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$1,490 of $2,500 goal

Raised by 26 people in 17 months

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This is Twinamatsiko Joshua and me in Uganda this past June of 2017. He had been such a positive and eager learner in 2013 when I first met him. At that time he was 21 and dreaming of going to college.  He has done two years on that path plus huge things in his community in the four years since I saw him in 2013.
Now, all on a volunteer basis, he teaches children using the one computer in the village at the hospital, he is a peer counselor allowed to teach sex Ed and family planning to youth at the hospital, he is a soccor coach for the village kids, was voted by all twelve villages in the district to represent the youth in the District Council. On top of that, he organized the porters who assist tourists doing Gorilla trekking. Being a day porter is a major source of income for local men but was entirely unorganized. He decided to "organize" them, something he had learned about in his first two years of college. They started wearing uniforms, all charging the same rate, rotating so each porter received an equal number of days work per month, and he created a system whereby injured porters had food for when they could not work through a community garden the women worked in. He wants to finish college and needs about $2500USD to get that done. I'm putting in a few hundred. Can anyone out there join me and we can help Joshua get this college degree done. He has a wife and an adorable 3 year old boy. He wants to stay in Bwindi and help the young people understand the importance of the gorillas and the forest to the community, to Uganda...and to the rest of the world.
Getting a degree in environmental education would allow him to educate the locals about the importance of their precious place in Uganda. Joshua is the living embodiment of an entrepreneur--one dollar toward Joshua goes toward educating five kids on computers or bringing a new business model to town. He is a true leader and will have a big impact on many lives. That's why I want to see him thrive. Contribute or just share his story if this is your cup of tea!
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Hey everyone! Congratulations!

Through your incredible generosity and global spirit, we have gathered together enough funds to cover Joshua's entire junior year at Mbarrara University in Uganda. He let me know he is already enrolled and has started classes! He sends a huge thank you... Webeleh Nyoh......

You are also helping the Mountain Gorillas when you support the people in Bwindi. This is a community that lives on the edge of the Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest National Park --home to the the precious remaining mountain gorillas in Uganda. On the other side of the mountains are the Rwanda gorillas. It is all connected and desperately fragile. The people who live there hold the key to the gorillas survival. People like Joshua--the likely future leaders--will have a large impact on the fate of these remaining primate cousins of ours. Supporting Joshua is a great thing because he is such a good young man but you are also supporting the young people of Bwindi, the Gorillas, and all the wildlife in that incredible forest.
THANK YOU
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Thanks SO much to all you who have read, shared, and / or contributed to Joshua's college degree! This is so incredibly heart warming. Both he and I are blown away! From 5$ to 50$ - this is so huge!

In Uganda, folks generally earn between $1000 to $2000 per year in the city....less in the smaller towns/villages. So those college fees of 1000$ / year is like our full year salary college expense. Again, thanks on Joshua's behalf!!
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Raised by 26 people in 17 months
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LH
$25
lisa hartwell
17 months ago
$50
Cynthia Tuthill
17 months ago
CK
$50
Carrie Kahn
17 months ago
DG
$25
Dawn Garcia
17 months ago
$25
Indy Pat
17 months ago
DS
$200
Devan Scott
17 months ago
$10
Olivia Murillo
17 months ago
$100
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17 months ago
MM
$50
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17 months ago
LM
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