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One School At A Time

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Address:

P.O. Box 342 Eldorado Springs CO 80025 USA

Mission:

One School at a Time’s mission in Uganda is to improve impoverished schools by identifying capable leaders, creating mutual partnerships and offering critically needed resources using local products and technologies. We work together with Ugandans to develop well-managed, self-reliant, sustainable schools. Our partnerships aim to create educational environments where children not only survive but thrive. One School at a Time's mission in the U.S. is to provide local schools with educational presentations to develop dialogue and awareness about cultural differences, poverty, environmental degradation and inequities in the distribution of world resources.

Geographic areas served:

Uganda, Africa

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I worked on the current One School at a Time website and really enjoyed getting to know this great organization. Having served overseas before I was most impressed by One School's focus on local development and growth. It's not just about dumping a ton of money and walking away, but on equipping and empowering people to take care of themselves- teaching and training them. That's our biggest contribution by far. Way to go!

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if you want to make a difference in a truly heartfelt way this is it! One School does amazing things for children in Uganda! Education is key to creating a better world for all of us and the dollars you donate go directly to making this happen!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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The thing that impressed me most about this non-profit is that it started by a few women who felt passionately about something and DID something about it. It is great to be able to donate locally and see it's impact around the world. I love that they are very intentional about giving only when they feel the local community in Uganda is going to be able to sustain it, and keep growing from the "hand up" not a "hand out". I also love that it impacts young WOMEN and their families and helps them stay in school. I've learned a lot in a short time knowing them and hope to continue to support them as much as possible in the future.

Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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BayRoberts (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Thank you so much for commenting on One School at a Time. We are so passionate about our work and believe strongly that all children, regardless of race, economic status and gender deserve access to a quality education. Bay, Patty and Sari

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2 people found this review helpful

I gave One School just $12.50, and it gave every single kid in the Uganda school lunch for a day! The kids almost never have lunch. One School normally puts donations into helping rebuild schools in Uganda. It's a place where even a ten-year old like Me can make a difference! :}

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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1 person found this review helpful

Hi Everybody! My name is Kierra Peterson. I'm in my junior year of high school at The Watershed School, in Boulder, CO. This year I am doing an independent study with One School at a Time. Even since I heard about One School I have been impressed with how they always put their words into action. As an example, when I first saw a One School presentation in 2010 they were talking about how a few of their goals were to raise money for and help install a water system, as well as, build more classrooms at Kukanga School in Uganda, Africa. Today, Kukanga School has both of those things, and more services (like latrines, more book shelves, etc.) are being added. All of the people involved in One School at a Time are genuinely kind, caring, intelligent and dedicated. The way I see it, One School at a Time is a community working in partnership with school communities, in Africa, toward extremely important, worthwhile and achievable goals. I'm so proud to be a part of this organization, and I look forward to continuing to work with them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Building wonderful connections with people at the Kukanga School and with other volunteers for One School. As well as, seeing how my efforts to help raise money truly paid off!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Want more people to know about it and get involved :D!

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1 person found this review helpful

I am so inspired by One School at a Time. There are so many charities and NGO's that it's hard to find something that feels like you're touching someone in another culture. One School at a Time is small in administration, and huge-hearted in scope. I look specifically for organizations where all of my donation goes to the chidren or the project, not to the administration of it. One School at a Time has given 100% of my donations where they are most needed. They care so deeply for the children they are working for. I full-heartedly endorse them and wish I had unlimited funds to give.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The growth and hope and vitality of the twins we sponsor through them.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more money!

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3 people found this review helpful

My name is Moses Musaazi, the innovator of the bricks used by One School at A Time (OSAAT).
My experience is working, as technical consultant to OSAAT, is their love to use a technology that works well and putting in place all that has been designed and agreed upon.
The value for money is 100%.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Yes. I have seen one school constructed. It says everything about money put to excellent use.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more local support.

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BayRoberts (Nonprofit Staff) wrote:

Dr. Moses Musaazi is an engineering professor at Maakerere University in Kampala, Uganda. He has developed a company called Technology for Tomorrow which provides simple, practical and culturally appropriate technologies to address African issues. One School at a Time uses his pressed earth brick technology for all of our classroom and cistern construction projects. The bricks are strong, do not require as much cement and because they do not need to be fired, trees are saved. We are honored to be working with Moses.

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1 person found this review helpful

I am so passionate about volunteering and contributing to the program, because it has such a strong track record of highly functioning, well-managed schools, and is different than all others I’ve encountered. Instead of going into a community and dictating what its needs are, One School At A Time listens to the community first. The organization has learned that collaborations with schools, teachers, parents in their communities are incredibly effective. Also, every completed school project assists the next one, building a support network of successful school in the region.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Their unusual track-record of success. The are very methodical and transparent about how they work with each school program.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them more funding and resources to do more.

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2 people found this review helpful

I became familiar with One School at a time several years ago when they were first beginning. Their ojective of trying to help small areas of Africa with an educational approach of helping with schooling seemed a much more worthwhile cause than just pumping donation money into some large highly administrative major charity. I love seeing where my money goes and One School at a Time provides this. Over the years I have seen this organization slowly grow, not in addministrative size, but in taking on additional educational help for small African comunities. Their web site truly reflects what they do and try to accomplish. I see no better place for one to support childrens' educational help in impoverished Ugandan communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing , via their newsletter, how my donations are really applied

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make their name and mission more widely known.

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One School at a Time continues to work on successful projects in Uganda because they are small and focused on building active ongoing partnerships. Their current partner school, the Kukanga Primary School, is an example. One School is working hard to help Kukanga by supporting and learning from the school community. This strategy is evolving based on experiences with other school partnerships in Uganda. I visited Kukanga in 2009 and was impressed with how dedicated the teachers, students, and administration there was to improving their school with or without outside help. This is critical. One School provides small amounts of assistance exactly where it is needed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

One School is helping local schools help their students.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Most importantly, I would help One School increase their funding base so that they can work with more schools going forward. One School operates very effectively with a very small budget.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

How did you learn about this organization?

Through the director, Bay Roberts (friend).

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To improve opportunities for education in Uganda.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To develop a network of school in rural Uganda that can help each other provide better educational opportunities for children in the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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16 people found this review helpful

I had the pleasure of visiting Uganda to volunteer for One School at a Time as a photographer. This NGO is exceptional in what they have been able to accomplish with a low level of funding. Their recently completed projects with their Kyamalinga partner school in Uganda is exemplary in its use of a few financial resources along with grassroots community commitment and involvement. This strategy is the key to this kind of project because without community buy-in, there is no sustainability. One School is now moving towards some new partners and I'm hopeful that they can generate the resources to accomplish the same successes as at Ky.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the genuine sense of accomplishment shown by the stakeholders in Uganda. The community associated with the Kyamulinga school was extremely complimentary of not just the project, but the strategy.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help develop a better strategy for raising funds so that more projects in Uganda could be addressed.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the genuine commitment of everyone involved, from people on the ground in Uganda to the directors in Boulder, Colorado. This is a passionate and effective group.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

exceptional. Hussein Tadesse, the Ugandan coordinator is smart, committed, visionary and effective. The directors in Boulder are devoted and they work hard without compensation.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

change the face of education in Uganda and perhaps other East African countries.

Ways to make it better...

One School had enough resources to partner with all of the deserving schools that I visited.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising funds to continue their great work and to engage in new projects. One School needs a way to develop a strong, sustainable funding source.

One thing I'd also say is that...

One School can do so much with the funds they receive that anyone considering giving would be hard pressed to find a better way to get their gift to the ground where it is used to educate children.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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