International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security


Education, Conservation, Health, Sustainable Development

North Haledon, NJ


To reflect God's love in the world, we work in partnership with Ugandans to develop sustainable learning communities that model effective education, conservation, health care, and economic development. We serve orphans, homeless, and other vulnerable children (OVCs) in Uganda, especially in the truck stop town of Lukaya, along the "AIDS Highway."

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Ms. Kathryn Hiscock

Executive Director

Mrs. Elaine E Griswold

Main Address

5 Sicomac Rd #203

North Haledon, NJ 07508 USA


Uganda, education, health, HIV/AIDS, orphans, vulnerable children, comprehensive child care, sustainabie development





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

International Relief (Q33)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (B12)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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What we aim to solve

Orphans and vulnerable Ugandan children especially in the truck-stop town of Lukaya need to be rescued from dire poverty through education, and holistic care.

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Tree of Life Ministries

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Provide high quality education and care for very needy children ages 3 to 20 through our sister organization, Tree of Life Ministries and their schools: Mustard Seed Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools, plus a post Mustard Seed program, 'Career Opportunity Pathways,' which supports two additional years of further practical education and training with the goal of helping students become self-sufficient and thus breaking the cycle of poverty.

Providing sponsorships for Mustard Seed students, teachers, and other staff, as well as funding programs that provide holistic care for the school community: health care, good nutrition, social welfare, economic sustainability. Networking with other organizations both in Africa and the U.S. to increase the impact of Tree of Life Ministries.

We have a network of over 300 sponsors of children and staff who give on a yearly or monthly basis with a retention rate of 83%. We have board members with backgrounds in education, business, law, and social work who serve as volunteers both here in the U.S. and during frequent trips to Uganda. We consistently raise enough money through grants from foundations to give a base of support for operations as well as capital funds for school buildings and other assets in Lukaya, Uganda.

Students will achieve high grades on their government exams in both P-7 (primary school) and S-4 (secondary). Students will be well-fed and growing at a normal rate. Students will develop their skills and talents in sports, games, arts, music, dance and drama and be able to compete successfully both locally and nationally. The Mustard Seed Campus environment will reflect the values of Tree of Life Ministries and Real Partners Uganda with good planning; solid, well-designed buildings; vibrant, green environments, which incorporate appropriate agricultural elements for teaching and economic sustainability. The school will have happy, active, healthy students who demonstrate cooperation and a sense of family among their peers and faculty. Students will be successful in their Career Opportunity Pathways program receiving high grades and good reports from the institutions. Upon finishing, they will find gainful employment or scholarships for further education.

*Each of the last 3 years, since Mustard Seed Secondary School has had an S-4 class to take the UCE, the school's results have been amount the very best in the Kalungu District. *Each of the last 7 years, the results of the PLE (Primary 7 Leavers Exam) have also been outstanding. *Students are weighed and measured by the school nurses at least once a year. It has been rare to find a Mustard Seed student not growing at a normal rate. Those who were identified were given extra attention and care, including extra food to take home, supplements, etc. *Mustard Seed students have won competitions in Music, Dance and Drama, Sports, Chess, Education week, which includes debate, literature and poetry, *Mustard Seed campuses are admired by all in the area and all who come to visit from the U.S. More than one visitor has called it 'and oasis.' *Visitors always comment on the happy, active, engaging, and polite students they meet on the Mustard Seed campuses. Ugandan Educational Ministries

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