Posted by Terry Everett on Feb 06, 2019
    Barry Williams is the Senior Director of Development with Livingstone International University in Mbale, Uganda.  LIU has a mission to Transform Africa through a quality Christ Centered Education.  
    Barry is a member of the Suphur Oklahoma Rotary Club.  He added that LIU has a very active Rotaract Club.  Rotaract is a Rotary sponsored college organization.
    Barry explained how life in Uganda is so different than how we know it here in the U.S.  The citizens of Uganda live with social corruption on a daily basis.  They can't drive down a street without a police officer stopping you and just wanting some money from you.  Barry added, "You don't get an opportunity because of things like moral depravity."  If you aren't the chosen one or in the select tribe, you don't get an opportunity to go to college.  Then, it's the lack of a quality education.  Many of the universities across that part of the world graduate students with what is equivalent to a sixth or seventh grade education in the United States.  
    Forty-eight percent of the Ugandan population is under the age of 15.  Sixty-nine percent are under the age of 24 in a country the size of Oklahoma, where there are 38 million people.  If you took all of the people from New Mexico, Kansas, Arkansas and Texas, and put them in the state of Oklahoma, you would have the population of Uganda.  The gross national income in Uganda is $600 per year.
    Annually, sixty to seventy thousand students qualify the university according to their test scores, however, only about 25,000 actually attend classes.  Most of those students attend state schools ran by the government and when they graduate, don't have a decent education as mentioned above.
    Nelson Mandella said, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."  Education is the key to eliminating gender inequality, to reducing poverty, to creating a sustainable planet, to preventing needless deaths and illness, and to fostering peace.
    LIU offers courses that are valuable to African society, as well as spiritual guidance and instruction in Biblical principles. LIU is working to produce students that are ethical, to make the right decisions, employable, to provide for their families, and empowered to make a difference in Africa.
    Livingstone aims to provide a modern education in an African context – relevant to Africans and drawing from the best gifts and perspectives of its countries.  They aim to develop students who are motivated and prepared to produce in the real world for the good of their families and of society.
    Livingstone opened in 2012, with 29 students.  Their first graduating class in 2015, saw 27 students earn their degree.  This year they have 304 students on campus.  This past October, seventy-three students earned their bachelor's degree.  
    From the time they opened in 2012, eighty-six percent of their graduates are employed.  
    LIU is a 501(c)(3) organization.  If you would like more information or make a contribution, visit their website