The Scholarship Programme
Inspired by Pascal’s story, more students requested support, so Fontes established the Scholarship Programme to be able to assess the students equally and fairly. The Scholarship opens once a year to children that are orphaned or vulnerable due to extreme poverty or HIV/AIDS. Fontes screens the applications and selects promising youths based on motivation, school performance and recommendations from teachers.
Once the eligible students are selected, Fontes looks for sponsors for each of them – a family, a club or a group of people that takes the responsibility to support the student throughout their education. The Scholarship is meant to take the students through 4 years of Secondary School and 2 years of Vocational School, the best training to get a job in the Ugandan market.
The scholarship covers school fees, accommodation during the term, basic necessities and the support of a Scholarship Coordinator to provide academic and moral support to the students throughout the Programme. The coordinator is particularly important as most of the children lack self-confidence due to the difficulties they had to face through childhood.
During the school holidays, the students are involved in Fontes’ water and sanitation projects in the villages, so they learn about community mobilization, simple accountability, and some technical skills that will help them in life.