No child should lose the opportunity of education.
We have urgent requests from 2 GO Local Heroes – 42 children are at risk of stopping their education.
Local Hero Robert Katende, an Obama Fellow and subject of the movie “Queen of Katwe”, runs the SOM Chess Academy in Uganda. 19 of his students living in slums can’t afford tuition fees, leaving them vulnerable to violence and exploitation on the streets.
Local Hero Grace Seneiya, founder of the Samburu Handicap Education Rehabilitation Program (SHERP) in Kenya, has 23 children with special needs who need crutches, wheelchairs, or epilepsy medication to return to school.
Let’s make sure these children attend school this year.
About Our Partners
SOM Chess Academy
Local Hero Robert Katende
SOM believes in transforming the lives of children through chess, one move at a time.
Robert was born and raised in the slums of Kampala, Uganda. Against all odds, he made it to Kyambogo University where he pursued a degree in civil engineering. He introduced and developed chess programs in the slums of Kampala. The impact of the chess program has drawn international attention with Disney film, Queen of Katwe, which depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi and her rise from the slums to become an international chess champion. SOM Chess Academy has proven chess to be an equalizer – allowing youth to show off their abilities despite their backgrounds.
Local Hero Grace Seneiya
Founded in 2001 by Grace Seneiya, who won the President of Kenya’s Youngest Achiever’s Award and the Human Rights Award from the Law Society of Kenya, the Samburu Handicap Education and Rehabilitation Programme (SHERP) is a loving home for children living with disabilities.
They are passionate in their efforts to save children who are neglected, abused, and even killed due to the traditional Samburu belief that disability is a curse that has befallen a family or a community. Their goals are to provide the children with basic needs such as healthcare and education and to work with the children’s families in hopes of the children returning home to be cared for by their families and becoming integrated within the community.