We’re providing a “hand up” to several college and trade school students, who are working their way to a diploma and we’d like to expand this program. Currently this collective fund, which is supported by donations of any size, is supporting four students – two women and two men – who have inspirational dreams and who are doing great work.  Additionally, the Hand Up collection provides the “top off” funds needed for sponsored students, who move into the most expensive phase of their education – college –  and to our younger students, who need financial support between sponsorships.

We caught up with our four Hand Up students last month.  Here’s what they had to say:

Nakibuuka Jane: “Now, I know how to prepare the local dishes, I’d like to continue to learn how to prepare international foods. I feel like I will be a good chef … my favorite dishes to prepare are grilled chicken and liver.”
– Completed institute hotel management diploma and working toward Nkumba University degree in Hotel Management and Catering.

Magobwe Nsubuga Dominic: “Sometimes it’s very difficult to gain access from the villages.  The sick people and pregnant mothers can’t access the hospitals. If we could just have a good road network … then you can make life good for most of the people in Uganda.”
– Completing 3rdyear of Civil Engineering study at Ndejje University.

Namukasa Juliet: “I’ve been designing architectural and structural plans on the laptop I was given … I’ve been working on a road construction project with the district … it’s enabled me to know the procedures of how to construct a road and I’ve gained a great experience.”
 – Completed business institute diploma and working toward Kyambogo University degree in Civil Engineering.

Wakanala Paul Anthony: “I look forward to preaching the word of God when I’m a priest. I look at the priests and I would like to be like them … I would be the first in my family to join a religious order.”
 – Starting second year of Philosophy Diploma at the Major Seminary St. Mbaaga.

Hear from our Hand Up scholars