The Lulu Tree prevents tomorrow’s orphans by equipping today’s families through the local church — which includes equipping mothers and their children with affordable education.
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 is 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. To learn more about the miraculous yet humble birth of this school, please go HERE.
Following are some of its 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
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 camps in Adjumani — and it was started under a real Lulu tree! Read Pastor Santos’ story here. (Also, there are now dozens of churches)
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.
We are honored to partner with Pastor David Zawu, a man who received a dream in 2008 telling him to start a school for his own people. Using just $200 he started this school which now cares for over 500 students, 40 of whom have no parents. He and his churches are also operating two farms in the hopes of providing a full-time feeding program for these children.
For over a decade this school has operated without any national or international support. It is our desire to come alongside the vision Pastor Zawu has for his country, in honor of his faithfulness to Christ and his commitment to his people.
Will you help these pastors equip their own people through education?