Hope Line Organization aims to bring hope to the future leaders and citizens of Uganda through education, because education is the key to success.
Hope Line has been able to achieve that hope through the following:
a) Hope Line has built two schools, including Nkoko Bright Primary School and Kobba Academy, which provide free education for orphans and children whose families cannot otherwise afford to send their children to school. These children are given a basic education according to the official curriculum of Uganda, and these schools provide both a disciplined and fun environment for the children to learn and thrive in, and express their imaginations. These schools act as a sanctuary particularly to orphans, by providing free meals everyday and the chance to interact with other children.
b) Each school accomodes 70 pupils each, teaching from nursery to primary five and so finding adequate teachers for both of these schools is a constant challenge. Currently, Nkoko Bright School has four teachers whilst Kobba Academy has three, however, Hope Line's focus is the quality of this teaching, not only the quantity. Hope Line aims to employ the best they can find despite expense, since providing underprivilged children with equal opportunity as others is at the heart of Hope Line's values.
c) Hope Line Organization provides scholastic material to these young ones while at school, such as books, pencils, pens and some uniforms. This has enabled the continuous presence of pupils who otherwise would not be able to attend school, giving them all an equal school experience.
Those who are still interested in continuing with their primary or secondary education, we try to find them sponsors to take them on and help them achieve their education dreams.
With our primary target being women and children, Hope Line has empowered women socially and economically as follows:
a) Hope Line educates women about their rights both at home and in the communities where they live, where they are often used to being undermined and abused. This has brought hope to the women because they now feel proud of their rights and have the confidence to speak out against how they were treated before.
b) With regular meetings these women have an outlet and support for the difficulties they face regularly, particularly since the majority of these women have been abandoned by their husbands and live very difficult lives with no financial support from anyone to help them in raising their children. Hope Line also empowers the women by helping to market their agricultural produce and handicrafts for an income, on which their many children (on average 8 per woman) are dependent, since the women of these families are the ones who are left to solely provide for them.
c) Hope Line has started a microfinance program, which has massively assisted in the empowerment of these women. Our aim as Hope Line is to help these women to become self-sustaining and economically self-sufficient. We strive to provide them with start-up capital that will help them to start small-scale initiatives/businesses of their own for income.
In this program, Hope Line Oranization gives start-up loans to different women in groups of five of $200 per group, to help set-up small-scale businesses in what they're best at e.g. tailoring, agricultural produce and handicrafts. We also give them business training to equip them with business skills and techniques necessary for the sustainability of the business, for example book-keeping and re-investment procedures.
Rural Healthcare Outreach
Hope Line aims to implement education programs and strategies in rural communities that will help them engage in good healthcare practices like family planning and child spacing, malaria prevention, dental services, and HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness - since these are the most pressing issues in the rural communities. We provide home-based healthcare to our communities and give support to children born with physical disabilities.
When combined with clean water and sanitation, improvements in healthcase reduce the number of children dying from preventable diseases like malaria. Hope Line facilitates access to medical and dental assistance and provides information sessions disseminated through workshops for adolescents, youth and other target groups on how to prevent HIV/AIDS.
With the little money available, we have also constructed boreholes and wells where the communities can get safe, clean water to prevent water-borne diseases such as typhoid.
In Uganda, malaria is responsible for most deaths that occur, particularly affecting babies and their mothers. At Hope Line, we strive to reduce the number of deaths due to malaria by distributing mosquito nets and teaching the mothers on how to use them.
Hope Line also provides local communities with immunizations and vaccinations via the local medical centre it sponsors in Kasubi.
Hope Line lobbies the government to supply medication to the Kasubi Medical Centre, which provides medical services to people from the ten surrounding communities; Hope Line is supervising and helping to distribute medication and first aid to community members. Hope Line helps to provide counselling and guidance to the residents of Kasubi Village on HIV/AIDS, family planning practices and public health issues.