As so many great ideas do, Bootstraps Education started with a few conversations. These conversations were between an adult student who is a Ugandan refugee, and an American teacher. Mr. Irenge Mbwiriza, from Democratic Republic of Congo, was a student in Mrs. Marla McGhee's online English class, who explained the circumstances at the refugee settlement where he lived. He expressed a desire to help the children of the settlement receive an education, to help them move from living below the poverty line, toward obtaining an education which would improve their chances of making a better life when they came of age. This was a perfect match for Marla's lifelong desire to start a school that would really make a difference in the lives of its students.
After a lot of leg work from Irenge and a lot of data-mining by Marla, Bootstraps Education was born! Mr. Mbwiriza will serve as the lead teacher and country director for Uganda. Mrs. McGhee will continue to provide educational guidance, serve as the organization's administrator, and seek sources of funding to continue the program.
Irenge, Marla, our additional teachers (who will be introduced in future blogs), and the excited families of the children who have registered for our first term ever, to begin in August 2020, thank you for taking an interest in Bootstraps Education!
"IF YOUR DREAMS DON'T SCARE YOU, THEY'RE NOT BIG ENOUGH," Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Liberian President