“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
– 1 Thessalonians 5:11 –
Apart from a foundational belief in God, success stems from an individual believing in themselves, and this is also necessary for community transformation. We’ve all seen it in the world of sports, and you’ll no doubt see it this month if you follow the Olympics—belief in oneself is incredibly infectious—it generates team momentum!
Eleven years ago the Andrew Popp Memorial Scholarship Fund was birthed in honor of Andrew, a scholar and an athlete whose tragic death encouraged family and friends to start a fund that would benefit others. The first group of scholarship recipients were children from Kampala, Uganda who currently attend high school, receive vocational training, or have graduated from university. The confidence gained by being able to attend school, the knowledge that people were believing in and supporting them, soon provided motivation for additional Andrew Popp scholars in northern Uganda, Kenya and El Salvador!
The program has grown beyond all expectations with many hundreds of children being educated because someone cared enough to give toward an Andrew Popp Memorial Scholarship. One such graduate, Ivan, received his education degree and is now teaching at the same school that he attended as a boy! He is also teaching and coaching chess as part of the vibrant Sports Outreach chess ministry in Kampala. Success stories such as these abound and to hear from a few students in their own words go to https://www.sportsoutreach.net/projects/teaching. The momentum is still growing!
On average, to attend school for a year in Uganda, a student requires $250 for primary and $360 for secondary (double that for boarding schools). In Kenya, it is $290 for primary and $385 for secondary, and in El Salvador it averages $285 a year. Incredibly, your investment in an Andrew Popp Memorial Scholarship extends well beyond the individual recipient. Tonya, a teacher in Nairobi reported, “The Popp scholars in our school have made us better. Their success is encouraging other children and the staff! Thank you Sports Outreach.”
Would you prayerfully consider supporting the Andrew Popp Memorial Scholarship Fund with a monetary gift? If so, know that your gift will send a child to school, helping them begin to believe in themselves—a belief that will lead to momentum to carry them forward inspiring others!
Rodney L. Suddith, President