Container Classroom Project Completed!

One year later, the used shipping containers that began at Niwot High School are now in Uganda assembled as a completed two-story school building. Thank you to ALL who participated in this amazing project.

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Service Learning in Action

Local Colorado student, Preston Lee, organizes soccer cleat drive to donate to Mwebaza Foundation.

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Mwebaza at Rock & Rails

The Mwebaza Foundation will be the tip jar recipient at the Niwot Rock & Rails concert night on Thursday, August 22! Read how the Foundation started and has grown over the years in the Left Hand Valley Courier feature of the Mwebaza Foundation, HERE.

Hiring! Paid Internship.

The Mwebaza Foundation is hiring a social media intern for the 2019 Fall semester. Interested in joining our team and helping us grow our social media impact? Apply to intern with us now!

Details can be found, HERE 

Questions or your resume should be sent to

Completion Ceremony & Open House!

10 Year Anniversary Celebration

The Mwebaza Foundation celebrates its 10 year anniversary with longtime supporters and friends. Host, David Chaknova opened his home to host the event on September, 22nd. To view pictures from this evening, please view our photo album, 10 Year Anniversary Celebration.

Eagle Crest Elementary Staff Visits Partner School in Uganda!

For the second time, members of the amazing staff at Eagle Crest Elementary have spent their summers on the ground in Africa working to develop stronger relationships with their partner schools. In 2015, Hillari Hansen and Karie Cooper traveled to Kitengela, Kenya to visit Empakasi Primary School. Now Hillari Hansen is back with Amy Belcher and Michele Keener to celebrate the official opening of their new partner school, Mwebaza Annex, in Nkugulutale, Uganda!

You can read more about both experiences by following their blog!


What we will do:

  • Transform two shipping containers into a classroom building to serve a school of underprivileged children at Mwebaza School in Uganda.
  • Utilize a building design created with the assistance of a Sunset Middle School (SMS) Design Class.
  • Engage Niwot High School (NHS) teams and clubs in designing and painting building exterior, installing solar power, wiring electrical outlets and fixtures, and finishing interior with drywall and paint.
  • Lead students from the Career Development Center (CDC) in designing and welding the upper story of the building.
  • Recruit community contractors and builders to teach students skills necessary to complete building tasks.
  • Educate students at NHS, Niwot Elementary, SMS, and CDC about Uganda, Mwebaza School, and the challenges facing developing nations.
  • Inspire students at Niwot Elementary and NHS to raise funds to ship the container building to Uganda.
  • Fill the containers with components needed to transform the containers into a 3-room classroom building including roof trusses, windows, and a solar power array.
  • Gather playground equipment, medical supplies, computers, and furniture to place in the containers with the assistance of NHS, SMS, and Niwot Elementary students and the St. Vrain Valley School District (SVVSD).
  • Transport the containers to Mwebaza School in Uganda with the guidance of the nonprofit, Homes of Living Hope, that has shipped such container buildings all over the world.
  • Empower students and their community to make a positive difference in the world through participation in this project.

Who will do it:

  • Project Management: The Mwebaza Foundation,, and Homes of Living Hope,
  • Design: Students of NHS, SMS, and CDC, Homes of Living Hope, The Mwebaza Foundation
  • Oversight: SVVSD Facilities Department
  • Construction: NHS and CDC students
  • Student Supervision: SVVSD Facilities Department, NHS and CDC staff, and community volunteers
  • Fundraising: The Mwebaza Foundation, Niwot Elementary and NHS students
  • Shipping and Delivery: Homes of Living Hope


  • Spring 2018: Collect donations of construction materials. Upper story fabricated at CDC.
  • Fall 2018: Containers delivered to Niwot High School. Construction begins.
  • December 2018: Containers shipped to Uganda.
  • March 2019: Containers arrive in Uganda and are transformed into classroom building.


  • 2 containers, placed side-by-side, with adjacent walls removed
  • Containers bolted together
  • Moveable interior wall
  • Open-air classroom on top constructed of welded metal panels and roof trusses

How you can help:

Please contact us at, if you are interested in helping with the following:

  • Supervise students in completing construction tasks
  • Sponsor this project through a monetary donation to assist with shipping costs
  • Donate necessary construction materials:
      • school supplies: wooden pencils, ink pens, notebooks, handheld pencil sharpeners, crayons, chalk
      • medical supplies: antibiotic ointment, bandages, children’s liquid pain reliever/fever reducer, tweezers, burn cream, rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer
      • gardening tools: hoes, shovels, trowels, rakes, watering cans
      • hand tools: hammers, screwdrivers, saws, pliers, wrenches
      • sports equipment: colored sports pinnies, soccer balls, soccer goalposts, jump ropes
      • children’s black dress shoes in good condition
      • small storage lockers
      • reader eyeglasses of different strengths
      • cast iron or camping cookware
      • power tools: saws, drills
      • band instruments: trumpets, trombones, saxophones, clarinets, flutes, drums, tubas
      • lightweight, plastic folding tables
      • chicken wire or plastic mesh fencing
      • sewing machines
      • medium-sized or large event tents (10’ x 10’ or larger)
      • industrial copier
      • sturdy playground equipment: swings, slides, spinners, jungle gyms
      • metal fenceposts
      • cement
      • metal or plastic storage sheds

An in-kind tax receipt will be issued upon request for item donations

The Mwebaza Foundation Featured in Niwot Country Living

Many Niwot residents will recognize the name Dale Peterson, a teacher at Niwot Elementary School, the founder of the Mwebaza Foundation, a cultural exchange project the motto for which is “Sharing Cultures, Building Communities, Enriching Lives.” This foundation grew out of Peterson’s 2006 first-grade pen-pal exchange with a Kenyan School. Given the development of political upheaval in Kenya, Peterson’s young writers were connected with a new group of students in Kyengera, Uganda, over 8500 air miles from Colorado. Despite the distance, the language and cultural differences, one particular Niwot father-son duo maintain their connection with the East African nation a decade after it began.
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The Mwebaza Foundation Featured in Longmont Times-Call

Eagle Crest Elementary hosts a school-wide fundraiser for their new partner school in Nkugulutale, Uganda. Art teacher, Mandy Adams, has been educating her students about the country of Uganda and the culture of it’s people. Adams has helped all the students at Eagle Crest create a Ugandan themed art piece that will be available to parents for a donation during parent/teacher conferences in February. You can read the full article here.