WORDS FROM THE FOUNDER
Three years ago, I started this organization with the commitment to make sure that underresourced Ugandans do not experience what I went through growing up. I come from a family that doesn’t consider the value of education, especially for a girl child. In fact, the plan was to marry me off at the age of 15. I constantly explained to my family that my dream was to acquire an education because I believed it would help me and my family break out of the poverty cycle. But no one listened; instead, I was physically and verbally abused, belittled, and tortured for wanting to break the norm. As a total orphan, I was willing to work hard, and despite the hardships, I never gave up on my dream. Through perseverance, hard and great fortune, I achieved my education dream. Through 4 prestigious scholarships, I completed high school, acquired a bachelor’s degree in accounting, a global MBA, and now currently pursuing a Ph.D. where my research is focused on the impact of workforce education in bridging the skills gap among higher education graduates.
My personal journey has faced many challenges, but my exposure to education has changed my life. I believe education is the answer. My team and I are committed to ensuring that underresourced Ugandans get the same education benefits by equipping them with skills and knowledge to start a business, find meaningful jobs, and thrive in life. We are literally building the future of lifelong learners in Uganda who are not just surviving but thriving.
2022 has been a year of building back better and stronger. We were able to reach more beneficiaries because of our partners, who have built a strong pillar in growing this organization. Thanks to the people and partners who have given, advised, and volunteered their time and skill to support our mission.
Looking forward to 2023, we are still committed to skilling young Ugandans, women, men, and anybody at the age stage of their lives desiring to acquire knowledge and skills to engage in meaningful employment for a better livelihood. We will continue the Upskilling Uganda Youth (UUY) program that focuses on equipping young Ugandans with computer skills, business development skills, and ongoing mentorship to increase employability opportunities. We are also set to launch A Thriving Woman (ATW) program that will reskill young girls and women to acquire practical skills that can be monetized to start small businesses and access to financial resources to increase household income. We are challenging ourselves to build an ecosystem for lifelong learners without leaving anybody behind.