The Six That Got Away

When we began the Watoto Mtaani Project, I knew it wasn’t going to be easy and I’ve known that I wouldn’t be able to save them all, but losing six was tough – especially when I’d managed to lose four in the first three weeks.  I constantly ask myself was it my fault?  Could I have done things differently?     After the kids had finished detoxing and were able to think clearly, I… Read More

The Difference A Shower Makes

Showering in the slum of Kisenyi is not free. It costs 500 Ugandan Schillings (UGX), about 14 cents. For most of us, that doesn’t seem like a lot of money — but when you are a kid living on the streets, just trying to survive, 14 cents is hard to come by. And when a child can raise that money — they prefer to spend it on food or drugs instead of showering…. Read More

Watoto Mtaani Update

Twins in Uganda, Street kids of Kisenyi

I would like to begin by thanking everyone who has donating to our Watoto Mtaani campaign. The money we have raised so far will cover the cost to purchase the provisions needed for each child we will move out of the slum and into our rehab center – including a bed, mattress and sheets; mosquito netting; new clothing; and bathroom supplies. We are so grateful to you for making this happen for the… Read More

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste”

street kids of Kisenyi, Uganda

I witnessed something that reminded me of the public service marketing slogan, “A mind is terrible thing to waste,” which was adopted by the United Negro College Fund in 1972. The brilliance of the campaign at the time was that these seven words helped change the “public perception of young black men in the media from angry, troubled and dangerous to being thought of as minds; encouraging respect rather than indignation or… Read More

Shadia’s life changed the day her mother died.

From what I can tell, Shadia grew up in a loving home; she attended school and was taken care of by her mother. But when her mother passed due to complications from AIDS, everything changed. Now 17, Shadia has been on the streets of Kisenyi for more than 2 years. She says she left home because her grandmother was not nice to her, she tells me she was forced to leave school… Read More

Sleeping In A Bed Is A Luxury Many Children Don’t Have.

People always say to me, “How do you do what you do?” “I couldn’t do it. It’s so sad. So, depressing.” From the moment I stepped foot on the continent of Africa more than 8 years ago, I don’t recall ever being overcome by sadness or getting depressed by the encounters I have. I believe that is a testament to the African people. They innately accept the lives they were born into, which to… Read More

Emma and Jude…Two Friends Who Lost Their Way!

Emmanuel and Jude found their way to Kisenyi together.  They never intended to leave home, let alone become street kids. One Sunday afternoon during the annual circumcision ceremony that takes place in their village, these two young boys got so wrapped up in the festivities that they lost their way. Not able to find their way back home, they somehow made it to Kampala, ending up in the slum of Kisenyi. They say they… Read More

Thank You for Helping Us Change Lives

Here at Shule Foundation, our goal is to improve the lives of the most impoverished children in Uganda, and across Africa through education. In addition to the many village children we’ve gotten to know, we have also been fortunate to spend time with the children of Kisenyi Slum – one of the largest slum in central Kampala. The children who live on these streets are some of the most marginalized in the… Read More

Guest Blog — Act of Humanity with Jackie Wolfson

Gallery | Posted on February 14, 2017 by Don Wilson Magazine Jackie Wolfson, is Co-Founder and CEO of the Shule Foundation. From New York, her passion is redesigning education across rural Africa and supporting humanity. I along with Okello Kelo Sam co-founded the Shule Foundation because of our belief that every child deserves access to a quality education no matter where they live. Our mission is to expand the reach and availability… Read More

How A Chance Encounter Changed Two People’s Lives Forever

In January 2015, I was invited by Dr. Susan Gazda, co-founder of Hope for Humans, to tag along with her and her camera crew, led by Tiff Gravel, while they filmed a documentary on Nodding Syndrome.*  Having followed the plight of the Invisible Children, I was curious and eager to visit Northern Uganda, to see for myself and learn more about the war between the Lord Resistance Army and President Yoweri Museveni…. Read More