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Uganda’s long civil war left thousands of children in chaos. We founded Beacon of Hope as a response to their need for rehabilitation and education. In 2006, many of the 250 kids who made up our first class were malnourished, had never used a towel, worn shoes, or slept on a mattress. Most of them were orphans, and all were former child soldiers or abductees. For those kids, Pilgrim Africa provided a safe haven and a hope for the future.

By God’s grace, the war ended, and our last child soldiers graduated in 2014. Beacon of Hope continues to offer top-notch secondary education, and now has over 700 students. And in spite of being located in one of the poorest areas in Uganda, it is one of the top-ranked schools in the region.

Our twenty-six teachers and twenty-one counseling, support, and extracurricular staff make sure every student gets personal attention. We emphasize STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields in order to give our students the tools they need to succeed in an increasingly technological job market. We also try to make it fun. Our robotics team, in with coaching from Mikel Thompson and the CyberKnights 411 team from Kings High School in Seattle, won two gold medals at an international contest last year!

We accept students based on their merit, without regard to tribe, religion, or gender, except that an effort is made to maintain an approximately even ratio of boys and girls. We’re proud to offer full scholarships to brilliant kids who wouldn’t otherwise be able to continue their education. Our scholarships include everything: school, lodging, food, books, extracurriculars, clothing, toiletries, and even medical care at our own Beacon Medical Center

We’re grateful to all of the individual donors and partners who help us to provide these scholarships and offer a top-notch education at Beacon of Hope! This is a life-changing gift. But don’t take it from us– here’s a video of Rebecca, one of our students, describing her dream of becoming a doctor and helping to end malaria in her village. Scholarships make dreams like Rebecca’s possible.