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Our mission is to empower children and families in rural Uganda to rise above the constraints of poverty through education and business development.
We believe if you plant seeds, these seeds grow into roots that can last generations with the proper care- by empowering marginalized people in rural Uganda through fostering opportunity, agency, and self-sufficiency, and in turn, supporting communities’ economic health and sustainable development.
With your support, we can grow our capacity to lend a hand to uniquely vulnerable families with education and skills to ultimately meet their own needs and sustain their own communities.
We employ local leadership, long-term investment, and bottom-up approaches.
Our participants plant seeds of knowledge, time, and resources back to the community.
We implement targeted programs tailored to rural Uganda, where our experience, expertise, and passion lie.
Our programs are founded on the belief that intertwined education and enterprise create positive lasting change.
Our partner communities are isolated and lacking any support systems, have persistent, overwhelming needs: unemployment is an alarming 90%, survival largely depends on subsistence farming, average monthly household income of less than $74, and with an average of five people per household, our community members typically live on less than 54 cents per day.
The Life Skills Program offers students between the ages of 12 and 18 the opportunity to reach their full potential through academic scholarships, vocational skill building, personal and professional development courses, school supplies, and a school feeding program.
The Collegiate Education Training Program combats Uganda's high unemployment rates by offering students between the ages of 18 and 23 the opportunity to continue education by learning a trade that addresses a local need or service.
The Farmer Field School Program equips current or aspiring farmers with the skills needed to expand their crop production and income through business management courses, technical training, and hands-on practical applications using no-cost or low-cost sustainable farming techniques.
The Women's Enterprise Training Program supports women in launching or expanding a family business through business management courses, skill building, and start-up funding to make her dream of attaining economic self-sufficiency and food security a reality.
Since 2007 we have maintained a small focus in order to achieve a big impact. We only fund the projects and regions where we know we can plant roots that solve the most pressing challenges in accordance with our communities’ self-identified needs and desires.
Vocational education is one of the best choices I have ever made in my life. Life has changed for the better, and my family is proud of my achievement. I hope to go back to school and enroll for a diploma in primary teaching. I cannot overstate the value of education because it has made me proud and changed me and my family. I thank my parents for all their love and support, and I can never take Rooted Wisdom support for granted; it came in at the time when I needed it most. Rooted Wisdom has nurtured me into a life of endless possibilities and I sincerely thank you.”
This program has paved away of women in rural communities in exposing them to many business ideas and the ability to understand how to manage a business through classroom learning. This program makes sense since these women are considered as family heads because some of them are single mothers and had never got chance to have such trainings so it will help them to start up new businesses that will sustain their families The program has increased women’s confidence in running businesses, because of the business skills attained; I believe women are fearless of starting up businesses to strengthen their family economic status."
Through the goal setting lessons I have learned through the Life Skills Program, I have learned to remain focused on my dreams. This year I am going to get a project and I remain hopeful that if I care for my project well I will achieve my goal of getting a vocation education after completing school.”
I recently trained students of St. James in the SAPH top-up training. This was an achievement for me, as I could hardly believe that I was teaching at the same school I studied from earlier. I am glad that I can help most of the farmers in my village and can also support my family, especially my siblings who still go to school. My parents are happy that I have become someone important in our family, and I can’t thank IYHA enough for lighting my candle.”
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