building sustainability; a profile of the Masooli School Project

As a socially conscious business, ethical muse gives back by supporting our 450 children at the Masooli school in Uganda. Our primary focus is providing nutritious meals. To date ethical muse has contributed over 15,000 meals. Research has shown that when children in developing countries are given school meals, attendance and concentration improves. We have seen that at Masooli. Staying in school as long as possible can positively impact their legacy.  In 2011 there were 200 students and today in 2015 we have close to 450. The photo above is how the classroom looks today; the kindergarteners in their learning environment with proper floors and walls.

However, we know that in community development a holistic approach needs to be employed – a balance between nutrition, education, economics and health. The goal is to give this community a hand-up, not a hand-out. One of our founders, Cathy, is instrumental in rallying philanthropists to support this project. So here’s her recap of philanthropic contributions made to  Masooli   school in 2015:

  • All students at Masooli are provided with a meal during the school day and school supplies for the year
  • A manager, a secretary and a cleaner have been employed to oversee the daily structure and maintenance of the school
  • 13 students have been financially sponsored so they are able to attend Secondary school
  • So proud of our 2 sponsored students graduating from Vocational school (see photos below of Jesca and Michael)
  • Buildings and floors have been repaired and repainted
  • All students are now provided with socks to protect their feet from jiggers thanks to a generous donation from local Dubai based business, Bounce. (Jiggers are sand fleas that burrow into the skin and lay eggs causing swelling, itching and infection which can lead to amputation.)

Masooli’s road to sustainability has taken a slow but very organic path. As Margaret Mead says, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.

Behind the scenes we have two programs in the works:

  • Currently in talks with World Relief Australia to help administer community development initiatives
  • We Care Solar will build Solar Suitcases with students at Lawrenceville School in New Jersey and then deliver them to Uganda. This will allow prolonged study time for Masooli students. An important aspect of this program will be the community of Masooli maintaining the upkeep of their suitcase, investing in a $30 battery annually. Our move towards more sustainability…

jessica graduating masool