In the three years since The Stella-Rosie Foundation was formed, it has gone from an idea to an organization with a solid foundation, a growing family of sponsors, and big dreams for the future. The women who lent their names to the foundation and to whose memories it is dedicated – Stella Munyarugero and Rosie Morales Goulet - led very different lives and never met, but their passion for education inspired its creation and sustain its mission.
Stella taught her daughter Florence what fierce determination could do in the face of adversity. Rosie missed three years of school during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines during WW II, and spent the rest of her life as a scholar, teacher and advocate for multicultural education and international understanding.
The purpose of our foundation is to place deserving children in private schools so they can take advantage of the opportunities afforded by such schools. Why private schools? Uganda is a poor country with one of the youngest populations on Earth, and it simply does not have the public resources to educate its children to the limit of their abilities. Private schools offer this to bright, motivated children. We find such children who are poor and orphaned – who might not even manage to make it to public schools – and give them their chance at life. You will see pictures of a few of them here.
PASSION . COMPASSION . REAL CHANGE
Stella Munyarugero - Mukarutangira
Circa 1930 - 2001
Rosie Morales - Goulet
1930 - 1996