The Lulu Tree prevents tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church — through educating mothers.
When teen mothers get pregnant (often through rape) in Uganda, they are abused in front of their classmates by teachers for “setting a bad example,” and then expelled from school.
The School of Hope was the first school for teen mothers in Uganda.
Birthed by a pastor and some volunteer teachers in 2017 in a rented hall, today it consists of a purchased and renovated school building, complete with kitchen, bathroom, rain water harvester and perimeter wall, in addition to two school dorms for teen mothers and babies, a study hall, a bathroom, kitchen with industrial stove, livestock, and gardens.
Since its humble beginnings, the School of Hope has expanded to become a place of refuge, not just for teen mothers, but for community children, jajjas and pastors — a place where the Gospel is lived out and shared through theological training and practical love.
Following are some of its students and their stories.
Similar “schools of hope” have been started across Africa — schools founded by pastors who are passionate about providing affordable education for their people.
We are proud to partner with Pastor Santos, the first pastor to found a church in any of the three refugee camps on the border of South Sudan. Read Pastor Santos’ story here.
Widely respected, Santos is an active reconciler amongst tribes and people groups. In 2016, before knowing anything about The Lulu Tree, this man of God and his team began their ministry by gathering regularly under a real Lulu (or shea nut) tree. We were so moved by this testimony and the fact that God led us to partner with him, nearly three years later.
Pastor Santos runs a training school for mothers of all tribes to attend, where they can learn hairdressing and tailoring. Next-door to this school he also operates a free kindergarten for the children of these mothers. Santos is deeply involved in the pastoral and agricultural training of other pastors and personnel, and is greatly respected amongst the South Sudan camps. It is our desire to encourage and equip this man of God in helping him to help his people.