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Life outside the classroom has a huge impact on a child’s chance of success. To facilitate that success, we continuously work with both families and communities so they can in turn support a child’s education

Communities matter

Our work within communities is integral to what we do. We help parents set up their own businesses, giving them the support they need to thrive. Essential to any community is communication. We facilitate forums among children, teachers, parent-guardians and community members.

This promotes community awareness of key issues like child rights, child marriage, and the right to an education.

Supporting community spirit

Currently, half the population of Africa lives on less than US $1 a day. At Lessons for Life, with your help, we can make a difference. By improving the living standards of parents and guardians with income-generating initiatives, we’re able to help families increase their income which in turn can be used to support their children through school.

We believe these initiatives empower both parents and guardians with the necessary skills to help them improve their living standards and helps support and encourage a child’s attendance at school.

Beyond supporting children

Several years ago, we provided support for the mother of one of the students we support in Lyontande, Uganda – Benjamin.  Benjamin’s mother, Prossy was a single parent trying to earn a living by hawking goods along the roadside before we met her. She couldn’t earn enough to send Benjamin or his younger siblings to school. With our partner Child Aid Uganda, we began supporting Benjamin to attend school again and Prossy to start her own shop selling shoes.

Having her own shop has enabled Prossy to build a more stable life and earn more to support herself and her other children. She’s incredibly proud of Benjamin’s achievements too, reminding us that he had been selected to be Head Prefect at his school and how he has ambitions to become a judge. "All that I want to say is that I am very thankful for the support given thank you so so much.”

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All children deserve an education. Our work gives children in Africa the support they need to be able to learn and develop.


Too many classrooms in Africa are not fit for purpose. By supporting teacher training and by ensuring schools are fit for purpose we’re able to allow teachers to do exactly what they do best: teach.