Our vision is to create social change in Uganda by equipping the next generation to embrace their value and step into their full potential.
Our mission is to provide children with a quality education and the tools they need for physical, emotional, and spiritual health.
WHO WE SERVE
Our primary focus is on children, but through them, we will impact their families and the community they live in.
As an NGO (non-governmental organization), HACF is committed to integrity, relationships, and transformation. We believe that real change can only happen—and be sustained—when we prioritize these three aspects of our work. We are committed to operate with the utmost character and integrity, to value relationships above financial gain or influence, and to pursue transformational growth for ourselves and for our community at large.
We believe in the power of education to transform lives and impact the culture for the better.
HACF wants to transform culture and create social change. While every culture has its beautiful traditions, there are always some beliefs and practices that negatively affect society and ultimately hold people back. Our Ugandan culture is no exception.
Some of our beliefs and practices have led to these devastating results:
- child marriage
- poor menstrual hygiene/shame about menstruation
- dehumanizing and devaluing women and girls
- apathy and idleness
- poor academic education
- little to no education about nutrition and health
- little to no education about abuse; few resources for victims
- little to no education about child rearing or development
These are the things HACF wants to change. And the best way to create that change is to begin with small children and teach them a brand new way to think, act, and live.
percentage of children who don't complete primary school
female dropout rate in primary school because of pregnancy or marriage
percentage of children (6-17) who don't attend school
percentage of Eastern Ugandan children experiencing multiple deprivations
Our Mission in Action
A New Kind of School
Statistics like those above don’t just happen because there are not enough good schools. Our society is desperately lacking, and for many, even the most basic needs routinely go unmet. From poor infrastructure, to disease, poverty, and broken homes, our people are burdened and held back by obstacles they don’t have the tools to overcome.
Schools in Uganda are overcrowded and under-prepared to teach our kids what they need to know – even just academically. But reading, writing, and math alone can’t address the myriad of problems children here face. Hope for African Child Foundation has a BIG dream – that children would be educated according to their whole needs: academic, physical, emotional, and spiritual. That through our school, their parents and the community would have access to educational resources and become involved, encouraging, and partners in education. That we would raise up a generation that is healthy, whole, and better educated than any who came before them.
In August of 2020, we begin Phase 1 of our transformational plan. We’ve identified the community of Butende Village in Iganga as the new home of HACF and the future home of our school. We’ve been working hard to develop a top-notch plan that is designed for maximum impact, both short and long term. Between September 2020 and January 2022, we will open our office and a vocational training center, begin our weekly children’s program, and launch a year-long women’s program that will focus on skill-building, self-sustainabilty, and small business training in the areas of sewing and farming. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, we will be developing a custom curriculum and a plan to open our school in the following year.
COMING FEBRUARY 2022
“Together we transform stories of desperation into stories of hope and inspiration.
Welcome to our tribe.”
– Joel Biyinzika, HACF