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The Grasshoppers Uganda Project is a collaboration between CRC, incredible volunteers led by Krista Seibert, and our friends in and from Uganda. The Project provides school funding for young girls while empowering them through education and athletics. Learn more here and get involved as we spread CRC's Grasshopper program beyond Ohio.
The Grasshoppers Uganda Project supports the academic and athletic growth of young girls in Bukomero UG by providing opportunity through education and sports, allowing for female empowerment, future stability, and self-sustainability.
We fundraise in order to cover the cost of schooling for the young girls within the program. Why the emphasis on female-focused education? Read our deeper story here.
There are two primary ways to get involved and to contribute to the Grasshoppers Uganda Project:
Dr. Solomon Ssenyange was born in Uganda. During the time of despot Idi Amin Dada, Solomon’s mother fled to a refugee camp in another developing country, Kenya. Nine years later, the family moved to Winnipeg in Canada, when a local church agreed to sponsor them. Solomon was 14 by then. Solomon remained in Canada for 14 years, completing high school before earning a bachelor’s degree and a doctorate in analytical chemistry from the University of Alberta. He completed his post-doctoral studies at The Ohio State University.
While in Columbus, Solomon trained as a marathon runner and honed his skills with the team at CRC from 2004-2006. He has since taken his passion for running and is involved in this project by helping children in Uganda with their running endeavors as well as their education.
Livingstone was born, raised, and educated in Uganda. He studied environmental science, development, and practical skills in college. Since 2009, he has been involved in activities to enhance the quality of life for children and rural families in his home country.
"I really feel joy when I see people's smiles due to my contribution, and that pushed me into becoming a humanitarian activist," he says. Livingstone saw the need for a place where women and youth in Bukomero could go to gain empowerment. With direction from the people of Bukomero, he developed a plan, focused on education. He believes that skill development and knowledge are the keys to open the doors of opportunity, alleviating poverty.
The first team from Ohio to visit the school in Bukomero included Krista Seibert and Brynne Dieterle.
Krista has been the driving force behind CRC's involvement in Uganda, linking us up with our old friend Sol Ssenyange and then leading the initial trip to donate shoes and clothing in Bukomero.