Our vision is to build a permanent home for them and offer them guidance as they pursue their education and get established in life.
We believe that very child has a fundamental right to parental care, a balanced varied diet, a roof over their head, clothes to wear, an education and a nurturing environment that cultivates independence and communal responsibility.
We hope that a good percentage of our children will continue through to higher education, broaden their horizons and travel internationally.
We also plan to build partnerships with international schools outside Uganda.
Gabrielle Crump and Jane Nassuna meeting in Uganda for the first time.
Our orphanage has been running for 5 years was founded by Martin Male. Martin himself was orphaned at a young age and lived on the streets of Kampala Uganda, scrounging for food and desperately fought to survive.
He was eventually given a brighter future by a friendly lady that took him into her home and adopted him. She still supports the orphanage to this day, her name is Jane Nassuna. This opportunity inspired him to work his way through to higher education and then return to the streets and give the streets kids a chance in life, much as Jane had done for him.
When the funds the children were counting on suddenly stopped in July 2014, Russell and Gabrielle Crump took on the challenge, on their personal funds at first. They built Chances for Children as a project that had been dreamed about for some years.
The dream is to support these children in a self-subsistent manner, so that come what may, they would own their home, school, farm and farm animals and continue living and learning decently.
MEET THE TEAM
Martin runs the operations on an everyday basis on the ground in Uganda. He manages the daily expenses, making sure the school is running correctly, that there is sufficient food, water and everything that the children need. He also supervises the running of the farm and the workers that cultivate the crops. Thanks to the support from our donors and friends, Martin now has the exciting task of sourcing land to purchase and build a new campus. He will oversee the project management onsight, ensuring that the construction of the new campus runs smoothly. Martin also manages relations with local government officials and social workers.
Gabrielle is c4c's lead fundraiser and champion. With a solid background in marketing and sales, she works tirelessly to promote c4c, raising awareness and organising fundraising events, such as ‘Raise the Roof in April (20K euros raised) and Chill for Charity events. She has also helped to build the website and launch the ‘Sponsor a Child program.
Gabrielle is the primary link between our European base and Uganda, liaising with Martin on fund management and cash flow, which can be something of a challenge!
Russell has an advisory role in managing operations. He assists Gabrielle and Martin in deciding where best to invest donations. Russell also manages relationships with larger sponsors, raising awareness for the charity in the Middle East and on an international scale.
Amanda has the toughest job of all! She produces annual accounts for both our Monaco and Ugandan operations. Amanda has already implemented a system which enables Martin to create essential financial reports, as well as budgets for forward planning- as much as we can with limited cashflow! Amanda is affectionately known as our ‘financial nurse’, as she softens each financial hurdle with her fantastic South African sense of humour and pragmatic approach. She never fails to find an apt solution!
Sheena’s main tasks are to assist with the some of the administrative systems already in place (and the setting up of new ones where needed) in addition to helping Gabrielle in particularly busy periods such as sponsorship report times and helping out at events.
Sheena comes from Cheshire in England and has lived in Monaco for 6 years but has lived on the Cote D'Azur for 11 years in total. Back in the UK, Sheena worked for a firm of Chartered Accountants where she was Office Manager of the Financial Services Division managing 6 administrative staff and 3 Advisers. She held the Financial Planning Certificate and was fully qualified to give the professional support needed to both the Advisers and clients.
Sheena has always been a keen supporter of the Chances 4 Children Foundation and co-sponsors twins at the orphanage. She is proud to be part of our team and eager to help make a difference in the lives and well-being of the children in our care.
Martha is a lovely and determined single mum of a little boy. She comes from Kampala and is known as 'Aunt Martha'.
She has been with Martin from the very beginning and is a member of our board.
Her main job is to ensure the children's welfare. This can range from coordinating outings to dealing with children that have a cold or sore foot, or counselling them as they grow into adolescence. Martha is always there to make sure the children are safe and well.
Martha also oversees the cleanliness of the house and reports to Martin on all domestic issues. Martha is there to give the children and cuddle or discipline them if they have stepped out of line. She is a strong and reliable figure in their lives that they can always turn to.
Mummy Jane has maybe one of the most important jobs at home. She adopted Martin at the age of 16 and gave him a future and inspired him to do what he does today. She is Ugandan and has a very big heart!
Her role is to counsel the children on a day to day basis and give them a senior mother figure to go to with any problems or issues they have as they grow up. She gives them a lot of love and affection, but also instils discipline when needed and can be quite stern! As Martin is often on errands and working with the Monaco office on development projects, Mummy Jane makes sure the home runs properly and that the House Mothers are carrying out their work in a timely fashion. She is very strict on hygiene and making sure everyone eats and helps with the housework.
Mummy Jane is also on our NGO board and we have great respect for her. She is not salaried as she has her own personal income.