Support Education for Youth in Rural Uganda

 
$3,836
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Jun 30, 2014

Scholar Spotlight: From Theory to Practice

Julius at his field internship
Julius at his field internship

Greetings from Uganda!

Our university pilot program continues to progress, with several scholars approaching graduation. During a recent field visit, we caught up with Julius, who has been an Even Ground scholar since 2006 and is currently finishing his training as an automobile engineer.

Over the last eight years, Even Ground has supported his secondary education, university diploma, and most recently a practical internship. In addition to a full academic scholarship, the generosity of our donors enables us to provide scholastic materials, counseling support and career guidance to all our scholars.

Leveraging the relationships of his university, Julius got an internship at a respected automobile mechanic garage in the community and has spent the last several months applying the classroom learnings. He reports, “I’m confident that after my training here I can do any automobile repair project. I like the garage as I am able to apply what I learned in a practical way.” Upon graduation in December, Julius will be seeking employment as an engineer in a local garage, and is looking forward to giving back to his community. He feels the education and support he received from Even Ground will enable him to make a difference in his community.

This fall we are hoping to start a new cohort of students for secondary education. This will require an annual budget of $7,000 USD. We appreciate the continued support of each of our donors, and have raised over half of the funds to launch the program. Please spread the word about our project to your friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in supporting our work.

Thank you!

Julius discusses his future with the local team
Julius discusses his future with the local team
Mar 31, 2014

Preparing for Graduation: University Scholar News

University Scholar Visit
University Scholar Visit

A heart-felt thank you to all our generous donors from our sponsored scholars in Uganda!

As we mentioned in our 2013 Year End Report, the University Pilot Program was a new initiative of the Uganda Education Project that started in 2012 to provide an opportunity for top students from our secondary programs to continue their studies. The five students were accepted into diploma and degree programs at local universities, which are the equivalent of associates and bachelors degrees in the US. Our university scholars are studying subjects including finance, engineering, nursing and accounting, which will provide the necessary training for advanced careers not possible with only a secondary education.

Three of our scholars in diploma programs are finishing their last semesters and will soon be entering the workforce and entering a new stage of life. In additon to academic scholarships, we provide sponsored students with counselling, career guidance and mentorship, led by our local partner. These sessions are intended to provide scholars with the necessary support, life skills and coaching to make the most of the opportunities provided by their education.

At a recent event, a seminar on real world challenges potential graduates face discussed tactics on how to position onself within the workforce. Additionally, discussion of working towards a culture of giving back to communities in need was held. In addition to empowering youth through education, the Uganda Education Project hopes to instill a sense of community development and service in emerging leaders of the communities where we work.

As you may know, this fall we are hoping to start a new cohort of students for secondary education. This will require an annual budget of $7,000 USD. We appreciate the continued support of each of our donors, and have raised over half of the funds to launch the program. Please spread the word about our project to your friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in supporting our work.

Thank you!

Career Discussion with Scholars
Career Discussion with Scholars
Kayambogo University Visit
Kayambogo University Visit
Nursing Student Visit
Nursing Student Visit
Dec 27, 2013

2013 Year End Update & Thank You

White Coat Ceremony for Nursing Program Students
White Coat Ceremony for Nursing Program Students

Happy Holidays from the Uganda Education Project team and our scholars. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we were able to provide scholarships for 9 students in 2013.

This was exciting year for the Uganda Education Project as we embarked on a new pilot program to support five of our top scholars for university education. These students had been part of the Uganda Education Project during their secondary education, and due to high marks on their national boards were accepted into diploma and degree programs at local universities. Our university scholars are studying subjects including finance, engineering, nursing and accounting. The knowledge and skills they gain will empower them to become leaders in their local communities, and also open employment opportunities that require advanced training.

All our students successfully completed the 2013 academic terms, and are looking forward to continuing their education. In 2014, all our curent scholars will finish their secondary and university programs, and begin seeking employment opportunities. As academic programs come to a close, we will continue to support our scholars with career guidance and mentorship to ensure they maximize their potential.

Most exciting, this year we are hoping to start a new cohort of students for secondary education. This will require an annual budget of $7,000 USD. We appreciate all the support we have had in 2013 and have raised nearly $3,000 USD through GlobalGiving. Please spread the word about our project to your friends, family and colleagues who may be interested in supporting our work.

Thank you!

Visiting with some University Scholars
Visiting with some University Scholars

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Organization

Even Ground

Buffalo Grove, Illinois, United States
http://www.evenground.org

Project Leader

Meredith Wallace

Uganda project director
Buffalo Grove, Illinois United States

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