The Mandela Project
The solution to a nation's problems must come from within
Meet Our Mandela Scholars
Introducing the Incoming Class of 2023
Nearly 50% of girls in central Uganda are unable to continue their secondary education (grades 7-12) due to the circumstances they face when living in extreme poverty, preventing them from reaching their potential. Through deep-rooted relationships developed with communities over the last decade, Just Like My Child Foundation (JLMC) is able to identify the youth percolating with potential in the communities we serve.
The Mandela Project provides the sponsorship of higher education and mentorship for girls in the Girl Power Project who have the potential to become extraordinary leaders in their communities. It removes the financial barrier to higher education through the sponsorship of exceptional youth, ensuring high-performing yet vulnerable students receive a high quality education as well as mentoring and career planning. When a girl stays in school, she is safer, healthier, and her education helps uplift her family.
In 2017, 10 additional Mandela Scholars have been accepted into this program. These vulnerable adolescent girls have been nominated by their teachers and peers to receive a sponsorship for their secondary education. In each of their cases, their families cannot afford the school fees to continue their secondary education, despite their high performance in school. They would have dropped out of school after completing 6th grade.
It costs just $2,500 per year to send a girl to one of the best
secondary schools in Uganda, which includes tuition, room and board, uniforms, school supplies, health care, counseling and extracurricular opportunities. Mandela Project Scholars pay it forward by mentoring peers in their community during school breaks and participating in community service.
Total lives impacted
The Mandela Project currently sponsors 19 Mandela Scholars. JLMC is committed to increasing this program's reach by accepting ten additional Scholars each year. The Mandela Project invests in a Scholar's entire secondary education (grades S1-S6, the equivalent of grades 7-12 in the U.S.) as long as she remains high-performing. Applications are open to any qualified girl attending a school participating in the Girl Power Project, with a focus on girls in the P7 grade in Uganda who are ready for secondary school. When considering candidates, vulnerability and scholastic achievements to-date are priority factors. The Mandela Project is focused on reaching adolescent girls who are performing well in school, have confidence, and have demonstrated leadership skills, but would not be able to manage the financial cost to stay in school. In addition, parents/guardians must be committed to fulfilling their responsibilities as a coinvestment in their child's success.
Meet the Class of 2022
Meet the Class of 2019-20
Become a Mandela Project Sponsor
If you've been given the gift of education, you know how powerful it's been to shape who you are today. And, you know why it's the greatest gift of all. You have the power to pass that on and transform a vulnerable girl's future. It costs $2,500 per year to send a girl to one of the best secondary schools in Uganda. The cost includes:
- School Application Fees
- Transportation to/from School
- Medical and Preventative Health Care for the Student and her family
- School Uniform and Scholastic Materials (Textbooks, Paper, Pencils, etc.)
- Tuition and Fees
- Room, Board and Supplies
- Mentorship for the Student and her family, so she stays on track to success