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Kironde Education and Health Fund

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Causes: Philanthropy, Private Grantmaking Foundations

Mission: Change the world, one village at a time. Create a sustainable physical and social environment where orphaned and vulnerable children can grow and develop into healthy productive citizens.

Results: Almost 500 villagers have access to safe water. 500+ villagers have access to healthcare. 400 children do not have to lug heavy water jugs from distant water holes, twice a day, before and after school. 400 children now have the time to read and study. 400 children will not have to die from water borne illnesses. 400 children have the opportunity to grow up healthy and educated

Target demographics: orphaned children in Kigalama, Uganda, helping them develop into healthy productive adults.

Direct beneficiaries per year: provide 84 rainwater tanks serving almost 500 children who now have the time to attend school and remain healthy. We sent an intern to assist the local doctor.

Geographic areas served: Uganda

Programs: We are working with an indigenous organization, the Kigalama Children's Initiative, providing rainwater collection tanks for improved access to clean water, healthcare and education. We support their mission to encourage villagers to take in and nurture orphaned and vulnerable children. We are currently developing a Clinic/Community Center to create an environment where folks who nurture orphaned children can start cooperative businesses, provide clinical services and improve their standard of living. Kigalama is a subcounty of Uganda about 60 miles west of Kampala, surrounded by the marshlands of Lake Wamala. The region is comprised of 7 villages with around 4800 residents. Folks there have no access to clean water or electricity.

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I support the KIRONDE EDUCATION AND HEALTH FUND because I believe in the fundamental approach they are taking to overcome conditions that threaten the lives of children in East Africa. Their's is a sustainable solution providing resources that allow leaders in the local communities to implement programs that have longterm results.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This foundation stands out as an enigma in the sea.of American charity. 100'%'goes to the people in Uganda through sustainable projects that empower.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Kironde Education and Health Fund does invaluable work that improves access to clean water and promotes education in Uganda. This organization is defined by founders whose compassion and competence truly shine through in the meaningful work they do. One of the many impressive facets that distinguishes this foundation’s work is the efforts taken to truly get to know community members with whom they work in order to ensure their impact is as large as possible.

I can’t recommend them highly enough. Please consider supporting the important work they do!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Kironde Fund makes an immediate difference in the lives of the poor in Uganda. Donations translate directly into water tanks for rural villagers who otherwise have to trek for miles to get safe, clean drinking water. The tanks save an enormous amount of time and energy for families -- and keep them safer as well, as children are often attacked while carrying water back to their homes, especially at night.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Exceptional charity run by humble and inspirational people who truly care about helping others. The water tank project is a concrete way to improve health, quality of life, and whole communities. By incentivizing families to take in orphans, kids are being given a shot at a future. The families receiving water tanks get a safe water supply, and the children don't have to spend hours walking through dangerous areas to fetch water (not to mention the likelihood that the water they find in the public wells is contaminated). Kids can use the time saved to attend school. The health benefits of a safe water supply also enables the kids to learn better and to attend school more, whereas avoiding water-borne diseases helps parents support their children's schooling longer.

I support Kironde Education and Health Fund because it is run by competent and passionate people, whose project is an impactful and sustainable way to save lives, improve health and generate economic growth. Please consider donating as well so that they can reach more people across Uganda. It matters!

1 Jim_124

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been assisting these folks for several years and been to several board meetings. I've seen videos of what they do in Uganda. Children were spending hours every day lugging water from dirty pools to their homes. They made these trips at the risk of rape and attacks by animals or thugs. This non-profit has used the donations they've received to supply homes with large cisterns to hold rain water funneled off of their roofs and thus freed up the children so they can spend more time in school and recreation. They don't just send money to their Ugandan non-profit partner, they travel to Uganda every year to check on progress and learn about other ways to help.

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Donor

Rating: 5

This small non-profit is really making a difference in the villages of Uganda. There is very little overhead and I know that my donations will thus make a difference as well. I would encourage you to check them out and lend your support.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with this small non-profit for less than a year. I am helping out by offering ideas, attending board meetings, networking to find other people who want to help, and looking for other resources. The water tank project is really inspirational---you should read about it at the website!

What I love about KEHF is that it respects and supports the knowledge and wisdom of the villagers (who have their own non-profit---KICHIN). The governing mind-set is to explore possibilities in an effectively systems-thinking view, and then support the implementation of high-leverage interventions (done by the stakeholders through KICHIN) in the right places, that have far-reaching system effects and will tend to last over time.

Past successes have led to excitement and organizational momentum for the villagers and their efforts. If you are in the Boston area and want to help out through volunteering or donating, you could have a significant impact since this is a small non-profit and any help can make a big difference!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The Kironde Education and Health Fund works closely with residents in a small village in Uganda. KEHF provides funding for cisterns (rain water containers) to be installed at many houses within the village. By providing drinking water, children no longer have to the fetch the water at distant water holes and can attend school . The beauty of this fund is that it works directly with the community it serves and takes up projects that the community has recommended. The Fund is managed in Cambridge MA. A grassroots organization supporting one village at a time in Uganda.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Kironde Education and Health Fund works with a group in a village in Uganda to provide resources and technical support to help local people meet their needs. The Ugandan group wanted to provide support to families who took in orphans. In the area there was a real need for clean water. The group in the US worked to provide cisterns to families who had taken an orphan and who could provide a base and piping for the cistern. Because families were relieved to the long daily walk to get clean water, children could attend school Families now want to start a cooperative to market their products. The Fund has been successful because it takes direction from local people to help achieve local goals. CTaylor

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hottspot, Inc, has corresponded closely with co-founder Bill Winder and has come to learn a great deal of KEHF's heart-warming efforts in Kigalama, Uganda. They have already made significant, life-saving contributions to the village through the rainwater cisterns they have given families caring for orphaned and vulnerable children.

We believe that support for their work MUST continue for the sake of the Ugandans it benefits. We are thrilled to express our support of their campaign on Great Nonprofits and wish them best of luck!

1 Julian3

Donor

Rating: 5

The Kironde Education and Health Fund is very deserving of support because they are a small, focused organization with minimal overhead that delivers direct assistance to rural communities in Uganda. We know our dollars are making a real impact in the lives of children and families in a sustainable way. Their work enables recipients to improve their own lives for the long term.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a phenomenal organization. There is a very special factor that attracted me - it's work is driven by the local people who benefit. They have their own local organization. KEHF works with them to acheive their goals for improving the education and health of families and children. Their organization exists on it own, requires membership and minimal fees. This is in contrast to many other "charities" that helicopter in with well intended "solutions" that cannot be sustained when they leave becasue there isn't suffcient local buy-in and local infracture.

Review from Guidestar