Story of Hope - The Buddy Builders Club

‘Real buddies are the ones who walk in when the rest of the world walks out’

Hope and encouragement comes in many forms. For the children and family guardians below, being supported through TFCM, brings hope, which looks like something tangible and makes a real difference.

In 2018 TFCM introduced the Buddy Builders Club (BBC)

 Celebrations at the TFCM training centre: our first BBC group being sent to school.  16 children from 8 families, supported by 16 overseas sponsors.

Celebrations at the TFCM training centre: our first BBC group being sent to school.  16 children from 8 families, supported by 16 overseas sponsors.

BBC is designed to give hope and practical support to needy and marginalised families who face a daily struggle to meet even the most basic of family needs. The club provides schooling for two children from the same family, neither of whom has had the opportunity to attend school regularly. A support connection is established between the two children (the Ugandan buddies) and two buddies from outside Uganda who choose to make a real difference in the life of that family.

The Buddy Builders Club is different from sponsoring a single child for schooling. It makes double the impact through the combined commitment of the two external buddies, who can either be members of the same family, or good friends...  The success of the BBC is built on the close relationships already established on both sides of the partnership. In every case, the Ugandan buddies from the same family attend the same school together, even though they will be in different classes, unless they are twins....and we have a few of those!

Importantly, BBC is also designed to give the sponsoring buddies the option to connect with the family guardian as well as the Ugandan buddies they are supporting. To encourage and show interest in the guardian brings them hope - they know that there are two people from overseas who care about the family situation, and are prepared to give much valued support.

(They’ll get by with a little help from their friends)

Brian Stokes