Some of the students in the Hearts & Hope sponsorship program have been receiving support for over 10 years now! They may have started as they entered Primary 1 and are now in secondary or vocational school, or even university.
As more kids reach these advanced levels, Hearts & Hope is working hard to accommodate the needs of this age. One recent addition to our program is an Advanced Student Conference, hosted by the Hearts & Hope staff in Uganda.
The first conference was held on January 5th at Nakabango Lutheran Primary School. David Kulaba, the HH4U Advanced Sponsorship Coordinator, said "the conference was intended to bring together students in the program for interaction, understanding Hearts & Hope, understanding the Lutheran Church in Uganda, Education Counselling, and students' general counselling." He reported that 156 students were invited, but attendance grew to over 200!
The facilitators at the conference included: Rev. Charles Bameka, the bishop of the Lutheran Church in Uganda, the Jinja District Inspector of Schools, Mr. Eria Kisambira, Ms Deborah Nalukwago a professional Counselor, Nicholas Bateganya, Director of Operations for HH4U, and David.
David also reported that, after the presentations, the students agreed to form a body to keep the group together and coordinated. They elected a committee for coordination with mobilizers from each village.
Commenting on the conference later in the day,the LCU Bishop said it was a success and that he wished it it could be made an annual event.
We are thrilled with this inaugural effort and hope to make it an annual occurrence. Many thanks to our staff and to those donors who support our education programs!
Hearts & Hope is a nonprofit organization focused on unlocking the potential of people in Uganda through relationships with people in the US.