Project Have Hope

Project Have Hope works with a group of 100 women in the Acholi Quarter of Uganda and helps them transform their lives and the lives of their families. Through the sale of their beautiful hand-crafted goods, as well as through our adult literacy, vocational training, and children' education programs, the women can feed their families, send their children to school, and look forward to a richer future.
Jul 23, 2014

Term 3 Begins in September


Every child deserves to receive an education, to play and to dream.  With your help, we are making that a reality for children in Uganda's Acholi Quarter.  Children whose lives and futures are still affected by the war in Northern Uganda.  Children who grew up fighting as child soldiers.  Children who grew up in a slum.  Forgotten.  Haunted.  Hungry.

Penina is one of those children.  She lives with her aunt, Irene, in the Acholi Quarter. Her parents live in a refugee camp and feared she would be abducted by rebels, so they sent her away.  Her aunt is hard-working, but never attended school.  She works tirelessly in the stone quarry to support both her immediate and extended family.  She dreams that Penina will have the opportunity to receive the education that she and her siblings did not.

With your support, we've been able to make that possible.  Penina is now attending secondary school.   She performs Ugandan cultural dances with her school's dancing club and feels free and happy when she dances.

We strive to continue to make it possible for all children in the Quarter to have the chance to dream and find the happiness from within.

Jul 23, 2014

I am now able to stand on my own.


“I am now able to stand on my own,” Josephine proudly states to anyone who will listen.

"I was living in Kitgum, in Northern Uganda, with my grandmother when the LRA rebels came. I fled to the Acholi Quarter with my aunt for safety. I began working in the stone quarry from sunrise to sunset, eating just one meal a day. Then I joined Project Have Hope. They sponsored me in a tailoring program and gave me a grant to purchase a machine and materials."

Josephine is a natural artist.  In addition to her work as a tailor, she continues to create new designs of jewelry and other crafts, such as crosses and bowls, using recycled paper. 

Josephine is now able to pay the school fees for her son and three nieces and nephews.  She dreams that they will attend and graduate from college, something she was unable to do because of the war.


With a donation of $250 you can provide the tuition for a woman to attend tailoring school and help her to stand on her own just like Josephine.

Jun 11, 2014

Unintended Consequences


The Acholi women in Uganda have embraced solar cooking.  They have done so because it saves them time and money.  But the unanticipated and often overlooked consequences are even greater.  They are helping to protect the environment.  Each woman that uses a solar cooker every day the sun shines saves up to one ton of firewood each year.  And their children are less at risk of being burned because they're are less open fires.  And  because sunlight is free fuel, families can solar cook more nutritrious, less expensive foods like dried beans and legumes that normally require long cooking times and consume large amounts of fuel.  They can also pasterurize their drinking water using only the sun and use the saved "fuel money" to buy food.  Your support has made this possible.  Thank you!

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