The Hands of Help Uganda Project was founded in 2005 when the first group of volunteers packed their bags and headed to Africa for two months. With over $100,000 initially fundraised, they worked with Softpower Education (www.softpowereducation.com) and a fantastic team of Ugandan builders to rebuild Bufuula Primary School in the Jinja District. They also established the roots for the Ugandan Community Health Project and the Kenyan Sponsorship Program to commence in 2006.
Since then over 120 volunteers have traveled to Africa with Hands of Help to work on the Ugandan Education Projects. While we encourage medical student participation to give them an opportunity to learn about life in a developing community, we also accept applications from all walk of life. The most important features we look for in our volunteers is enthusiasm, independence, initiative, a commitment to long-term fundraising. and a genuine desire to work with the people in the world who need our help most - and not just for a year or a summer, but those who stay involved in some way for the long-term. After all, the problems of the developing world require commitment to make a difference.
Over the past three years, Hands of Help have now rebuilt four schools in Uganda - Bufuula, Buwagi, St John Kizinga and Wanseko Primary Schools, including an expansion to the forgotten and poverty-stricken North of Uganda in 2007.
This year, Hands of Help will rebuild Ngwedo Primary School in Bulisa district, Northern Uganda, with local builders with our partner organisation Softpower Education. Ngwedo is located approximately 10 kms from the gates of the famous Murchison Falls National Park and currently schools hundreds of children in only 6 run-down classrooms. We will be refurbishing these classrooms up to government standard as well as building an extra three-classroom block, staff room and installing a means of water supply which the school currently does not have.
If you would like to help Hand of Help achieve its goal in rebuilding its 5th Primary School in Uganda please donate or volunteer.
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