School is now in full swing for our students, from taking midterms to competing in international robotics competitions, there’s always something happening on campus! We’re also singing major praises as we’ve recently received a grant to purchase an abandoned school in the lot next to Beacon of Hope (BOH). This school year has already been full of blessings!

Zarmada’s Generous Gift

We are very excited to announce the Zarmada Giving Fund has made a generous $40,000 grant to Pilgrim Africa. Zarmada is a strategic partner of the world’s best tech companies, a leader in innovation, and a fantastic global neighbor. This grant will go toward renovating and opening a new school campus annex adjacent to the Beacon of Hope School property. The annex will give Beacon of Hope the ability to enroll at least a hundred new students each year, increasing the number of lives we are able to impact by expanding access to quality education in rural Uganda. Thank you so much Zarmada, your gift will be instrumental in changing students’ lives!

BOH Students Score High in Robotics Competition 

Our BOH robotics team competed in the INTO ORBIT FIRST Lego League and our students dazzled the judges with their projects! This international competition is for students aged 9-16 years and has teams work out solutions for various problems based on the topic for the season; this year, the topic was “Space”. Over 323,000 students participated and there were over 40,000 teams.

BOH registered two teams, the Thunderknights and the Cyberstorms, both teams made up of 4 boys and 4 girls, and they all did exceptional at the competition! The Thunderknights had the highest overall score with 356 points and the Cyberstorms were close behind with 214 points. The judges scored both teams as excellent in the main three categories of Mechanical Design, Programming, and Strategy & Innovation. 

The judges were also impressed by each team’s professionalism, teamwork, and presentations and have invited both teams to participate in the FIRST LEGO League Open International Turkey in May and the GISUTECH competition in June. We are very proud of our students and send them the warmest congratulations! 

“A Child of Pilgrim”

In this moving video, former student Racheal Apolot, shares how meaningful her time was at Beacon of Hope. Racheal graduated from BOH, went to university, and now works with us on our Katakwi Rotary Malaria Project! Racheal’s story shows just how powerful access to quality education can be. Come to Nafasi to meet students and hear stories, like Racheal’s, in person.

It is thanks to your generous support and donations that students at Beacon of Hope are able to have this life-changing access to education and completely alter the course of their lives. We thank you for your continued faithfulness throughout these ever-changing seasons.

“Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” ~ Psalm 37:4