Word From Founder


Welcome to EDOU!

We’re a charity organisation whose mission is to transform lives.

The Dream for EDOU was born out of my real-life experiences. I grew up in a poverty-stricken home where access to basic necessities of life was difficult. Orphaned at 10 and brought up by my peasant grandmother and step grandfather, I nearly dropped out of school when my grandparents could afford no more the cost of my education. Along this difficult journey, however I was assisted by Good Samaritans who held my hand up and thanks to their support through school; I became the first graduate on his village in 2007!

I had received an education but there was something, something that always touched my heart. Seeing people languish in poverty never was a nice experience. Yet in my Christian faith, I knew God’s plan for everybody was good. It was kind of a puzzle. I wanted to do something that would make a real difference in the lives of people. My journey of grace made me understand everyone needs a hand extended to them so they could realise their dreams. My focus was on giving access to education to children of the poor particularly vulnerable girls. I was convinced just as education has transformed societies the world over, the lack of which in my community undermined would be successful lives. It was a joyful burden God put on my heart – joyful because the thought of transforming lives of people was pleasant to the mind yet a burden because I didn’t know how it would turn into a life-transforming reality. I prayed. On December 1, 2009, EDOU was born.

By the grace of God, we have since 2009 been growing in our charity cause, mobilizing and committing resources in areas of practical need. The Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund is the first scholarship scheme in Africa for survivors of gender based violence and teenage mothers. It has so far benefited 27 in schools and at university. One such girl is Lisandra, a 20-year GBV survivor studying Bachelors of Laws at Makerere University Kampala. I started the Fund after selling my piece of land worth $1,500.

We launched HerWallet, an interesting multi-impact project economically empowering urban poor women and curbing violence against women. We have assisted school children get clean and safe water, sheltered homeless orphans, and in 2013, adopted UNFPA’s “Let Girls Be Girls” Campaign. Teenage pregnancy and the lack of access to sexual and reproductive health information are hindrances to girls’ rights to education and health. I am a girls’ rights campaigner. I use a pen to take up the case of girls and women. And one of EDOU’s Core Values being Innovation, we shall continue to develop projects to deliver for girls and women.

I invite you to become our Partner. Your donation will make a difference. I also ask you to become our Ambassador. Make that invisible link visible connecting willing hearts to the area of practical need. There is no better time than now to make a difference in someone’s life. I’ll be glad to hear from you.

Thank you,

BRIAN MUTEBI

 

*Brian Mutebi

Brian Mutebi is EDOU’s founder and the architect of the Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund. He is a 2016 Winner of the “120 Under 40: New Generation of Family Planning Leaders” global contest organized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland USA. He is award winning journalist and girls’ rights campaigner featuring on the Women Deliver global list of “15 journalists, 15 voices for girls and women” and described by Women & Girls Hub as “one of Africa’s leading women rights crusaders” for his extensive writing and advocacy for girls’ and women’s rights. In 2015, Brian was named “Commonwealth Young Achiever” by the Commonwealth Youth Council UK.

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Brian wins the “120 Under 40” globa...

Brian wins the “120 Under 40” global contest

...the EDOU founder belongs to a "truly an outstanding group"    Brian receives the 120 Under 40 certificate...

Brian unveils EDOU’s project to pro...

Brian unveils EDOU’s project to promote women’s health

...the project involves setting up an online information and data centre.   Brian speaking at the Population...

EDOU joins the Girls Not Brides Glo...

…it is a good platform to ending the cultural practice Kampala We're delighted to announce that our...

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Dare report under-reported issues, Brian implores African journalists

...Brian was invited to speak at the UNFPA event as a winner of the 120...

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We ask Melinda Gates to become our Noble Ambassador

...Brian makes request at the Women Deliver Conference in Copenhagen - Denmark Brian and other delegates pose...

EDOU making widows’ heart sing

EDOU making widows’ heart sing

In this news article Brian shares his experience from his recent trip to Kikandwa. Kikandwa...

Stanchart Bank Partners with us to ...

Stanchart Bank Partners with us to transform lives

We’re grateful that one of the most respected banks not only in Uganda but internationally,...

University Scholarships launched

University Scholarships launched

We're happy to announce that the Brian Mutebi Dream Scholarship Fund has launched its university...

Testimonies

We always want such development initiatives

“We always want such development initiatives by people like you born in our area. It...

The scholarship made all the difference

“The conditions are far better now with the support he receives. He is not worried...

Giving sanitary pads to girls

“Now I will really be safe. I will not fear being embarrassed among boys,” said...

House built for orphans

“Nze Livingstone Ssempebwa ne muganda wange Francis Ssekatawa tuli basanyufu nnyo kubanga mutuzimbidde enyumba gyetugenda...

Blessed by a blind woman

“I do not want to portray a picture that all (process of building house for...

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Transforming Lives(Before)

Transforming Lives(after)

Brian giving hope to vulnerable girls