Back to School, Uganda Style

Back to school, Uganda style
Photo courtesy of Emily Goodrich

School in Uganda isn’t like school in America. The kids actually want to go. It’s a privilege.

And it’s expensive. Many Ugandan families can’t afford to send their children to school, or might be able to educate only one of their children, especially at the high school and college levels.

This month Ugandan schools will reopen for a new term, and the 28 women we partner with there will see over 100 children off to their first day of classes. Many are entering new grades. Some are starting school for the first time. All of them are on an educational path that opens into a world of opportunity.

Our partners have long dreamed of educating their children. We are proud to run alongside them as they make this dream come true.

Down from the door where it began.

Hi There, I’m James

James A. Pearson Ember Arts

Hi there, I’m James (I’m the one in the front). Starting right now, anytime you hear from Ember through Facebook, emails, or on the Twitter, it’s me you’re hearing from.

A little about me:

  • I’m farsighted. My glasses will hurt your eyes.
  • I’ve been in and out of Uganda for about seven years, and I still haven’t seen the gorillas.
  • I thrive on ridiculously long and involved email chains, so be careful what you write me.
  • If there’s one thing I believe in, it’s supporting the best dreams of the people around me.

Ember started when some Ugandan friends sent me home to America with a box of jewelry for my mom. She fell in love. Little did we know that five years later we’d be sending jewelry to stores all over the US! A lot of you know that Ember is a family business. It’s me, my parents, my sister and brother-in-law, and a bunch friends who have become like family: Joey, Emily, Anne, Cheryl, Karina, Max… this list goes on. And of course our partners, 28 women in Uganda and their families.

And then there’s you. We wouldn’t be here with out you. You’re like our very extended family. Thanks for being a part of this adventure. I’m looking forward to sharing with and hearing from you!