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Featured Graduates

Gertrude Nanyonga

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Current Residence: Mubende, Uganda

Objective: Complete a Bachelors degree in Nursing and pursue a career as a medical worker

Current Status: Completed class work and internship at Jinja School of Nursing and Midwifery, near Kampala, Uganda. As of January 2017, is working at a pharmacy, learning about medications and skin care products.

About: Gertrude became our first Ugandan-born Strongest Oak in 2012 at the age of nineteen when she was completing high school in her village.

Gertrude’s father died when she was only four, leaving her mother to care for two young daughters. Subsistence farming (gardening and poultry) has been the primary means of survival and income for the family. She and her mother manage a small retail stall out of their home, offering farm products for sale.

Despite her economic hardships, Gertrude managed to successfully complete high school, thanks to financial support provided by her uncle and former TSO Uganda Oak Leader, Elijah Kyamuwendo. Elijah tragically died in 2012, leaving behind many young people who relied on his support. We wanted to honor Elijah's contribution to The Strongest Oak Foundation and further his legacy by finding a suitable Oak candidate among his dependents. We found such a person in Gertrude.

Gertrude is focused and determined and has tremendous leadership qualities. She excelled on her high school debating team, was a singer in her school choir, and helped counsel other students in her school who needed advice.

Gertrude graduated from St. Charles Lwanga High School in 2012 and started nursing school in 2013. After completing her nursing degree, Gertrude wants to care for the poor in her community.

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Stanley Ssozi


Current Residence: Kakiri, Uganda
Home Town: Wakiso District of Uganda

Objective: Secure full-time employment as a business and computer specialist

Current Status: Graduated with a diploma in Information Technology and completed his internship at the Kampala Computer Centre in May 2015. As of January 2017, is working in IT support at IT World Support Specialists.

About: Stanley Ssozi joined TSO in the summer of 2014 at the age of twenty-six.

Stanley was born in the Wakiso District of Uganda. He has struggled to support himself since he lost his last parent at the age of ten. Because Stanley sometimes failed to earn the money necessary to pay for school fees, he missed some years at school. Nonetheless, he persevered and advanced to high school, where he got some assistance from his head teachers. During this time, he opened his barbershop in Kakiri trading centre. This business allowed him to support himself as he completed his diploma in Information Technology from Buganda Royal Institute of Business and Technical Education (Mengo).

Stanley continues to run his barber shop and currently attends his internship at Kampala Computer Centre, where he is supported by generous TSO donors.  As an intern, he is in charge of training and computer networking.

With his career, Stanley aspires to earn a better living and be able to inspire the less advantaged youth and children to never lose hope and to always strive with determination and patience in order to reach their goals in life.

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Success Stories

Many of our Oaks have come a long way since we met them. We would like to celebrate their successes in feature articles. Read about our next featured Oak, Gertrude Nanyonga.

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