Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCE Foundation) is a Ugandan national rural development and empowerment NGO. Headed up by Beatrice Achieng Nas, the Founder and Executive Director, PCE Foundation is operating within rural communities of the Tororo and Buteleja districts in Eastern Uganda.
Quoting from PCEF’s own website:
We are a Ugandan non-profit grassroots organisation dedicated to empowering rural African communities to take charge of their own development and break the cycle of poverty. We accomplish this through ongoing initiatives in women’s education, farming assistance, preventive health care, and many more.
Our mission is to enhance knowledge and skills within rural communities and to promote the exchange of information and best practices through education, mentorship, advocacy and strategic partnerships for social, cultural and economic development. We seek to break the cycle of poverty and empower communities to take charge of their own development.
Our organisation’s emphasis on community participation and leadership helps community members work together, “own” the achievements facilitated by our programs, and sustain positive change.
A New Partnership
As part of their work, PCE Foundation are currently supporting 220 young people in secondary and post-secondary education and 250 in the Portland nursery and primary school.
With many children having no form of sponsorship, parents and guardians are struggling to meet the basic schooling requirements, including scholastic materials and transport. They cannot easily afford these basics; in fact, most of these families cannot even afford two meals a day!
During August 2018, SALT and PCE Foundation have entered into a Partnership Agreement. SALT are sponsoring a new income generation project for a total of 61 households which are within 24 different villages. The households will receive training on poultry farming, management and sales and will each start with a small breeding flock for egg production. Utilising a simple but commonly used free range system, monthly monitoring and disease prevention treatment will be carried out to ensure the best possible opportunity for an increase of each flock and its production. Monitoring of income and finance will also be done as the households are mentored to help their own and the community’s ongoing empowerment.
History of PCE Foundation
Having grown up in an impoverished community ravaged by HIV and AIDS, Beatrice Achieng Nas felt called to make a difference after she received sponsorship for her education, ultimately allowing her to graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Through her work with Barclays Bank, NUMAT, GHAIND and Build Africa, Beatrice developed connections in the wider Ugandan community. Holding to her dream of assisting rural girls in receiving education, she started PCE Foundation with the support and mentorship of a Board of Directors from across the globe.
Beatrice has found her voice globally through a variety of platforms and organizations, including Wellesley Centres for Women, World Pulse, the White House Council on Women and Girls, Intel (10×10) in California, the National Bioneers Conference, Women Thrive Worldwide, Stanford University, Denver University, and Portland State University. Beatrice’s vision is to work locally and internationally to support grassroots communities in Africa, especially the women and girls of those communities. This is her motto:
Everybody has the potential to live a better life. Given the opportunity, education and motivation, anyone can become someone admirable. Nobody is a nobody. Everybody is somebody.
Beatrice Achieng Nas