By Jamie Stuart It was three years ago today that Ella, Kevin and I finally secured one very gorgeous, slightly swampy plot of land and one official Ugandan NGO registration certificate. It all started just a week earlier, when the three of us were driving through Gulu. Back when the roads were still unpaved, dusty… Continue reading Celebrating Three Years of Hope!
By Addie Lynch The moment that we’ve been working towards is finally here… our new center is finally in use! HCU’s “House of Hope” is beautifully illuminated by all of the natural light beaming in through numerous windows; this is a seemingly small luxury that we never knew we needed at the old facility, where… Continue reading Classes Begin in the New Center!
By Allison Daniels For the past three weeks, I had the pleasure of spending my time working with HCU and staying with a superhero named Kevin Okumu. I traveled to Uganda with two fellow Tarheels, Mia Hodges and Saelar Venters, both of whom are fabulous people that I wish everyone had the chance to know… Continue reading Intern Update: Trip Reflection
We're almost there! We want to start off with a huge thank you for your commitment to our project so far. In the past few weeks, our engineering team has finished up painting the interior and exterior of the building, installing electric wiring systems and building a septic tank and indoor toilet. In the next… Continue reading Construction Update: Paint, Plumbing & the Search for Solar
We are so excited to share our progress with you! Thanks to donations to our Globalgiving crowdfunding campaign, our team in Gulu has almost finished construction and we are looking to officially open the first Hope Center for classes in April. Since we hit 2018, we've finished walls and roofing for the building. Finishing touches… Continue reading Construction Update: Walls, Roof, Doors!
Because of many generous contributions to our GlobalGiving crowdfunding initiative, we raised $15,403 to build Hope Center Uganda's first resource center. We have already begun construction, and by April 2017, HCU will be able to reach hundreds more children through education courses in a brand new facility! In late October, funds were disbursed to our Program Director, Kevin Okumu,… Continue reading Construction Update: Ground Levelling & Foundation
My first few weeks in Gulu have been great to say the least. Although my attempts to learn the local language have stalled I've learnt plenty more. I think I can say that I know my way around town and have slipped into a good routine. Ive begun to sink my teeth into a draft… Continue reading Intern Update: October
By Harry Marshall I’ve always found arriving in a new city or country at night is unsettling. You struggle to get your bearings because everything is either dark or lit up by brownish-yellow florescent streetlights. So arriving in Kampala at 9:00PM at night and the subsequent 6-hour drive to Gulu didn’t really allow me to… Continue reading Intern Update: First Impressions
We are so happy and proud to announce that thanks to over 70 generous donors, we have successfully surpassed our fundraising goal! This means HCU will be able to build our first-ever youth resource center, providing vocational training, public health, and arts classes to at least 400 additional youth every year in Gulu. Our target… Continue reading Fundraising Update: WE DID IT! Let’s Keep Building Together!
We’re overjoyed with pride and gratitude to announce that we have been awarded a BONUS DAY through the GlobalGiving Accelerator! Tomorrow, Sept. 19, from 9am-11:59pm EDT, every donation made to our project through this link will be matched by 20% from funding provided by corporate sponsors. If you haven’t donated yet, this is a great… Continue reading Fundraising Update: Race for Matching Funds Starts TOMORROW!