Create Foundation

Children Rising Evolving & Achieving Through Empowerment

aka Create Uganda   |   MYRTLE BEACH, SC   |  www.createuganda.com

Mission

The Create Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission of empowering the people of rural Uganda and creating lasting positive change through constructing and operating an eco-friendly, sustainable secondary school which will provide children in need a free education, as well as serve members of local communities through job opportunities, educational programs and outreach initiatives.

Ruling year info

2018

Executive Director

Jennifer Kirabo Gargano

Main address

1335 44TH AVE N STE 203

MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29577 USA

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EIN

82-3550481

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

According to Education Policy Data Center, only 17% of children ages 13-18 attend Secondary School in Uganda. The problem is critical - 83% of children do not have access to secondary school. Efforts to address this challenge clearly aren’t enough. Previous methods have failed. In 1997, the Ugandan government introduced Universal Primary Education (the idea that all children should be able to attend primary school for free). And in 2007, after a UN report stated that Africa had the worst secondary school enrollment rates in the world, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni introduced Universal Secondary Education. Though this seemed like progress and enrollment rates did improve, but the quality of education in Uganda greatly suffered. With the rising of enrollment rates, there is a lack of teaching space, supplies, and demotivated, over-worked teachers. Facilities at many schools are poor, and often classes have extreme overcrowding, in many cases as many as a 400:1 student teacher ratio.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Create Academy - School & Empowerment Community in rural Uganda

Create will provide a solution to one of Uganda's most critical problems - lack of educational opportunities. In Uganda, there is no taxation system implemented that covers public schooling like in many other countries. If a child wants to attend school, they must pay tuition to attend every single term. Not only that, but schools often require students to purchase a uniform, and bring a list of requirements (notebooks, pens/paper, soap, cleaning supplies, money for food) and those requirements alone are often unaffordable for families struggling to make ends meet. With many families having multiple children, the task to find money for each child's tuition becomes nearly impossible. Children are often forced to drop out at an early age to help their parents work and provide necessities like food, clean water and medicine at home. Many children drop out to begin work with the hope of one day returning, but most do not. in fact, 66% of children in Uganda drop out of school by grade 6. This is unacceptable.

For most children, poverty is the direct factor in their dropping out. With the average family in rural areas earning an average of only $81USD per month, and the average family having 4-6 children, school fees that equal anywhere between $50-$220 USD per term are simply out of reach. Poverty directly leads to dropouts, which also leads directly to child labor, increase in child marriages and pregnancies. According to UNICEF, “Sub-Saharan Africa has the largest proportion of child laborers (28% of children ages 5-14 years). Access to education helps to reduce poverty, one of the root cases of child labor.” UIS/GEM Report also states that “420 million people would be lifted out of poverty with a secondary education, thus reducing the number of poor worldwide by more than half.”

We believe that an education is not a luxury, but a basic human right. It is essential for human development. Every child deserves the opportunity to go to school… to live a better life. Create Academy can change this! We will be directly helping to solve this problem by constructing and operating a school which will provide 150 children per year a free education! Our students will not only be provided a quality education, but they will join a community where they are empowered, encouraged and uplifted! We will prepare our future students with the knowledge and skills necessary to become productive members of society. With their high school diploma and the life skills and confidence they will gain at Create, children will be prepared to secure better paying jobs which will allow them to better provide for their families, create more stable home environments, create businesses, stimulate their local economies and better their communities. They will be empowered to become productive members of society, and be the generation that will continue to change and evolve their country for the better, taking critical steps forward in creating a more self-reliant Africa.

Create Academy will not only transform the lives of the thousands of children the school will serve, but also positively impact local communities. The school will provide dozens of Ugandans job opportunities where they can earn a fair wage, and give back to the community by utilizing our classroom space outside of school hours for adult-ed classes, computer skills and job training opportunities, as well as community outreach initiatives which will include: Women’s empowerment and leadership building seminars, and activities where locals can learn critical life skills like budgeting, how to prepare a resume, and job interview preparation.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of jobs provided to local community

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Create Academy - School & Empowerment Community in rural Uganda

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, as we were scouting the land for our future school & empowerment community, we employed Ugandans living locally in the following positions: Attorneys, land surveyors, community liaison, etc.

Number of community members directly impacted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Create Academy - School & Empowerment Community in rural Uganda

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

As Create Foundation moves forward with the construction of our school & community, we are working with members of the local villages we are serving, they will be our future students, staff, etc.

Dropout percentage of community members ages 13-18

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Create Academy - School & Empowerment Community in rural Uganda

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

86% of children ages 13-18 living in local villages have dropped out of school due to poverty & lack of school fees.

Number of children who have access to education

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Create Academy - School & Empowerment Community in rural Uganda

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children in local villages do not have access to education after P7 (grade 6). There are no secondary schools in close proximity. Children in the area have no options. Our school will change this.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Create Foundation’s mission is to give children a second chance! We are building a school in rural Uganda which will provide 150 students per year a free education. While most Ugandan schools are lacking - from underpaid, overworked teachers that are not always present, to poor facilities, severe overcrowding (sometimes as many as 400:1 student-to-teacher ratio), to unsanitary conditions, the Ugandan school system is failing children. C.R.E.A.T.E. ACADEMY will be different from any other school in Uganda; a progressive educational institution for underprivileged children that supports all learners earning academic achievement through a thoughtfully-planned curriculum, and a warm, caring approach by teachers and staff who listen, motivate and empower. Children will never, ever be charged a fee. Families can finally have peace of mind knowing that they will never again have to chose between their next meal, or seeking medical attention, and their child going to school.
Not only that, but the school will provide dozens of Ugandans job opportunities where they can earn a fair wage, and give back to the community by utilizing our classroom space outside of school hours for adult-ed classes, computer skills and job training opportunities, as well as community outreach initiatives which include: Women’s empowerment and leadership building seminars, and activities where locals can learn critical life skills like budgeting, how to prepare a resume, and job interview preparation.
What makes C.R.E.A.T.E. Academy most unique, is our approach - to not just teach, but to empower. C.R.E.A.T.E. aims to serve a greater purpose… it will not just be a school, it will be a community, an epicenter of learning, opportunity, skills training, and economic growth. It will transform the lives of its students, but also the men and women it employs and trains, the communities served through outreach initiatives, the fruit/vegetable garden which will supply food, the shops which will provide jobs and goods, the adult education classes and salon school which will teach adults valuable skills which will enable them to secure jobs, the welding shop which will provide services as well as valuable skills and entrepreneurship opportunities, and more. C.R.E.A.T.E. Academy is unique to any other school in Uganda, any other community. We will not be there to share some knowledge and leave… we will be there to actively engage communities and provide valuable, powerful skills and resources needed to create dramatic, lasting change for thousands of vulnerable people.

What C.R.E.A.T.E. Academy will provide, is a unique solution to this problem. It will provide children - dropouts due to poverty, the life-changing second chance to attend school, completely free of charge. Our team will literally go out into villages and find children that have dropped out of school, that have been overlooked. The most vulnerable children will have the unique opportunity to receive the type of quality education that only the wealthiest elite of the country have access to. The school will also have adopt a unique approach. In many schools in Uganda, children are often treated without much care. They are dictated to, discouraged from asking questions or really participating in their own learning process, and many school still practice “caning” (hitting) students when they misbehave or even answer a question incorrectly. We believe that children deserve better. We believe children who are respected, uplifted and encouraged are the ones who reach their fullest potential. Children who feel safe in their environment, who do not fear to ask questions, but who feel comfortable sharing and learning, they will reach new heights. Create’s very foundation is built upon this approach. This type of program is virtually unheard of in Uganda, but will have tremendous positive impact. Class size will be kept small, a 25:1 student to teacher ratio, with only qualified teachers hired, who share our vision. Teachers will be readily available to answer questions and help students after class, be prepared to cater to their specific needs and to encourage creativity. This approach will ensure students success. Students will feel motivated and empowered, and therefore, attendance and grades will skyrocket, and the likelihood of a child completing his/her education will greatly improve.

What makes C.R.E.A.T.E. Academy most unique, is our approach - to not just teach, but to empower. C.R.E.A.T.E. aims to serve a greater purpose… it will not just be a school, it will be a community, an epicenter of learning, opportunity, skills training, and economic growth. It will transform the lives of its students, but also the men and women it employs and trains, the communities served through outreach initiatives, the fruit/vegetable garden which will supply food, the shops which will provide jobs and goods, the adult education classes and salon school which will teach adults valuable skills which will enable them to secure jobs, the welding shop which will provide services as well as valuable skills and entrepreneurship opportunities, and more. C.R.E.A.T.E. Academy is unique to any other school in Uganda, any other community. We will not be there to share some knowledge and leave… we will be there to actively engage communities and provide valuable, powerful skills and resources needed to create dramatic, lasting change for thousands of vulnerable people.

Create Foundation is comprised of an eclectic group of people passionate about making a difference for some of the most vulnerable people in the world. Our organization is made up of members with unique and special skill sets that have prepared us to see this life-changing project though to fruition. Our Founder, Jennifer Kirabo, has over 10 years experience in non-profit leadership, specifically, spearheading and carrying out successful programs in Uganda. She Founded and launched “Filmanthropy” a program which introduced the creative arts to children in rural Uganda. She was responsible for developing, organizing and executing the program, which allowed children the opportunity to express themselves creatively, gain critical communicative and interpersonal skills, and build confidence. We have a team of professionals in the U.S., with experience in non-profit leadership and law, and a team on the ground in Uganda, comprised of Ugandan school administrators, who have years of experience teaching and developing programs in the country which adhere to the rules and regulations of the Uganda Ministry of Education. Our team also includes a Ugandan legal team with experience in non-profit law, which will enable the process of running a school in rural Uganda to be successful.

Create Foundation was created in 2017. We were registered as a non-profit organization and earned our 501(c)(3) status in November 2017. So far, we have also registered the organization as a registered charity in Uganda with the help of our legal team in Kampala, we have assembled a team of individuals passionate about creating lasting change for the youth of Uganda, created a detailed budget, plan of action and implementation, unique programs and revenue generation strategies, as well as building plans and concepts. We have put together a team in Uganda of school administrators who will help to hire qualified staff, create a curriculum that fits our vision but also adheres to the criteria set by the Ugandan government, and is dedicated to helping to make C.R.E.A.T.E. a reality. We have done some fundraising, and are actively seeking grants and sponsorships. Our team recently returned from Uganda, where we have secured the land for our school, the the developing region of Gayaza. We have construction crews ready and willing to do the work, the only thing standing in our way is funding!

Financials

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Create Foundation

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jennifer Kirabo Gargano