To empower Ugandans living below the poverty line, especially children, women and youth, learn how to earn an income, using a “learning-by-doing” methodology, which allows them to meet their basic needs and lead healthy, productive, and dignified lives.
We envision a day when all Ugandan households, working together in mutual understanding and collaboration with Government, Non-Profit Organisations (both within and outside Uganda), and business sector, will earn a minimum annual income of at least UGX 35,000,000 (USD 10,000), enabling them to access basic needs such as shelter, food, clothing, health, education and a decent form of transport.
Following in the footsteps of JFH, I will be graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering in July 2017, and I am looking forward to serving Ugandan communities by a establishing a Humanitarian Engineering company that will provide affordable and decent housing to many Ugandans who lack basic shelter. Since Engineers are problem solvers, I am identifying problems faced by communities and as a professional with construction and environmental sustainability knowledge, I am going to provide a solution to the housing sector which is very important in the overall social-economic development of the country.
My childhood memories are only a reflection of mom’s visits before she passed on because I was welcomed into my new home at the age of 4 years. For eight years now, my life has been shaped and every day I wake up aspiring for a bright future. Looking at my childhood pictures, I can confirm that there is always light at the end of the tunnel. I am a proud girl who never stops smiling because of the joy that I have in my life and the future ahead of me.
“When I joined the Bright Heart Children family, I was so shy and I used to fear people. I am now confident and I make sure that I put my point forward when need be. This is all because of the Bright Heart Principles that are part of my life.”
Remembering the hardships, my grandmother went through in taking care of us; I rejoice for the opportunity that I have had ever since I joined JFH. When we host other community children especially during Christmas parties, I feel privileged when I bring a smile to other children like me. I have learnt a lot about helping others, and I am sure, I will continue contributing to Joy For Humanity vision when I grow up.
“I feel so confident in executing any task that is assigned to me. While in Primary School, I enjoyed leading my fellow students and guiding them in school activities. Keeping my digit as a girl is part of my life and I feel compelled to keep girl’s rights at all times.”
Through Joy For Humanity, I have learnt key principles for life including being compassionate which is part of my life as I grow up. Together with my sisters, we go back to our families with a purpose of making a difference, and although we have got to where they should be, I am sure that we will make it one day. I look forward to that day when my community will be prosperous as opposed to the current suffering and poverty.
“Being a Students’ Head Prefect made me understand that leadership is serving others and I am proud of the team that I worked with to see that we represent the students’ needs and requirements.”
It has been a long journey of learning ever since I joined I joined JFH in 2008. I am proud that early 2017, I will be graduating as a Cosmetologist from YMCA Uganda branch and I am looking forward to serving the people of Uganda by establishing a smart saloon that will provide a friendly atmosphere with well demarcated sections for women and men. I am at a Humanitarian Saloon for all, and I look forward to making Hygiene and cleanliness a vital part of the initiative with sterilising equipment, dispensers, etc. given special care to cab bacteria and skin infections that are caused by other different saloons.
Courage, Compassion, Justice, Truth, Freedom, and Peace, are principles that haven’t only changed my life but also the life of our fellow children in the community. We are a living example of these principles and I look forward to being part of the generation that will see a peaceful world.