The Mandela Project
The solution to a nation’s problems must come from within.
Just Like My Child Founder, Vivian Glyck, with
Mandela Project students in Uganda (pictured left to right:
Nalubombwe Josephine, William Kiberu, Veronica Nankubuge, Nyangoma
Rachel and Namata Jospehine).
Leadership is not always synonymous with power, and as we’ve seen too
often, power leads to corruption. Leaders like Nelson Mandela have been
naturally followed because their message resonates with an inner knowledge
that we all have about truth, justice, equality, and human dignity.
Our Mandela Project is inspired by the belief that access to high quality
education and professional training can promote true leadership, not just in
government, but in health care, the justice system, and beyond – giving hope
not just to individuals, but to their communities and ultimately their country.
The Mandela Project promotes higher education through the sponsorship of
education for exceptional youth, ensuring high-performing yet vulnerable
students receive a high quality education as well as mentoring and career
planning. Individual students are matched with a donor, or “sponsor”,
fostering a connection that in several cases has lasted years and enabled
students (and their families) to overcome numerous obstacles.
In addition to investing in exceptional youth, our Mandela Project also invests
in the vocational education and professional development of individuals who
have shown themselves to be real leaders in their community. In many cases, it
costs less than $5,000 to send a teacher or health care professional to one of
the best universities in Uganda for continuing education.
The Mandela Project is giving talented individuals the resources they need to
reach new heights in their professional careers and make a lasting difference in
The Mandela Project is planting the seeds for leadership in Uganda so
solutions grow from within the country.
It costs just $2,500 per year to send a child to one of
the best schools in Uganda, including tuition, room and board, uniforms,
health care, counseling and extracurricular opportunities. Sponsored youth
pay it forward by mentoring peers in their community during school breaks
and participating in community service.
Total Lives Impacted
Primary & Secondary Schools
Meet the Students
Meet the Professionals