Frequently asked questions

When was iFamile Emu started?

On 19th October 2018 iFamile Emu was born.

Where is iFamile Emu?

iFamile Emu is located in Kidongole Sub County, Bukedea District in a village called Kadoa. This is approximately 257 km east of Kampala in Uganda.

Who started iFamile Emu?

A Ugandan leader called AKOL BENYAMEN started the children’s centre with the help of a kind loving, best friend and a father called Aryebi Asoka Christopher with a Kenyan lady called Anyango Maureen and Dave Libby from America. Akol oversees the day to day running of the program, and doing all he can in his power to look for supporters from aboard to join be part of directors where we can link up in every three month to discuss about the development of the children’s center.

How was the children’s centre started?

It was started after going for a holiday visit in a village called Kadoa found in the eastern region of Bukedea district with a good friend from South Korea, we moved around the village, saw and found out that so many children a living in a poverty line. So we joined hands on finding a solution to support the community and yes here the idea came from my grandmother she shared a good point of setting up a children’s center in Uganda. Akol, whose initiative and drive is passionate about vulnerable less privileged children. Likewise when I got my second job it was so amazing I had God was speaking into me in a new dimension to have a heart that shares concern for others, the children under rejection. So there I found time and did all the legwork on the ground, whilst my father called Asoka and myself financed the children’s center with some help from friends and family.

We decided to start iFamile Emu in Kidongole town because this was the village where Akol’s grandparents grew up from, and it would be easier to set up and find good quality education in a familiar area, so with the support of its community. We also felt Kidongole town was a safer environment, the cost of rent and food was cheaper than Kampala and there was no existing children’s center in the village.

The name “iFamile Emu” was chosen as it means “One i Family” in Luganda.

Is iFamile Emu registered as a children’s centre?

Yes, iFECC received its registration as a children’s centre in Uganda with official certification. This means that iFECC was proved by the Development of community Development under the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Development to be providing a safe, healthy environment for the children it supports.

Does iFamile Emu take volunteers?

iFamile Emu can host volunteers for any period of time, we arrange for you to live with a local family in Uganda. Volunteers assist in the day to day running of the children’s center i.e. teaching and coaching the children. They can also volunteer at the local government primary schools and local medical clinics. Volunteers will also assist iFamile Emu in the development of income generating projects, like farming and other activities on land it’s planning to purchase in the future.

Where does iFamile Emu receive its financial support? How can one sponsor a child and or donate money?

iFamile Emu receives its financial support depending on private donations through willing donors.

I have no money but still want to help, how can I help?

There are many other ways you can help iFamile Emu including:

  • Spread the word about the children’s centre
  • Organize a fundraising event for the children’s center
  • Give in your time and volunteer with us
  • Donate children’s clothing, books and education materials

Are donations made to the children’s centre tax deductible?

Donations are not tax-deductible due to the strict guidelines placed on charitable organizations in Australia, Switzerland, the UK and the US which prohibit organizations supporting the running costs of a children’s center from claiming tax deductibility status.

How much of the donated funds go directly to the children of iFamile Emu?

100% of all donations go directly towards the running of iFamile Emu.

What guarantees are there that the money does in fact reach the children?

iFamile Emu keeps detailed records of all expenditures, these records are audited on a yearly basis to meet the guidelines set out as a children’s centre in Uganda.

What is the general health of the children and do they have access to medical facilities?

The children’s health needs are a top priority of the centre, with kids having regular dental and medical checkups. Otherwise, children are given appropriate clothing and plenty of food when invited to the center for a big day. Now, some of our children own at least one pair of shoes which is a first for some of them. Presently, all the children are in great health and we plan to make sure they continue to thrive, staying healthy and active.

What happens to the children when they finish primary school?

Upon completion of Primary School (PS) all children will further their education either by attending secondary school and/or vocational training. As for now, we have got only ten children in boarding school.

What do they learn at school?

The Ugandan primary schools follow a format of education not too dissimilar to the United Kingdom with English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Religious education being offered as well as English, Uganda’s first official language. (In addition all classes are taught in English except for Kiswahili.)

Since arriving at iFamile Emu we have seen a sharp improvement in the children’s grades, a trend we hope will continue. We have even had a few of them receive academic awards for being top of their class!

What happened to some of their parents?

Some of the children are single orphans (one parent has passed away) but most are double orphans (both parents have passed away). The main cause of their deaths is HIV/AIDS; it is an epidemic that Uganda is still struggling to control. Other health risks include Malaria and Tuberculosis, which have also impacted the lives of the children.

Are the children with parents or relatives able to visit?

Yes, we ensure that each of the kids spends at least time with their guardians. We have also made an event of bringing the family friends and relatives to visit the children. We feel it is important for those children with relatives to know that they have family that do care for them and love them.

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