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“After leaving Africa in 2004, I always knew that somehow I would need to find a way to give back to those children and fulfill on the hope they felt and the optimism they saw for their future despite the poverty and despair they were living in.”Galib Kara, SMILES Director
Although the holidays have just started, I wish we continued schooling until we complete the whole year. I am addicted to going to school rather than sitting at home. If you invest enough time in something, it gives you positive results!Kenneth Ssengendo, 4th Year Student
We had a fantastic visit with the principal of StandTall. It is a remarkable place filled with learning, smiles and ambition. We acquired plenty of information that will help our program grow.Namuwongo Literacy Project
I just can’t wait to go back! I miss everyone and everything about StandTall!Honey Halpern, Volunteer
When purchasing sanitary pads every month is not financially feasible, what do you do?” A question often posed by families who can’t afford to buy female sanitary pads for their children. Typical pads designed for one-time use only are an economic burden on many families, which too often result in girls missing school due to … Read More
Students role playing a scene of a mother who’s water just broke, calling the midwife and mother-in-law to attention, may not exactly sound like the conventional classroom for health studies. 17 years and counting, Safe Motherhood Guatemala, a project of Rose Charities continues to provide hands-on training for local Mayan traditional birth attendants (comadronas), paramedics, … Read More
Louise and Chava have hosted this very successful fundraiser for 5 years. The guests bring a dish to share, bid on silent auction items and view a powerpoint of the year’s new developments at Stand Tall. It’s a warm and fun evening that raises enough money to sponsor six Stand Tall graduates for high school … Read More
Lynn on the left and Rebecca on the right are Teacher Candidates from UBC. Between them is our Head Teacher, Proscovia. Lynn and Rebecca are at Stand Tall for 3 weeks completing a field experience option. They’ve been super active at the school trying everything that’s offered and helping out in all the classrooms. Reports … Read More
When Charles (on the left) and Jimmy (right) came to Stand Tall, they had few prospects. After graduating from Stand Tall, they were sponsored to attend St Josephs Vocational in building and welding respectively. They are now proud young men, working and making a living. Helping someone acquire skills that lead to independence, is a … Read More
Art education has an important role in the classroom. When taught by experienced art teachers, the process of making art requires a lot more than presenting students with paper and art materials. An effective art class introduces concepts such as scale, composition, contrast, as well as discussion of artworks and artists, where … Read More
This is Patience. She has had the good fortune of being sponsored at Stand Tall, and then through secondary school, and is now about to complete her diploma in accounting at Makerere Business College. Always at the top of her class and a true leader at her school, Patience can now look forward to a … Read More
Yosam, Stand Tall’s music, dance and drama instructor is super busy getting the kids ready for the 10th year anniversary celebrations with 300 people expected to attend.
Marly Haller, from Vancouver is at Stand Tall for a month teaching about the role of art in education. Her years of experience in teaching art in the classroom have stimulated the imaginations of the learners and brought a wealth of new ideas for the teachers to implement. She has even planned a field trip … Read More