You might think it’s odd I would write about Tanzania, first because it’s hard to make the connection and second because our first schools are in Belize and Bataan, Philippines.

DenisSemugThe connection however is with Denis Semuguruka who was a client about four years ago in my entrepreneur training program. We kept in touch and met up this week to catch up on what has been going on.

Of course he was thrilled to hear about the progress we’ve made for UBU over the past year but during our conversation it became obvious there was more to it.

Denis’ grandmother left him 20 acres in Tanzania and he has always wanted to build a school for kids at risk. It will be a perfect expansion campus for our program. The sad thing about Tanzania is 90% of households don’t have enough food at home. The majority of the children have to work in meaneable jobs while living on the streets while 60% of these children sleep on the sidewalks and 72% bathe in the ocean.

The need worldwide for children who are living on the streets is ever increasing. There will never be enough resources to manage the need.

We are pleased to be working with Denis and having him on the team. He will be working with our Belize program in the interim.

About Sharyn

As founder of UBU I found my inspiration from my brother Tony who was a foster child, then adopted by my parents when he was five. After listening to his stories about the treatment he received while in the homes I began to think of what it was like for him as well as the thousands of other kids. I decided to start the school after Tony passed on in 2008. It is my tribute to him and all that he did for me. Of all the things I've done in my life, this is the one thing that truly makes me feel like I'm finally on the right path.
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