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Planting seeds of entrepreneurship through soap production

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Planting seeds of entrepreneurship through soap production

The students at Hope Academy are making herbal soap and jelly as a strategy for the school to become self-reliant and reduce dependency on donor funding. Soap is fairly easy to make and entrepreneurial skills the students obtain in the process are essential as they prepare to become independent adults. The products are sold in […]

Welding shop for youth vocational training in rural Uganda

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Welding shop for youth vocational training in rural Uganda

  In collaboration with engineering students from Virginia Tech, we recently set up a welding shop at Hope Academy. It is an effort to provide opportunities for youth in rural communities to acquire practical skills which enable them to create their jobs or seek meaningful employment. Unemployment in very in Uganda especially among the youth. […]

Creating classroom space for kids to learn

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Creating classroom space for kids to learn

Every year, the number of kids who seek to enroll at Hope Academy is increasing. We are nearing 350 students on campus. As the enrollment rises, we are running out of classroom space to accommodate all the students.  In 2016 we started building new additional classrooms and gradually making progress. The walls are completed; we remain with […]

Access to clean water for school children in rural Uganda improves the educational experience

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Access to clean water for school children in rural Uganda improves the educational experience

In August, 2016 a group of engineering students from EWB Chapter of University of Minnesota worked our local builders, URF staff and students to build three water tanks for rainwater catchment. The tanks were placed behind our new buildings: the main hall, welding shop, and girls’ dormitory. We are very grateful for EWB’s support and […]

Conquering the water crisis with well water system

Conquering the water crisis with well water system

We just completed a water system in July 2016. Shortage of water was becoming a major crisis at Hope Academy. We have rainwater catchment system but during the dry season, the tanks empty out and students have to walk nearly half a mile to the well to fetch water. The road leading to the well […]

Opening the Mirembe Children’s Home for Orphans

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Opening the Mirembe Children’s Home for Orphans

On April 23rd, 2016, URF opened the Mirembe Children’s Home on the same campus as Hope Academy. Mirembe is a family centered home and orphanage providing a safe haven for vulnerable children. At the Home the kids have access to quality education at the Hope Junior School, healthcare at URF clinic, life skills training, and […]

Fostering science education in rural schools

Fostering science education in rural schools

The poor performance of students in rural school especially in science subjects is greatly attributed to lack of access to education resources such as science labs. URF has recently invested in revamping the science lab at Hope Academy with the go al of improving the performance of our students in science classes such as Physics, Chemistry, […]

URF represented at Hive Global Leaders Program at Harvard

URF represented at Hive Global Leaders Program at Harvard

In April, John Mary Lugemwa, OSB, URF president was selected to participate in the seventh Hive Global Leaders’ Program at the Harvard’s Innovation Lab of the Business School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The program brought together 155 leaders from over 50 countries to Harvard University for four days on intense discussion, networking, and fun. Hive participants are […]

A gift of a goat empowers African women

A gift of a goat empowers African women

The URF goats project was started last year in May by a group of volunteers and 54 students received goats. The aim of the project is to create a self-sustaining community. In November 2014 a volunteer from Holland Jaqueline reached out to family and friends and raised an amount enough to buy 35 goats. The goats […]

Transforming a bush into an educational campus: Hope Academy thriving with more than 340 students

Transforming a bush into an educational campus: Hope Academy thriving with more than 340 students

  Who could have ever imagined that a place where only a bush and wild creatures thrived today stands as a magnificent view of a campus – a home to over 340 children thriving academically, spiritually, and socially! Since it’s founding in 2005, Uganda Rural Fund has placed major emphasis on creating opportunities for education […]

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