East Africa

With our partners in Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe, Lead4Tomorrow is advancing four key pillars of healthy families and communities:

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Educational Opportunities for Parents and Children

Two people filling buckets with water

Consistent Supply of Clean Water

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Adequate Nutrition and Income

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Empowerment of Women and Youth

The success of Lead4Tomorrow’s programs in East Africa demonstrates the universal effectiveness of empowering families—particularly women—to bring about positive change. Like our hui in the United States, those in East Africa respond to the unique needs, challenges, and strengths of each community.

Lead4Tomorrow operates programs in following East Africa countries:

2022 East Africa Impact & Sustainability

With seed funding and technical assistance from Lead4Tomorrow USA, each of our East Africa programs (with the exception of Kenya) have now incorporated as their own 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The East Africa program models have yielded significant results.

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Hui Participants

Children Learning in L4T Schools

People in Business and Microenterprise Programs*

People in Micro-Saving Cooperatives

* The majority of people engaged in these programs are women.

The Four Pillars

In East Africa, our Family Hui positive parenting model provides a highly effective social structure for meeting the unique needs of each community. Our Lead4Tomorrow affiliates in East Africa are breaking cycles of family hardship and instability by providing four basic pillars of support. These include:

Bi-generational education opportunities for parents and children

In additional to positive parenting classes provided via East African hui, our programs in Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda also include nursery schools—all of which Lead4Tomorrow has helped to build from the ground up—to support children in their developmentally critical early years. By piloting these schools we have developed a model which connects multi-generational parenting, child, educational, and leadership development and can be scaled in each country.

Access to consistent, clean water

When needed, we work with local partners to overcome barriers in access to reliable, clean water. For example, we worked to replace a seasonal open well in Tanzania to provide an uninterrupted source of water for nearby villages and families. This access to water also benefits the local economy by providing irrigation for Lead4Tomorrow Tanzania’s farm located just south of Dar es Salaam

 

Adequate nutrition and sustainable income

In each country where we work in Africa, we help to facilitate a variety of microenterprise initiatives to provide income and nutritional resources for communities that previously lacked these opportunities. For example, our aquaculture initiative in the Mara district of Lake Victoria is providing a sustainable source of food and income for hui families. A sewing, soap-making, and weaving training and microenterprise initiative in Uganda is empowering local women to support their families. In the Bududa region of Uganda, Lead4Tomorrow purchased a heifer cow for the primary school to provide income for the school, but also to teach and empower children in animal rearing and related skills.

Empowerment of women and youth

From our positive parenting curriculum, to our preschools, to our microenterprise initiatives, the focus in each of our programs is on empowerment. For example, in Kenya 23 female youth and women recently successfully completed technical vocational training in sewing. This training was unique in that it also included psychosocial emotional learning, creating a safe space for conversations and healing related to gender-based violence, poverty, and economic wellbeing. In Uganda’s Jinja region, Hui members are engaging in micro-saving cooperatives. In the Kapchorwa region of Uganda, where it was determined that lack of economic opportunity was exacerbating domestic violence, Lead4Tomorrow initiated a successful training program for women to gain skills in tailoring and garment cutting, which is empowering them to provide income for their families. A poultry and vegetable enterprise in Tanzania is empowering women as business leaders, while meeting local nutrition needs and responding to market demands in nearby major cities.

Many more children are now safe from corporal punishment at home AND at school

In many regions, we have noted remarkable changes in cultures of discipline that previously centered on corporal punishment. The vast majority of hui families report ending the practice of caning. As some hui participants are teachers, they have carried this commitment to positive behavioral change into the schools where they teach. To highlight this accomplishment, in 2017 Lead4Tomorrow recognized three primary schools in Uganda where caning was replaced by counseling with a “Champion of Child Well-Being” Award. More schools are now in the process of reforming their caning practices. Principals have reported that school enrollments have climbed significantly in these schools, meaning more children are back on the path to education with all of its resulting benefits.