"A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination. But when you add to that a literate tongue or pen, then you have something very special."
Nelson Mandela
The projects and institutions we partner with focus on investing into education in the most sustainable way.
We have education at our core. All projects we support have a need to strengthen the educational infrastructure in their community. Moreover, accountability of the local organization and long-term sustainability of the project and partnership are vital to us.

Visit & Planning
Before potential partnerships are formed, we visit the project in person and determine the terms of the partnership. In the next step, we develop a budget and action plan for the upcoming months. The girls well-being and long-term impact determine these plans.

We are in regular contact with our partner organizations. This includes follow-up visits, exchange of status reports, regular online "in person" meeting were we analyzing and discuss the impact of the collaboration in order to make adjustments when needed.

Abato Foundation - Mpigi, Uganda
The "Abato Foundation" is a nonprofit organization serving children in Central Uganda.
It all started in 2014 with a small building and a vision by Moses Kalanzi, founder of the Abato Foundation, who wanted to transform a community by making a difference and giving children the opportunity to receive a good education within a safe environment.

Abato Primary School
At the Abato School, over 380 students find a safe and exciting place to develop their individual potential and become the chance-makers of tomorrow.

Pearl of Africa Secondary school
In 2020 the Abato Foundation started the construction of its own secondary school, seeing the need to have access to next level education on the same campus. There are currently around 260 pupils at the school. Additionally, the school also has a large boarding house, which provides a safe place for the 126 pupils who need it.

Kingdom Medical Center
Health care is often a problem in rural areas. To transform the community and create impact the Abato Foundation also started constructing a health facility in 2018. At the 'Kingdom Medical Centre,' children and people in the surrounding area can receive treatment for common illnesses. In 2020 we where able to build up a maternity ward for safe delivery for children. Additionally, a dentist is on-site every day to provide assistance within the community.

Skill Based Training Center "Women Empowerment Center"
In 2017 the "Girls On A Mission" campaign was formed and started its work by raising awareness about menstruation and sexual education throughout the village. In 2019 the "Toni Garrn Foundation" had the opportunity to support the "Girls On A Mission e.V." in constructing the "Women's Empowerment Center". Since then, more than 250 women have completed vocational training and now have the opportunity to stand on their own two feet.
  • Present Status
    Primary School: 388 students 54% girls
    Secondary School: 253 Studens 63% girls
    Empowerment Center: 46 women in training
  • Future Projects
    We wish to construct a "STEM-Hub" to aim increase engagement and bring more students into STEM fields by providing equitable resources, training and exposure. Knowledge in STEM subjects improves opportunities in an ever-growing job market.
    Besides this we are always raising funds for scholarships to maintain school operations.
  • Uganda Education Insight
    Attendance at primary level has grown due to a universal primary education policy.
    Secondary education is still inaccessible to most adolescents. Less than 24 per cent of them are enrolled at this level. Early marriage, teenage pregnancy, abuse at schools and school fees keep many teens, especially girls, out of secondary schools. (Source: UNICEF)
  • Impact
    Since 2019, the foundation has supported 1.856 children. With the construction of the Boarding Dormitory, 216 Girls can study in a safe environment. With the maternity center the entire health facility is upgraded to a "Health Center III" status. Since the opening of the Empowerment Center in 2019 a total of 288 women graduated with a certificate.
  • Moses Kalanzi
    Director & Coordinator
    Abato/ Pearl Of Africa
  • Kirabo Kalanzi
    CEO & Coordinator
    Women Empowerment Centre
Wioso Senior High School - Ashanti, Ghana
About Wioso
The unique approach of the Wioso Senior High School located in the Ashanti region is combing a secondary high school with an organic farm providing sustainable, high quality and geo-specific education in rural Ghana.

Farming at Wioso
The management of the school farm is integral to the whole Alma Mater Model. Around 3 acres of land is given over to growing food for the students. Ingredients such as Plantains, Cassava, Maize, Tomatoes, Chillies, Ginger etc, to ensure the pupils have a nutritious menu. Not only provides the farm an excellent source of nutritious food for the students, but also acts as a center for conducting different training programs.

Project Partnerships
A dormitory for girls and two female teachers was completed in the beginning of 2019 with the great support of the i engineering group. The construction was a key wish from local community leaders and parents since most of the students live far away from the school. Also, two school busses have been donated through Toni Garrn's network, by Atlantic Street Capital, which guarantee a safe transportation. A new science Lab adds to the achievements in 2019 fundraised by the Toni Garrn Foundation.

The Toni Garrn Foundation is teaming up with Alma Mater Education, an NGO based in England to leverage both core organizational competencies and successfully support the community on-site.
i engineering group - a provider of engineering infrastructure solutions to the telecommunications and power industries supported extensively in the construction of the new dormitories.
  • Present Status
    Year 2 and 3 students: 165 students, 55% girls
    Year 1 students expected in March: 90, 50% girls
    Boarding school: 90 boarding girls (135 expected)
  • Projects
    2024 will be focusing on enlarging and upgrading the facilities. An extension to the boarding facilities is planned, along with a new solar power system that will support the entire compound. Moreover, we will be working on providing all girls with scholarships for the running school year.
  • Ghana Education Insight
    The average number of years of education that the poorest girls from rural areas aged 20 to 24 can attain is about 4 years as compared to 13 years for girls from affluent homes in urban areas. Gender differences tend to become more significant at the secondary level even in the wealthiest households. (Source: UNICEF)
  • Impact
    The construction of the dormitory provides girls with a safe place to live so they can fully focus on their studies. The new science lab ensures that the students receive their chemistry and physics education on the Wioso campus and saves facility rental costs at other schools.
  • Dennis Oduro Akomeah
    Project Director at Alma Mater Education
    based in Ghana
  • Paolo Mele
    CEO at Alma Mater Education
    based in UK

Wioso Health Centre and Maternity Ward
About the Health Centre
The Wioso Health Centre (WHC) is located at the western edge of Wioso Village. It was established as a health centre around 40 years ago.
Doctor Naydia, the head Physician Assistant at WHC and the nurses at the clinic are serving about 7.000 people to ensure medical care for the farming community including the students from Alma Mater Education and St. Joseph schools. The next bigger and well equipped hospital is a 45 minutes drive away.

The main patient group are children between ages 1-5. They regularly suffer from malaria and can get treated for free at the clinic. In July 2021 the center treated 129 children under 5 with Malaria. This is 4 children per day.

New Maternity Ward
The maternity section was formerly made up by one room for the nurses and one room for active deliveries. After giving birth the mother and child had to leave the hospital due to the lack of rooms available.

Together with our partners, Dr. Naydia and skilled architects we made up plans to construct a new maternity ward for the women in the community. Construction started in 2021 and finished in August 2022. The new maternity ward has 2 labour rooms with 4 beds a separate toilet and washing room for the women and space for 8-10 more women post-labour or pre-labour and for check ups. The centre will also be a hub for sexual education and female health advocacy in the region.
  • Present Status
    Main Building: three departments at the WHC with OPG (general) and Child welfare care.

    Maternity Ward (2022): Opened in August 2022

  • Projects
    Our next goal is to finalize the equipment needed at the new maternity ward e.g. professional ultrasound machines, new scissors, heating lamps etc.
  • Dr. Nadia Marty
    Physician Assistant
    Head of the Wioso Health Centre
  • Deborah "Debbie" Armah
    Head midwife
    Head of the new maternity ward
Photocredits: Florian Schüppel

St.Joseph's School
Domeabra is located in the Ahafo – Ano South-West District of the Ashanti Region of Ghana with a population of about 5.000 inhabitants. The district is one of the poorest areas of the region with mostly farmers living in the community.
Domeabra borders at Wioso and St. Joseph's School is just a 5 minutes drive from the Alma Mater Education Secondary School.

About St.Joseph's School Domeabra
Today St.Joseph's has a nursery (ages 2-3), a Kindergarten (ages 4-5), a primary school (ages 6-11) and a Junior High School (ages 12-15). St. Joseph and TGF are partners since 2020.
Currently the school has twelve classrooms and one room for Information and Communication Technology (ICT), one staff common room and a bookshop.

New nursery block
In 2020 St.Jospeh's opened the new nursery block to be able to serve the youngest in the community with age-adequate space and toilet facilities. Since the opening the intake of nursery children has increased by a great deal. In August 2022 there are 50 enrolled kids, 30 boys and 20 girls.

St.Joseph's School in numbers
Currently St. Joseph's School has an enrollment of 368 children out of which 100 are in the nursery and Kindergarten classes, 233 in the Primary section and 35 in the Junior High School section. There are 17 teaching staff.

    • Sr. Juliet
      Head of St.Joseph's School
    Photocredits: Florian Schüppel
    Village Health Works - Kigutu, Burundi
    Village Health Works ("VHW") transformed the mountain village of Kigutu, 60 miles southwest of the capital city of Bujumbura, into a center for quality, community-driven health care and education. Since 2007, VHW has provided health care in this village and served a population of approximately 200,000. They also provide development programs focused on sustainable agriculture, education, arts and culture, gender-based violence prevention, and economic empowerment.

    In 2020, the Kigutu International Academy (KIA), the new secondary school at VHW, opened its doors to a diverse group of promising young boys and girls from across Burundi. Rather than memorizing facts, KIA uses hands-on and creative learning opportunities, both inside and outside the classroom. KIA students build the skills they need to be entrepreneurs, problem-solvers and innovators in their communities and beyond.

    Project Partnerships
    The Toni Garrn Foundation supports improvements to KIA's school building and provides scholarships for girls to attend the school. TGF also supports girls at KIA and in the local community with girls empowerment and leadership programming.

    • Present Status
      KIA students: 31 students, 58% girls
      KIA students from July 2021 on: 60
    • Projects
      In the upcoming months we will be focusing on supporting the girls at KIA with scholarships and a joint mentoring program focusing on personal growth and empowerment.
    • Burundi education insight
      Schooling of children aged 6 to 11 has risen sharply in recent years. However, school enrollment rates for children 12 to 14 also fell considerably. Household poverty, early pregnancy, coupled with school violence and low-quality education are the main causes of drop in school enrollment rates among adolescents. (Source: UNICEF)
    • Impact
      VHW's health impact includes 45,000 clinical consultations in 2018, a 19% increase from 2017. Almost 65% of the patients who visited the clinic in 2018 were women. KIA delivers a high standard of education to its students, and its community based education programs benefit several hundred local girls in Kigutu.
    • Clare Korir
      Head of School at KIA
    • Roshi Matewere
      Administrative Dean
    • Deo Niyizonkiza
      Founder and CEO of VHW
    Childhood education - Bugesera, Rwanda
    In Bugesera, two new centers for early childhood development (ECD) will be established and 75 community members are currently trained to become caregivers for small children. They are trained in pedagogy and learn about the minimum standards for early childhood development and the national curriculum for early childhood education.

    Vocational Training
    In addition, 50 young mothers are given vocational and entrepreneurial training so they can earn their living expenses by themselves and ensure that their children receive early childhood education and care.

    The planning stage has been completed and the project realization has already started.

    For more information review the interim report of the general project from Plan International. Please note that the Toni Garrn Foundation is supporting part of the project concentrating on the Bugesera region.
    • Present Status
      This project is finalized.
    • Projects
      The ECD and training initiatives are focused on their full implementation during 2021.
    • Rwanda education insight
      18 per cent of children in Rwanda are enrolled in pre-primary education. There are too few pre-primary facilities, insufficient government budgeting for pre-primary education, and inadequately trained pre-primary educators. Although nearly every child enrolls into primary school, only 71 per cent of children complete their primary education. (Source: UNICEF)

    • Impact
      This project has an impact on the whole family and community. Giving little children the chance of an early childhood education, they are supported from the very beginning. But also other family members are relieved of their task of taking care of the young ones, enabling them to pursue their own educational goals.
    • Pamella Ingabire
      Child Rights Program Manager
    • Etienne Niyitulinda
      Project Coordinator
    • Tuyizere Petronile
      Community Development Facilitator
    Photocredits: Plan International

    Ghana - Alma Mater Education - Lunch
    Burundi - VHW construction site clinic
    Uganda - Abato Primary School
    Uganda - Abato Empowerment Center
    Uganda - Abato Secondary School
    Uganda - Kingdom Medical Center
    Ghana - Wioso High School - Inauguration
    Ghana - AME construction of new kitchen
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    *This is an average calculation across our projects. Expenses usually include: school fees, school materials, housing, meals, transport, hygiene products. Please note: We don't engage in one-to-one sponsorship; instead, we always support our project partners within their overall project structures.
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