SCHOOL FOR LIFE FOUNDATION IS A NOT-FOR-PROFIT ORGANISATION WORKING IN RURAL UGANDA. WE EMPOWER COMMUNITIES TO HELP THEMSELVES AND CREATE THEIR OWN OPPORTUNITIES.

To do that, we build schools to provide communities with a quality education, including primary and secondary schooling, vocational training and other services – such as employment and healthcare solutions.

With your help we can transform developing communities in emerging countries to become educated, productive, sustainable and profitable places – where people can enjoy a healthy, happy and more prosperous future.


How We Got Started 

Two young, passionate Australian entrepreneurs, Annabelle Chauncy OAM and David Everett OAM founded School For Life in 2008. Annabelle and Dave met whilst working as volunteers in Kenya, where they became convinced that education is the only real way to mobilise a community and create a positive and sustainable future.

Determined to build a school in rural Uganda, Annabelle and Dave returned to Australia and raised over $500,000 in partnership with Rotary. In 2011 Katuuso Primary and Vocational School opened and welcomed its first students.


SCHOOL FOR LIFE MILESTONES:

1000 students are enrolled across 3 schools.  114 Ugandans are employed across 3 schools as management, cooks, cleaners, teachers, security, construction and support staff.  800 students are supported through a partnership forged with BESO Foundation to help extend School for Life’s reach.

1000 students are enrolled across 3 schools.

114 Ugandans are employed across 3 schools as management, cooks, cleaners, teachers, security, construction and support staff.

800 students are supported through a partnership forged with BESO Foundation to help extend School for Life’s reach.

Mbazzi High School opened with its first class of 80 students starting in Senior 1.  Mbazzi Primary School opened and the Primary students were transferred over to their new school.  We constructed a 500,000L water tank for the High School.  16 teacher houses are built at Mbazzi Primary School to enable us to attract and retain the best teachers.  Partnership is created with FoodLadder, an Australian organisation, to build a greenhouse and introduce an active learning agriculture and entrepreneurship curriculum.  100% of Katuuso’s Primary 7 cohort pass their National Primary 7 exams.

Mbazzi High School opened with its first class of 80 students starting in Senior 1.

Mbazzi Primary School opened and the Primary students were transferred over to their new school.

We constructed a 500,000L water tank for the High School.

16 teacher houses are built at Mbazzi Primary School to enable us to attract and retain the best teachers.

Partnership is created with FoodLadder, an Australian organisation, to build a greenhouse and introduce an active learning agriculture and entrepreneurship curriculum.

100% of Katuuso’s Primary 7 cohort pass their National Primary 7 exams.

Bio-gas latrine system is built at Mbazzi High School which uses waste from students and staff to power energy saving stoves and science labs.  Science labs are completed and equipped - including biology, chemistry and physics labs.  An outdoor amphitheatre is built for students to have outdoor assemblies.  Completion of Mbazzi High School and official opening ceremony hosted with visitors from Australia.  Mbazzi Primary School construction began.  Our first cohort of Primary 7 students from KPVS completed Primary School with 100% passing, 15% in Band 1 and 75% in Band 2.  We purchased our first school bus to enable us to transport students between campuses.  25 teacher houses were built at Mbazzi High School ready for staff to move in.  We drilled a borehole at Mbazzi Primary School to give the entire community access to clean drinking water for free. We also constructed 2 250,000L water tanks for water catchment.  An apiary was opened on Mbazzi High School, and honey is produced for consumption and sale.  We built a professional size soccer pitch at Mbazzi High School.

Bio-gas latrine system is built at Mbazzi High School which uses waste from students and staff to power energy saving stoves and science labs.

Science labs are completed and equipped - including biology, chemistry and physics labs.

An outdoor amphitheatre is built for students to have outdoor assemblies.

Completion of Mbazzi High School and official opening ceremony hosted with visitors from Australia.

Mbazzi Primary School construction began.

Our first cohort of Primary 7 students from KPVS completed Primary School with 100% passing, 15% in Band 1 and 75% in Band 2.

We purchased our first school bus to enable us to transport students between campuses.

25 teacher houses were built at Mbazzi High School ready for staff to move in.

We drilled a borehole at Mbazzi Primary School to give the entire community access to clean drinking water for free. We also constructed 2 250,000L water tanks for water catchment.

An apiary was opened on Mbazzi High School, and honey is produced for consumption and sale.

We built a professional size soccer pitch at Mbazzi High School.

The first 2 classrooms at Mbazzi High School open with 80 Pre-School and Pre-Primary students (our KPVS students are only in Year 6 and aren't ready for secondary education so we don't want to leave any facilities empty!) 320 students are enrolled at KPVS, bringing enrolment to 400 students across 2 campuses, and more than 85 local staff employed as builders, teachers, cooks, cleaners, security and maintenance.  Block 2 of Mbazzi High School is completed in August 2016 and ground broken on the third and final block of construction.  Access roads are constructed from the main road to allow easy access to our Mbazzi school site.

The first 2 classrooms at Mbazzi High School open with 80 Pre-School and Pre-Primary students (our KPVS students are only in Year 6 and aren't ready for secondary education so we don't want to leave any facilities empty!) 320 students are enrolled at KPVS, bringing enrolment to 400 students across 2 campuses, and more than 85 local staff employed as builders, teachers, cooks, cleaners, security and maintenance.

Block 2 of Mbazzi High School is completed in August 2016 and ground broken on the third and final block of construction.

Access roads are constructed from the main road to allow easy access to our Mbazzi school site.

An early learning centre, tailoring centre and assembly hall is built at KPVS. 280 students attend KPVS in Pre-School to Primary 5. Two 100,000 litre underground water tanks are built. Animal husbandry project expands with construction of a bio-digester, piggery, goat farm and subsistence crops to feed staff and students. 65 adults enrolled in adult education programs.  A partnership with Cotton On Foundation is forged to fund the construction of another Primary as well as a High School in Bujuuko. Construction of the first classrooms at Mbazzi High School begins.

An early learning centre, tailoring centre and assembly hall is built at KPVS. 280 students attend KPVS in Pre-School to Primary 5. Two 100,000 litre underground water tanks are built. Animal husbandry project expands with construction of a bio-digester, piggery, goat farm and subsistence crops to feed staff and students. 65 adults enrolled in adult education programs.

A partnership with Cotton On Foundation is forged to fund the construction of another Primary as well as a High School in Bujuuko. Construction of the first classrooms at Mbazzi High School begins.

17 more teacher houses are built. 220 students attend KPVS in Pre-Primary to Primary 4 and 12 teachers. 30 acres of land in neighbouring town Bujuuko is acquired as the site for another primary as well as a high school. SewAid comes to Uganda to teach 15 women tailoring skills. 10 local women are employed as tailors.

17 more teacher houses are built. 220 students attend KPVS in Pre-Primary to Primary 4 and 12 teachers. 30 acres of land in neighbouring town Bujuuko is acquired as the site for another primary as well as a high school. SewAid comes to Uganda to teach 15 women tailoring skills. 10 local women are employed as tailors.

Construction of KPVS complete with another 4 classrooms, an outdoor shade shelter, library, staffroom and playground. 180 students attend KPVS in Pre-Primary to Primary 3 and 10 teachers. A further 2.5 acres of land is acquired on which 5 teacher houses are built. Solar panels are installed for electricity.

Construction of KPVS complete with another 4 classrooms, an outdoor shade shelter, library, staffroom and playground. 180 students attend KPVS in Pre-Primary to Primary 3 and 10 teachers. A further 2.5 acres of land is acquired on which 5 teacher houses are built. Solar panels are installed for electricity.

Construction of second stage complete with 2 more classrooms, 2 health rooms and a storage area. Enrolment increases to 120 students from Pre-Primary to Primary 2 and 6 teachers. Agricultural projects begin, growing coffee, chillies and subsistence crops to feed the students and staff.

Construction of second stage complete with 2 more classrooms, 2 health rooms and a storage area. Enrolment increases to 120 students from Pre-Primary to Primary 2 and 6 teachers. Agricultural projects begin, growing coffee, chillies and subsistence crops to feed the students and staff.

Katuuso Primary and Vocational School (KPVS) opens in Uganda with 2 classrooms, an outdoor shade shelter and 10 toilets, 80 students in Pre-Primary and Primary 1 and 4 teachers.

Katuuso Primary and Vocational School (KPVS) opens in Uganda with 2 classrooms, an outdoor shade shelter and 10 toilets, 80 students in Pre-Primary and Primary 1 and 4 teachers.

10 acres of land is purchased in Katuuso village, Uganda and construction of the first two classrooms begins. A borehole is implemented to give the entire community clean drinking water for free.

10 acres of land is purchased in Katuuso village, Uganda and construction of the first two classrooms begins. A borehole is implemented to give the entire community clean drinking water for free.

Building relationships with the local community, Ministry of Education and Government in Uganda to identify the neediest areas in Uganda.

Building relationships with the local community, Ministry of Education and Government in Uganda to identify the neediest areas in Uganda.

School for Life is registered in Australia and Uganda; business plans developed; Board of Directors formed in both countries and fundraising begins.

School for Life is registered in Australia and Uganda; business plans developed; Board of Directors formed in both countries and fundraising begins.