February 15, 2009

AGYA Gives the Gift of Education to 12 Year Old Margaret Bagaya

Margaret Bagaya is an ambitious, motivated, sometimes shy 12 year old girl who dreams of becoming a lawyer. Her parents, Kaboyo Deo and Annet Kabasamba have 5 children including Margaret.

AGYA Co-Founders Divinity and Abraham met Margaret in December when she returned from her previous school in the village to be with her parents in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Within days of observing Margaret through her participation in the AGYA Girls Program, the leaders saw amazing potential, talent, and leadership ability in Margaret. She is a bright, curious girl who has big dreams for her future.

After learning that Margaret’s parents wanted to send her back to the village after Winter Holidays, the leaders of AGYA immediately knew they should utilize their resources to help her family find a school in the Kampala area.

ABOVE: AGYA Co-Founders, Divinity Barkley and Abraham Matovu with Margaret at the AGYA Facility in Uganda.

In Uganda, schools in rural villages are often understaffed and overcrowded. Teachers do not have adequate training, and schools in villages do not enjoy the same access to proper learning materials as schools in urban areas. Not surprisingly, the prices of school fees for village schools are also much lower than the price of school fees for educational facilities in urban areas.

AGYA's scholarship program is giving Margaret the opportunity to continue her studies at Kasubi Church of God Primary School. She has already started classes and loves her new school in Kampala. At her new school, Margaret is able to be closer to her parents, she is able to continue her involvement with AGYA programs, and most importantly, she is receiving a higher quality education in the city.

For only $40 per term (US Dollars), AGYA is able to pay Margaret’s school fees for the year thanks to the support of our generous donors. The organization is also covering the full cost of her uniform and her school supplies. Margaret’s family is appreciative for the support that AGYA is providing their daughter, their family, and their community.

At AGYA, Margaret participates in after-school educational activities. She enjoys the textiles and jewelry-making workshops. “I love AGYA because I make new friends here, and I know that the people here love me” said Margaret when asked what she enjoys most about our program.

“As someone who is committed to education for the girl-child, I am ecstatic that, even in the midst of the global economic downturn, AGYA is still able to support Margaret and her family. She is a great kid and I look forward to seeing her grow and develop into a strong, confident young lady in the coming months. AGYA is wholly committed to increasing access to education for Ugandan youth, and this is only the beginning of what we plan to do for our youth participants,” said AGYA Girls Director, Divinity Barkley.

Moving forward, AGYA is looking forward to expanding the scope of the scholarship program model. To support this initiative, send a tax-deductible donation to:

African Millennium Foundation
c/o AGYA Uganda
468 North Camden Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90210

Please make checks payable to "AFRICAN MILLENNIUM FOUNDATION" and write AGYA Uganda Scholarship Fund in the memo line of your check so that we can ensure that 100% of your contribution will help AGYA give the gift of education.