PEAS began work in Uganda, building a network of secondary schools in areas that were, and are, currently underserved. PEAS’ network of schools have transformed lives by providing high-quality secondary education to children who would otherwise struggle to go to school. They have since expanded into Zambia.
From 2009, Avonbrook granted PEAS half the salary for a Director of Educational Excellence, working across PEAS’ schools in Uganda. This grant ran for four years. Since Avonbrook made the grant, the excess revenues generated by existing PEAS’ schools has made the role self-sustaining.
Meanwhile, Xavier Project was founded by Edmund Page in 2008 as a result of his own experience of volunteering at an informal school in Uganda. Edmund witnessed Congolese children who could not recognise ABC. Following his trip, he committed to sponsoring eight Congolese refugees through school in Kampala. Xavier Project now supports the formal and tertiary education of thousands of children and adult refugees across Kenya and Uganda through community-based partnerships and pioneering learning programmes.
Ed was formerly an Avonbrook Trustee. Since his founding Xavier Project, Avonbrook has made regular grants, including for a Director of Education in Uganda, and the expansion of its Education Community Hub scheme in Kenya.