Ugandan Student Scholarships

HHCharities is proud to introduce our 2014 “What if…?” Ugandan Student Scholarship Recipient


Jimmy Ayo

Jimmy Ayo is studying music and plans to be a composer and to have a career in music production and performance. He plans to ‘pay it forward’ by helping other students pursue music.

Dear Humanitarian Hands Charities,

I would like to express my deepest gratitude for your generous $500 education scholarship. I feel so fortunate to have been selected as the recipient of this scholarship. Your generosity will allow me to pursue my dream as a great music composer of both Western and African music and, for that, I cannot thank you enough.

I plan to continue with my Music education up to Masters’ level and eventually build a career in the area of professional music production and performance. With this scholarship, I will be able to focus on my academics with the confidence that I have everything I need to excel. This scholarship is not only helpful to me, but also to Empower African Children since it will create more opportunities for other students who are supported by the Organization.

Thank you for your consideration. I will continue to work hard to prove myself worthy of this opportunity you have given me. I am looking forward to the time I am able to help other students just as you have helped me.

With sincere thanks,

Jimmy Ayo

Previous “What if…?” Ugandan Student Scholarship Recipients:


bettyBetty Nakato

Betty is studying Entrepreneurship on a full academic scholarship at Babson College. Currently working the the president’s office, Betty is highly involved on campus.

She brought Spirit of Uganda to perform for the Babson student body and helped facilitate a fashion show to showcase UWEZO shoes.

Betty hopes to return to Uganda to start her own business and assist others in business development.

Dear Humanitarian Hands Charities,

In reference to the $500 scholarship that I was awarded earlier this fall, I’m writing to extend my gratitude and appreciation for your generosity. This scholarship will help me cover some of my personal expenses like travel and insurance for the upcoming year as I transition into a new program with Watson University. It has been with the help of generous institutions like HHCharities that I will graduate with a Bachelors of Science in Management with concentrations in Marketing and Entrepreneurship from Babson College this December, a world leading institution in Entrepreneurship.

Again thank you so much for your generosity and may God bless you richly.

Elizabeth (Betty) Nakato

2012 Francis Lubuulwa

When Francis was 10 years old his father died of AIDS. Two years later, he lost his stepmother and stepsister to the disease, and shortly after his mother found out she was HIV Positive. With insufficient funds to care for and educate Francis at home, Francis was sent to live in an orphanage in the Rakai district of southern Uganda.

Francis joined Empower in 2006. Upon graduating high school in Uganda in 2008, where he was student body president, Francis was awarded a scholarship from Empower to study in the U.S.

Francis is an exceptionally bright young man. Currently a Senior on full scholarship at Pepperdine University, Francis studies Organizational Communication and Industrial-Organizational Psychology. He is very involved on campus and serves as a wonderful spokesperson for Pepperdine. Francis hopes to return to Uganda to establish and run medical clinics across the country.

Dear Humanitarian Hands Charities,

Thank you for your unfailing support for the least of these in Africa. I consider myself lucky to be a recent recipient of a $500 scholarship. Your generosity and relentless efforts to positively impact the lives of young people like me does not go unnoticed. Thank you for making a difference in my life. Your belief in my potential gives me much hope that the world can be made a better place, even for those of us who are not quite as privileged as others. My prayer is for God to continue blessing your efforts, as you continue to serve the disadvantaged peoples of the world.

Many thanks, Francis Lubuulwa Pepperdine University



2012 Peter Mugga

Peter Mugga, one of the original members of Spirit of Uganda and a recent graduate from Santa Fe University of art and Design under Empower African Children’s Scholarship program, is an active performer, multi-instrumentalist, recording/live sound engineer, and educator. Peter’s inspiration comes from his father, who as a child taught him to play his first African drum (Ngoma). His father’s mesmerizing rhythms coupled with the rich African sounds would ignite

Peter’s early love of music and fuel a desire to learn every aspect of it.
Mostly self-taught, this multitalented musician has mastered a wide range of instruments, such as drum set, hand percussion, native African instruments, to mention but a few. Peter plays various genres of music and his expertise and skills have enabled him to perform and tour with prestigious groups such as Children of Uganda, Spirit of Uganda, the Richland Percussion Group and the Santa Fe University of Art and Design’s Contemporary Music Department. Just recently Peter opened for Public Enemy and was also a guest artist at the 2013 Carnival of Steel at Richland College. He has been co-producer and engineer for 2012 and 2014 Spirit of Uganda tour CDs and has been the sound engineer for both tours.

Currently, Peter is pursuing his masters degree in music education at Southern Methodist University, and continues to perform and perfect his many endeavors around the US and Uganda while striving for the greatness in his future and also, sensitizing the world about his culture and how it can be preserved through music performance, education and technology.

Dear Humanitarian Hands Charities,

I want to take this opportunity to thank you very much for your continued support towards my education and career both as a Ugandan and an artist, and for the work you are doing for people in Uganda. You have truly changed the world and continue to do so in ways that many of us just dream of. I pray to God everyday that all the lives you have touched can use the same opportunity to multiply the generosity and bless many more. Clearly that is my goal and I am sure God will bless me enough to impact many more lives though my music and education just like you have impacted mine.

Thank you very much, and may God continue to bless you! Yours, Peter Mugga – Southern Methodist University


gyavira2011 Gyavira Kasule

I was born in the northern part of Tanzania to a Tanzanian father and a Ugandan mother. I am the youngest of six children, three boys and three girls, although one of the boys passed away before I was born. Before I turned one-year-old, both of my parents died and I was sent to live with my grandmother in Uganda. In the early 1990s, I joined the Daughters of Charity orphanage, which was founded by a nun named Sister Rose Muyinza. In the orphanage, I attended school and also performed cultural dances and songs.

I met Alexis Hefley at the orphanage, and in 1998 was selected to join the performing group that toured the USA. In 2000, I was invited to the USA to study as a scholarship student. In high school, I played soccer for four years at Bishop Lynch High School. I still enjoy playing African drums as a hobby. I am a senior in college at Florida Institute of Technology where I study civil engineering. After graduating, I hope to return to Uganda and help improve the infrastructure.

2010 Teddy Namirembe

Teddy earned her bachelor’s degree in Childhood Development in Education in 2009 and will graduate from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio on May 4 with her master’s degree in Administration. She will start working for Empower African Children this summer.

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Empower African ChildrenEmpower African Children, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, was launched in 2006 by Alexis Hefley and Donna Malouf, following Hefley’s 15 years of work with Ugandan children. Empower strives to provide a fresh approach that unlocks the potential of a new generation of leaders through experiential learning. The organization’s holistic approach provides tools for success in life, thus inspiring confident, skillful, and visionary leaders. Visit the website to learn more.