Mtaala Foundation - Uganda
Educational scholarships and support
Working with Ugandans to help Ugandans.
An education partnership and sponsorship programme to create and support a school for vulnerable children and at-risk youth in Uganda.
Years: 2014, 2015
Several years ago, Alice Wegoye, a retired school teacher and mother of ten, felt she needed to help Uganda's orphans and children affected by war and extreme poverty. So she turned her house into a dorm, gave up her home and her land, and used her tiny pension to begin construction of a school in Kigo, Uganda.
In 2008, inspired by Alice's dedication and vision, the Mtaala Foundation was set up to support and sustain what Alice had begun. Awegys Secondary School was established to provide the best possible education to those whose dreams of attending school had not been realised due to poverty, conflict or the death of their parents. Run by volunteers in the US and UK, Mtaala sends over 95% of its donations directly to Awegys, and over the last five years not only have student numbers grown, from 5 to 100, but so has the school itself.
After a full year working with Mtaala on their mission and strategy, the ALMT are very happy to provide the organisation with the funds to cover 15 educational sponsorships. These sponsorships provide a crucial foundation for vulnerable children and at-risk youth who have endured war, the loss of their parents, the HIV epidemic, neglect and extreme poverty. The cost of an education for one year will also benefit the whole school with contributions towards the teachers, food for staff and pupils and accommodation which will create a stronger learning and nurturing environment.