Family of Hope opened its doors in February 2014, housing 11 children and one teacher in a single small classroom. Today, the school houses 40 pupils, three qualified teaching staff, two matrons, a night watchman and a cook with some children staying in accommodation on site.
We are now based on our own plot on the outskirts of Buwenge, North of Jinja on the Kamuli Road.
The idea to start a school for children with special educational needs began when Mandy, a UK based teacher, visited a Ugandan school. She was struck by the treatment and lack of compassion shown to children with special educational needs. They were often excluded, ignored or dismissed as ‘not worth educating’. Close friends: Kerry, Alex and Jennie, who became Family of Hope trustees, agreed change was needed.
In November 2013 Kerry and Mandy made a trip to Uganda to visit the area that would become home to the school. With the invaluable help of Robert, now our Executive Director, and three other directors in Uganda, Family of Hope was able to purchase land, hire teachers and negotiate with the education system. With these steps in place, it became what it is today: