Beatrice is the founder of the Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation (PCE Foundation). She grew up in an impoverished community ravaged by HIV and AIDS, every household has a history of HIV.
Her mother supported my dream of seeking education, but schooling became too expensive for the family to afford. My situation shifted when an American family from Kentucky decided to sponsor my education, ultimately allowing me to graduate with my bachelor’s degree. Beatrice holds a BS Degree in Information Technology from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, as well as various certifications and diplomas; in Satellite and Internet Delivery of Communications; Project Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; and HIV Prevention Strategies, Counseling and Testing, Leading and Influencing with impact,New Media, Citizen Journalism and Empowerment. among others.
The only college graduate in her community, she felt called to make a difference.She developed connections in the wider Ugandan community through formal employment with Barclays Bank, NUMAT, GHAIND, and Build Africa. With the initial guiding dream of supporting rural girls in attaining education, she started PCE Foundation with the support and mentorship of a Board of Directors from across the globe, started by assisting local girls go to school, with the long term aim of increasing the capacity of local families to support the education of their children. Since then, PCE has worked continuously with the communities through various projects that include Education, Livelihood, Agriculture, Preventive Health care initiatives and Cultural Exchange. Through these initiatives she has gained strong support from the local communities.
Beatrice found her global voice through a variety of platforms and organizations, including Geneva Centre for Security Policy and Center for Creative Leadership, Switzerland, The Pollination Project, A More Balanced World, Embassy of the United States Kampala, Community Solutions Program/IREX, Wellesley Centers 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. Her vision is to work locally and internationally to support grassroots communities in Africa, especially the women and girls of those communities through leadership and economic empowerment programs. She wants to build and strengthen career/capacity as a leader, trainer and a coach. Her motto is, “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”.