February 17, 2012
Got an email this week that made our day. Seriously. Here’s the gist:
It was from Empower African Children, an organization providing scholarships to Ugandaâ€™s top secondary schools for students who (typically) excel in the arts. Scholarships are funded through their Spirit of Uganda professional training & touring program across North America, starring the scholarship students themselves.
They were writing to tell us that they would be awarding Patrick Ssengendo, a Building Tomorrow Academy of Lutisi student, with one of their scholarships. In addition to making the highest grade on his Primary Leaving Exam (PLE), having never before used a computer in his life, Patrick exceeded all expectations by posting the highest score on a computerized ability test. They are excited (us, too) to see how Patrick performs in a more stable and rigorous environment and, after having the chance to meet his step-mother, credit much of his success to her unwavering support.
Things to know about Patrick & his family:
- Patrickâ€™s step-mother helped construct Lutisi and continues to serve on the schoolâ€™s community organizing committee.
- Patrick has attended Lutisi since it first opened three years ago.
- Patrick’s PLE score put him in the top 9 percent of all students in Uganda.
- Top scores are typically only made by students in urban and private schools.
We canâ€™t wait to meet Patrick the next time weâ€™re in Ugandaâ€¦or the first time he comes to the states. Thanks for making it possible.