Provide Vocational Training for Ugandan Women

by Project Have Hope

With an education only through the equivalent of fourth grade, Margaret did not know how she would care for her four children when her husband abandoned the family in 2012.

She had been earning money by braiding women’s hair, but as the sole provider, that was not enough. Through a grant from Project Have Hope, Margaret studied tailoring and received a loan to buy a sewing machine, materials and set up shop. She currently rents a shop on the main shopping strip of the Quarter where she can easily be reached by customers.

Besides the income Margaret earns, she is grateful for the many friendships tailoring has created for her. She struggles to find more work so that her business can grow and her children can continue their education. “If my children have a good education, they will not suffer like me,” Margaret quietly concludes.

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


Sylvia only completed school through third grade, but she hopes her children will have the opportunity to go further in their education. Project Have Hope has been helpful in achieving this dream. Recently, Sylvia participated in a different kind of education when she graduated from a tailoring course. With her skills as a tailor, she can bring in money to support her family. Eventually, Sylvia hopes to leave the Acholi Quarter and reunite with her family in Northern Uganda.

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


Dorine, mother of four, whose husband long since abandoned the family, was born with a disability that requires her to use a crutch to walk, a tremendous challenge in the rough terrain of the Acholi Quarter.  Having studied only up to the second grade equivalent, she struggled to provide for her family.  Several years ago, through a grant from Project Have Hope, she graduated from a program to learn knitting.  She has used this skill to make sweaters for school uniforms and for the chilly days of the rainy seasons.  Recently, she was offered a job teaching at a local vocational training institute.  She is excited for the opportunity to teach others this skill which has changed her life.

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


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.


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Project Have Hope

Location: Malden, MA - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Karen Sparacio
Malden, MA United States
$15,552 raised of $17,500 goal
222 donations
$1,949 to go
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