When Valence originally promised himself he would return to his home village of Kitoola, to help his community, his dream was to see another young person complete a university degree. Yofafo believes that education equates to empowerment, and that is why education is at the core of its vision. Since Yofafo was founded it has opened two primary schools which continue to grow and improve each month. There are 460 students enrolled at the Hope for Africa children’s village at Najja, and 300 students at the school in Kitoola. Yofafo is doing its best to ensure every child in the communities it services has the opportunity to attend school. Most of the children who are enrolled at the school are either orphaned or vulnerable, and many would have missed out on an education if the schools did not exist.
Already, despite having very little funding and limited school supplies, students are achieving the best academic results in the district. The aim is to grow these schools into first-class education facilities. None of this would be possible without the assistance of Yofafo’s team of passionate and dedicated teachers. Although Yofafo cannot afford to pay its teachers a high salary, the foundation does its best to support teachers by providing them with a beautiful school to work in, as well as food and accommodation.
The five-year plan is to expand the project to include an agriculture program so we can sustainably feed children at the school, and to start building a secondary and vocational school.
Yofafo is also dedicated to providing education and training for the whole community. It has started a community library at Bulumaji village, provides financial education and training through its Bulumaji microfinance program, and has also provided vocational training to women in areas such as tailoring.