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Message from the Founders

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 4.53.20 pmAfter our first visit to Uganda in 2010, we arrived home realising we had seen some things we just could not ignore. We could not “unsee” them, as now we knew first hand, that people like us were suffering badly, and we made the choice to help give them a chance to make a better life.

We started helping with money, support and love. The results were heart-warming. Using these three ingredients, we have been able to give people who literally had no chance a chance – hence the charity ChanCes was born.

The first recipients were 15 street kids living in atrocious conditions, in what could loosely be described as an orphanage in the slums of Kampala. Aged from 6 to 15, these kids were untrusting, haunted and held no hope for their future. We found a beautiful orphanage outside of Kampala surrounded by greenery, which we funded to relocate the boys.

The transformation has been amazing. These kids have lost that haunted look; that untrusting look that says to you that you can’t be trusted; that this is too good to be true. Instead, these expressions have been replaced by openness, friendship, love and hope. Their smiles say it all. They are kids again!

We know money helps and is what made it happen; but continually going back to see them, listening to them, helping them and loving them has been the real key. We know these boys now have a future that can be anything they want it to be. They have a chance.

We at SER (our family business) are now hooked. We see this as our reason for being and because of this, we have committed to pay for all administrative costs so that every dollar raised, goes to exactly where it should go – to give people with no chance – a Chance.

You can join us in our journey too. This is a chance for you to help people who need it and you can “champion” the programs we support.

All it takes is a little money and plenty of love. We guarantee you will enjoy the experience.

Jo and Steve Sykes
ChanCes Charity

Donations large and small

Give a ChanCe and make a Change

Whatever the gift, it will help

Schools have 3 Terms per year. Boarding School is the best option for many impoverished families as it means children get 3 meals a day, clean water, good accommodation and the opportunity to do homework with lighting in most hostels. Many underprivileged families cannot afford the regulatory uniforms let alone boarding fees, this is often enough reason for children to miss out on an education. We must be mindful that most of their parents have not had the opportunity of education.

Examples of costs include:

  • $6 Ream of paper
  • $10 School backpack
  • $20 School Shoes
  • $30 Scholastic requirements (exercise books, pens, etc)
  • $60 School Uniform
  • $160 Tuition for 1 term ($40 per month) in a Primary Boarding School
  • $200 Tuition for 1 term ($50 per month) in a Secondary Boarding School
  • $300 Tuition for 1 term ($$75 per month) in a Special Needs Boarding School

Please help us to Give a Chance and Make a Change

Please Donate

Giving Chances to
 the children of 
Uganda through education sponsorship.

Give a Chance. Make a Change.

All donations go to providing education, family support and selected building projects to those most in need.

To make a donation please click the button below to go to the secure PayPal portal. Thank you for your support.

Contact Us

Australian Contact
Jo Sykes
Phone: +61 2 9882 8000

Ugandan Contact
Lukenge Solomon
Country Manager
Phone: +256 752 396 849

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