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Shule's COVID-19 Response

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Coronavirus Pandemic Response

On June 18, 2021, Uganda entered into its second country-wide lockdown, putting the boys living on the streets at great risk. Shule Foundation is working tirelessly to make sure street-connected boys have access to food, health care, masks, hand sanitizer, and proper sanitation throughout the pandemic. In addition, we continue to quarantine boys at our center and will take them home once restrictions are lifted. Despite the risks involved, our team continues to work around the clock to support the country’s most vulnerable children during this global crisis.

Learn about our pandemic response.

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An estimated 1.6 billion students were affected by prolonged school closures. 184 million of the most marginalized children, half being boys, are at risk of never returning to a classroom.

Lockdowns have gravely affected families' ability to cover the costs of school fees, putting more boys at risk of never returning to school.

With your help, we can provide former street-connected boys with everything they need to begin learning again in Uganda. Sign up to become a sponsor today!

The Shule Foundation is a charity organization working in Uganda born out of the desire for all children to realize their potential and be well-rounded individuals who can contribute to society – locally, nationally, and globally.

"Shule" means "school" in Swahili and at Shule Foundation, our focus is education. From the moment we meet a child living on the streets of Uganda, our aim is to get that boy into the classroom - formal or vocational - equipping them with all they need for a bright future.

Education is a human right. We believe this right should be protected, regardless of where a child lives or their family's socio-economic status.

Through our programs, our charity organization works to expand the availability of quality learning opportunities — formal, technical, and vocational — to at-risk boys living across Uganda, empowering them with the skills they need to grow up to become self-sufficient, socially aware gentlemen. 

Success for us means imparting to young boys the knowledge, practical, business and entrepreneurial skills they need to become globally-minded citizens, to lift themselves out of poverty and breathe new life into their communities, their country and the world.

With an estimated 15,500 children living on the streets throughout four major districts of Uganda, Shule Foundation's Watoto Mtaani Project works with the most at-risk children in Kampala and Mbale to break the cycle of street life.

Shule conducts outreaches, as well as running a drop-in-center and a transitional home where we provide rehabilitation services, counseling, medical care, skills training, family reconciliation, educational sponsorship and so much more for the street-connected children of Uganda.

Through building relationships during our outreach visits, we see around 35-40 street-connected children visit our drop-in center each week. At the center they are able to eat two meals, take a shower, wash their clothes, participate in English and math classes, attend skills training workshops, receive counseling and enjoy board games and sports together.

We always provide homeless children in need of medical care with treatment and take those who show signs of readiness to leave street life behind to our transitional home and eventually reuniting them with their families.