HHCharities is proud to introduce our 2012 “What if…?” Ugandan Student Scholarship Recipients…
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.
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.
Francis Lubuulwa - Pepperdine University
Peter was born in the southern part of Uganda in a district where the HIV/AIDS pandemic originated. Growing up in such an environment, education was not a priority. Peter grew up in a big family, with 14 siblings. Thus far, Peter is the most educated of them — many of his siblings are married with children, and some are still struggling to get a basic education.
An accomplished composer and musician, Peter has been supported by Empower African Children since joining as a founding member of Spirit of Uganda in 2007. He toured with the company throughout 2008, contributing original compositions and musical arrangements in addition to performing.
Upon graduation from high school in Uganda in 2008, Peter was awarded a scholarship by Empower to study in the U.S. He currently studies Music Technology and Composition at Santa Fe University of Art and Design in New Mexico on a full tuition scholarship. Peter travelled as the audio engineer and assistant production manager on the Spirit of Uganda 2012 tour and received school credit for his hard work.
I truly appreciate your great support for me and Empower African Children. Support like yours is one of the reasons why we strive so much to be great people, and people who want to impact our communities and bring about great change. Your support enables people like me to work hard towards great success because I want to be able to use this kind of support to help others; including myself, family and the youths in Uganda that need such help. Your support will not go to waste, it will be put to great use as I continue to work hard towards a successful future.
Thank you very much, and may God bless you and reward you heavily!
Peter Mugga – Santa Fe University of Art & Design
Previous “What if…?” Ugandan Student Scholarship Recipients:
2011 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.
2009 Betty 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.
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