Heed Uganda

Fulness of Life through Education and Community Development

Edmonds, WA   |  https://www.heeduganda.org/

Mission

To partner with communities in Uganda so that children and their families thrive and experience fullness of life for generations. At HEED, fullness of life means that people experience physical, mental, and spiritual wellbeing within their communities. In the place where they live, people have access to enough food and water, education, opportunity for improved livelihoods, basic health services, and a flourishing Christian church.

Ruling year info

2008

President

Julie Secrist

Executive Director, Uganda

Julius Ssentumbwe

Main address

20402 88th Ave W

Edmonds, WA 98026 USA

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EIN

26-0557559

NTEE code info

Community Health Systems (E21)

Elementary, Secondary Ed (B20)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Serving in a rural area of one of the poorest districts of Uganda, HEED empowers children and their community toward fullness of life and a future established in opportunity and hope. Our wholistic approach includes programs for education; health; water, sanitation & hygiene; income generation; and spiritual growth. Where few children once attended school, over 800 children are being enriched through education in our primary school, high school, and vocational institute. In fall of 2020, a Level III Community Health Center opened to serve students and the community. It is the only health facility in Manyogeseka subcounty which has a population of 250,000 people. Visit www.heeduganda.org for more information.

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?

Education

In an area where there were no functioning schools, HEED has built a primary and a high school now educating over 600 children.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of administrators and staff who plan and experience professional development activities together

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People of African descent, Extremely poor people, Farmers, Christians

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Annual planning retreat is held in January of each year to determine annual goals to achieve targets in our Theory of Change. Monthly work plans are developed by each department head to meet goals.

Area of land, in hectares, indirectly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults, People of African descent

Related Program

Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

HEED owns 73 acres in Uganda used for buildings for schools and a demonstration farm where we teach climate-wise farming to provide food and income for the schools and provide vocational learning.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Charting impact

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

HEED focuses on 5 Pathways to transformation for individuals and the community. They are:

Education
Water, Sanitation, & Hygiene
Health care
Income Generation
Spiritual Growth

We have Tier 1 programs in each pathway aimed at achieving success first for the students in our schools and then moving toward transformation in each of those five pathways for community members.

Strategic Approach

- Through our Organizational Growth and Health work, we build capacity and
design and implement systems to advance program work streams.

- Through our Ebenezer Schools Partnership, we directly impact the lives of
students so they may become change makers who live, work, and create
transformation in their community.

- Through Community Engagement, we collaborate with local leaders and
institutions to advance their development goals for sustained transformation.

We have a talented, indigenous Ugandan staff with degrees and experience in each of our Five Pathways to Transformation who effectively implement our programs in Uganda. The US arm of the organization supports financially, in developing strategy, and in building partnerships.

We serve in one of the poorest districts in Uganda where there were no proper schools, no health care, and water was gathered from open contaminated ponds. There were no other organizations serving in the area, and the district government estimated that they had only 15% of the funds necessary for basic needs of the community. The table below outlines what we have accomplished and what is next for HEED.

ACCOMPLISHED:

EDUCATION
- 2007: launched Ebenezer primary school with qualified teachers. 400 children enrolled currently.
- 2013: launched Ebenezer high school, the first secondary school in the sub-county (pop. 250,000).
-2020: launched Ebenezer Vocational Skills Institute
WATER
- 2011: bore hole dug that provides limited water supply for school use.
- 2014: water harvesting structures build on school campus.
- Schools currently have adequate access to water to support operations.
HEALTH
- Annually: Provide fluoride treatment, toothbrushes, and education on dental care for students.
- 2011, 2014, 2018: Outreaches offering medical, dental, and optical services, for 1,000 people.
- 2018: provide hepatitis screenings and immunizations for high school students.
- 2018: Launch malaria prevention campaign, distributing 1100 nets
- 2020: Launch Level III Community Health Center
INCOME GENERATION
-2014-2016: Partner with Connect Africa to provide training in climate smart farming techniques.
- 2016: Partner with Yobel International to provide basic business and financial literacy training. Out of a cohort of 30 participants, 50% started a new business and 60% reported an increase in income 3 months after the training.
2022- Saving circles launched coupled with entrepreneurial training to improve livelihoods
SPIRITUAL GROWTH
- 2011: In partnership with UCOM, established Kyakitanga Community Worship Center.
- 2011, 2014, 2018: ministry outreaches alongside medical clinics for spiritual growth.
- 2017: Chaplaincy established to students and staff at the schools.

WHAT'S NEXT:

EDUCATION
- Expand the Vocational Training Program
- Launch adult education programs.

WATER
- Establish a community-level improved water source.
- Implement a WASH curriculum in Ebenezer schools

HEALTH
- Add serves at the Community Health Center
- Introduce community health education initiatives

INCOME GENERATION
- Expand the community-based saving circle and business training program

Financials

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Heed Uganda

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Julie Secrist

HEED Uganda

Term: 2008 -

Stephanie Evans

Invisio

Cheri Herzer

Children's Orthopedic Hospital

Haley Millet

Consultant

Steve Secrist

PSE

Barbara Snow

CPA

Norma Clausen

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/1/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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