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Youth United to Serve: A new youth group empowered to address youth challenges & curb poverty

Youth United to Serve: A new youth group empowered to address youth challenges & curb poverty

As the youth under URF guidance, we realize the immense potential to make a difference in our communities inspired by the education URF has given us and many opportunities for leadership and personal development. As a result we have mobilized ourselves by forming URF Youth association named “YOUTH UNITED TO SERVE.” It is basically formed by […]

Chicken Project to generate income toward sustainability of URF projects and local community

Chicken Project to generate income toward sustainability of URF projects and local community

Dependence on foreign donations/aid is risky and not “smart” development. URF’s major focus is on designing projects that can generate income using local resources and tapping into local markets. We have been researching various models of sustainable development and identifying resources for implementing income-generating projects. In December 2011, we launched a poultry project as one of the […]

My African Experience: A volunteer’s experience with URF

“The main reason I was attracted to URF was that it is a non-profit organization run by a Ugandan. … I have seen and experienced first-hand that the most successful community development projects are those run by Ugandans themselves.“–Kelly Fischer Kelly was with us in 2007 and this article appeared in Jan 2012 on her […]

Small classes and student-focused teaching provide a foundation for a quality education at Hope Academy

Small classes and student-focused teaching provide a foundation for a quality education at Hope Academy

At Hope Academy, small classes provide an opportunity for a student-focused model of teaching which forms the foundation of a quality education. Our students come from unique backgrounds and often facing tremendous challenges as a result of being raised in poor families. At Hope we make sure that each student gets the attention he or […]

Village banking and entrepreneurship training empower rural families to become economically independent

Village banking and entrepreneurship training empower rural families to become economically independent

As the saying goes, “Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” Based on this wisdom, at URF, we believe in the empowering people to take charge of their destiny. The village banking program provides an opportunity to members to access small loans at a very low interest rate which they use […]

I have now completed my O’Level and I must say that it has not been my effort but rather your help; Thank you!

I have now completed my O’Level and I must say that it has not been my effort but rather your help; Thank you!

“I hope to help out with the community activities in collaboration with URF activities as my contribution for what URF has done for me.” Kasigwa Deo Deo is one of our pioneer students and has been very active at school and in URF programs. Since his teenage years, he has been head of child-headed family […]

2011 Achievements: Clinic, 3 Medical camps, Leadership Institute, Village health workers, Solar, 2 Homes, & more

2011 Achievements: Clinic, 3 Medical camps, Leadership Institute, Village health workers, Solar, 2 Homes, & more

Because of your generosity and kind support, 2011 was a wonderful year for URF and we registered some amazing achievements. We would like to THANK YOU for your kind support this past year and all the years we have been engaged in grassroots community development work since 2005. Without your prayers, support and sacrifices as […]

I.T Camp: Bridging the digital-divide, empowering rural kids through information technology

I.T Camp: Bridging the digital-divide, empowering rural kids through information technology

Basic computer skills are essential to function in this modern society yet the digital-divide is still huge. Students in rural schools lack access to information technology resources which limits their competitiveness in their academic career and on the job market. During December, 2011 URF organized a week-long free I.T Camp for basic computer skills at […]

Empowering men to engage in community development

Empowering men to engage in community development

  The big buzz in development is always women’s empowerment, but we forget that men play a key role in how effective and active women can become in community development activities. The men have a lot of influence on what their wives do; so, if a husband doesn’t buy into what the wife is passionate […]