Tusubira - We Have Hope

Tusubira - We Have Hope works with NGOs in rural villages of Uganda to address issues that perpetuate poverty by providing education and community development programs. We do this because every youth deserves an opportunity to thrive, to become a contributing member of a healthy productive community, and to be free from extreme poverty.

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Website: http://www.tusubira.org
Address: 12113 SE 43rd Street
Bellevue, WA 98006
Email: info@tusubira.org
Phone Number: 206-334-8618
EIN: 20-5870148
Since 2010, Tusubira has funded secondary school scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable students, particularly girls, in rural eastern Uganda. We support secondary school education because youth in Uganda's rural communities have such limited access to secondary education that only 14% continue to secondary school, yet this level of education is a key determinant of future employment and economic opportunity.

In 2017, together with our local partners, we established Yana Community High School in Nawanende village, Kamuli district, to increase access to secondary education for youth in that community. The school has 100 students and 10 teachers, and is registered with Ministry of Education. With our Yana Community High School approach, the school environment is focused on leadership, community-building, participation, and vocational training.

We support women's groups by providing training, and small business grants, to ensure that they have the ability to support themselves and their families. Their small business projects include group agriculture and selling jewelry. In 2016, the women were trained in sweater-making skills with which they can make school sweaters for local schools.

Through input of our community partners, we fund impactful projects including health initiatives, special education needs, and infrastructure assets which improve quality of life and reduce extreme poverty in the village.
The Days for Girls (DFG) group at Bellevue Christian Reformed Church provided 50 reusable sanitary kits (menstrual pads) to YANA female teachers and students. Tusubira sponsored a two-day reproductive health training lead by Uganda-based DFG training staff. The Bellevue DFG group has pledged to provide sanitary kits in the future and Tusubira plans to support making this sanitary kit distribution and training into an annual event.

Tusubira president, Carol Bogezi was recognized as a Husky100 member for 2018 which recognizes UW students who connect what they learn in the classroom to making a difference on campus and within their communities. Carol is from Uganda, and originally became involved with Tusubira as the Uganda field and advisory board coordinator for the scholarship program where she liaised activities between students, community organizations and the US-based Tusubira board. At the same time she worked as the senior field officer for the Wildlife Conservation Society in Uganda where she worked with communities living at the interface of wildlife protected areas to identify alternative livelihoods and reduce human-wildlife conflict between the protected areas and the villages. Since moving to Seattle to enroll as a PhD student of Wildlife Science at University of Washington, Carol has taken on the role of board president for Tusubira.

Carol is a great example of the doors which may be opened when girls are given the opportunity to learn both at standard and advanced levels. Born into a large family of 17 siblings, resources were often limited but Carol's persistence and interests kept her in school. In high school, she participated in environment and debate clubs which developed her interests in environment conservation and community development. The foundation of early education upheld Carol through the hard times, such as when her parents passed away when she was 22 years old. She then took on the role to support and encourage her own siblings through school, and is now extending that same encouragement and support to other children, particularly girls, to complete secondary school and pursue careers of their own. She is proud to do this work through Tusubira's school scholarship program.