A charity supporting education in Uganda. Dream for Uganda links networks, connections and shared humanity to raise funds for Ugandan schools.
Dream For Uganda started when Valerie Hill, an arts journalist for the Waterloo Region Record, learned about a school-building project in Uganda with the organization GIVE International. She wanted to see this process in action and help support GIVE's new school financially so she attended one of their fundraisers. At the fundraiser, a young man named Henry Lukenge approached her and asked if she would visit the school his parents had founded. That school was Cambridge Secondary School. It is a remarkable and one-of-a-kind performing arts high school in Kyengera, Uganda that takes in the most desperate of youth. These kids are former child soldiers, HIV/AIDS orphans and girls who have been turned over by their desperately poor parents to families as house servants. In Uganda, publicly funded education is so substandard that many of the schools are privately run by people who care, people like Henry's parents. On her subsequent trip to Uganda in October 2012, Valerie visited the school and it was during the lunch break when her life changed. Her hosts took her into the school's hall for lunch and that's when the drums started, the door flew open and members of the Suubi Fusion Troupe danced their way into the hall. 'Suubi' is Luganda for 'Hope' and the group is an integral part of Cambridge Secondary School. Returning back home, Valerie and her friends worked to fund a trip for the Suubi kids to visit Canada. They were able to put together their first tour in May 2013 with the help of Neruda Arts, a partner of Dream for Uganda. In October 2014, six members of Dream for Uganda traveled overseas to spend a month volunteering at the school, installing a library, a music room and doing many upgrades to the flooring, lighting and electrical. The school was also able to hire a librarian and an English teacher (English is Uganda's official language) and continue to pay their salaries through DFU's fundraising efforts. Dream for Uganda is always working towards fundraising to support the school and Suubi and any help received from members or organizations within the community is deeply appreciated.
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We are beyond grateful today to have received a $1500 donation from the Cambridge Kiwanis Club. Thank you for your support!
We received a wonderful surprise in the mail yesterday! The students & staff at St. Dominic Savio Catholic Elementary School, in Kitchener, donated $1,127.10 to Dream for Uganda. This generosity was possible thanks to our friend Hilde Acx, a teacher at the school. St. Dominic does a big fundraiser for three charities ever year; local, national and international and Dream for Uganda was the choice for international. Thank you so much, this money will go a long way!