Sarah’s Love is about Mentoring, Rescuing and Empowering children in Uganda-East Africa through Education, and sharing the love of God.
Girls in the rural parts of Uganda, in families stricken with poverty and those living in slums only have minimal or no opportunities for education.
Many parents especially in rural Uganda marry off their teenage daughters in exchange for a cow, goat or sheep.
It is estimated that 34% of girls are married off before their 18th birthday and 7% are married before they are 15.
Some of these parents look at their daughters as a way out, as assets so they marry them off against their will.
This is because these parents are in abject poverty, and are not able to send their children to school.
And most of the ones living in the slums end up being teenage mothers to men (or boys) who are not in position to take care of them or their children.
EDUCATION IS THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT WAY THROUGH WHICH CHILDREN CAN CHANGE THEIR FUTURE, THEIR COMMUNITY, THEIR COUNTRY AND THE WORLD.
WHO WE ARE
We are ordinary everyday people with a desire to change children's destinies.
Beatrice Namayanja Purvis founder of Sarah’s Love, has first-hand experience growing up in poverty in Uganda, East Africa. Her mother Sarah worked as a News Paper vendor to support her children.
Through the generosity of kind individuals who helped her, Beatrice had the opportunity to go to school and even finish college. Her mother couldn’t have been able to do this with her income no matter how hard she worked. Beatrice could have been a statistic had she not been helped.
Beatrice’s mother Sarah, was killed tragically by a car in August 2016. She always emphasized the importance of education and in addition to her children, she was always looking out for ways to help other children in her community to go to school. Beatrice started Sarah’s Love in her memory and to get more people involved in helping those
in need, because together we can do more.
WHAT WE DO
Through partnerships and donations,
we raise money to help us get as many children to school in Uganda.
We share with these children and their families the gospel of Jesus,
and we disciple them.
With your donations we pay school fees, buy books, uniforms,
sanitary pads and food for these children and their families.
To See children’s Destinies Changed Through Education.
Empowering children In Uganda Through Education.
MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Mr. Eloy Castaneda
Dr. Ninfa Castaneda
Mr. Eloy and Dr. Ninfa Castaneda have a heart after God, missions and education. They are active members of Cross Church-Raymondville and serve on the advisory board of Cross Church of the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, a six-campus organization. Through their spiritual journey, they have experienced the value of humility and consider it God’s greatest grace.
They retired after serving a nearly 50 years of combined service in the field of education. He earned a master’s degree in administration and she a doctoral in education leadership. While employed as superintendent of schools, Eloy taught a part-time evening mathematics class for the University of Texas. Being a state certified drug and alcohol counsellor, he held class for offenders as contracted. He continues to contribute to the community on the local school board and Ninfa edits novels on a contractual basis.
Eloy and Ninfa reside in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and are parents to six adult children and a dozen grandchildren. They enjoy the comforts of country life, seeing to their horses, peacocks, chickens and cats, which round out the household.
Catherine Phillips is a local businesswoman and philanthropist who had a long passion for social service. Catherine grew up just outside New York City, and in high school, she directed a project called "Art Smart" that gathered young children of the homeless family shelters to teach them different types of artwork as a way to express themselves during times of hardship.
Later in Tuscon, Arizona she worked with children at a privately run foster home aimed keeping family units together, rather than separating them according to age and gender as state run homes often do. With limited funds and resources, she once again found art projects worthy to be a great resource of change for the children's demeanor and spirits. She currently lives in east Wichita with her husband and son.
Idah is passionate about serving God through His people. She is currently working in Arua in the West Nile region of Uganda, with a church that is working to educate vulnerable children in order to improve their wellbeing and that of their families. Equipped with training in community leadership from Watoto School of Community Leadership, her passion is identifying needs in the communities and working with others to meet those needs. She is blessed with two grown sons and three small grandchildren.
MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS
Our Volunteers are at the center of everything that happens at Sarahzlove. They are the heroes that make things happen from working with our children and their families to going to the schools our children attend to ensure school dues are paid.
Our Volunteers also are responsible for taking our children to the doctor and praying with the children and their families.
They also step-in whenever needed to counsel and encourage our children. Some of our volunteers have their homes open for our children to come and play whenever they want. These volunteers work tirelessly for the wellbeing of our children and it is a blessing that we have them.