It’s the first school of its kind in Uganda.
Here are some of Lulu’s 22 students and their stories.
Click on Esther’s photo above or go here to learn her story
Click on Peace’s photo above or go here to learn her story
Click on Mariam’s photo above or go here to learn her story
Click on Betty’s photo above or go here to learn her story
Click on Eunice’s photo above or go here to learn her story
Click on Viola’s photo above or go here to learn her story
The Story of the School
In February of 2017, a local pastor rallied together a group of born again teachers who were more than willing to divide their time between their day jobs and teaching teenage mothers who’d been rejected by the Ugandan school system. A medical clinic was rented, and the teachers began volunteering their time, teaching girls from across the region who would come bearing their babies on their backs, eager for a second chance.
In May of 2017, two acres of land were purchased with the purpose of housing these young mothers during the school term, as they would often come from long distances with their children, many on precarious boda-boda motorcycles. In many cases, it was these motorcycle drivers who would impregnate the young girls in the first place, so an urgency was felt to provide a safe place in which to allow said mothers to care for their young ones, and to study.
In July of 2017, Lulu began building a dorm for the teen mamas to stay in. It was completed in November when all 23 girls moved in, along with their babies, and caregivers or “aunties”, and an overseer or “matron”.
In October of 2017, the Lord provided a partner school (above) in walking distance from the dorm. School fees cost $100 per term for every secondary student (of whom we have 11) and $50 per term for every primary student (again, of whom we have 11). The teen mamas were reintegrated with their peers January of 2018.
In March of 2018 the school was offered for purchase at $16,000 to The Lulu Tree, and two months later, God had provided the funds to purchase it.
God then provided over $30,000 in 2018 in order to renovate the school in preparation for it to become licensed by the Uganda Ministry of Education. This allows The Lulu Tree Uganda to open its school doors not only to hundreds of teen mamas, but to pastors as well (for night classes).
It is our prayer that schools across Africa will begin to realize that they too can use the resources they have to equip these precious young women with the value and knowledge they deserve as daughters of the King.