ALU Grant

Oct. 7, 2010

Promise International of UGANDA receives $200,000 Grant from Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

Largest corporate grant in organization’s 18-year history will support educational program at Gateway Mercy orphanage

Richardson, TX Promise International announced that it has received a $200,000 grant over three years from the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Alcatel-Lucent, to provide support for the educational program at Promise International’s Gateway Mercy orphanage in Kampala, Uganda. This is the largest grant awarded to Promise International since its inception in 1992.

“Alcatel-Lucent and Promise International share a strong dedication to empowering our youth, both locally and globally, based on a strong educational foundation.  This focus is one of the pillars of our program at Gateway Mercy orphanage.  We are working to go  beyond providing the basics of food, clothing, and shelter for the children because we  know long-term success and sustainment is rooted in a quality education and the acquisition of certain life-skills.  And it is this understanding that makes the Alcatel-Lucent grant so remarkably perfect for Promise International.  We will use this grant to lay the foundation for our educational goals,” said Lisa Irwin, Promise International’s Board of Directors Chairman.

“A focus area for the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation is education and training for young people, and Promise International’s program focused on educational and life-skills development is one that we enthusiastically support,” said Beatrice Tassot, Executive Director of the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation.  “Giving students a solid education — starting in their primary school years — will serve them well in their adult life by establishing the necessary foundation upon which they can grow and compete in the job market.”

Gateway Mercy was founded by Jovia Nakabuye, an Ugandan woman who came to America to earn money to educate her children.  Upon returning to Uganda in 2002, she began to take in neighborhood children, many of whom had no homes or relatives to care for them, creating a small orphanage and school.  Mrs. Nakabuye passed away in 2006, but her family has carried on her work and is involved in running the orphanage, which now cares for more than 80 children.  The partnership between Promise International and Alcatel-Lucent, which employees approximately 50-people in Kampala, spans a three-year period.  In addition to the funding, Alcatel-Lucent personnel are already volunteering their time to teach at the orphanage.

“Under the leadership of Raphael Trommer (Alcatel-Lucent  Branch Manager in Kampala), Alcatel-Lucent personnel have displayed remarkable compassion and a willingness to assist the orphanage’s children,” Ms. Irwin noted.  “From French classes to computer training, their work at Gateway Mercy not only provides valuable educational skills, but also critical role-modeling behavior and encouragement for the children.”

“The work with Promise International is a perfect fit for us,” adds Tassot.  “Our mission to target underserved communities with access to education and life skills programs is clearly consistent with what Promise International is doing in Uganda.  We look forward to the progress we can make there over the next three years.”

About the Alcatel-Lucent Foundation

The Alcatel-Lucent Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Alcatel-Lucent and it leads the company’s charitable activities. With a focus on education and volunteerism, the Foundation’s mission is to support the commitment of Alcatel-Lucent to social responsibility by serving and enhancing the communities where its employees and customers live and work. To accomplish its mission, the Foundation manages grants, corporate contributions and employee volunteerism on a global level. It is defined as a “charitable”, non-governmental, non-profit, private organization that receives its income from the corporation — Alcatel-Lucent — whose name it bears. However, legally it is an independent entity and is governed by its own board of trustees that is separate from the corporate board of directors. For more information, visit:

About Promise International

Promise International is a unique charitable organization that is successfully cultivating Uganda’s future.  Driven by faith, passion, and a personal connection to Uganda, we provide for the country’s most vulnerable citizens–impoverished, abandoned orphans and other needy children in both rural and urban areas.  While our primary focus is providing a safe/loving environment, and a quality education to these children, we strive to do more for more than supply the basics of food, shelter, and clothing.  We seek to develop the next generation of Ugandan leadership by equipping these disadvantaged young people with a solid education, vocational skills, and the tools to become self-supporting, contributing members of their society.

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