While successful scholarships schemes in Africa and indeed around the world are founded by wealthy individuals, Brian Mutebi was an ordinary youthful Ugandan who only had but a dream. Convinced that education is key to transforming lives, Mutebi sold his land worth $1,500 and started the Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund for girls at-risk, survivors of sexual violence, teenage mothers and orphans. That was unconventional! Youth of Mutebi’s background – an impoverished background – do not give away the little they have; they would seek to accumulate more. Mutebi sought to transform lives of vulnerable persons in his country.
Mutebi, who was orphaned at 10 and nearly dropped out of school for lack of school fees, met Good Samaritan’s who supported him through school, going on to become the first graduate in his village. He conceived a dream. His journey of grace made him realise everyone needs a hand extended to them so they could realise their dreams.
The Fund has since benefited 50 in primary and secondary schools, technical colleges and at university. Lisandra Kabagenyi, the first university scholarship recipient, graduated in January 2020 from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Laws. She is training as an advocate of the High Court to defend poor women in courts of law. Scholarships bestow upon such girls a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.