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Children of Uganda

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: International, International Agricultural Development, International Cultural Exchange, International Exchange, International Relief

Mission: The mission of Children of Uganda is to support and empower hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda to lead successful and productive lives. Our vision is that all children in Uganda receive an education to become healthy, productive members of their community who assume leadership roles and positively impact Ugandan society.

Results: Over the past 18 years, Children of Uganda has provided education, clothing, food, shelter and support to thousands of Uganda's most vulnerable children, teens and young adults. In its first year, our new Family Empowerment Program benefited a total of 52 people including 11 female caretakers (all women who were carefully selected based on their vulnerability, health condition, age and the number of orphaned children in their care) and their children. The program also helped grow small businesses in the following industries: grocery, food vending, agriculture (tomatoes, maize and soybeans), mushroom growing, retail shops, a piggery project and a charcoal and firewood business. The groundwork for the program has been set, but we are seeking additional funding to expand its services to benefit more families in the coming year. In 2012, we spend a lot of energy and resources to revive our Tour of Light - a music, dance and drumming tour of America that raises much needed funds for the organization's programs and awareness of HIV/AIDs, poverty and Uganda's orphan crisis. It was a great success as our troupe performed throughout twelve states for eight weeks. Highlights included performances at Googleplex (Corporate Headquarters of Google, Inc.), Agape International Spiritual Center, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts at Millennium Stage, and a joint performance with the Chicago Children’s Choir. Even more so, the children engaged in cultural exchange programs and put on spectacular performances at churches, schools, universities and community centers across the United States.

Target demographics: We support orphan and vulnerable youth, as well as their families.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Direct beneficiaries include children, teens and young adults who are sponsored by individuals or groups through Children of Uganda.

Geographic areas served: Rakai, Mukono and Kampala districts of Uganda.

Programs: Orphans and vulnerable children from the Rakai, Mukono and Kampala districts of Uganda are provided with school fees, clothing, meals and access to basic medical care. Students are supported at the primary (elementary), secondary (middle and high school), as well as vocational (trade school) level. Philip's House in the Mukono district provides basic living requirements, health services, physiotherapy and education to young adults with varied mental and physical disabilities. In 2012, COU initiated the Family Empowerment Program with the aim of assisting child guardians with knowledge and skills training, Income Generating Projects (IGPs), as well as counseling and psycho-social support. Every few years, the Tour of Light brings talented children to perform across America. Through music, drum and dance, they share their beautiful culture, raise global awareness of the effects of AIDS and to advocate for international aid on behalf of their fellow brothers and sisters in Uganda.

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 5

In 2007, I was fortunate to visit the Children of Uganda, orphanage for a week. The experiance was life changing. I was moved beyond my wildest dreams...the love that COU provides to these vunerable and orphaned children was so touching. The children were so appreciative of everything. A student, Martha, stuck close to my side, my name partner...her many questions were mind boggling...but the one that forever touched my heart was "do you have stars in America?" Educating these children is essential for their continued growth as individuals, and as members in their village and country. I feel that I can do without a fancy coffee drink as day, for a year...which in turn pays for a child's education, clothing, medical, and food. As soon as we returned home, we began sponsoring a child...whom now is in vocational school. Without the support of COU, he would most likely would not be continuing his education to become a self-suffient person. We also were able to coordinate the COU Tour of Light- Freeport program. It was so wonderful to see some of the children which we met, sing and dance. There smiles never ended, and neither will ours.

1 NdagireSarah


Rating: 5

I was a peace corps volunteer placed with Children of Uganda and lived at the primary school for 2.5 years. I was more than delighted when I met the the staff that work so extremely hard to give their students the best possible education. I met hundreds of students who were so grateful to their sponsors and donors for providing them with access to such wonderful opportunities. The students and staff inspired me and will continue to inspire me every day through my entire of life. Because of this I will continually support this organization for the rest of my life.

Pete C.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the COU board for three years now and I am excited to say that this year has been our most dynamic and exciting ever. We are uniquely effective at providing critical services to orphaned and vulnerable children in Uganda. I am proud to support COU and I urge everyone to do the same in whatever way they are able.

Talitha P.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Children of Uganda is part of my family now. I volunteered with them for a year after college and the children touched my heart so much, with their beautiful music and dance, and just their wonderful spirits. This is a small organization and has a very personal touch. You can meet the kids when they come perform in the US on the Tour of Light every few years. And if you sponsor a child, you can build a personal relationship by writing letters to them.
I have been on the Board for 3 years now and serve as the Vice Chair. Children of Uganda changed my life and I am eternally grateful for the gift of relationships with so many wonderful kids.