EDUCATION OPENS the doors of opportunity
Through the generosity of our child sponsors, donors, and partnerships with various churches, communities, and companies, we are building an educational ecosystem for children who live in rural Uganda. We are gradually becoming a K-12 and skills-training school in rural Western Uganda for children who are extremely poor, disadvantaged, and have no path to escaping child labor, early child marriages and pregnancies, and the cycle of poverty.
We strive to develop joyful, compassionate learners and innovative thinkers.
Through training and education we have become a regional education leader, advocating against child labor, collaborating with other schools, and striving for 100% parent and/or guardian participation in the education process of our learners and community transformation. This partnership helps our students to become doers and future leaders. We have become the heart of the community infusing life and influencing the community and the world to raise a generation of Godly, ethical, and competent leaders.
Education provides the highest return of any social investment.
The relationship between education and opportunity is clear worldwide: more of the first, equals more of the second. In Uganda, the stakes are higher than ever.
- Average annual per capita income is less than $440 USD.
- Life expectancy for men and women is 59 years.
- In Uganda’s remote villages, 84% of the population live in rural areas and rely on subsistence agriculture.
- Nearly 40% of children in Uganda are malnourished, which makes providing breakfast and lunch at school for our students so critical.
We rarely have to think about the difficulties of life without education. Most of us complained about our homework, our teachers and our school but imagine a world void of learning. Picture erasing the memories of attending class. Erase the pride you felt after passing an exam. Erase the hope of post-graduation. Wipe away the lessons you learned and the opportunities given to you. Would you have the same friends? Would you have the same job? The house you live in? Would you think of yourself in the same way?
At Raise the Roof Academy we invite you to take a moment and fill the shoes of the children in rural Uganda. Take a journey into their lives. Walk the two miles to school everyday with them. Help moms wash their daughter's only two outfits. Give them light after dark to finish their homework. Pray with them as they study for their exams.
Now, make the decision to help, not out of guilt but out of compassion and hope because we're on this journey together. We don't offer multi-million dollar solutions and we're not trying to reinvent the wheel. It's simple. Education opens doors that let the light of hope and promise stream in.