“Ssuubi” means “hope” in Luganda, the local language of our Ugandan communities. Our mission is to inspire hope in these communities through educational initiatives—and we need your help.
We’re asking you to come forward and stand with Ugandan secondary schools and their students. With your support, we can provide gifts of education and resources that ensure students can show up to school each day and perform their best.
You can help us to bring them hope for today and their future.
This year, through the generosity of PB and K Family Foundation, all first gifts will be matched. This means your first $50 become $100. Your $100 become $200. Your $500 gift becomes $1,000.
13 minutes. That’s all we need. Attend this year’s annual event from the comfort of your own home between Thursday, October 20th through Sunday, October 23rd as we gather to support our Ugandan communities.
Reuse. Recycle. Grow. These words are nothing new, but in Uganda, recycling or reusing plastics or cloth bags isn’t a common practice. While agricultural classes are a part of Uganda’s school curriculum, it’s rarely practiced.
When funded, this initiative will increase and diversify the vegetables and trees grown to help the school feed more kids healthy, nutritious foods. It will also bring awareness to alternative uses for products currently thrown out, such as plastic bottles and cloth bags.
Only 30% of the students at Ndagwe Secondary School receive educational scholarships and lunch, meaning nearly 500 kids go without food on any given day. We want to change that by continuing to feed the 207 students receiving lunch through last year’s Ssuubi Means Hope event while also supporting more students through the Life Skills program.
When you come forward to support this initiative, you’ll help 75 new pupils to become Life Skills students, including tuition support, personal and professional development classes, opportunities for income-generating projects, and a free lunch.
Support in testing a youth vocational training program
$75 of $13,000 raised
The Life Skills program provides students with a livestock project to help them self-fund their future education or meet a basic need. This program has been highly successful, yet high inflation and general food security remain. With this in mind, we want to test two vocational training programs as an alternative to providing livestock.
When you support this initiative, you’ll help our Life Skills students to learn a vocational trade such as tailoring, mechanics, or bookmaking, allowing them to meet a local demand not currently provided, get more time to study since they won’t be caring for their animals, and earn an income.
With the recent COVID pandemic and two years of school closures in Uganda, it is estimated that 33% of students who previously attended school will not return, leaving them with few tangible skills to support themselves and their futures. This disproportionately impacts girls, who are often pressured to leave school or forced into marriage and childrearing.
Our Women’s Enterprise Training Program helps vulnerable Ugandan women become self-sufficient by assisting them in starting or expanding businesses. We want to pilot this initiative with out-of-school kids, specifically youth ages 15-22 or those who have become pregnant. In supporting this initiative, you’ll help them learn the best business management practices, new skills, and how to earn an income.
Imagine attending school but still not having the resources you need to succeed, such as a notebook to take notes in or a pencil or pen to write with. Sadly, for many of our kids, these are some challenges families face at Ndagwe Secondary School.
When you come forward to support this initiative, you help purchase these vital products of school notebooks, colored pencils, pens and pencils, and school folders for over 200 students in need. It’s as simple as that.
Other Ways To Get Involved
We’re focused on five projects this year ranging from academic scholarships to working with out-of-school youth—whatever your passion, you will find a project. Learn more about our initiatives this year.
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Take a look at our projects and donate today! Every donation counts. Buy a scholarship, expand a school garden, bring new schools supplies to kids currently going without—through your donation, you can help us bring hope to Uganda.
Impact = A Life Changed
If you need any additional motivation, take a moment to review what happened after you came forward during last year’s event by checking out our update on last year’s initiatives.
Our Impact Has Taken Root : An Update on Last Year's Initiatives
Through every dollar that our donors have put forth for our programs, this money has taken root in our partner communities. With your help we have made the following impact through four endeavors that where a little seed grows into a strong fruitful tree. Just like the people we serve, a dollar provided can truly change someone’s life.
Play is a valuable part of life for kids. It’s a chance to socialize, destress, and have fun, but living in rural Uganda can make play challenging. Yet, before last year’s event, all 171 kids at St. James Secondary School shared two soccer balls and two netballs.
“The lunch and sports equipment have all been much appreciated and excited the students a lot, making them happier and increasing their participation. Students would dose off a lot in class during the afternoon, and this was attributed to fatigue and hunger, but all this has reduced as they all remain active all day long.” – Mutesasira Julius, Headmaster
Rooted Wisdom provided a variety of new equipment, including ten soccer balls, six volleyballs, and four-word puzzles, among other supplies. Students can now connect and form sports teams to compete against other schools with this new sporting equipment. Their English teacher also noted that the word games have also helped the students improve their vocabularies.
Laughter. Enjoyment. Celebration. Learning. All made possible by donors like you
In Uganda, girls miss 11% of the school year because they don’t have the hygienic products they require. That’s 24 days a year. But because you came forward, the school was able to launch a training program on how to sew reusable, hygienic sanitary pads. Funding also allowed St James Secondary School to purchase three sewing machines and all required materials for 300 pads.
“I can’t forget the first day I took home a pad I had made with my (own) hands for my mother. She was a little shy about it but so happy that I had thought about her and the new talent I had learned.” – Bukenya Brian, St. James student
At the beginning of the program, students learned how to use a sewing machine by sewing small pieces of cloth before progressing to the creation of pads. This vocational program not only gave students the sanitary products they needed; it also created a new source of incomefor the students, their families, and the school while teaching students a valuable skill.
Most female students at St. James missed school because they lacked sanitary products. On average, they had five girls missing at any given time. Today, that number is down to one female student!
Every student not only deserves the opportunity to receive an education but the opportunity to succeed. Outdated materials can be detrimental to students’ class performance and hinder their ability to learn and grow; and yet, before you came along, that was the reality for students at St James Secondary School. Through last year’s event, the school was gifted with much-needed textbooks, student supplies, and science equipment.
Atusasire Oliver, a student at St James who directly benefited from the event, told Rooted Wisdom, “I have always wanted to become an engineer, but I was failing my science classes due to little exposure and practice.” Since utilizing the new science equipment, Oliver hasimproved her science grade by 22% in the last year!
Nassolo Clemetia, a local St. James parent stated, “I was worried about my child not being in a school that offered a practical science lab since he’s wanted to become a nurse. And yet, I wasn’t in a position to take him to a distant school to be able to access these facilities. So I am thrilled that St. James has finally received the equipment necessary for a functional laboratory. I now have renewed hope that my son and hisfellow studentshave what they need to excel.”
Now two students share academic textbooks compared to one book per 39 students during previous years.
With the help of your support, Rooted Wisdom has been able to feed 205 students at Ndagwe Secondary School every school day since the program launched. Most recently, Nsamba Kassim, the school’s headmaster, reported that the number of absent students on any given day has dropped from 10 to 1.5! As a result, test scores have increased, and students are spending more time at school rather than leaving to find food.
A mother of one of our senior two students says, “In our homes, we hardly have enough food to feed the entire family, and quite often, we only have one proper meal a day. Rooted Wisdom giving our kids lunch is a blessing we thank God for daily.” A student notes, “Through accessing lunch at school, I now spend an additional hour each day after class revising my notes and reviewing what has been taught to me (rather than leaving to find food). This has helped me to improve my academic performance.”