Sylvia’s Children, a non-profit focused on school children in East Africa, has been named a “2017 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits, it was announced today.

Sylvia’s Children was founded in 2003 by American businesswoman and philanthropist Sylvia Allen, to help improve the lives of more than 1,000 children living in Uganda, Africa. The organization has since raised more than $1 million, all of which has gone directly to the children attending the Mbiriizi Advanced Primary and Day Care School near Masaka.

“We are thrilled with this designation,” stated Sylvia Allen, Founder of Sylvia’s Children.  “It is a testament to our successful work in Uganda and the integrity with which we operate.  We are changing lives and being recognized for that.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of reviews that Sylvia’s Children has received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients.

“Sylvia’s Children is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with the charitable organization.”

The organization’s support has led to the creation of a 6,000-square-foot medical clinic, a pig farm with 42 pigs, a chicken coop with 8,000 chickens, a fresh well, new classrooms and housing for teachers and orphans, a playground, a sewing facility, 500,000 coffee tree seedlings, a corn milling building, a kitchen, a fully-stocked library plus educating over 2,000 children, 25% of whom are orphans and who have gone on to college.

If that isn’t enough, Allen has also succeeded in gaining annual sponsorship for many of the orphans.

Sylvia’s Children’s mission, since its inception, has been to improve the lives of the children as well as helping the school to create a self-sustainable model that can then be shared with schools in surrounding villages. It currently supports all 1,000-plus children currently at the school as well as the 150 children in secondary school and the 50 in college/technical schools.

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.2 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

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