The MASE Foundation Education Fund is a passion project for Masereka Adidas - who works as a nurse at the MASE Foundation - a community clinic that he founded in 2013 . He was shocked by the number of girl patients he treats after suicide attempts because they were prevented from continuing their schooling due to poverty, early marriage expectations or abuse. Keen to help these girls and their families, he decided to start an education fund.
MASE aims to tackle the various social/cultural and religious beliefs surrounding the education of girls, as well as helping families of uneducated children. Helping families realise that through studies their children will be able to seize job opportunities and earn a living for themselves, rather than forcing girls into marriages where they will still face poverty. While the Ugandan government has introduced universal education for both boys and girls, females tend to be marginalised due to the cultural and religious beliefs of the communities who consider them to be more valuable as wives and mothers. Whilst the Government provides some money per capita, the majority of school fees need to be paid by the parents or guardians of every child.
MASE believes that introducing educational support packages will contribute to the effectiveness and longevity of the programme as the community will be involved.
WHAT WE HOPE TO ACHIEVE
The project aims to provide children in underprivileged communities with the high-quality education and skills necessary to improve their quality of life. The MASE Foundation further hopes to:
- Promote job opportunities
- Improve the general well-being of the students
- Encourage further education
- Provide care and support services
MASE hopes that the increase in educational opportunities/care services for children in rural communities will enhance the well-being of vulnerable children by presenting a support network to help them through their situations by teaching them and their families.