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A new Library Borrowing system to promote a culture of reading among Ugandan students

A new Library Borrowing system to promote a culture of reading among Ugandan students

In February, 2012, URF purchased over 1,000 new textbooks for the community library at Hope Academy. In this article, volunteers, Jessica and Jehan share updates on the process of cataloging all the books and creating a borrowing system. We hope the revamped library will foster a culture of reading and ultimately improve the quality of education for […]

Soccer competitions at Hope Academy: Promoting teamwork, discipline, and leadership

Soccer competitions at Hope Academy: Promoting teamwork, discipline, and leadership

Sports are a major component of the extracurricular program at Hope Academy. Sports such as soccer (football in Uganda) are not only essential for the physical health of the youth but also promote health competition, teamwork, discipline, and leadership. This report below was written by Jehan Locke, a volunteer from Australia who has been training the kids on the […]

Vincent Oketch, 10 years, with swollen buttocks and needs urgent medical help

Vincent Oketch, 10 years, with swollen buttocks and needs urgent medical help

This beautiful boy, Vincent Oketch, 10 years old, needs urgent medical attention.  He is having a complication which has led to a body disorder. His body can’t afford to control the water and now the body is flooding which has turned his buttocks swelling up to the opposite side and curved up around his body. […]

Celebrating Women’s Day, Celebrating Life!

Celebrating Women’s Day, Celebrating Life!

URF staff and volunteers organized a series of activities to honor our women on the International Women’s Day on March 08, 2012. At URF, we are committed to the empowerment of rural women through our holistic approach involving a number of outreach programs. These include: village banking which gives women access to small loans; arts […]

Village Homestays connect volunteers with families and Uganda culture

Village Homestays connect volunteers with families and Uganda culture

“A homestay is where a day is spent with a family and the volunteer helps around the house with chores, homework, whatever needs to be done.” by Gregory, a Canadian Intern This piece is a reflection by Gregory, one of our interns from Canada staying with URF for four months. Volunteers spend a day with […]

Empowering rural Youth through village banking (micro-finance) and business skills

Empowering rural Youth through village banking (micro-finance) and business skills

URF Youth United to Serve organised a village banking training on Saturday 10th, March 2012 to help them acquire the some business skills and promote a culture of saving the little money they get in order to help themselves plan for the future. This group was launched this year in january and now it has over 30 members. Next […]

Revamping the Hope Academy Library making it user-friendly

Revamping the Hope Academy Library making it user-friendly

Recently URF purchased new books for the community library at Hope Academy but the space needed some tuning up to make the library user-friendly. Two volunteers, Jehan Loke and Jessica Santos from Australia, have done an incredible job doing just that. Here is what they have to share: “We’ve decided to take on Hope Academy’s […]

Ensuring Kids’ Health through Health Promotions workshops in primary schools

“I think this is the most important thing to know, that everyone is equal, we are all deserving of love, respect and acceptance. We are a person before an illness.” Kirstens, Canadian intern At the beginning of the school year, 2012, URF has started facilitating health education workshops in village schools starting with primary schools […]

New Textbooks to improve the quality of education for kids in Uganda’s rural schools

It was a moment of Joy to both teachers and students of Hope Integrated Academy when new books that totaled over 1,000 copies or more were delivered to school. The books cover a wide range of subjects: Math, English, Commerce, Entrepreneurship, Chemistry, Physics, Biology, Geography, Religious Education, History, Literature, and various reference material for primary and […]

Leadership Institute offering leadership training for kids in primary schools

At URF, we believe that without good leadership, our communities can not see any development. The people have to be empowered to become the champions of change within their communities. As a result URF established a Leadership Institute to advance this vision. URF staff and international volunteers are carrying out leadership workshops in primary schools in villages where […]

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