Mvule Trust mission
The Trust’s main organizational goal is to improve the lives of underprivileged rural Ugandan families by providing young people; primarily girls with scholarships.
Mvule Trust vision
Mvule Trust envisions a cadre of young people who are educated, self-confident, self-sufficient and able to engage in sustainable livelihoods in their home areas.
Mvule Trust (MT) was set up in January 2005 by Catherine Watson with a five million dollar grant from the Swedish philanthropist Lisbet Rausing. The major aim of the organisation was to enable especially underprivileged girl children from remote districts of Uganda to access secondary education by providing them with scholarships. The Trust was first registered as a charitable organisation in the United Kingdom (UK) in September 2005.
In October 2005, it was registered as a Nongovernmental organisation (NGO) with the Charity Commission in Uganda. At the beginning of its operations, MT contracted Uganda-based NGOs such as the Forum for African Women Educationists Uganda chapter (FAWE-U), World Vision, The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), The Uganda Women’s Effort to Save Orphans (UWESO) and two major secondary schools, i.e. Cornerstone and The Uganda Rural Development and Training programme (URDT). These organisations were identified because they had a history of managing scholarship programmes. Consequently, MT signed four year contracts from (2006 to 2009) with each of these organisations to put over 1500 adolescents especially girls in the ratio of 75% girls to 25% boys through education. As part of its commitment to encourage young people to study sciences, MT provided funding for laboratory reagents and equipment, libraries, solar lighting and energy saving stoves in some of the schools where their beneficiaries were enrolled.
Originally, MT hoped to operate only as a grantsmaking NGO. The aim was to only fund reputable local NGOs without maintaining full time staff itself. This became unworkable as the Trust quickly learnt that no matter how reputable,even sub-grantees require rigorous monitoring due to the endemic funds absorption problems or related risks of managing large sums of money. This led MT to hire two full time staff in mid 2006. Subsequently, the Trust signed an agreement with STF to house its staff and handle all its logistics for a period of five years.