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Group helps African children attend school

Weinman said the group asked for $100 donations, with only eight people needed to make up the amount, but many more came forward, asking how they could help.

"Even in these economic times, I had 25 people who wanted to help send people to school," she said.

It was then that Engeye grew, continuing to sponsor many children living in the same village as Nabukenya.

Weinman said the program has successfully sponsored seven children this year.

The group of children being sponsored in Uganda are part of what Engeye calls a "scholar team," and are hand-picked by Engeye's members when the members visit Uganda and decide which children most need an education.

While Weinman said she never expected the program to grow as big as it already has, what is most surprising about the sponsors in the program is where they come from, and how old they are.

Robert Weinman, Theresa's 16-year-old son, sponsors a 5-year-old in Uganda.

"He came to me and said, 'I want to sponsor a child,' and that was really amazing," said Weinman, who said that it is great that her teenage son, who is saving money for "a lot of other things," could sponsor a child in Uganda for $100 a year.

According to Pers Hickey, Weinman's son inspired her two sons, Brian, and Greg, 13, to sponsor children in Uganda with their own money. But Brian, a Shaker High School student, took his involvement one step further, she said.

"Brian Hickey developed a Web site for the running programs at Shaker," Hickey said. "So, he's been doing that Web site, and we were talking about this scholar team and he said, 'Well, I'll put up a Web site for you.'" For information about becoming a sponsor, visit www.engeye.com.""

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