Study for Life was founded by Zack Kasango, today's director of the organisation, in 2007. Since then, we have been empowering disadvantaged children and their families through education, supporting them in meeting their basic needs, and giving assistance for a self-reliant living in order to give them the opportunity to improve their standards of living as well as to contribute positively to their society.
Education is not only highly important to overcome poverty and its consequences, but also indispensable to a child’s mental, social and emotional development. In Uganda and especially in it’s rural areas, education is still not a matter of course. Although the Universal Primary Education (UPE) program has fundamentally increased the enrolment ratio at Primary schools, a high number of students drop out of school before reaching last grade. One of the main causes is poverty and it‘s consequences.
Study for Life was registered as a Community-based Organisation (CBO) in Jinja, Uganda, in 2015. In 2016, the friends association Study for Life e.V. was founded in Germany, which has, since then, been supporting Study for Life Uganda. All activities in Uganda and Germany are carried out by volunteers, the team in Uganda almost exclusively consists of local staff.
At the moment, we are supporting 20 children and youths in Primary and Secondary Schools. We are not only in close contact with the students and their families, but also with teachers and headmasters of all schools, located in the students home areas, to provide individualized support.