Originally founded as the African Refugee Committee (ARC) in 2001, ARC brought relief, development and support to refugees of the 27 year Angolan civil war, both in Namibia and Zambia. When the war ended in 2002, an entire generation was left unable to read and write – RISE committed to help rebuild Angola, building primary schools in rural areas. RISE is a small, grassroots organization with big goals and results. We began with a simple plan and a desire to impact lives, bringing the opportunity for education to children in remote, nearly inaccessible villages.Since 2003, RISE has built 159 schools and over 103,000 students have been impacted. Our model works – it is collaborative, scalable and has a proven track record of success. In a country rebuilding after 27 years of war, and amidst enormous challenges including lack of infrastructure and roads, poor communication, limited building materials, corruption and little trust after years of unfulfilled promises, much has been accomplished.