Our mission is to empower children and families in rural Uganda to rise above the constraints of poverty through education and business development.
IYHA was launched in 2007 to meet an overwhelming need identified by our partner communities in rural Uganda. At the time, there was a striking void – no support services of any kind were available, making the gap between individuals and national organizations exceptionally pronounced. Subsequently, our partner communities and IYHA’s founders joined forces, and have been working together to realize their shared vision since.
While many organizations depend on an influx of foreign workers and investment, we know that communities want to create value and improve their own circumstances – we help them start that journey.
We employ local leadership, long term investment, and bottom up approaches.
Our participants give knowledge, time, and resources back to the community.
We implement targeted programs tailored to rural Uganda where our experience, expertise, and passion lie.
Our programs are founded on the belief that intertwined education and enterprise creates positive lasting change.
Our partner communities are isolated and lacking any support systems, have persistent, overwhelming needs: unemployment is an alarming 90%, survival largely depends on subsistence farming, average monthly household income of less than $50, and with an average of nine people per household, our community members typically live on less than 20 cents per day. Moreover, educational access and achievement are limited – 70% have only a primary school education, and, in an area of 8,000 people, there are 1,500 school-aged children not currently enrolled in school. Just 3% have education beyond the high school level, even for those who are able to complete high school, 80% of graduates remain unemployed after graduation. Other challenges include a shortage of skilled labor, lack of agricultural and veterinary expertise and the overall lack of economic opportunity and food security beyond our programming.