Jan 12, 2018

Arlington Academy of Hope in 2018

Sarah and friends at Arlington Junior School
Sarah and friends at Arlington Junior School

Hurray!  We've reached our goal for this project thanks to your support.  Thank you! 

Your contributions have provided so much more than an education. Our students learn the value and see the benefits of hard work, gain leadership skills that will last a lifetime, and build their self-confidence. Listen to the inspiring words of Kibone Sarah, a 10-year-old student in Grade 4 at Arlington Junior School:

“My opinions are treated with respect by other children. I have also learned to be responsible and smart at all times because we learn that good leaders should be exemplary. I have promised myself to continue in the line of leadership so that in the future I can become an activist for children’s rights and equality between men and women. Yes, I can!”

And the difference you are making goes beyond the walls of Arlington Junior School. You’re providing a bright future for children like Alex, who attends our outreach school in Bumwalye:

“Bumwalye has made me a more confident person through the various debate tournaments I participated in that were organized by the Outreach Program,” says Alex.

Although this project is closing, we have another project on GlobalGiving with the same goals, and we're still working hard to give the gift of education to students in Uganda.  The support we've received from this project and others will help us to accomplish our lofty goals for 2018 like:

  • Expanding our outreach efforts as we work with local university students from Marymount University in Virginia to provide onsite teacher training at both Arlington Junior School as well as several of our outreach schools. We also have big plans to connect more schools in Uganda with sister schools in the U.S. to increase the educational resources available. 
  • Expanding the size of our health clinics to accommodate the growing demand, increase the supply of life-saving medications, provide reproductive health services and sex education for women and girls in need, and provide outreach services in the community to ensure patients stay on top of their health.
  • Working with universities and vocational schools to connect our university and tertiary graduates with gainful employment when they graduate.

We cannot thank you enough for your support that makes all of our work possible! You are truly making a difference in the lives of thousands of children with your generosity. 

Thank you for all you’ve done to support these amazing students in their quest for an education! 

Marymount University students volunteering at AJS
Marymount University students volunteering at AJS
AAH Health Clinics keep our students healthy
AAH Health Clinics keep our students healthy
AAH students graduate from post-secondary studies!
AAH students graduate from post-secondary studies!
Outreach students at Matuwa Primary School
Outreach students at Matuwa Primary School

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Oct 16, 2017

Our Student Newsletter, Mulembe Magazine

Danielle & Phiona with AJS students
Danielle & Phiona with AJS students

As a school that prides itself on providing the best educational opportunities for its students, we are always looking for new ways to inspire creative learning at Arlington Junior School. That is where our new newsletter, “Mulembe Magazine,” comes in. 

Originally inspired by Head Teacher Sarah, our student-written newsletter has become a way for students to get a taste of journalism and artistic expression.  Every term hosts different events, activities, and visitors. Students are encouraged to report on those happenings to keep our international and local supporters up to date on the latest news at AAH. In the newsletter’s “Creative Corner,” pupils have the chance to create everything from poems to drawings to creative stories.

The former International Coordinator Danielle, along with the librarian, Phiona, created a Newspaper Club to increase participation in working on the newsletter. After recruiting students to join and setting up monthly meetings, the club participants select student editors to edit all content. Student club members also write and edit departments on local news, visitor news, and the creative corner. The hope is that this club will inspire students to think critically of all the events that happen at AJS as well as spark interest in journalism.

Click here to read the lastest issue!

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Jul 17, 2017

Students Win Scholarship for University Education

Godfrey & Peninah
Godfrey & Peninah

Last year Godfrey and Peninah worked hard at their secondary schools to perform well on their national exams that mark the end of their secondary schooling. They received some of the top scores in the country. Now, we are so happy to announce they have been awarded a scholarship by the Ugandan government to continue their higher education!

Godfrey and Peninah can remember how hard they worked to ensure their success. “It was hectic. I used to study all night because I wanted to get the maximum points,” said Peninah. While studying hard and revising notes with friends at school, Peninah can also recall some great words of advice that helped her push through the many hours. One of her mentors at school said to her, “Don’t read to just pass, read while calculating what you have invested in your education. Make sure you do well so you utilize what you’ve paid for this chance.”

Thinking back on all of the support that her sponsors had put towards her education helped her sure she was getting the most out of her opportunity of being at school. In the fall, Peninah will be attending Makerere University to study Education and Literature.

Looking towards the future, Godfrey is so grateful for the opportunity to continue his studies at university. Godfrey will be heading to Gulu University to pursue Medicine and Surgery. This chance, “is a dream come true” for him. “I had no hope of doing this course because of the financial burden, but I am so happy to be living my dream by continuing to study medicine.”

As Peninah and Godfrey prepare to make the big transition to university campuses across the country, we are nothing but confident in their future success.

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