Call us: (619) 709-9378 esther@samaritans-hand.org

Frequently Asked Questions

 

About Supporting a Child

How does Samaritan’s Hand ensure my support gets to the child I sponsor?
Samaritan’s Hand has competent workers who make sure funds are appropriately used. We also have strict financial accountability guidelines in place.
 
Does all the money I gave go directly to my child?
Donations for each child are used 100% on them. We have organizational/administrative expenses, but these are covered by the members of Esther’s Home Team.
 
How long should my sponsorship last?
Our desire is that you sponsor a child through the highest level of education they wish to attain. Our goal is to produce successful leaders who will contribute to society.

Depending on career choice, some children will need to be supported longer than others. Also, children who start school late, need extra years to catch up. Please think in terms of supporting your child on a long-term basis.
 
What if my child no longer needs support?
We will notify you if we determine your child no longer requires support. In most cases this will be because they have completed their studies and have started a career. There are a few children (very few) who move out of our service area or who drop out of our program for personal/family reasons.

If you are interested in assisting another child, let us know! We will always have children who need your help.
 
How can I communicate with the child I sponsor?
Our staff arranges for our children write letters or draw pictures for you each month. We scan these items and email them to you. You are also welcome to write to your child and send pictures.
 
Can I send my child gifts?
Yes, but please note that it is not a good idea to mail items due to poor postal services in Uganda. Kindly mail properly labeled items to our home office. We will either hand deliver them or ship them. Our staff in Uganda will receive and distribute the gifts. They will take a picture of your child with your gift and pass it on to you.
 
Can I visit my child?
Yes! Visiting your child will be an exciting and encouraging experience for both of you. We greatly encourage it. If you are interested please let our office know as we make yearly visits. You are welcome to join our team or go on your own. To find out about upcoming trips please check under our contact us tab and ask about upcoming trips.
 
How important is spirituality?
It is very important! Not only do we desire your financial support, but we highly value your prayers as well. Your child sees prayer as important and will be praying for you as well.
 
 

About the School

Who runs the school?
The school was founded by Namuganga Springs of Life Church and has always been administered by them. When Esther found the school, it was struggling with a serious lack of funding, and Samaritan’s Hand has been helping out ever since.
 
Are the children responsible for their own tuition?
Yes. The school has always charged basic tuition from their students. However, not all the children can afford the monthly tuition. If you sponsor a child at the $50 per month level, we will pay the tuition for that child.
 
How are the teachers paid?
The teachers are paid through the tuition that the school charges.
 
What are the current building needs?
We are currently praying for funding for a new classroom that will accommodate 30 children. Our prayer is to complete this building before the end of the year 2017. Our budget of about $15,000 includes an architect/engineer, building materials and manual laborers.

Future building needs are:

  • A permanent outdoor kitchen
  • A library
  • A playground
  • More classrooms as needed.

 
 

ABOUT ESTHER’S HOME TEAM

What are my responsibilities as a Home Team Member?
Your primary responsibility is to help Esther as she administers the home front in the San Diego area.

  • Prayer support. Be a part of Esther’s prayer team. She will inform you of her most important prayer needs on a regular basis – and will also give you praise reports when a prayer has been answered.
  • Volunteer work. If you are available, Esther would appreciate your help in the office. Such help might range from packing gift boxes to stuffing envelopes, to providing food service at a special event.
  • Come to special meetings. From time to time, Esther may call an exclusive meeting for Home Team members. These meetings would occur when Esther has something special to report.
  • Financial Support. From time to time Esther may have a financial need on the home front. If you can help out, that would be a blessing.

 
 

About the Uganda Staff

Pastor Phillip Babumba
He pastors Namuganga Springs of Life Church and serves as the school administrator. Mummy Esther appointed him as one of our Project Coordinators on January 3rd, 2013. Pastor Babumba is known for his gentle spirit.
 
Pastor Diana Kasirye
She became part of Samaritan Hand in 2010 and serves as the main coordinator of all Samaritan Hand projects running in Uganda. Amidst every storm, she has been with Esther Taylor making sure the organization operates efficiently in Uganda. She is known for her grace and anointing, given to her as a gift from the Lord.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

 

About Supporting a Child

How does Samaritan’s Hand ensure my support gets to the child I sponsor?
Samaritan’s Hand has competent workers who make sure funds are appropriately used. We also have strict financial accountability guidelines in place.
 
Does all the money I gave go directly to my child?
Donations for each child are used 100% on them. We have organizational/administrative expenses, but these are covered by the members of Esther’s Home Team.
 
How long should my sponsorship last?
Our desire is that you sponsor a child through the highest level of education they wish to attain. Our goal is to produce successful leaders who will contribute to society.

Depending on career choice, some children will need to be supported longer than others. Also, children who start school late, need extra years to catch up. Please think in terms of supporting your child on a long-term basis.
 
What if my child no longer needs support?
We will notify you if we determine your child no longer requires support. In most cases this will be because they have completed their studies and have started a career. There are a few children (very few) who move out of our service area or who drop out of our program for personal/family reasons.

If you are interested in assisting another child, let us know! We will always have children who need your help.
 
How can I communicate with the child I sponsor?
Our staff arranges for our children write letters or draw pictures for you each month. We scan these items and email them to you. You are also welcome to write to your child and send pictures.
 
Can I send my child gifts?
Yes, but please note that it is not a good idea to mail items due to poor postal services in Uganda. Kindly mail properly labeled items to our home office. We will either hand deliver them or ship them. Our staff in Uganda will receive and distribute the gifts. They will take a picture of your child with your gift and pass it on to you.
 
Can I visit my child?
Yes! Visiting your child will be an exciting and encouraging experience for both of you. We greatly encourage it. If you are interested please let our office know as we make yearly visits. You are welcome to join our team or go on your own. To find out about upcoming trips please check under our contact us tab and ask about upcoming trips.
 
How important is spirituality?
It is very important! Not only do we desire your financial support, but we highly value your prayers as well. Your child sees prayer as important and will be praying for you as well.
 
 

About the School

Who runs the school?
The school was founded by Namuganga Springs of Life Church and has always been administered by them. When Esther found the school, it was struggling with a serious lack of funding, and Samaritan’s Hand has been helping out ever since.
 
Are the children responsible for their own tuition?
Yes. The school has always charged basic tuition from their students. However, not all the children can afford the monthly tuition. If you sponsor a child at the $50 per month level, we will pay the tuition for that child.
 
How are the teachers paid?
The teachers are paid through the tuition that the school charges.
 
What are the current building needs?
We are currently praying for funding for a new classroom that will accommodate 30 children. Our prayer is to complete this building before the end of the year 2017. Our budget of about $15,000 includes an architect/engineer, building materials and manual laborers.

Future building needs are:

  • A permanent outdoor kitchen
  • A library
  • A playground
  • More classrooms as needed.

 
 

ABOUT ESTHER’S HOME TEAM

What are my responsibilities as a Home Team Member?
Your primary responsibility is to help Esther as she administers the home front in the San Diego area.

  • Prayer support. Be a part of Esther’s prayer team. She will inform you of her most important prayer needs on a regular basis – and will also give you praise reports when a prayer has been answered.
  • Volunteer work. If you are available, Esther would appreciate your help in the office. Such help might range from packing gift boxes to stuffing envelopes, to providing food service at a special event.
  • Come to special meetings. From time to time, Esther may call an exclusive meeting for Home Team members. These meetings would occur when Esther has something special to report.
  • Financial Support. From time to time Esther may have a financial need on the home front. If you can help out, that would be a blessing.

 
 

About the Uganda Staff

Pastor Phillip Babumba
He pastors Namuganga Springs of Life Church and serves as the school administrator. Mummy Esther appointed him as one of our Project Coordinators on January 3rd, 2013. Pastor Babumba is known for his gentle spirit.
 
Pastor Diana Kasirye
She became part of Samaritan Hand in 2010 and serves as the main coordinator of all Samaritan Hand projects running in Uganda. Amidst every storm, she has been with Esther Taylor making sure the organization operates efficiently in Uganda. She is known for her grace and anointing, given to her as a gift from the Lord.
 

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