Thanks to each of you, our loyal donors, we are thrilled to share a success story of one of our scholars.
Today, Eva lives a self-sustaining life after considerable challenges were put in her way. Eva, one of the 24 students sponsored by Even Ground, dedicated herself to her studies for over six years and has achieved a medical career at Kisubi Hospital, just a few miles near Entebbe International Airport.
Eva was given the sponsorship in 2007 after finished primary school. She had no hope of continuing with her education after both her parents passed away and the aunt who was helping had also lost a job.
She was offered a scholarship through Even Ground, and successfully completed her four years of high school. When it came to time for her national proficiency exams, they were cancelled due to the closure of the examination center. All of the students scheduled for the exam were impacted; Eva was devastated thinking all of her hard work was for nothing.
Thanks to the support of our local partner, Eva was ultimately able to repeat the course and sit for the national exam. Eva persevered, and achieved a high enough grade that allowed her to join a Nursing and Midwifery College where she graduated last year in November as a Mid-wife.
In May 2015 Eva’s hard work and discipline paid off and she secured a job at Kisubi Hospital where she is working as a midwife. On getting this job she happily called our local partner and shared the good news. She is thankful for the support that has helped her reach a self-sustaining, independent life. She promised to always be involved in our program activities including fundraising, counseling and career guidance.
In the pictures, you can see Eva, her supervisor, and our Program Manager, Dan.
Even Ground project still has two other students Justine and Emma who will finishing their final exams in this summer, the two will be graduating from university with degrees one in Micro Finance and the other in Accounting and Finance.
We look forward to continuing the Uganda Education project and starting a new cohort of students. Your help today will enable us to reach this goal.
Thank you for your continued support!
Greetings from Uganda!
Today, the Uganda Education Project is sponsoring three university students, all of whom have been sponsored for nine years. Today, Emanuel and Justine are busy with their final semester before they graduate, and we are proud to announce Julius graduated from Kyambogo University in January 2015 with a degree in Automotive Mechanics. Our local partner was lucky to attend the graduation ceremony and celebrate with Julius and his family.
Julius has been a scholar of the Uganda Education Project for nine years. Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, he is the first university graduate in his family, so this is a significant achievement and source of pride for the entire family. This is a big step for Julius and his family, as he is on the path to a self-sustaining career.
We look forward to sharing a similar graduate update for Emanuel and Justine when they complete their final semester of study this summer.
Thank you all for your continued support!
2014 marks the eighth year of the Even Ground Uganda Education Project, and was another successful year of our program. One of our scholars, Eva, has completed her nursing and midwifery training, and two scholars are finishing their college degree programs. 2015 proves to be an exciting year for our scholars!
We recently caught up with all three students and wanted to share their thanks and reflections on the past year.
Eva: Nursing and Midwifery Certificate student at Nsambya Hospital
With all course-work completed in 2014, Eva will be graduating with her certificate in nursing and midwifery in 2015. She reports, "I can’t imagine that I’m now a qualified nurse who can treat people”. She is excited to apply her new skills and provide access to health care within her local community. She also expressed her thanks to all our donors; your support is integral to our work and has a life changing impact on our scholars.
Justine: Candidate for a Bachelor of Microfinance at Kyambogo University
In her third year of study, Justine is entering her final internship of the program. In June 2015 she will sit for her final exams, marking the completion of her degree program. Justine is seeking employment as she nears graduation, and is committed to giving back to her local community. Specifically, she would like to support our local partner, Friends in Need Integrated Development Project (FINIDP), to enable others in her community the opportunity to pursue their education. Justine truly represents the goal of the Uganda Education Project of identifying and developing local leaders and empowering them to transform their community.
Emmanuel: Candidate for a Bachelor of Accounting and Finance at Ndeje University
Also in his third year, Emmanuel is pursuing a Bachelor degree in Accounting and Finance. Emmanuel is preparing for graduation in June 2015, and will then seek employment. Similar to Justine, he looks forward to supporting the Uganda Education Program through our local partner once he is gainfully employed. In addition, he would like to mentor younger students as they pursue their education.
Thank you to all of our donors in 2014. Your support enables us to continue this important program. As we near the end of the first phase of the University Scholarship program we look forward to welcoming a new cohort of students in 2015. Your continued support will make that possible. Happy New Year!
Thank you to all our generous donors! Your consistent support has enabled us to provide educational scholarships to vulnerable youth in rural Uganda for over ten years. Our current group of scholars have been sponsored since the beginning of their primary education, through secondary school, and now they are beginning their final semester of university study. Without this program it is most certain our scholars would not have been able to continue their education due to financial constraints.
One scholar, Justine, has been one of our students for over eight years. Being raised by a single mother with limited resources, Justine would have discontinued her education after elementary school if it weren't for Even Ground and the Uganda Eudcation Project's support. Today, Justine is happily pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Micro-Finance from Kyambogo University in Uganda. Recently, she completed an internship with Pride Micro-Finance, one of the leading micro-finance institutions in Uganda.This opportunity allowed her to apply her studies and gain valuable experience necessary to begin her career. Now in her final semester, Justine anticipates completing her degree next spring.
Justine reports, “I’m hopeful that after finishing my studies I will get a job and be able to support my family and other needy students.” Throughout our work, we emphasize the importance of giving back to the local community so that the impact of our work reaches beyond the scholars we support.
Our scholars look forward to a bright future thanks to your support.
Mark & Meredith Wallace
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.
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