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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Children & Youth Services, Christianity, Human Service Organizations, Human Services, Religion

Mission: Our mission is to expand the horizons of hope for the less fortunate by helping them help themselves.

Results: We built 8 water wells in Bunnamweri Village, Uganda. We are sponsoring 29 children. (School and boarding). First born baby in our new health clinic (July 2016)

Target demographics: Children

Direct beneficiaries per year: The new wells will help provide safe drinking water to 30,000 residents.” New Vision, Uganda's Leading Daily"

Geographic areas served: Central Region, Uganda

Programs: The avenues by which SSFOH pursues the empowerment of the less fortunate are as follows: Education Facilitation & Sponsor a Child Program: Financial support for endangered girls and orphans in need of educational assistance. Water and Wellness Initiative: Access to clean and safe water and general health services, particularly for the elderly who can no longer reach the valley for draw water. Faith Promotion & The Way of the Cross: Foster Christian values in small rural communities.​

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Thaddaeus J.

Donor

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope has helped me realize the potential in young children. Every year I make a donation towards education and health care of these young children in Uganda, I feel connected to their life journeys and goals. After my first sponsored child joined University, I realized this was real. I got a second child who joined vocational school and she is soon completing becoming the better woman she has ever dreamed. I can't wait to have my third child sponsored. It is their dreams to have quality education and health care. On my side, it is my dream that one day I will meet these young souls and empower them by sharing my life experiences with them. Giving the best I can to the world through Stepping Stones makes me feel contented in sharing with the young ones. The little we can do, let us do it through Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope.
Jude Kafuuma

Donor

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope has touched many lives of Ugandans, helping orphaned and less fortunate kids get a decent education, treating the sick and expectant mothers and making a positive impact in the Bunamweri area of Mpigi District. Keep up the great work!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm glad to be part of this organization as a board member and a child sponsor. Fr. Dennis Kasule is the founder of this org. & have done a lot of projects that makes a real impact in the lives of the people in Bunnamweri Village, Uganda and neighboring town. Built 8 wells, clinic, bought ambulance, built junior & vocational schools, etc. It feels good to be part SSFOH. Thank you Fr. Dennis. 100% donations goes to the projects . Definitely this is a 5 star org. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Robert K.4

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was born and raised South West of this non-profit's area of operation. Just like the beneficiaries of SSFH's work, I was poor and in need...so I do relate and know how thankful they are about what SSFH is doing in their lives.

I have also attended SSFH's fundraiser here in the US, listened to the testimony of donors who have travelled to Bunamweri and witnessed the transparent reporting e.t.c.

I know Father Dennis Kasule, SSFH's founder and have witnessed his work in support of the Ugandan Diaspora Community here in the US. May God continue to bless him and his work.

Fernado B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have attended several fundraising drives over the years for the Stepping Stones Foundations of Hope (SSFOH). It’s an honor to attend the annual fundraising dinner where donations help with delivering medical and educational services to underserved communities in my motherland, Uganda. SSFOH provides updates about ongoing projects on their Facebook page. This is a great nonprofit organization that directly impacts the lives of children, mothers, fathers, and everyone in these communities.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

the goals of stepping stone foundation are the reason I volunteer. it helps extend our love to our brothers and sisters that live in a different ciontinent, but on the same planet. Seeing the happy faces of the families that have access to clean water, the child who has an opportubity to a bright future through education and the tears of joys expressed when cold hearts are warmed. I will forever be grateful for being asked to be part of the stepping stones foundation of hope. Together we can make a diffference.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I give SSFOH Five Stars for a job well done!
SSFOH started more than 10 years ago to educate children in Bunnamweri village in Uganda using sponsorships from kind individuals and corporations. Today, St. Raphael Junior School is serving an ever-increasing number of children. SSFOH is working on expanding school grounds and classroom space.

The influence of SSFOH has spread beyond school boarders to support and develop the community, beginning with employing their own school graduates! Other community support projects include St. Raphael Clinic, the construction of the village church, sponsoring of sports events for the youth and most recently, the opening of a vocation training center to train those in need of job skills.

My name is Gertrude Nalumansi. I was born, raised and educated in Uganda. Education is one of the best gifts I have ever received from my parents and my sponsors. Educating a child in Uganda is comparable to training a child to swim before letting him/her near a swimming pool by him/herself. It is a necessity. It is a life-line.

Thank you very much all of you who are supporting SSFOH. You are making a difference in many lives and changing the course of life for the sweet, innocent children.

Thank you SSFOH for stepping up to give our children a solid foundation to build on!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is clearly a need-based project! Those in need are met and served as they are, where they are. Though people are pressed with overwhelming survival needs, a project of water, education and faith is a liberating exercise, not just for the individuals who gain immediate, direct benefits, but for the entire region and for many years to come. Thank you Stepping Foundations of Hope for instilling hope that lasts.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with SSFOH since 2012. I witnessed the amazing work that's being done in 2015 - when I travelled to Uganda. To date, SSFOH has built 8 wells for clean water, a health clinic, sponsored the education of 40+ students and opened a junior school for the most underserved students - nursery through 7th grade. SSFOH is a wonderful organization that is looking forward to doing much more!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that is really making a difference in the live of people in Uganda. Clean water, health services, education and vocational training. Very dedicated volunteers. I am very pleased to be part of this organization. I am witnessing the accomplishment they have able to achieve. Faith based.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Am so grateful for the foundation for the services and may God bless it.
Joe

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It has touched many live in Mpigi District. Many children can now go to school, thanks to this organisation.

Donor

Rating: 5

I love what stepping stones is all about!!! Having had the opportunity to see with my own eyes the change and the smiles it has brought to the lives of the humblest in a rural part of Uganda, I am more thrilled than ever to be part of SSFoH mission and activities. Most basic needs like water, health services for women and children have gotten to the people that need them most due to the amazing work of Stepping Stones. To me this is humanity being there for humanity at its best!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Stepping Stones Foundation of hope lives up to its name and it’s mission which is to expand the horizons of hope for the less fortunate by helping them through several avenues. Education facilitation and sponsor a child program, water and wellness initiative and faith promotion will pursue the empowerment of the less fortunate
I have been truly blessed to be a part of this organization as a board member and director of events since June 2015.
Through all these years I have experienced a tremendous leap in my spritual life feeling more compassion and love for those who are poor and marginalized. Being born in a third world country myself makes this feeling more intense. And having lived in America for the last 40 years makes me appreciate what wonderful blessings we have.
I am grateful for Fr. Dennis Kasule who heads this organization who through his passion and love for God as well as his countrymen established this foundation of hope.
I give a 5 star rating for Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope.

Schoolmate L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have known Fr. Dennis Kasule and Stepping Stones Of Hope Foundation for a long time. I visited the projects and the poeple they assist in Bunamweri Uganda, they have done an amazing job. They have brought clean water, established a clinic and a school for the people, without the effort of Father and SSOHF these things could never have happened. Their generosity has also helped me to assist and do projects for the needy in my own area. Thank you Fr. Dennis, SSOHF and a big thank you to all the donors and volunteers.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing work done by stepping stones foundation of hope..
Thank you so much for the great work done..
I do recommend it

Writer

Donor

Rating: 5

My first time giving in a very personal way- very great organization which gives 100% to help their village with mother and baby care birth needs. Education is on the list for future needs.

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Lord is kind and merciful!
At SSFOH, our platform is to welcome the Lord’s great blessings and to share them by empowering and encouraging our beneficiaries through education, health, faith, and nurturing relationships. We do it all so that they may stand on their feet and match with ever growing strength into a bright future.
We are so grateful!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

IT HAS HELPED THE HUNDREDS OF HOUSEHOLDS IN MY HOME VILLAGE
ITS A GREAT ORGANISATION THAT I ADMIRE SO MUCH

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Stepping stone foundation has helped people in Uganda get access to cleaning drinking and home consumption water. That’s great, please keep up the good work. May God bless u all.

Henry k.

Donor

Rating: 5

I’ve been to Mpigi Uganda and seen the work of this charity. They are empowering the local people to bring themselves out of poverty. They have laid the groundwork for a sustainable improvement in the lives of many people. Their future projects look to do more of the same. None of the board of directors are co
Or dated and so 100% of donations go directly to the people of Mpigi. Please consider donating today!

Charlotte Hearty N.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I thank God for this non profit. Without it, so many community members would be stuck without access to medical help. God bless stepping stones foundation.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

"Blessed is the man that giveth"... this organisation has gone far and beyond to help people in Uganda that can not afford basic needs by building wells,clinics for treatment and education centers for the children, I am grateful to this organization and may God richly bless them

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Thank you stepping stones foundation of hope for the great work you do in our community. Thank you for bringing back hope to those that had lost hope by providing them with education and health services. And for the brains behind this foundation,,we can't thank you enough because you restored our belief in humanity especially fr. Denis Kasule who master minded this. Your good work is evident among us and the children of Bunamweri community and Mpigi district at large

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I strongly recommend Stepping Stones. They have done such great work for the poor.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Members are committed to making people's lives better. It's great to see how communities in Uganda have become better and better every year because of this initiative. Thanks alot SSFoH

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great heart for those in great need,a place where every dime counts!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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I was lucky enough to visit and take part of the tremendous work the foundation is doing and all I can say only God can pay back the brains behind this great acts of charity. I thank all the people who have taken part of this noble duty To Help and make people's livelihoods better. May God bless you all for me and all the beneficiaries of stepping stones foundation

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Board Member

Rating: 5

My Name is Namulindwa Joanitah. I am now an accountant though was once a sponsored beneficiary of Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope. I attribute who I am today to Stepping stones Foundation of Hope.
Not only did I acquire basic education but resilience to stand amongst all hardships especially through its Pillar of Faith, the sense of responsibility because I was always given tasks to take care of and above all I learnt how to truly love. My eyes were opened to the new world in that I was able to Authentically understand my some bodyness, the purpose for my existance and gained a deep belief in my self dignity and self worth
As we may know in our local communities in the Ugandan setting, Education is the only platform that gives chance to the poor to sit on the same table together with the rich to share views and discuss ideas. I am so proud to say that because of the opportunity given to me by SSFOH, I can sit on the " TABLE OF MEN" and discuss ideas.

Further more, Optimism, and esteem advanced through the various counseling sessions given to me by Fr. Dennis Kasule . I am currently pursuing a CPA level on my journey to become a certified Accountant and I can say that I am able to achieve because of the stepping stones.

Whenever I look way back in my life, some times I ask my self, Why me? and other times, Why not me?. I realize that God was is so Gracious . Indeed, I realize that I am that very child in the SKY in SSFOH Logo which truly clarifies to me that " Many walks, One destiny" Long live SSFOH!

Namulindwa Joanitah

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a new international social worker, I fully support Fr. Dennis and the Board of Directors of STEPPING STONES in their mission to elevate the quality of life of the people of Uganda. The work that Fr. Dennis has already accomplished and will accomplish in the future as STEPPING STONES grows and prospers through generous donations, will bring the basics of clean water and quality education to those who now have very little. We Americans enjoy these benefits as an every day occurrence; but not everyone enjoys these basics as we do. I know that when I give a donation to STEPPING STONES all of the money will be used for the cause that it was intended for. Please, I encourage you to support Fr. Dennis in his effort to bring about hope and dignity to the people of Uganda.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Insipred to bring hope to the vulnerable children and people namely the girls,opharns and elderly of his home town in Bunnamweri ,Mpigi in Uganda fr. Dennis founded the Stepping stones foundation of hope (SSFOH) in 2009. The focus of the foundation is to facilitate education,provide better general health services,faith promotion and to make clean water accessible all parishioners of Bunnamweri. with this vision, Fr.Dennis and the board of directors started working tirelessly on this project. three out of seven water stations have been built so far, to pipe clean water through the town : for education facilitation, sponsor a child program has been put in place . in this program, financial support is given to the children to meet their tuition fees. according to the donation received ,the foundation is sponsoring 32 children, the annual cost of taking each child to school ranges from $300 to $900 depending on their educational level , and a meditative boulevard of about one kilometre of stations of the cross are being built to promote our faith. we kindly invite individuals,corporations and organisations among others to financially support the wonderful cause of the foundation. we grateful to father Dennis, the board of directors and well wishers. please visit www.ssfoh.org to get to know this grate foundation better.

N. Mildred

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am greatly honored to be part of the Stepping Stones Foundation. For our many brothers and sisters who benefit from the generous hearts of these heroes is indeed their hope for tomorrow. Thanks to Fr. Dennis and all board members for all the great work you do for these children.

Lillian4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

this is a foundation that is so close to my heart. my whole family has been blessed because my sister is among the people benefiting from it. by helping her they have helped the whole family. i cannot thank Fr DENNIS enough. I hope STEPPING STONES goes so many places because it does tackle problems we do face each and every day and that is EDUCATION. For someone to help me in such an area is something priceless. THANK YOU SO MUCH EVERYONE for a great job.

Elida O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to have met Fr. Dennis when he was still a seminarian and he came to our small church St. Patrick's in East Chicago, IN. He has always show such compassion for people. From sitting in a class room with children learning how to play a guitar to giving an insperational sermon. I especially enjoyed listening to Fr. Dennis when he spoke about the children/orphans he helped. With the Steppin Stones foundation he is able to help even more people. This foundation is not only helping children, it also helps whole communities. By bringing clean drinking water to these villages by provinging wells. Having clean drinking water makes it possible for children to attend school instead of walking miles to bring water to their homes. Stepping Stones Foundation is providing a much needed assistance to these children and villages. Education and clean drinking water are two simple things that we take for granted. I want to thank Fr. Dennis and all his volunteers for helping us open our eyes to the need of others not just our own.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Father Dennis since he assisted at our parish (St. Lawrence O'Toole) as a seminarian. He quickly became involved, getting to know us and helping us along our spiritual journeys. Fr. Dennis' quiet, gentle way and ready smile helped endear him to us, many of whom still keep in touch with him. Our parish came to know of Fr. Dennis' love for the poor and thus it gave us great pleasure to support his clean water project -- because we knew the funds would be used responsibly. Imagine how happy we were just a few months later when we saw a photo in our parish bulletin of the water station we funded! In such a short time we made a difference in people's lives -- all because of Fr. Dennis' commitment to the less fortunate.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have known Rev. Dennis Kasule for a number of years. He interned at our parsih for six monthe. During this time I came to know him personally. He has a passion for the poor and marginalized. Upon his ordination and return to Uganda he immediately implemented several projects. The first was to bring safe, potable water to a local village. He and his organization (Stepping Stones Foundation of Hope) raised the required funds for two wells in the United States. He then turned his attention to educating poor and disadvantaged girls in his village. Again fund raising took place in the United States. Rev. Kasule made appeals to people in our faith community. Becuase the community places great trust in him, we donated generously to these worth projects. Rev. Kasule's efforts have truly provide tangible and long lasting health and education benefits to people in the local villages . SSFH is doing great work were it's needed most! We will continue to provide support. Deacon John Rangel Matteson, IL

Donor

Rating: 5

This group brings the basics of life to people, like water and education. These are the things prople need to be able to grow and support themself.