Inspiring Africa's Young Leaders and Circle of Hands Uganda

Based in Boulder, Colorado, Educate! has created an innovative and sustainable education system in Uganda. Educate! aspires to lead a new generation of leaders and entrepreneurs who will solve the challenges of poverty, disease, violence, and environmental degradation. Educate! uses experience-based education, mentorship, and leadership training to provide
endless opportunities to youth in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Through their effective model and hard work, they are proud to say that
"94% of Educate! graduates now run a business, hold a job or attend univeristy."

Circle of Hands Uganda founder Linda M. Schutter began volunteering for Educate! in 2009. Linda's experience working with this nonprofit sparked a fire within her, a burning urge to make her own positive impacts in Africa. As Educate! was inspiring Ugandan youth, so too did they inspire Linda to create a personal mission: to help marginalized women find their voices, advocate for themselves and address their communities' unique challenges in sustainable ways.

Educate! not only gave Linda the ingenuity and motivation to start Circle of Hands Uganda, but also a vital partnership.
Educate!'s star student Lillian Aero Olok is a beautiful example of the impact of Educate! programs. She began her own self-sustaining initiative, Namugongo Good Samaritan Project (NGSP), a program which provides critical services and skills to over 200 widows affected by HIV/AIDS in Uganda, helping them start businesses, learn trade skills and healthy living.

Linda partnered with Lillian and the NGSP in October of 2010 to create Circle of Hands Uganda!
Together we empower women to lead productive, healthy lives while they support families and create socially responsible enterprises.

Thank you, Educate!

Learn more about Lillian, our Artisans and Educate! by watching this video:


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