Feb 10, 2024
Grace Villa Uganda
In August 2022, Grace Villa, a valued partner, received funding of $2000.
This funding was to be used to support university and high school students under the Grace Villa umbrella.
About Grace Villa
This sanctuary for girls, founded in 2013, is in Kigezi, Uganda. Ruth Ndyabahika’s vision for this non-profit was to create a safe space and a family setting for the girls that come through the doors. Through the generosity of donors like you, Grace Villa has managed to impact the lives of over 215 girls with vocational, education and mentorship programs, as well as providing refuge and accommodation for some of the at-risk girls.
Impact of funding
The funding was used towards fees and training for the following students:
3 Highschool students:
Ashaba Tracy: A senior 3 student at Immaculate Heart Secondary School. Tracy is a student with a bright future who recently ran for the post of Health Minister at the school. Although she did not win, she soldiers on and currently holds the post of Food Prefect at Grace Villa.
Ahumuza Precious: Precious is a senior 6 graduate at Kiruhura Girls School. Her mother died when she was 12 years old, leaving her HIV+ husband with 3 young children including a 1-month-old baby. Her dream is to succeed, so she can support her siblings as she is the only child still in school. During the Covid lockdown, she successfully took a Financial Literacy class, which Grace Villa is benefitting from today as she spends her long vacation days working in their Finance and Procurement departments.
Katushabe Brenda: A student with a bright future at Trinity College in Kabale. She has been at Grace Villa from a young age and is very involved in various activities from being a dancer, soccer player, to chapel warden and a former timekeeper. Recently, Brenda had an exciting turn of events in film! The movie (Unheard) that she starred in premiered in Kampala at the Acacia Mall Cinema and broke all sorts of records. Click here for more on this story.
1 University Student:
Rebecca Tumukunde: Rebecca is in her 3rd Year at Uganda Christian University’s Bishop Barham campus in Kabale. Last year she contested for Miss Bishop Barham and won! She spent the year representing her university and Grace Villa at events around Kabale. Her platform is to push for support and the education of teen mothers. And to mentor and support girls who face the same struggle of homelessness that she faced before she came to Grace Villa.
3 Vocational Students:
They attained certificates in Textiles, Fashion and Design, and are now tailoring instructors in the Kikazi Tailoring program at Grace Villa. Through Kikazi Grace Villa makes products and clothing that celebrate unique, vibrant African fabrics through modern fashion.