A Timeline of PED’s History
· PED became a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, registered in the United States and recognized by the IRS.
· PED began initial partnership with two schools in Uganda, St. James Primary and Tooro High School, utilizing the PED Three-Phase program with the vision of helping each school become financially self sustainable by building income generating projects.
· First group of PED volunteers set off for Uganda.
· DePaul University and Michigan State University become the first charter schools in the PED Uganda program. By 2014, four schools participate in this program.
· PED partners with two additional schools in Uganda, Awach Secondary School and Gulu Remand Home, again sticking to the PED Three-Phase program.
June – July 2012
· A total of 45 international volunteers travel to Uganda and work at all four local partner schools. The volunteers work on building various PED projects, including an Internet Cafè, Sewing Machine Room, and Track and Soccer field.
· Two established PED Projects, the Internet Cafè and Chicken Coup, generate 40% of Tooro High Schools annual income to date.
· PED acquires and establishing a U.S. office in Chicago, Illinois.
· PED hosts its 1st annual Gala in the United States.
· PED sent their first two full time staff members to work in Uganda.
· Tooro High School became the first PED Partner school complete the second phase of PED’s Three Phase program.
· PED income generating projects officially made up just under 60% of the school’s annual income.
· Tooro High hosted 1st Annual PED Uganda Partner Conference, which allowed the schools to collaborate and learn best practices by conversing with one another for the first time.
· PED began partnership with the GoAbroad Foundation
· Water Project at St. James Primary School made possible by the GoAbroad Foundation was completed
· The GoAbroad Foundation raised funds for Library Project at St. James Primary School
· Founder, Troy Peden, and Director, Elsa Thomasma-Alingasa, visited St. James Primary School in Uganda