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Petra’s Story

Living Out a Promise. “I am coming back for you!” “...when I grow up, I will come for all of you, Amen…” were words promised daily by a young, orphaned girl in Uganda.

In 2009, those impassioned, never forgotten, words of Petra Otee Mangesho, became the driving force behind the founding of Petra Kids Ministries, a 501-c (3) organization in the USA. Today, those words continue to work to restore hope and build dreams for over 350 children in Aduku, Uganda.

Many children are forced into day labor to help provide for their families, and those who are fortunate enough to attend class must do so under trees or in poor quality government facilities. In northern Uganda, three out of four children are unable to continue their education beyond elementary school, resulting in a 90% illiteracy rate.

In response to those alarming statistics, Petra Christian School was formed to provide a learning environment grounded on Biblical principles that empower and develop children spiritually, socially, physically, and intellectually who are in desperate need of a quality education.

Our History

Petra Otee Mangesho had a dream, which was an outgrowth of her experience growing up in Aduku, Uganda. Her experience was that of an orphaned childhood caused by the ravaging effects of war. As a survivor and because of her deep faith in God’s ability to transform suffering into redemption, she found herself in a position to give back on behalf of her gratitude to God. She had a dream that she would return to Uganda after being educated in the United States. She wanted to provide hope to children whose circumstances were similar to her own growing up. She has succeeded with the help of God in fulfilling this calling and continues to lead with courage, conviction, and the love of God. Her dream is now being shared by others such as you who want to make a difference in the life of a child an ocean away.


How We Work

Petra Kids Ministries (5013c) now partners with Petra Christian School of Aduku, Uganda by working with the Board of Directors of this school. We seek to respond to the needs of the school through the donation of financial support as well as through mission trips to deliver manpower for projects and to establish positive relationships with staff and administration of the school. Our annual fund raiser and through the support of major donors and sponsors, we continue to work toward building the dream. Won’t you join us in this important work. No contribution is too small and every contribution makes a difference in the life of the child

Send an Email to Your Sponsored Child

Did you know you can email to your sponsored child? Just send a quick email to info@petrakids.org and we’ll make sure your sponsored child receives your message. Family photos can also be attached! In order to help your message reach your sponsored child faster, please keep your email brief. A paragraph can be more easily translated by our local staff. Send email


There are 350 children at the PKM school. They come from varied situations. None of these children have a chance at being educated beyond primary school without your help. They come from families where one or both of the parents have been taken by war or disease. Cultures are different in Africa a child is considered an orphan it they have lost one parent. Sometimes they are referred to as half orphans. Children who have lost both parents are referred to as orphans. We want to make sure you understand the family status of a child you sponsor. That is noted in their bio information at Sponsor a Child.
Your support of a child is $30 per month. This can be paid monthly, quarterly or yearly.
Sponsorship dollars are distributed to tuition, nutrition and health, classroom supplies, meals and uniforms/shoes. Click here to see the distribution chart.
The children being sponsored stay in either the boys or girls dormitory most of the year. Children who are half orphans will return to the one remaining parent when school is not in session. The children who are orphans will go to visit a relative or community member when school is not in session. PKM personally visits these homes to assure the child is safe at that location.
You can start your sponsorship today at our website. Simply follow the link and find a child who is waiting for a sponsor. Click here to Sponsor a Child.
When you sponsor, you get to create a long-term friendship with a child in need. While you can cancel at any time, you may continue sponsoring your child for as long as your child remains in the program. Many sponsors enjoy exchanging letters and photos over several years. We have many children waiting for sponsors just like you. Allow God to work through you in the life of a child in poverty.
Sponsoring a child is a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need. For a small amount of money, you'll help that child and their community to stand tall, free from poverty.

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