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Giving hope to a hermaphrodite child, relieving a mother’s anxiety

Giving hope to a hermaphrodite child, relieving a mother’s anxiety

Leticia, 2.5 year old and mother is a child herself; Mirembe is only 17. Leticia is hermaphrodite child; she is a girl but also has male genitalia. Her hormones are messed up and at this age she already has pubic hair. We met Leticia in May. URF is helping her undergo all necessary lab tests […]

Leadership workshop and youth camp to promote participatory community development

Leadership workshop and youth camp to promote participatory community development

The URF mission of empowering orphans, underprivileged youth and women to fight poverty in rural communities, through educational and sustainable development opportunities, cannot be fulfilled without close collaboration with the people we serve. A platform ought to be established as a medium of dialogue to listen, welcome feedback on our programs, and collaboratively draw up […]

Goat project for economic empowerment of women in rural uganda

Goat project for economic empowerment of women in rural uganda

Over the past several year, URF has focused on designing projects that have the potential to become self-sustaining. In December 2014, we gave goats to 35 women from different villages. The expected income from the project will go toward their household needs such as the education of their children. The project will be self-sustaining; the […]

The transformed face of Hope Academy:  A shining school paving way for a bright future for Uganda’s children

The transformed face of Hope Academy: A shining school paving way for a bright future for Uganda’s children

Finally the newly transformed face of Hope Academy main building is here. A shining school paving way for a bright future for Uganda’s children. For the last few months, workers have been busy plastering, painting, and designing the face of Hope Academy. It truly looks beautiful now and makes it a lovely environment for students […]

New facility for Welding and Soap & Jelly production ventures to promote vocational education

New facility for Welding and Soap & Jelly production ventures to promote vocational education

Students from underprivileged communities have very limited opportunities for higher education due to financial constraints. URF is addressing this challenge by implementing vocational programs that provide practical skills training to students at Hope Academy and other youth in the area. This summer, 2014, we have started construction of a facility that will house a Welding […]

Harnessing the power of Sun: Solar system enhancing education for Africa’s children

Harnessing the power of Sun: Solar system enhancing education for Africa’s children

In summer of 2014, a group of Virginia Tech engineering students installed a new solar panels to expand the solar system at Hope Academy to meet the increasing demand for energy on campus. The original system was designed in 2008 when the school had only one building with less than 100 students and currently enrollment […]

A gift of a Goat, an economic empowerment for Ugandan children

A gift of a Goat, an economic empowerment for Ugandan children

To empower children toward economic independence, URF has given goats to children in rural communities. The pilot project involved 50 students each receiving a goat to raise at home.  The expected income from the project will go toward the education of the children. The project will be self-sustaining; the first offspring will be passed to […]

Engaging students in community development and acquire practical skills

Engaging students in community development and acquire practical skills

As URF attempts to build up our community, we endeavor to engage students in the process of development. The cost of attending Hope Academy is subsidized by nearly 65% for all students. Yet still there are many underprivileged students who can not afford to pay anything. Part of the school program is a built-in community […]

A new home brings joy and hope to a child-headed family in rural Uganda

A new home brings joy and hope to a child-headed family in rural Uganda

Uganda struggles to care for nearly 2.0 million children left as orphans. Among the major challenges of these children is housing. URF has stepped to help and to-date we have constructed seven homes for child-headed families. In May, 2014, we completed building a new house for Lydia and her granny in Bugonzi village. Lydia is 10 […]

Raising pigs as a strategy for sustainability

Raising pigs as a strategy for sustainability

Sustainability is a buzz word in the aid industry. We do great work and our vision is that these projects would transform the community for generations to come. But how do you ensure that this work will be sustainable in the long-run when you are  dependent on the generosity of donors? This is a big question […]