Memorial Fund

 

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Just a few days before Ed passed away, he expressed a desire to provide financial support to Elyon Primary, a private Christian school in the village of Mutungo, Uganda.

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The Bideau family has a special tie with the school. Ed’s daughter Jennifer first visited on a mission trip in 2008. She returned several times, taking Ed’s wife Margaret in 2009.

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They both performed home visits to enroll children and also taught classes at the school. Margaret, a 5th grade teacher, also formed a pen pal relationship between her students and those in Uganda.

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Shortly after his passing, a memorial fund was created to carry forward Ed’s plans for the children of Elyon Primary. The Bideau family would like to thank our friends, family, and community for donating over $10,0000, which has been used to help pay for an expansion to the school and provide scholarships for children whose parents cannot afford the tuition. Ed’s daughter Jennifer and son-in-law Eric traveled to Uganda in May of 2015 to permanently place this plaque in his honor.

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The students and parents above are celebrating the grand opening of the room provided by the memorial fund.

About Elyon Primary

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Most schools in Uganda are little more than daycare serving over 200 students per teacher. Shadrack and Winnie Namanya founded Elyon in 2001 to provide a proper yet affordable education. What began as a one-room schoolhouse next to the Namanya’s home has since expanded to multiple buildings across two campuses, now providing kindergarten through seventh grade to over 700 students. “It has been a long journey of perseverance but we are sure the results will be good,” says Winnie Namanya. “We have set a good foundation for these pupils.”

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