Lead4Tomorrow in Uganda

Family Hui has been operating in several locations in eastern Uganda since 2014, when focus groups were conducted to assess the applicability of the program to the East Africa cultural context. Very few revisions were needed, demonstrating the applicability of the program across a wide range of cultural contexts.

During the first couple years of operation, 2014-2015, the program got off to a strong start with more than 60 groups leaders trained, engaging more than 400 families and 1000 children. The program has continued to grow since. As in other countries, Family Hui has provided the social infrastructure for a wide array of micro savings and microenterprise initiatives. 

Group Leader Training

In 2019, Lead4Tomorrow Uganda was formally established, continuing to serve primarily the rural regions around Kapchorwa, Mbale, Jinja and Tororo. In 2022, with a new leader joining the Uganda leadership team, Family Hui began providing a way to support single moms in Kampala.

An early sign of impact on parents/caregivers participating in Family Hui relates to changes in child discipline. A common practice in Uganda (as in some other countries), although illegal, involved the practice of caning children as a form of punishment. Hui participants, however, committed to ending the practice of caning in their homes and focus more on non-corporal forms of discipline. As some hui participants were/are teachers, they carried that practice into the schools where they teach, which resulted in the end of caning at several schools.

Group of adults and children

To highlight this accomplishment, in 2017 L4T recognized three primary schools with a “Champion of Child Well-Being” Award – in Bukigai, Bubita, and Bumwalye – where caning was replaced by counseling.

Children sitting at tables in Uganda

More schools are in the process of following this path. Subsequently, principals reported school enrollments climbed significantly in these schools, resulting in more children advancing their education and the resulting lifelong benefits.

Group of adults

As with other country partners, a series of training opportunities have been provided to expand on the ongoing micro savings and microenterprise initiatives. This includes development of a “small business” curriculum to help participating families learn more about the value of saving, how to start a small business and how to work with others to form cooperatives.

Group of women wearing black graduation gowns and mortar boards.

Other training courses have involved a wide range of skill-building activities, including tailoring, liquid soap making and welding. In 2023, L4T brought an international agriculture expert from the University of California, Davis, to provide training on how to grow personal gardens for nutrition, which can potentially support groups working together to develop income-generating opportunities. Training on poultry production as a source of protein was also provided.

Three Family Hui schools are in various stages of development in Uganda, located in Kapchorwa, Jinja and Muganja, a rural area near Tororo. Ongoing needs for expansion and student scholarships are needed to meet the demand, as these schools provide educational opportunities where otherwise children would have no opportunity to advance their education.

 

Leadership in Uganda

Betty Kimono

Betty Kimono

L4T Uganda Co-Director

Charles Muduli

Charles Muduli

L4T Uganda Co-Director

Geoffrey Owori

Geoffrey Owori

L4T Uganda Program Director

Teddy Sanyu

Teddy Sanyu

L4T Uganda Program Director

Esther Timbiti

Esther Timbiti

L4T Uganda Program Director

Lead4Tomorrow operates programs in following East Africa countries: