Hands are an instrument and symbol of hard work, collaboration, and education.

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.

Our Promise to Everyone

Be accurate, honest and transparent

Create a collaboration of trust

Help those most vulnerable

Success and sustainability come from working with communities to develop and support local leaders.

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.

Each time a new community is introduced, IYHA methodically implements its proven, phased model

Our commitment is to create and sustain positive economic change together, by galvanizing the resources and support they need to succeed, cultivating community’s sense of ownership over both programs and their own futures. We ensure that communities are able to sustain the relevant program aspects and their benefits, and, once our monitoring indicates that we have been successful and communities can move forward without the need for outside support, move on to replicate our programming in new regions. Each region is considered its own ecosystem in which resources are shared, community participation is encouraged, exit strategies are developed, and impact is illustrated on a larger scale allowing communities, with IYHA support, to take a systems approach to poverty alleviation and ultimately bring about corresponding positive changes in education and economic self-sufficiency.

Step 1

Community Driven

We employ local leadership, long term investment, and bottom up approaches.

Step 2

Community Owned & Led

Our participants give knowledge, time, and resources back to the community.

Step 3

Knowledge Transfer

We implement targeted programs tailored to rural Uganda where our experience, expertise, and passion lie.

Step 4

Economic Development

Our programs are founded on the belief that intertwined education and enterprise creates positive lasting change.

Uganda at a Glance

  • Size: Similar to the state of Oregon in the United States
  • Population: 43.2 Million (est. July 2020)
  • 48.2% of the Ugandan population is under age 14
  • Fertility rate is among the world’s highest at 5.8 children per woman
  • Agriculture employs 72% of the workforce
  • Agricultural products: Cotton, cassava, potatoes, coffee, tea, millet poultry, milk, fish, and beef

Ndagwe and Kikinene Sub Counties

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.