Pearl of Africa Vision Mission
Our goal - to raise $30,000 for children to get food, education and to help vulnerable youth, young women and young mothers gain skills for the future.
"Where there is despair, let me bring hope"
St Francis of Assisi
Early in 2022, Lloyd spent a month volunteering on a project in Gulu Uganda. Gulu is a city in the region of Uganda known as Acoliland. (Acholiland) He was there to provide woodworking and carpentry training to local youth. His time there was an amazing gift for him. He fell in love with these beautiful and inspiring young people. The beauty of their culture, their love and generosity, and the power and resilience of their spirit have had a profound effect on him and his heart is forever changed. It is an extremely impoverished area, and the challenges are great, but he saw how empowering it was for these youth to acquire knowledge and skills and because of this, see hope for themselves, their loved ones, their community and their future.
Lloyd is now working together with a group of local people in the Kampala region of Uganda to create a non-profit primary school in the Luwero District. He is working directly with Namarome Manjeri, a woman from the area and a person with great vision. Lloyd is truly inspired by her! Together with her team in Kampala, they are creating a non-profit called Pearl of Africa Vision Mission.
Pearl of Africa Vision Mission:
"to see community youth, women, men and children who are socially, economically and politically empowered and with a voice to control their own future and destiny"
"to support community youth, women, men and children to be empowered and reach their full potential."
The cycle of poverty is extreme. For the many poor families in the region, who often earn less than $2 per day, the cost of school uniforms, books, and stationery becomes too much to bear, pushing children out of school or leading families into debt. Illness and the pressure of domestic work keep many children from attending school regularly.
Because of lack of funding, the quality of education in public schools is very poor. According to UNICEF, while the introduction of universal primary education in Uganda in 1997 "...greatly improved access it did not improve quality." Teacher absenteeism is rampant. Many are underpaid and are forced to find supplemental work elsewhere. According to UNICEF, more than %60 of teachers are not in the classroom teaching in over half of all of Uganda's public schools. Private schools have tried to fill the void, but to keep these schools operating, the tuition costs are very high. This makes it impossible for most families to keep their children in school.
Less than half of children are literate at the end of primary school.
Only 1 in 4 children who start primary school make it to secondary school.
As a non-profit, our school's mission is to provide a quality education for every child, no matter who!
In a matter of months, since the school first opened its doors, the school has grown from 90 children to over 250 children. Children are excited, parents are happy and the community is wanting to support this school. Over and above regular classes, there are weekly exams at the school to track the children's progress. Many teachers are volunteering extra lessons on Saturdays to support the success of every child. Parents are getting involved and people are volunteering what they can to keep it running. The school is also working to provide an opportunity for adults and parents to come to the school and learn skills such as sewing, cooking, baking, soap making, craft and carpentry, providing them with an opportunity to gain an income for their families.
But the needs are great!
Most families cannot pay the tuition. Many families cannot afford to pay for basic school supplies. Many children come to school hungry and need to be fed. Yet all are welcome
Please support these beautiful young children to become empowered and reach their full potential!
Make a one-time donation.
To make regular monthly donations please contact us and we can arrange this.
Food and School Supplies for Children
Funds raised will go to pay for food to feed many children who come to school hungry..
Money will be used to buy notebooks, pencils, shoes, school bags and uniforms for families who cannot afford these basic supplies.
Help cover the cost of teacher's salaries, ensuring qualified and committed teachers remain at the school. Paying teachers a living wage is essential to ensure that teachers can stay committed to the school and the education of children. Tuition fees are kept low and do not cover the cost.
Desks and Textbooks for the Classrooms
Desks, chairs and textbooks are needed in every classroom. A van is needed to bring children from farther away. Supplies are needed for teachers who will be training young mothers and youth in skills like baking, soap making and sewing to support the creation of income opportunities for their families..