Beatrice Achieng Nas is a fierce activist, breaking barriers especially in the education of women and girls in rural Eastern Ugandan communities. Beatrice was born in Amor village, Tororo district. She has had a lot of struggles including becoming a bar maid at age 14 in order to raise school fees; loosing 9 siblings to HIV and childbirth. Today she is a proud mother of a 7 year old girl, and also takes care of three orphaned children.
She is the Founder and Executive Director Pearl Community Empowerment Foundation; supporting over 300 rural children and youths through their sponsorship programs; the Rural Girl Child Mentorship Uganda (RGCM Uganda) and the Portland Sponsorship (PSP).Her experiences growing up in a poor rural village and the difficulties she encountered while trying to complete her own education prompted her to establish the PCE Foundation. She believes that everyone has the potential to live a better life if given the opportunity and access to a good education.
Beatrice holds a BS Degree in Information Technology from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, as well as certifications in Satellite and Internet Delivery of Communications; Project Management; Monitoring and Evaluation; and HIV Prevention Strategies, Counseling and Testing. In 2013, she was a Leadership and Management Scholar at Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, specializing in gender and women’s’ issues. She is also a global voice for the grassroots women at World Pulse where she has been associated with some of the most influential organizations in the United States that support women empowerment, including the White House Council for Women and Girls, Bioneers Conference, and Intel (10×10) among others.
TPP funds helped finance behavioral change communication materials which included trash bins, handwashing facility, and the talking posters and notice board in the Portland school, a school she and her community founded – the first and only school in Amor village.
Beatrice says that the TPP Fellowship represents a huge learning opportunity, and looks forward to working alongside other fellows and Grantees. Being given an opportunity to give grants is exciting, too.