School uniforms, supplies & fees

Nepali Boy Writing

OFDC believes every child deserves the right to an education.

For many children in the developing world, especially for girls, school is only a dream simply because their families cannot afford the cost of a mandatory school uniform and school supplies. Girls are often circumcised (FGM) and forced into child marriages. They are the last to be allowed to attend school.

Your OFDC donation pays school fees and purchases items necessary for a child, especially girls and AIDS orphans, to attend school.

Maasai school children, Kenya In Kenya's Masai Mara, children who do go to school must walk very far, with only a single bowl of milk to last them through the school day.

On the path to and from school, children contend with the threat of predators, most notably the hyena. However, the children are eager to learn, and are more than willing to endure these obstacles.

Read more about the lives of 3 children sponsored by your donation to OFDC.


Education in developing countries:
  • is generally not free
  • requires the purchase of a school uniform
  • requires the purchase of basic supplies which the school does not provide
Two out of five families in Africa live on less than $2 a day. They simply cannot afford the $50 cost of a uniform, pullover, shoes, school fees and supplies.

Your donation Educating Children since 1999:


Read letters written by children who want to go to school

  • Passiany wants to go to school. Her father refuses to pay school fees since she is a girl.
  • Patricia and her sister ran from home to escape female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage. They want to continue their education.
  • Rachael, sponsored in secondary school, dreams of joining college to be a nurse.
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