As Saint Teresa of Calcutta wrote, "I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples." At the St. Kizito Foundation, our work to support East African youth in their primary and secondary education endeavors ripples across the waters from our headquarters in Northeast Ohio to the schools we serve in Africa.
Founded in 2001 by Fr. Donald Dunson and officially formed as a nonprofit organization in 2009, St. Kizito is a scholarship foundation that provides school tuition and room & life needs, such as room, board, and clothing to students, primarily in Gulu and Kampala, Uganda. For the past two decades, we have supported an average of 300 students annually as they complete their primary and secondary education journeys.
The St. Kizito Foundation provides educational opportunities for East African youth, allowing them to shape their future. We accomplish our mission by providing funds for primary and secondary education, including tuition, room & board, and by growing in solidarity with those we serve through prayer, communication, building strong relationships, and cultural understanding.
The St. Kizito Foundation's work spans two continents. While our Board of Directors and fundraising operate in the United States, we employ two staff members in Uganda who oversee the students and schools we support. Our staff members ensure that schools place students in proper academic programs and help students to take full advantage of the educational opportunities that our generous donors provide.
St. Kizito's Impact
The total cost of tuition, room, and board for one student each year
The average number of students in Uganda we support annually
Nearly all money donated to our foundation goes directly to our students
In the summer of 2017, five St. Edward High School film students—Patrick Adams, Rashaad Bacchus, Jack Brancatelli, Austin Jaks, and Jospeh Rigutto—traveled to Uganda to film a short documentary chronicling the St. Kizito Foundation's work. The finished documentary, titled "Everlasting Hope: The Story of the St. Kizito Foundation," was a finalist at the 2018 iMagine Film Festival in Cleveland.
The film captures the importance of our work at the St. Kizito Foundation through the stories of school staff, students, families, and alumni. Additionally, "Everlasting Hope" underscores the true impact that every dollar our generous donors give has on students in East Africa. As the film emphasizes, some primary or secondary education is better than no education at all.
Support St. Kizito
For over 20 years, the St. Kizito Foundation has helped children in East Africa prosper with schooling and life skills because of our donors' generosity and ongoing support. There are many ways to be a part of the St. Kizito mission. Click below to explore upcoming events, donate, or sign up for our email newsletter.
St. Kizito hosts multiple events each year to support our students and engage with the community.
Support our scholars in East Africa by donating to our 2022 Annual Fund. $350 educates one student for an entire year.
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The success of the St. Kizito Foundation comes from our community of supporters. We would love to hear from you! Fill out this form to ask a question, share a concern, or offer an idea to further the impact of our foundation. We look forward to hearing from you, and we thank you for your ongoing support of our work.
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Call Us: (440) 666-8329
Email Us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mailing Address: 25187 Chase Drive, Cleveland, Ohio 44070