In 2005, Patty Gilbert and Bay Roberts travelled to Uganda, Africa to visit a little girl named Juliet Birungi (right) who had been recently orphaned. We wanted to help this child and other children like her. Upon visiting Juliet’s school, The Rock Foundation School, located in the slums of Kampala, we found a “school” with 500 students and one textbook, temporary classrooms with no windows and doors, dirt floors, no electricity, no running water, no scholastic materials, no blackboards, no playground and a staff of poorly trained, inexperienced teachers who frequently were not paid.
We spent over two weeks at the school, observing and making friends. We decided upon our return home that we would dedicate ourselves to partnering with targeted impoverished Ugandan schools to better the lives of the children. The Rock Foundation School was our first partner school.