Educating African Youth is overseen by three Rotary Clubs in Uganda and by the Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown, Canada.
From its beginnings the project has had no budget for Administration. The leadership at both ends, Uganda and Canada, are volunteer Rotarians. All donated funds, less a small amount for project publicity, go directly to support of students.
- Francis X Kyaluzi, Chair, Rotary Club of Kalisizo
- In Uganda, a leadership team whose key members are
- Joe Mutajjululwa, Uganda project Administrator, Rotary Club of Kyotera
- John Ssekaggya, Rotary Club of Masaka
- John Bosco Kiwanuka, Project Secretary, Rotary Club of Kyotera
- Jimmy Kayinga, Uganda Project Accountant
The Presidents of the above three clubs are automatically on the Committee during their one year terms of office. The main functions of the committee include identifying students who fit the criteria for acceptance – that is they come from backgrounds of poverty and loss of parents but have persevered through school to complete Secondary education. The Committee mentors the students as they progress through their courses and advises them on searching for employment once they have achieved a degree or diploma. They recommend the students to the Calgary committee.
CALGARY, CANADA Leadership
A Rotary Club of Calgary Downtown Committee oversees the project. It is comprised of six club members.
- Greg Stevenson, Chair
- David Bromwich, Administrator
- Diane Macdonald, Member-at-Large
- Ann Toombs, Member-at- Large
- Garth Toombs, Member-at-Large
The Committee’s main function is to raise funds for the project. This has been successful and funds have come from individual donors, Rotary members, Corporate Donors, and several District Clubs. The Rotary Club of Calgary, the project’s overseeing club has also made donations to the project each year since it began.
Key functions of the Uganda Committee and Club members
1.To select the students needing the program the most. It is targeted at AIDS orphans or those from extremely poor homes. The students must also have graduated from Secondary school.
2. To follow them as they progress through their education and/or training.
3. To counsel, advise, and assist them in achieving their career and job goals.
4. To encourage them to “pay forward” by being active in their community with Rotary or Rotaract and to be strong in assistance to their families.