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The Strongest Oak (TSO) Foundation is a secular, international non-profit organization that supports extraordinary youth in developing nations who have endured extreme adversity and trauma. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TSO helps...

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The Strongest Oak (TSO) Foundation is a secular, international non-profit organization that supports extraordinary youth in developing nations who have endured extreme adversity and trauma. Headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, TSO helps youth (our “Oaks”) achieve personal, educational and professional goals, with the ultimate goal of becoming financially self-sustaining.

We provide financial aid for our Oaks’ education and, to bolster their chances for success, also sponsor part-time internships in partnership with local employers to give them practical work experience. In 2016, we began to deliver solar power to remote African schools, which provides the unique opportunity to offer “green” internships to Oaks seeking careers in clean energy. These projects not only benefit our Oaks but also bring electricity to economically-challenged communities.

news and updates

  • Another successful solar installation!

    Another successful solar installation, bringing light and electricity to a remote village in Burkina Faso. This video documents the successful installation at Kopoi School in June 2017 by La Source Nouvelle, Oak Intern Yacouba and Oak Leader Kinda. Congratulations everyone! Read more »

  • Check out our new promotional video for our Solar Energy Program. You will see the Heredougou School (Burkina Faso) solar project from start (installation) to finish (village celebration). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGpSWSDejJ4&feature=youtu.be Read more »

  • Many of our Oaks have come a long way since we first met them. In our third installment of "From the Classroom to the Workplace", we’d like to feature the success of Gertrude Nanyonga. Gertrude is a focused and determined young woman who recently completed her nursing... Read more »

  • New Solar Energy Program

    African youth learning to become solar energy technicians.

    Our latest initiative is a solar energy program. The program not only provides solar energy to schools in remote African villages, but it also gives Oak an opportunity to become solar energy technicians through our internship program. Read about the program at... Read more »

  • Meet Espoir Magendo

    Many of our Oaks have come a long way since we first met them. We would like to celebrate their success in feature articles. Our second featured Oak is Espoir, a remarkable young man from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read about Espoir at... Read more »

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