About HOPE Uganda
In a Nutshell
Founded by Daniel Mirabella March 2010, HOPE Uganda is a youth-led not-for-profit charity based in Perth, Western Australia. We provide financial assistance to St. Teresa All Girls’ College which is a secondary boarding school for girls, located in South West Uganda. We are RAWCS certified (Project # WR-519-2010) which allows us to offer tax deductible receipts upon request. We are supported by Rotaract Club of Perth.
On his 21st birthday in 2008, Daniel Mirabella left for a two month journey around Uganda in East Africa experiencing the widespread poverty. At Kanungu in the south west region, Daniel met Jacqueline Kyatuheire, a Ugandan woman and an inspiring community leader.
Drop-out rates for high school girls were very high in the area, linked to early pregnancies and pressure on girls to contribute to family income. Jacqueline, in an effort to change the situation, mobilised her community and donated a large amount of her own income to build St. Teresa All Girls’ College. Jacqueline founded St. Teresa Girls’ College in 2007, starting with only 41 girls.
With the school half complete and no funds, Daniel came home to mobilise support and founded HOPE Uganda in March 2010 to help provide financial assistance to St. Teresa. So far, HOPE Uganda has raised over $70,000 which has built two teacher’s house (and acting dormitorys), a 10 person pit latrine and has contributed to the construction of two classrooms and hundreds of Desks, stools, beds, mosquito nets and more.
Today St.Teresa Girls’ College has over 450 students enrolled and achieved outstanding academic results for the year 2010. Out of 2,551 schools nation wide, St. Teresa placed 180th (i.e. within the top 10% of the nation) and first in the district. The school placed in the top 10% of the nation for the second time in 2011 and recorded an overall improvement in girls grades.