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REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope)

aka REACH   |   Arlington, VA   |  www.reachforuganda.org

Mission

REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) is a nonprofit based in Arlington, Virginia, U.S. REACH is dedicated to helping children in rural Uganda reach their full potential by providing well-rounded, quality education and basic healthcare. By giving these children the tools they need to achieve a brighter future, we also help transform poor villages into self-sustaining communities.

Ruling year info

2005

Co-founder and Executive Director

Mrs. Joyce Wanda

Main address

P O Box 101383

Arlington, VA 22201 USA

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Formerly known as

Arlington Academy of Hope

EIN

20-2089837

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) seeks to improve the overall quality of life in rural Uganda through education, healthcare, and community development

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Primary Education

The two primary schools (Arlington and Matuwa Junior Schools provides a quality, all-around education to 792 children by combining American teaching models with the best aspects of Uganda’s education system. We offer a rigorous academic curriculum in math, reading, social studies and science enriched by music, dance, drama, athletics and debate. Dedicated, qualified Ugandan teachers often work ten hour days and into the weekend. All students receive a school uniform, PE outfit and daily warm meals, along with access to school supplies, textbooks, reading books, desks. REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) provides a nurturing environment that strives to help each grow in self esteem and reach his or her full potential.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) Beatrice Tierney Health Centers are located in Bumwalukani, on the campus of Arlington Junior School, and in Bupoto. Both clinics provide healthcare for all our students and teachers as well as urgently needed medical care for life-threatening illnesses, immunization, family planning, HIV counseling, and more to members of the surrounding communities

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults

REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) Outreach Program works with 26 local government primary schools, among the poorest in Uganda, and provides training, resources, and materials to over 25,000 students in these schools.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

AAH initiated a school farm to eventually become an income earner for
the school. The farm will introduce modern farming techniques in the village
with better breeds like heifers that produce more milk than the local cows.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) Secondary School Scholarship Program enables our primary students to achieve what a few years ago was an unimaginable dream: attending secondary school. (Secondary school is the equivalent of middle and high school in the U.S.) All of primary school graduates plus top students from schools in our Outreach program attend quality secondary boarding schools with our support. We are in the process of building a secondary school with initial funding form USAID.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Preteens

AAH’s Tertiary and University Scholarship Program enables AAH students to attend certificate, diploma (similar to Associate's) and Bachelor's degree granting institutions around Uganda. More than 100 students are currently enrolled in these programs.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to help transform impoverished communities in rural Uganda by providing education and life saving healthcare programs.

REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) works with local community members to promote the growth of self-sustaining and vibrant communities. We seek opportunities to develop and reinvest the skills and expertise of AAH graduates, staff, and community members back into the local communities.

In addition to REACH for Uganda's (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) positive impact on the local economy, we support local women’s microfinance programs. We plan to expand our community development to sustainable agriculture programs and to small and micro-enterprises. AAH-Uganda employs teachers, administrators, medical workers, and support staff. With steady employment and better pay, the standard of living of these workers has improved, which enables them to build better homes for their families and put their children through school. REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope)also impacts the local economy and enhances entrepreneurial opportunities through our demand for construction services, school supplies, textbooks, food, transportation, and more.

In 2008, REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) began supporting a microfinance program when we teamed up with Women’s MicroFinance Initiative (WMI), a Bethesda, MD-based microfinance organization working in East Africa. With AAH support, WMI created loan hubs in Bumwalukani and Bupoto which are still active today and support hundreds of women entrepreneurs.

In 2010, REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) partnered with the DC-based Kamal Foundation to rebuild Bulobi and Bumwalye primary schools in Bududa.

In 2012, REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope) partnered with TOMS Shoes and distributed more than 30,000 pairs of shoes to local schools and communities in Bududa, Manafwa, Mbale, and Sironko districts.

In 2016, our first class of 17 students graduated with Bachelor’s degrees joining 32 other graduates of diploma and certificate programs. We're thrilled that several of these graduates have returned to AAH Uganda schools and clinics as teachers, nurses, midwives, counselors, lab techs, and coordinators.

In 2017, more than 350 village children attended high-quality boarding schools throughout Uganda thanks to AAH scholarships.

In 2019, our clinic: Served 30,000 patients.

For 13 consecutive years, 100% of AJS students have passed the Primary Leaving Exam (PLE), the national exam taken by all Ugandan students at the end of primary school. As a result, every AJS student has advanced to secondary school – a striking contrast to other local children.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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REACH for Uganda (Formerly the Arlington Academy of Hope)

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Richard Burk

No affiliation

Term: 2006 -

John Wanda

No affiliation

Holly Hawthorne

No affiliation

Joyce Wanda

No affiliation

Richard Burk

No affiliation

Carole Burk

No affiliation

Dean Scribner

No affiliation

JoAnn Willis

no affiliaiton

Carol Ann Bischoff

Bruce Leighton

Ani Arzoomanian

Beatrice Tierney

Tom Stradling

Amy Angel

James Angel

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/2/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability