Betty Wasswa: Founder, Rock of Ages School


Betty Wasswa was born to a family near Mbiiko and was given the gift of an education. She made it through college and received her degree in Higher Education. She soon realized her dream of returning to her home village and helping the children she knew were not as fortunate as she was. She attended YWAM (Youth With A Mission) and has received early childhood education, making it possible for her to obtain her teaching credentials.

She was led to start Rock of Ages School because most of the children living in the community are either without parents, their mothers are prostitutes, and/or their family has been overcome with great despair.  She embraced the great importance and urgency for the children of Mbiko to go to school and decided to offer a free education to them. Using the little money her and her husband had, she rented a small building and opened the unofficial school. 

In 2010, when we first met Betty, she had nearly 50 students attending ROA. She explained to us with such passion, how she one day hoped to have an official school that could provide hundreds of children with the hope for a better future. She knew that education was the key to changing her village. It was because of this encounter that Hands4Uganda was established and recognized as an official 501c3 nearly a year later. 

Betty is a phenomenal woman. She loves her students as if they are her own. She believes in them and that alone can do miracles in the life of a child who has no hope and no family. She believes that a free education brings hope to these children and gives them the opportunity to someday escape the stronghold of poverty that leads to so much despair within their village.

In order to best support the students at Rock of Ages, Hands4Uganda established a sponsorship program to cover the cost for these children to attend school. The sponsorship is a tax deductible, charitable contribution and is only $30 per month or $360 per year. If you are interested in bringing hope and a future to a child in Mbiko, please prayerfully consider the opportunity to sponsor a child today.

Through the support of Hands4Uganda, ROA has become a government official school, raised enrollment to 250 students, and purchased three acres of land to build a new school facility. The school is currently housed on the original property that Betty first rented, with classrooms that have been added through the support of our generous donors. Unfortunately the current property offers no further ability of expansion so enrollment is currently capped at 250 students. Our hope us to build a full school facility that is both innovative in construction in order to minimize operational costs integrative as a community center.