Brian tells his story to founding this charity
“The Vision for EDOU or the “Dream” as I prefer call it was born out of my real-life experiences. Growing up in a poverty-stricken home where access to basic necessities of life was difficult, I knew the realities of poverty and thus became highly passionate about making a real difference in the lives of people. Orphaned at 10 and brought up by my peasant grandmother, I nearly dropped out of school when she could afford no more the cost of my education. Along this difficult journey, however, I met Good Samaritans who held my hand up. Thanks to their support through school, I became the first graduate on my village in 2007!
I had got an education, at least the first degree, but there was something, something within me. I wanted to do something that would make a real difference in the lives of people. My journey of grace had made me understand everyone needs a hand extended to them so they could realize their dreams. I conceived a Dream. It was a joyful burden http://bit.ly/20usSxO God had put on my heart – joyful because the thought of transforming lives of people was pleasant to the mind yet a burden because I didn’t know how it would turn into a life-transforming reality. “Lord, how possible can I do this when I am not any better?” I petitioned. God told me to use what I had. A pen and paper I had. So, like Habakkuk, I wrote down my Dream. EDOU was born.
By the grace of God, we have been growing in our charity cause, mobilizing and committing resources in areas of practical need. The Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund, that I established after selling my piece of land worth $1,500, is the first scholarship scheme in Africa for survivors of gender-based violence and teenage mothers. It has so far benefited 30 in schools and at university.
We are also strong in women’s economic empowerment and advocacy. I use a pen to take up the case of girls and women. Our programmes are transforming lives of girls, women and the youth. I invite you to become our Partner today. Your donation will make a difference. I also ask you to become our Ambassador by connecting willing hearts to the area of practical need. There is no better time than now to make a difference in someone’s life. I’ll be grateful to hear from you.