The origin of the UEEF began at the 44th Anniversary ceremonies of an independent African-centered school/shule in Washington, District of Columbia. The Ujamaa School, one of the oldest private schools dedicated to African culture and African identity celebrated their 44th year of existence in 2012. Members of the Universal Negro Improvement Association & African Communities League(UNIA/ACL) were in attendance. Those members of the UNIA/ACL were so impressed with the achievement and caliber of the students that we asked the school's founder what could we do to support the work of Ujamaa. We were asked to join the "Circle" and help raise money to sustain the institution. This led to discussions and the idea to establish a foundation to not only support Ujamaa Shule, but to provide support to all educational efforts directed toward African youth throughout the world, particularly in America and Africa.
To enhance the fundraising it was decided that the foundation should offer tax exemption as an incentive for donations and a more confident way for people to contribute. Thus, the Universal Education Empowerment Foundation was established as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation.
In accordance with Article II, Sections 1 & 2 of the UEEF By-laws: "The Corporation is organized and shall be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes, including for such purposes as making and distributing to organizations under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal Revenue Code.
Specific Objectives and Purposes:
A. To provide educational resources and monetary support to financially disadvantaged private schools chosen in the United States (US) and Africa;
B. to assist in providing entrepreneurship training and guidance;
C. to assist in providing mentoring services;
D. to assist in providing computer training; and
E. to establish avenues which promotes positive life skills to students in economically disadvantaged privately run schools in the US and Africa.