We believe education is vital to a thriving society. The Somero Project is a non-profit organization that works to run the Evergreen Primary School in Kotolo, Uganda. Through donations and sponsorships we work with the local community to empower their youth.
Interested in helping a child get an education? You’ll have the opportunity to build a meaningful relationship with the kids that are directly impacted by your donations.
We don't solely run off of sponsorships, donations make a great difference for The Somero Project and the Evergreen School. There are always projects you can help build.
In 2008, Craig Conover began supporting a small village in Uganda named Kotolo. Craig had an established friendship with Alexander Oboi, a local Ugandan. Alex and his mother Susan Mary asked Craig to pay for the construction of a primary school in Kotolo, because there was no local school. The closest public school was several miles away, and the children in Kotolo had to walk on foot to attend.
Craig had the idea to fund the school through asking for financial support and in turn would train and run marathons. He created “26 for Africa” – the ‘26’ represented 26 miles in a marathon. Craig was also simultaneously working full time, and was funding the majority of the school construction & teacher salaries (4 teachers to start) in phases out of his 401(K) retirement plan. Unfortunately, funding was few and far between, so Craig was funding everything for the school from 2008 to 2012 out of his own pocket.
In 2012, Craig and his daughter Becky had a conversation that led to Becky taking control of the non-profit organization so that Craig was able to eventually retire. Becky got a group of her friends together, formed a Board of Directors, changed the name from “26 to Africa” to “The Somero Project,” and started a sponsorship program to generate funding. The idea of sponsorship was to partner a student and a sponsor, putting a real name and face to the sponsor’s $25 monthly donation.
In the years since The Somero Project was established, we have accomplished a number of exciting projects in Kotolo.
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"2022 marked TEN YEARS for The Somero Project! A decade of learning and growing for the Evergreen School, its students, and our organization. All thanks to the continued support of our sponsors and donations. We, like many of you, are learning how to adapt and press forward in a post-pandemic world.
We have a renewed sense of pride in our project, as our students returned to the classrooms and our teachers returned to work. We have a renewed sense of excitement, as we continue to evaluate ways in which we can improve our school. We have a renewed sense of purpose, as we sent our first group of volunteers to Uganda since 2019 - giving us a first-hand glimpse into the real lives of real people - children and their entire families, who are impacted by YOU. From our family to yours, thank you!"
Nearly every year there is a group of board members and volunteers that go to visit the school in Uganda. With a bit of manual labor and morale boosting, these visits are about lending a helping hand around the school.