It's been over 5 years since Cohort A first started attending high school on KUZA scholarships--and now they're set to graduate from University! From remote villages or the streets of Kampala, our students come from a wide variety of backgrounds. Their years together in KUZA knit them together and inspire within them a vision of what is possible when servant leadership is pursued. This idea has caught on like wild-fire, and it is truly a blessing to see KUZA students encourage each other and get out into their communities together to "make things better."
Congratulations to A Cohort!!! These students finished their course work for university in May and will graduate with their degrees in October. Over the years it has been a joy to watch them grow in confidence and leadership. Amos will be assisting in the KUZA office over the next several months. Vero (who graduated last year with a 2 year social work degree) has been working with children this past year. Phiona and Derrick will pursue more medical training and hands-on experience, and Liz is busy developing her musical career! While their time with KUZA is growing to an end, we'll continue to keep tabs on these young men and women as they move further into adulthood!
B & C COHORTS are now 2nd and 3rd year university students. These students have really caught the vision of leadership and work to improve their communities. You may remember back in January, Moses led a group of 60 KUZA students and staff to do a community clean up in his village. It was a successful event, and many adults in the community were encouraged.
In April, James Alibawani organized a one-day work camp for students in his home district. Together, they cleaned the streets, markets and in hospitals and visited schools. What an encouragement to see one of our own mobilize the youth in his community to clean their town!
Another day of service came on May 7th when the university students organized a cleaning day at Sanyu Babies Home in Kampala. Students scrubbed and tidied this orphanage for abandoned babies. Students have readily embraced this core KUZA value to "give back" and look for opportunities to encourage those less fortunate than they are.
We're so proud to announce that Phoebe Kisaakye (far right) and Beatrice Nabacwa (far left) both scored 18 (of 20) on their leaving exams. This is a terrifically high achievement in itself... but made even better by the fact that both young women received government scholarships to study at Makerere University! Phoebe will be studying Petroleum Engineering, and Beatrice will study Quantitative Economics. Each young lady is delighted with the courses they were assigned and are grateful for the opportunity that lies ahead! THANK YOU to the sponsors of these two young ladies who have made it possible for them to get this far along in their schooling!