what’s been done

accomplishments and awards

  • built 159 schools in rural Angola since 2003
  • provided the opportunity for over 103,000 students to go to school
  • drilled 18 wells at school sites since 2009
  • named 1 of 8 finalists for the $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize in 2013
  • distributed 23,200 pairs of TOMS Shoes as an Official Giving Partner
  • supplied 49,500 textbooks
  • received government recognition
  • facilitated workshops for over 1000 teachers and leaders, 2005 – 2011
  • trained 1550 teachers and leaders in the It Takes Courage! Youth Curriculum
  • established and certified a National Angolan ITC! Training Team
  • loaded and shipped 20 containers of clothing, school supplies and materials
  • led 26 Pilgrimage of Service teams, including over 200 participants
  • co-sponsored World AIDS Day Awareness Walk and Concert, 2007 and 2008
  • provided 9000 blankets to the Nangweshi Refugee Camp
  • established micro-finance programs in the Nangweshi Refugee Camp and Angola
  • developed Mercy Teams to extend care to the community
  • funded college scholarships for 12 Angolan refugee students

    cultural ambassador award –Ÿ february 2013

    2013 - Cultural Ambassador AwardIn honor of the 20 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Angola, 1993-2013, Ambassador Christopher McMullen hosted a reception to honor the work Americans are doing in Angola, promoting working together. RISE received a Cultural Ambassador Award “in recognition of its inestimable contribution to advancing mutual understanding between the U.S. and Angola in bringing lasting benefit to the community, one school at a time.”

    caplow children’s prize finalist


    RISE was named 1 of 8 finalists for the first-ever $1 million Caplow Children’s Prize, the largest humanitarian prize dedicated to saving children’s lives in the world today.

    Recognizing that nearly 18,000 children under five years old die from preventable causes every day, the Children’s Prize funds projects aimed at saving the greatest number of children’s lives in the most impactful, credible, and cost-effective way. In all, 565 proposals were received from 70 countries.

    Our project focused on clean water at RISE schools. One in six children in Angola die before age 5, most from preventable causes. Learn more about it in the finalists’ showcase at www.childrensprize.org.

    press releases featuring RISE

    CNN – How many children can $1 Million Save?
    Fast Company (named 2014 Magazine of the Year) – 8 Incredibly Effective Ways to Save Children from Preventable Deaths
    Children’s Prize – Impacting Local Communities through Clean Water