Bootstraps Education

My name is Marla Pender McGhee, I teach high school English online for international students, of all ages. A few months ago, after having Irenge Mbwiriza in my English class, he began to tell me about his life in the Kyaka 2 refugee camp in Kampala, Uganda.  We began emailing back and forth as he told me how he, as the only surviving adult in the family, is the caretaker/father to his 4 brothers and a niece, at the camp, as he has been for the past 4 years.
Irenge also began telling me how appreciative he is to be getting an education and how he wished the refugee children could get an education, so they would be able to have a chance at a future out of poverty. As we talked our plan grew from me  thinking I could mail him some supplies, to us actually starting a school there in Kampala, for refugee children from the camp and for urban refugee children living in the city of Kampala. 
We are starting the school with 20 children and a few basic supplies, in a 3-room rental in Kampala. Other non-governmental-organizations (NGOs) in the area try to provide the refugees with basic necessities, mainly food (beans, cornmeal, oil, and salt) and shelter. As much as those NGOs would like to provide education, their resources are too limited to do so. Many of them, including "Future for Refugee," are interested in partnering with us. Another NGO, the Whitmire Trust, has offered us land to build a school on within the Kampapa2 camp. 
As a 35 year veteran K-12 teacher, I am able to create the curriculum needed to begin, but as everyone knows, one teacher from the U.S. cannot fund an entire school, even the small 3 room one we are starting with. Our 4 pillars are English, Math, Computer Skills, and Self Esteem. Most of these students have experienced multiple traumas related to their refugee status, including seeing their parents killed, being raped by soldiers (boys and girls), lack of food, and  inadequate clothing and shelter. We are blessed to have 5 teachers, all of whom are multi-lingual refugees themselves, who understand the conditions these children have endured, and who  are committed to working as volunteer teachers in our school/s as soon as we can afford to open more classes for them. 
Once we have bought more basic materials and secured essentials for the school, we will apply for non-profit status in the U.S.
Much more background information and information about Bootstraps Education's plans, program, and budget needs, are explained on our website https://www.bootstrapseducation.org .
Thank you for taking an interest in these deserving children and for considering donating to our cause.
Sincerely,
Marla and Irenge

Donations

  • Glenda Pender 
    • $200 
    • 2 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $250 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $100 
    • 3 mos
  • Anonymous 
    • $200 
    • 3 mos

Organizer

Marla McGhee 
Organizer
Asheville, NC
  • #1 fundraising platform

    People have raised more money on GoFundMe than anywhere else. Learn more

  • GoFundMe Guarantee

    In the rare case that something isn’t right, we will refund your donation. Learn more

  • Expert advice, 24/7

    Contact us with your questions and we’ll answer, day or night. Learn more