Meet our Program Manager in Uganda
Hussein Tadesse is One School at a Time's Program Manager in Uganda. He oversees the implementation of our projects by working closely with our schools and communities. Hussein, a native Ugandan who speaks six local languages, is our organization's legs, eyes and ears in Uganda.
Who we are in the United States
Bay Roberts, Patty Gilbert and Sari Ghiselli are three parents from Boulder, Colorado who are committed to the idea that all children should have the opportunity to access education. Bay, Patty and Sari have travelled to Uganda numerous times since this project began in 2005.
Sari, Patty and Bay with Teacher Jane Kibuuka
History of One School at a Time
In 2005, Patty Gilbert and Bay Roberts traveled to Uganda, Africa to visit a little girl named Juliet Birungi (right) who had been recently orphaned. We wanted to help this child and other children like her. Upon visiting Juliet’s school, The Rock Foundation School, located in the slums of Kampala, we found a "school" with 500 students and one textbook, temporary classrooms with no windows and doors, dirt floors, no electricity, no running water, no scholastic materials, no blackboards, no playground and a staff of poorly trained, inexperienced teachers who frequently were not paid.
We spent over two weeks at the school, observing and making friends. We decided upon our return home that we would dedicate ourselves to partnering with targeted impoverished Ugandan schools to better the lives of the children. The Rock Foundation School was our first partner school.