Arlington Academy of Hope, Inc.

Our Mission AAH is a volunteer, non-profit organization based in the United States that helps children in rural Uganda reach their full potential. By creating model schools and clinics, we provide education and healthcare programs, local development opportunities, and community outreach to improve the quality of life and transform poor villages into self-sustaining communities. We do this by engaging a caring community of volunteers, child sponsors, donors, partners and friends in the United States, Uganda and throughout the world. Our Vision AAH's vision is to transform villages in rural Uganda into vibrant, self-sustaining communities through quality education and healthcare. Specifical...

Arlington Academy of Hope, Inc.
P.O. Box 7694
Arlington, VA 22207
United States
571 228-4102
http://www.aahuganda.org

Management Team

Maureen Dugan

Board of Directors

Dick Burk, John Wanda, Dean Scribner, Holly Hawthorne, Marco Fernandes

Project Leaders

John Wanda

Mission

Our Mission AAH is a volunteer, non-profit organization based in the United States that helps children in rural Uganda reach their full potential. By creating model schools and clinics, we provide education and healthcare programs, local development opportunities, and community outreach to improve the quality of life and transform poor villages into self-sustaining communities. We do this by engaging a caring community of volunteers, child sponsors, donors, partners and friends in the United States, Uganda and throughout the world. Our Vision AAH's vision is to transform villages in rural Uganda into vibrant, self-sustaining communities through quality education and healthcare. Specifically, we seek to: Develop educational and healthcare models in each village where we have a presence. Set new standards of academic excellence and prepare the children for adult lives that contribute to the progress of their communities and the world. Local schools will perform better. Students will progress to higher levels of learning and professional careers. Through adult education programs, literacy will increase in local communities. Establish clinics and community health programs that provide children and their families with access to modern healthcare, medicines, and treatments. More people will live longer with a higher quality of life. Encourage villages with AAH programs to employ technology and provide services for surrounding areas. Building and farming techniques will demonstrate an increased environmental awareness. Through shared learning experiences, AAH will foster greater cultural understanding on local, national and international levels. Our Core Values We are an organization that believes in Education We believe that all children have a right to education and basic healthcare. We believe that education is the key to transformation and provides new opportunities. We believe that children are our hope for the future. Integrity We responsibly and strategically use our resources of time, talent and money. Respect We value the Ugandan culture and way of life. We are inclusive of diverse ideas, perspectives and backgrounds within AAH. Communication We honestly and openly share our ideas and organizational decision making. Partnership We foster teamwork and value relationships with our volunteers, child sponors, donors, partners and friends as we work to achieve our goals in partnership with the people of Uganda. A Passion to Serve We empower people with opportunities to help children and others in need. We strengthen and grow the organization in a positive and constructive way.

Programs

AAH runs a model primary school in a remote Ugandan village and has two rural health clinics, a Secondary School Scholarship program, outreach to village schools and economic development initiatives: The Arlington Academy of Hope school in Bumwalukani village in Mbale, Uganda provides quality, all round education to 340 children. The school provides a modern, integrated approach to education by combining American models with the best aspects of Uganda's education system. For each of the last six years, AAH students have excelled in their national exams, leading more than 80 government schools in the district of Bududa. Typical village schools send less than 10% of their students to secondary school, AAH has sent 100% of its first six graduating classes to secondary school. Secondary Scholarships: In response to the outstanding performance of our P7 students, AAH started the Wamundu Secondary Scholarship Fund in 2006 to support their continued education. The fund also supports top students from local village schools. Currently, 270 AAH graduates are on AAH scholarships. Some have gone on to the best secondary schools Uganda has to offer. Scholarship funding pays for tuition, books, uniforms, room and board and other school fees. Half of our scholarship recipients are girls. Library Learning Center: AAH opened a large freestanding library on school grounds, the first of its kind in the region, in February 2008. The library significantly expands our capacity to add books, enrich learning through computer technology and help students improve reading skills and understanding of the world outside their village. The library is available to local schools. Global Reading Challenge - AAH held its sixth annual school-wide reading challenge in 2011 with sister school Arlington Traditional School (ATS) of Arlington, VA. During each challenge, AAH students read approximately 13,000 books, strengthening reading skills and building confidence in the process. Each student is required to read at least 50 books a year. U.S. Teachers and Volunteers - Every year, public and private school teachers and other volunteers travel to Uganda at personal expense to provide the gift of their teaching expertise and special support to students, teachers and administrators. More than 20 volunteers work at AAH each year. Teacher Training and Outreach - AAH assists 22 local village schools with approximately 16,000 students through teacher training workshops and by providing their students with school supplies, play equipment and musical instruments. By serving as a model and by sharing our expertise and experience, we seek to lift the standards of education in the region. Community Health Centers: AAH opened a clinic in 2006 and provides free care for all AAH students and teachers, and all villagers with lifesaving medical treatment. The clinic is operated in partnership with the Foundation for Medical Relief of Children. A second AAH clinic opened in Bupoto village in 2008. A US medical doctor has been hired to work at the Bupoto clinic. The two clinics combined serve approximately 30,000 children and other villagers annually. School Building - In 2011, AAH embarked on a new school building and rehabilitation program, in partnership with local governments, communities, and the Kamal Foundation. Bulobi Primary School was completed in January 2012 under this program, at a cost of $85,000. Five public schools in Bududa and Manafwa districts are slated to be re-built under this program. AAH will introduce its innovative academic programs in these schools as it seeks to improve education standards and performance across the region. Shoes for School Children - In partnership with TOMS Shoes, AAH has supplied 45 primary schools in Bududa, Manafwa, Sironko and Mbale districts with new shoes. Under TOMS Shoes Repeat Giving Program, children will receive shoes every year. Shoes help prevent injury to children as they run to school, and will also be an effective tool against jiggers. Micro-Finance for Women - in partnership with Women's Micro-Finance Initiative, AAH provides local women in Bududa district with small loans to start businesses. To date, 260 women are being supported through the Mayi Agiri Wamundu Development Group, each with loans of up to $150. Clean Water Initiative - AAH supplies clean water to the AAH School and the village of Bumwalukani through a newly constructed borehole at the school. Water is pumped into cisterns and delivered via gravity flow to various outlets. School Farm - A farm on the school grounds in Bumwalukani provides students and the community with examples of a modern farming techniques. Students are shown how to grow better crops and take better care of the land. Modern dairy cows produce milk for student and for sale. Radio Programs - AAH staff lead a discussion on a popular weekly radio program, Wamanya, hosted on Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) focused on education issues in the sub-region. Although carried out in the local language, Lugisu, the program has been picked up across Uganda. AAH staff share success stories, programs, and information that can help local schools succeed. Through the program, communities across Eastern Uganda have re-engaged with their local schools. Through the Arlington Academy of Hope, more than 50 people are employed directly by the school and clinics. More than 200 others are dependent on AAH as suppliers of food, materials, or labor on the various projects. Electricity, which had never reached this village, is now connected to local homes along its route to AAH. Local villagers have access to the internet at AAH. As AAH students have participated and won music, sports and athletics competitions across the region, there is a renewed sense of pride and accomplishment among village people and local schools. Even children who don't attend the AAH School feel they have gotten something. Performance in Bududa schools, especially those supported by AAH, has risen gradually as AAH programs have expanded. From being the second last performing district in 2004, Bududa is now ranked 20 places higher, and recently received recognition from the Ministry of Education for its sustained improvement.

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