The Comboni Samaritans of Gulu
In the spring of 2016, Learn for Life Foundation founder Matthew Thekkethala did consulting work for the Ugandan nonprofit Comboni Samaritans of Gulu as part a Yale University Net Impact Social Entrepreneurship project.
Comboni Samaritans of Gulu (CSG) is staffed by local Ugandan professionals who understand the unique needs, educational challenges, and health issues of the community. They have firsthand experience helping the local population solve the area’s pervasive health and educational challenges.
CSG was founded in 1992, initially in response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic, and has operated continuously throughout the civil war. They currently provide retroviral medication to more than 6,000 individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Their Education for Life programs — which use music, drama, and dance to create awareness about HIV/AIDS, its transmission, and its prevention — reach thousands of young people throughout the region.
In addition to their great work with HIV/AIDS, the CSG’s health, education, and youth programs support thousands of orphans and other vulnerable children. They provided classrooms, teacher housing, and sanitary facilities for more than 3,000 rural students, and they’ve helped construct six schools in the region.