Through the generosity of 100s of our former volunteers and well-wishers, and strategic partnerships with Global Volunteer Network, GVN Charitable Trust, Kain Foundation, We Are Bamboo, and GoAbroad Foundation, The Real Uganda has been able to accomplish some amazing work over the years.
Since 2016, The Real Uganda has managed 3 high-impact development programs:
Girls Get Skills (2021-): Our COVID-19 response brings practical and transformative education to teen girls in rural Uganda. Program goals are to increase self-esteem and decision making skills and prevent early marriage and pregnancy in teen girls.
In partnership with Lugacraft Uganda, 30 girls are currently receiving instruction in hair care and styling techniques in Kiteza, Buikwe.
Primary School Hot Lunch Program (2008-): Since 2008, we’ve provided a daily hot lunch to over 120 students and 9 teachers at Nalusse Success Primary School in Mukono Town. This has improved and maintained student attendance and performance, and teacher retention.
Kkoba Community Project (2016-2018): In partnership with Hopeline Organization Uganda and Kain Foundation Australia, this project held 24 family development meetings, attended by 200+ adults, addressing domestic violence, child neglect, substance abuse, and small business and farm development in Kkoba, Buikwe.
Further, 12 social and economic youth development seminars were attended by over 500 youth with 96 apprenticeships in hairdressing, tailoring, motorcycle repair, carpentry, and farming awarded.
Project successes include a decrease in domestic violence and early marriage in Kkoba. Family incomes have increased, evidenced by larger local farm yields and an increase in the number of small businesses.
The Real Uganda doesn’t only source volunteers for community-based organizations in Uganda, it provides funding for vital locally-led initiatives.
Beginning way back in 2006, our past projects include:
Sponsoring 1 man through a university degree, and 75+ students through primary and secondary education (ongoing)
Supporting Grassroots Uganda, an artist collective, which has jewelry, handbags, and other handicrafts for sale (ongoing)
Providing funds to primary schools for school supplies, uniforms, teacher materials and salaries, and sports days (ongoing)
Purchasing a motorcycle for Uganda Skateboard Union in 2006
Purchasing over 30 mattresses and blankets for Jim Education Centre in 2006
Purchasing land for Passionate Child and Elderly Care in 2009
Building a goat farm for Johnson Nkosi Primary School in 2010
Building a piggery for Passionate Child and Elderly Care in 2010
Giving 8 pregnant cows to YOFAFO women’s group in 2011 and 2012
Giving 9 pigs to 3 community groups in conjunction with Volunteer Support Network in 2012
Building a clinic for Hope for Africa Children’s Village in 2012
Building a kitchen for Hope for Africa Children’s Village in 2013
Purchasing 2 plots of farm land for Christian Heritage Centre in 2013
Sending a community leader on an organic agriculture course in 2014
Seed funds for a micro-loan program for Hopeline Organization’s women groups in 2014
Re-useable menstrual pad workshop for Hopeline Organization’s women groups in 2014
Replacing damaged roofing and all Nursery to P7 textbooks at Nalusse Success Primary after a major storm destroyed buildings and property in 2014
Purchasing a car for Hopeline Organization in 2015
Purchasing land for Volunteer Support Network in 2015
Purchasing land for Christian Heritage Centre teacher housing in 2016
Providing funds for handicraft-related income generation programs at Lugacraft, Hopeline Organization, and Grace Daycare in 2016
Purchasing 3 sewing machines for Hopeline Organization’s women groups in 2016
Renovating teacher housing for Hopeland Junior School in 2016
Rebuilding a crumbling classroom block for Nalusse Primary School in 2017
Purchasing playground equipment for Christian Heritage Centre in 2017
Marketing and sales for local artist, Joel Balimanya, who makes handicrafts from used tires in 2018 and 2019
Assisting Maendeleo Foundation to build digital literacy in 16 Mukono youth in 2020