In 2005, a young and enthusiastic Ugandan woman named Jenifer Tumwizere found herself deeply troubled by the number of orphaned and neglected children in her community. Tuition fees kept these children from attending government-run schools, leaving them without access to education or constructive daily activities. It was then that Jenifer decided to start the House of Hope.
Jenifer began House of Hope by setting aside wages from her job as an English teacher. House of Hope now serves 250 children and has grown into a full primary education school offering 10 grades, daily nutritious meals for staff and students, medical care, and social service to ensure safe home environments for students. The House has also created 28 much-needed full-time jobs for residents in the Masaka District.
This summer, the Nourish chapter at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville teamed up with the House of Hope to cultivate farmland and construct a water tank to provide sustainable nourishment, fresh water, and income for the House. The project team also built a new schoolhouse. All of these additions will help the House sustain itself for years to come, ensuring that orphaned children gain an education while having their basic needs met.
Click here to read the project team’s blog about their experiences in Uganda. Though they experienced some challenges, they were excited to work directly alongside Jenifer and even found time to do some sight-seeing at the Equator, Kampala, and Lake Benyoni.