education matters e.V.

education matters e.V. is a charitable organization founded in June 2012 by students and young adults. Inspired by Mark Ballandies' experiences during his year of voluntary service in Uganda/Africa we want to develop ideas together and continue the work Mark successfully started.

Our aims:

We try to help disadvantaged children, teenagers and young adults in East Africa. Every human being of every ethnic group, religion, or gender should have the possibility to go to school. Depending on their skills and interests we want to support these children and show them new perspectives for their future. We do not only focus on their education in school, but also try to further their academic career.

Especially social and cultural subjects are important to us, because they often come up short in regular school. Young people should be made aware of topics and problems directly or indirectly related to them. Therefore we try to bring up self-confident students who's character can grow in the future.

Furthermore we not only want to strengthen the relationship between nations in Africa, but also their relationship with Europe and other countries in the world.


Our work:

With our sponsorship program at the Divine Mission Junior School in Kampala/Uganda we support almost 30 children. Some of the children are already visiting the secondary school and receiving additionally to their school fees a drivers license and a passport. The sponsors are able to exchange letters with the children and teenagers in Uganda and keep in contact.

We also arrange annually exchange projects between the Divine Mission Junior School in Uganda and the children's home Watoto Wetu Tanzania in Dar es Salaam/Tanzania to give the students a platform to exchange and open their minds for other nations.

Another project is the construction of a new school in Uganda to make more primary and secondary education for children possible in an affordable way.

Every donation goes directly in the specific project without any administration charge. We hold very close contact to our partners in Africa to make sure that every donation is received where it is supposed to.