In November of 2020, shortly after moving to Shushan, Edmond "Eddy" Akandwanaho, who befriended a friend of mine while she visited Lake Bunyonyi's Orphanage in Uganda, reached out to me on Facebook, saying that "good people have good friends" and that he wanted to get to know me.
Over the course of that month, he and I developed a friendship while sharing quotes and parables about life. I shared with him the idea of Green Earth, my environmental non-profit that aims to bring sustainability to the world. However, it was immediately clear that Eddy and his peers from the orphanage could hardly earn an education, much less contribute to the environmental movement.
I came to support Eddy's education at the Ntare School in Mbarara, and after a year of working with him, mentoring him, and getting to know him, I realized that we have to scale our efforts, to ensure that education is readily accessible to more of his peers, to avoid a lost generation of young people.
When I asked Eddy to find a young woman who could join our effort to be part of the Lake Bunyonyi's educational wave, he quickly thought of his long-time friend Ninsiima, a younger student who has overcome, and continues to overcome, great odds to become educated.
You can watch Eddy and Ninsiima introduce the importance of education in the following video. Then, view the presentation where Ninsiima shares her story, and offers a way for you to help.