Provide Vocational Training for Ugandan Women

by Project Have Hope

Meet Christine. She is just 20 years old but has great plans for her future. She hails from war-torn Northern Uganda where she lost her father and numerous relatives to the violence.  Her mother brought Christine and her younger brother to the safety of Kampala.  Although in Kampala, they didn't face the life-threatening occurrences of the North, they faced relentless poverty and urban strife.  Nonetheless, Christine struggled to complete secondary four.  She had hoped to pursue nursing, however, chemistry stumped her.

Within the Acholi Quarter, Christine found role models in other graduates of Project Have Hope's tailoring program and decided to follow in their footsteps. She is now undertaking a two year course to gain a certificate in fashion designing and tailoring.  "My life has not been easy.  My mother struggles to support my brother and I," remarks Christine.  "But I know that education is the key to my future."

A donation of just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a young woman the power to build her own future.


Meet Coline. She is 44 years old and supports 9 children; 7 of her own and 2 orphans. She sought refuge in the Acholi Quarter in 1999 to escape the war, during which most of her relatives and fellow villagers were killed by the rebels. Struggling to support her large family, Coline found hope in Project Have Hope's vocational training program.  She completed a beauty salon course and was granted an interest-free loan to set up shop.  She now has a bustling storefront on the main road of the Quarter.  Once unsure of her future, today she has a steady income and hopes to return to the North where she will rebuild her home and can continue her work as an esteemed hairdresser.

As the New Year starts, consider giving the gift of empowerment.

A donation of  just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a woman the power to build her own future.


"People enjoying what I have made makes me feel valuable to the world."

Rose is a force to be reckoned with.  A mother of 8, including two young twins, she is always thinking of ways to improve her children’s lives. She fled her homeland in Northern Uganda to keep them safe from violence. Now in the South, Rose’s priority is their education.  She trained as a tailor to better support them and keep them all in school. She instills the value of education in her children.  Despite the challenges they face, her oldest son, Moris, is top in his class and is attending one of the premier secondary schools in Kampala.  Rose is determined to break the cycle of poverty which binds her.  Once she is able to save enough money, she hopes to build a new home closer to their school, so they do not have to travel so far to learn.

As the holiday season approaches, consider giving the gift of empowerment.

A donation of  just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a woman the power to build her own future.

Christine's Workshop

I am very proud of my work.

When she bought a sewing machine, Christine’s life slowly began to change. After fleeing violence in the North, completing a course, and setting up her workspace, she began to work as a tailor making elaborate dresses for her neighbors and tote bags for Project Have Hope. Her work gives her money for necessities, but this is only the beginning –  Christine plans to diversify her business and open a tailoring school to teach others her trade.

A donation of  just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a woman the power to build her own future.



Vocational training has been the cornerstone for the work of Project Have Hope. PHH believes that adequate skills training and development is necessary to expand the income generating potential of its members. Since our inception of this program, 47 aspiring women have benefited from these educational grants and life changing opportunity.  Studies have included tailoring, knitting, catering, hairstyling and salon management, computer skills training and driver’s education.

More significant than just these training programs, are the interest-free loans the women are able to receive upon completion of their choice of study.  To date, 121 loans have been given.

We know that progress and long-term change does not happen overnight.  That is why, 9.5 years since we first began, we continue to vigorously work to establish sustainable solutions for the women in the Acholi Quarter.

We encourage you to continue this journey with us.  A donation of  just $25 provides tuition for one term and gives a woman the power to build her own future.


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Project Have Hope

Location: Malden, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen Sparacio
Malden, MA United States

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