Beacon of Hope Uganda is a community based humanitarian service and sustainable rural development organization founded in 2006 with a vision to help those least able to help themselves. To help achieve this vision, we are focused on a range of programs in Uganda, including: education, micro-finance and small business support, job skills / leadership development and training, health, environment and more.
We envision a future in which Uganda has realized its vast human and resource potential and, through training, investment, and partnerships, we can help Uganda achieve that vision. Beacon of Hope Uganda designs and conducts programs which contribute to the welfare and social productivity of disadvantaged individuals and communities with an emphasis on women, children and youth.
Beacon of Hope Uganda (BoHU) addresses some of the most pervasive problems in rural Uganda, including HIV/AIDS, malaria, hunger, poor education, poverty, access to clean drinking water, and orphaned children. In addition, we focus on empowering the youth of Uganda with different skills and leadership training.
MISSION AND VISION
Providing resources to achieve sustainable development in under-resourced areas through effective community education and development of projects.
Self-sustaining individuals and communities free from extreme poverty.
OUR DEVELOPMENT PHILOSOPHY & AIM
Our development philosophy:
Is based on the saying: “help people to help themselves” Beacon of Hope Uganda wants to give them the tools, the knowledge and the spirit to get this process started. Enhance self-respect and motivation. Ownership and a taste of positive change and success can change a spirit and a life forever!
Is to get the people into self-help groups then form a marketing cooperative for the products they produce. We hope to have an organized revolving fund to be managed by financial institution to benefit them.
Our understanding of ‘Sustainable Development’ is development which focuses on the social, environmental and economic factors play a determining role in tackling poverty. We do such in a way that ensures a development for the existing community that does not affect the ability of future generations to enjoy the same opportunities.
Our strategy focuses on change within the community. We do this in three ways.
- Investing capital in infrastructure and different resources in schools and agricultural project
- Promoting small business development through micro-finance/loans
- Building skills and knowledge of (rural) community members
OUR WORK AND APPROACH
The method by which change is brought about is as important as the change itself. If change is inflicted on a person or community then it is likely to fail. The process of change must therefore be both be desired and inclusive. Active participation and ownership of the local communities in all our programs is key.
Our approach is to work in partnership with the community based on equality. Collaborating with different communities, ensuring their full and active participation in the process from beginning to end, aiming at increasing their independence every step of the way. This reduces our role to the one of facilitator, mentor and assessor.
Our role in the partnerships we build with the communities is to bring external knowledge, skills, know-how and funds to the table to complement, enhance and build upon the existing skills, knowledge and intrinsic motivation, passion and dreams of every individual. In this way we help turn their words and aspirations into projects that can help deliver what is needed to assist in the holistic process of change.
The communities understand that no single project is going to alleviate their poverty at once but that a number of projects focused on the 5 key areas (Education, Agriculture, Health, Environment and WASH) will have a lasting positive impact and ought to provide them with the tools to defeat poverty. It is important therefore for our donors to understand that each project is but one spoke in the wheel of success and that the strength of the wheel/success comes from the combined efforts of all participants.