just like the bite of a malaria-carrying mosquito, snake bites are preventable if you follow these simple rules:  Don’t walk in the grass or weeds; stay on the path or road. Take a flashlight with you when walking outside after dark… and use it! Wear shoes at all times when outside and watch where you step. Don’t reach into thick bushes. Glance up when you walk under trees.

Can we take pictures?

You are free to take pictures on the ranch and on all mission activities, but it’s polite to ask permission first. Do not take pictures of any government employee or building, of the airport or inside the building, police, or any bizarre-looking character wearing skins and feather, etc. However, it’s unlikely you will see any of those fellows. If you want to take street shots from a vehicle, please try not to point the camera at people, and take them quickly. Some people are offended, and we don’t want to do anything while a guest in their country to be a stumbling block to our hosts.

Will we have to take a lot of shots?

You should take the immunizations recommended on page 6 of the ACM Mission Volunteer Manual. Only the one for yellow fever is required.

Is there a shot to prevent Malaria?

There is no immunization against malaria. The recommended prophylaxis pills are discussed on page 6 of the ACM Mission Volunteer Manual.

What should we take to wear?

What you should take to wear while in Uganda is discussed on pages 9 and 14 of the ACM Mission Volunteer Manual.

 

Other Questions

Is the ranch a safe place to live and visit?

The ranch is a safe place to live and to visit. Our neighbors couldn’t be friendlier or kinder to us. Newcomers often tell us that they notice a feeling of community there.

What is typical day like for a missionary on the ranch?

The most typical things about our days are they start early and all seem to  end too soon — before all the work for the day is done! But, every day is different. There is always lots to do — many different kinds of tasks and projects. Reading our web pages under the tab “What We Do” will give you a real good idea of what I mean! 

Did your own children go with you to the mission field?

No, our children were grown and married when we (Wayne & Mary) moved to Africa in 1991. However, our daughter has visited us there twice, and four of our grandchildren have spent time with us in Uganda!

How have you dealt with being so far from your children and grandchildren?

That really hasn’t been a problem for us. Of course, we have been back to the States for “home assignment” for several weeks up to a few months periodically. During the years in between, God has given us grace to miss them without the negative emotions you would naturally expect. Whatever God calls you to do, He enables you to do. And whatever includes living without your family for long periods of time!

What is the predominant religion?

Christianity is the predominant religion in Uganda. Our area is made up of Protestant, Catholic, and Muslim faiths. We work together harmoniously for the good of the children and the community as a whole.

Do you have paid positions?

ACM has no paid home or field missionary positions.  All our missionaries and volunteers raise their personal and ministry support by faith, each through their own financial partners. We do, however, have a paid Administrator in our USA office.

Are you a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization?

Yes, African Children’s Mission is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, registered in Alabama, USA. Financial contributions to ACM are receipted and tax deductible according to law. And we are proud members of the Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA).

Do you have a Board of Directors?

Yes, ACM does has a Board of Directors in the USA.

How is the stability of the government?

The stability of the government of Uganda is good. They are governed by an elected president and parliament.

Does the government think kindly toward the ministry?

The Ugandan government has treated ACM favorably. Our local government is very happy about what we do for the people in our area.

 

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