The tribal chief from Ngoa, a visionary, pursued Adriano Huambo, RISE Angola Country Director, and pleaded for a school for the children of his village. In July 2008, a U.S. team visited, heard the stories, witnessed the desperate need, and wanted to respond.
At the same time, a family from the Chicago area decided to celebrate their 25th anniversary and 50th birthdays in a meaningful way, asking friends and family to help them raise funds to impact the lives of kids in Angola. They were able to give the kids of Ngoa a school and the opportunity for education!
On Wednesday, February 2nd, the school at Ngoa was dedicated. The story of the Chicago family was shared, followed by cheers of delight and gratitude. Vice Mayors from Bocoio and Passe, the Police Chief, tribal leaders, community members, parents, teachers and students attended. The Vice Mayor of Bocoio explained that he was from Ngoa, and had been educated there in a church building as there was no school to attend. A ribbon cutting, champagne inauguration and speeches followed. The dream is now a reality as children learn in new classrooms in Ngoa.
We are currently fundraising to build the Sope school. Our goal is to begin construction in 2018. This school will educate 600 children.