The Dunstan Wai Memorial Charitable Foundation was founded in memory of Dr. Dunstan Mogga Wai, in accordance with his deep-seated belief that education is the key to success and to his commitment to empower the poor through education. As a refugee from southern Sudan, he focused on pursuing his studies and received scholarships to Nyakasura Secondary school in Western Uganda and later Makerere University, in Kampala. While he was attending Makerere University, he received a scholarship and transferred to Oxford University, in England where he finished his undergraduate degree and then advanced to pursue his doctorate degree at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, again receiving a full ride scholarship.
Dunstan spent the bulk of his professional life at the World Bank where the work he did for the Bank reflected his deep knowledge and passion for Africa. He is well known for his contribution and his commitment to capacity building in Africa, which he believed to be the most important investment that can be made in support of development.
Although most of Dunstan’s life was spent in the Western world, mostly in the United States, he never forgot his roots and worked passionately to improve the lot of his people and others in similar circumstances. He also never forgot all the scholarships he received and the mentoring he got along the way. Education enabled him to achieve his goals, and made him a true inspiration to those who knew him.