OUR CORE PHILOSOPHY
Far Away Friends sees education as a starting point for investing in the economic and social development of a community. We believe in the philosophy that regardless of a child’s country, city or community of origin, they deserve the tools they need to grow into conscientious global leaders. Our goal is to partner with schools in rural communities whose educational resources for children and adults are absent or in need of advancement.
We don't do charity work--we create mutually beneficial partnerships for the "global good". We believe in helping to support the vision of globally-minded local leaders in rural communities by sharing their stories and using our time, talent and energy to identify grassroots "investors" and help fund their dreams for development. Listening carefully to leaders in our partner communities to make informed decisions about our investments is a practice we take very seriously.
We believe that by connecting people in both the developed and developing world, they can better understand cultural differences and break down stereotypes by making a new friend. Making these connections, we are able to practice empathy and gain a stronger cultural/social awareness of the world outside of our country of origin. Our hope is that these friendships become partnerships in international development and inspire more acts of global citizenship.
EDUCATION IS FOR EVERYONE.
GLOBAL LEADERS PRIMARY SCHOOL is a model for high quality education in Namasale sub-county opened by Far Away Friends in 2016. It is a mixed day and boarding school for grades Nursery through Primary 7 located in Adakolo village providing students and teachers with the tools they need to succeed.
A SCHOOL IS ONLY AS GOOD AS ITS TEACHERS.
Our OperationTEACH Teacher Sponsorship Program supports the salaries, benefits and career development training for fifteen educators and staff at Global Leaders Primary School.
DISTANCE MEANS SO LITTLE WHEN SOMEONE MEANS SO MUCH.
Cross cultural understanding, compassion and friendships have the power to change the world. Travel to Uganda with us for one of our annual, life altering Cultural Immersion Trips.
WHERE WE WORK
We are a global nonprofit organization with dreams to work with communities in need around the world. Our founding projects are based in Northern and Central Uganda, East Africa, the home country of our Co-Founder.
Currently, our projects are benefiting the community of Namasale in Amolatar District, Uganda, Africa. Amolatar District is just south of Lira and across Lake Kyoga. In 2016, we finished building our first local, private primary school called Global Leaders Day & Boarding Primary School in Namasale Sub-County. While there are 10 government-run primary schools in Namasale, there are zero private schools in the area. Unfortunately due to the poor quality of education available at the government-run schools in Namasale, over 2,000 children will not pass their Primary Leaving Exam (PLE) or make it into secondary school. We believe that by providing high quality primary education at Global Leaders Primary School with a focus on problem solving, leadership skills and social-emotional development, more children in Namasale will be able to pass their PLE and attend secondary school.