School for Life
Empowering communities with schools in rural Uganda providing high quality education and employment opportunities.
School for Life Foundation aims to break the cycle of poverty in rural Africa through education and sustainable development. By providing high quality education to children and adults in neglected areas, School for Life offers a holistic program that enables local employment, empowerment, action and change.
Funds raised: $51,150
David and Annabelle pitched School For Life to the Funding Network in March 2015 and raised $51,150 for the organisation. The funds raised went towards building classrooms for a new school, Mbazzi Riverside Primary School, which opened in February 2016.
In 2015, half the Ugandan population was under the age of 15: what we in Australia might commonly call “school-aged children.” In non-rural areas of Uganda, roughly half of these children finish primary school, and one quarter finish secondary school. The statistics are much lower in rural areas. David Everett and Annabelle Chauncy met in a rural Ugandan school while volunteering there. This is where the seeds for School For Life were sown. They realised: “Education changes everything.” Back in Australia, they were determined not to let their budding business plan fail. They created a board of experienced business people and developed a plan. Their ambition didn’t fail them. They went back to Uganda for three years to work with the government and local community, and started their first school in the village of Katuuso.
In the 12 months following their pitch to the Funding Network, School For Life enrolled 80 more students and employed 4 new teachers. They constructed 14 teacher houses, an assembly hall and underground water tanks to ensure community access to clean water. They secured a Fundraising Manager in Australia to help develop corporate partnerships and expand their networks, engaging people for the continued success of their education programs in rural Uganda. These important developments have allowed children in Katuuso and Mbazzi to experience a high level education where they would have otherwise had little opportunity.
Read their Impact Report