We believe the most successful development stems from local expertise and connections.


Our founder is from Northern Uganda, and our team is made up of men & women with roots in the communities we work in.

We also have a school management committee that helps govern the school and gives input on key decisions. 



Fred's family is originally from Northern Uganda, but he grew up in a slum in Kampala called Nakawa.


Not long ago, the government took over the land and evicted his family and friends from their homes. Fred went back and forth between different friends homes, while his family looked for housing. Going to school became hard because it took him almost two hours to walk there. 


When Fred visited the village where his family is from, he saw that the kids there were dealing with the same issues, and he wanted them to have a school of their own. He and his friends tried to make this happen, but struggled to get the necessary resources.


Then Fred met Shauna, who had her own dream of supporting locally led development. Shauna committed to raising money to help Fred build a school for these kids, and got connected to the Growing Hearts of Africa Foundation, who contributed the majority of funding needed to build our first school: Nahla Nursery and Primary School.


Now their dreams have come true, and 350 children are accessing quality education in their village!


The majority of our funding comes from generous foundations, churches, groups and individuals based in the United States.


We are registered as a 501c3 Organization in the US and have a US Board of Directors that helps govern the organization. 

They provide valuable support and oversight to ensure our organization is financially accountable and sustainable.

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