- Area of Focus
- Orphaned & Vulnerable Children
Sam Tushabe became an orphan at twelve years old. His mother’s last wish was for him to finish school. To honor her wish, Sam took all the money he had- a few dollars- and met with the local headmaster. In Uganda, school is very expensive because students are required to purchase school uniforms, books, and pay regular school fees, and many parents cannot afford to send their kids to school. Throughout his adolescence, Sam paid for his school fees by working as a school janitor and taking any job he could find. His determination to honor his mother’s wish carried him through primary school and secondary school, and a few years later, he even graduated college.
After college, Sam met a local orphaned child in Uganda and decided to take him in and support the child with his own money. Before long, he was providing for 40 children, so he decided to start a non-governmental organization called AOET (Aids Orphan Education Trust). The organization provides shelter and education for orphans who have been impacted by the AIDS epidemic. Founded in 2000, AOET now cares for nearly 4000 children in Africa. Over the years, Assist International has partnered with AOET to provide homes, dorm rooms, and classrooms.