Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Stella: two years later

In 2012, we wrote on this blog about one of our Orphan Support Program students, Stella Nangobi. She had won a scholarship to secondary school because of her hard work with a Children’s Rights and Responsibilities Club, and she was top in her class in her final exams. Stella has continued to impress us over the years. She won a placement in a government university—meaning her tuition is covered—because of her academic performance. For the past several years, she’s been studying to be a teacher so she can continue helping children.

When Stella was 10, she was evicted from the home she was living in by herself. Uganda Village Project staff and board felt that the next decade of Stella’s life should be different, and thanks to some generous donors, we’ve been covering her housing costs while she’s in university. 

Our Orphan Support Program will be phased out at the end of this year so we can focus on our core mission of public health work in rural villages. However, we plan to continue helping Stella with her living costs for her last year of university. She has been a wonderful example of success, and we’re glad that you’ve been on this journey with us and with Stella. We are so grateful for all of the donors who provided scholarship funds over the years to keep Ugandan students in school. Although our direct support for the students is ending as they graduate from their courses, we will continue to follow their progress. We’re so proud of Stella’s hard work, and know she has what it takes to make a difference.

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