What We Do
Individuals and community groups often lack the basic tools and resources needed to implement long-term sustainable solutions to combat poverty. To help meet this need, HAI works to empower individuals and communities to identify, prioritize, and solve problems by providing assistance through a variety of programs. We use a participatory approach for all of our programs; that is, involving the community in each level. We work with communities, not just in them. Community members share their challenges and design solutions that will help solve them.
From income-generating projects to educational assistance, HAI works in communities that support collaborative relationships to sustain projects. We do this by partnering with established groups to gain insight with regard to what needs exist for families in the community.
HAI supports Uganda’s Poverty Eradication Action Plan (PEAP) and designs projects accordingly. For more information click here.
Individuals in Fort Portal are among the first recipients of HAI projects. A group of about 50 people comprise the Butinda Development Group (BDG). Within the BDG, smaller groups of four to six people received assistance in starting an income-generating activity. Some members chose to receive goats, pigs, or poultry, while others decided to explore brick making; whatever the case, each group works together to nurture the project. All members receive benefits and the community works together to strengthen available resources.
According to the United Nations, there are three determinants of poverty: low labor productivity, vulnerability, and dependency, and two categories of interventions: livelihood promotion and livelihood protection.
HAI’s multidimensional, participatory approach is based on the recognition that poverty is not just a matter of meager income or low pay, but extends to encompass such aspects as lack of access to basic services such as healthcare, education, and programs that affect their lives. Therefore, HAI programs employ the three essential pillars of sustainable development: economy, society, and the environment.
Our projects are different from those of other organizations as they are designed, implemented, and monitored by the beneficiaries themselves. When we seek to begin a new project, we meet with the community to allow them to identify both their needs and their proposed solutions. We work at the grassroots level to tackle problems. Community members work together to designate leaders, group members, and other logistics. Our country staff visits projects periodically to perform evaluations and make suggestions; support is always available to our beneficiaries. Local government and community leaders are highly involved in all projects.
Focus on Sustainability and Education
HAI seeks to improve social economic independence of individuals and families through sustainable projects. We provide vocational training and educational opportunities to teach skills that will provide participants with the tools they need to run their own small business, lifting them from poverty and in turn, making them self-sufficient. We seek to help people create jobs, not seek them. We believe that every individual has the basic human right of education, health care, a safe environment, and adequate food and clothing. By providing training and project guidance, we empower individuals to become productive and contributing residents of their communities.
Education is highly valued but often difficult to access in many communities. Both scholastic and vocational education is an investment in the future of individuals. By providing educational assistance, we are investing in the life of another person and thus, their community. These individuals are able to become productive, contributing citizens and poverty is lessened and eradicated in such instances. Education ensures that youth are actively engaged in development and live in an economically, socially sustaining, safe, and healthy environment.
How We Help
HAI links caring individuals with specific projects that provide direct assistance to recipients. Donors receive photographs and periodic updates on the projects they fund. While many of our projects are income-generating activities or educational sponsorships, we will do our best to honor other projects such as construction of a latrine, new home construction for a family, etc… Let us know how you would like to help and we will do our best to accommodate your interest! Thanks to generous donors who designate their funds for administrative costs, 100% of all donations are applied directly to projects. We maintain the utmost financial integrity and all donations are used according to donor intent.
In response to the enormous challenges posed by the epidemic, HAI has initiated a strategic effort to alleviate the social and economic consequences of HIV/AIDS. Plans to construct Hope Children’s Center, a facility that will serve as a school and children’s home are underway. The center will be located in Fort Portal and provide basic education as well as vocational programs designed to teach trade skills to children and serve as income to help sustain the facility. A dedicated school teacher who will also serve as a housemother will be recruited to direct the center and our regional director will oversee the project.
The first phase of the project involves the estimation of cost and the purchase of land. While this is a large undertaking, we feel that it is crucial to provide this basic necessity to children before they are able to truly learn and prosper in the community. We will need support in many ways from prayer to financial contributions.
More information will be available about this project in July when we visit Uganda and proceed with land and construction details.
HIV/AIDS poses an enormous challenge to African development in the 21st century. African has more than 70% of global HIV/AIDS cases, and the continent is home to 24 of the world’s 25 most affected countries. An estimated 3.5 million new HIV infections occurred in Africa in 2003 alone, at a pace of nearly seven new cases per minute.
In addition to its tremendous toll on life, AIDS has had a devastating economic impact at the family, community, and national levels in Africa—destroying traditional economic and social safety nets, rendering many families destitute, crippling productivity, and overwhelming already strained government budgets and social services. HIV/AIDS disproportionately afflicts persons between the ages of 15 and 35, threatening to wipe out a generation of people in their most productive years. Often left behind are women who must care for children, and millions of AIDS orphans who are at various stages of needing to care for themselves.
Hope Aid has partnered with several classes at East Carolina University.
Public relations students conducted focus group research, and planned and implemented a variety of fundraisers to raise money for a poultry project at Good Hope School.
Hands Across Waters involved students from the Child Development and Family Relations department. CDFR students worked with youth from two local after-school programs. Each set of students was matched with a child living in Uganda. Each week, mentoring students visited the youth at the after-school program and facilitated cross-cultural learning activities such as making friendship bracelets, learning about netball, and exploring topics of interest related to Uganda. The children also had an opportunity to exchange letters and photos.
Youth from a local tae kwon do program collected paperback books for children at a primary school in Uganda.
HAI partnered with the Uganda Hospital Committee of the Kadami Hospital Project to help raise money for the construction of Gagama Arereng Hospital in Kadami, Uganda. KORA Award winner, George Okudi, visited Greenville to perform a concert in aid of the hospital project. Special guest Charles Ssentonga, Deputy Chief of Missions from the Uganda Embassy in Washington, DC also came for a visit.