Raising Up Hope provides many opportunities each year for people desiring to serve and be a part of a mission team to Uganda. This includes two to three week mission trips, 90 day internships as well as full time volunteer staff positions in Uganda.
Raising Up Hope is involved in many projects including our orphanage, our safe house, rescuing street children. We support children attending school by paying their school fees and providing school materials and food.

About RUHU

Raising Up Hope for Uganda is an independent, indigenous, non-political, non - governmental organization with a primary mission to provide education to poor disadvantaged and neglected orphans whose parents have died of HIV/AIDS and to help their families to overcome poverty and hopelessness in Uganda through helping them initiate sustainable income generating projects.

RUHU seeks to provide a better life now and a constructive future for these children.

RUHU is fully recognized and registered by the republic of Uganda as a community based organization. We have been authorized to operate in Wakiso and Mpigi district. Our main office is situated in Bulenga Village, 7 miles from Kampala.

Our Story

When Patrick Ssenyonjo was 16 years old, then an orphan and a slum child in Kampala, Uganda's capital city, he was afforded a rare opportunity for adoption and a new life in the United States. He turned it down and started Raising Up Hope for Uganda.

Smoke rises from early evening fires all around Kisenyi slum in the bustling downtown of Kampala. Everything is coated in a reddish-brown dust. Mountains of plastic bottles, numbering in the thousands, lie waiting for pick up. Shacks and containers crowd against the stone buildings along the streets, before the slum opens up to a large open space that at night serves as a bed for the mass of street children who call it home.

When Patrick turned down adoption in 2005, he was known as 'daddy' to 10 children; today that responsibility had risen to more than 150 and he is 'Uncle Patrick' to countless more along the winding streets of Kisenyi, one of the largest slums in Kampala.

On any given day boys as young as eight can be found trying to shelter from the sun in the shadows of Kisenyi, clinging to plastic bottles and taking quick drags as though they were cigarettes.Inside the bottles are pieces of cloth, soaked with petrol. The boys, their skin coloured with dust, their clothes turning to rags, passive, look around with glazed looks in their eyes. Patrick explains that the bottles, known as kyenge, serve as an appetite suppressant for the children. "Slum children work a lot but earn very little," Patrick says. "You can see that you've been working all day long but you've just got 1,000 Uganda Shillings (30 cents). You're like, if I eat this money what about tomorrow, so they think you know what I can do is just take kyenge, then they say I'll just sleep and wait until the hotels are closing and go eat from the trash out the back." Patrick explains that more than 10 children living in Kisenyi died from poisoning in 2017 after eating food in this manner.

Patrick was born in Zana, south of Kampala. At the age of four he lost his mother and so he and his younger sister relied solely on their father to provide and care for them. "He was what they call a hawker," he says of his father. A hawker is a person who buys in bulk and goes door-to-door selling to people who stay at home. “Some days you don't earn anything, so we grew up in real poverty." Then at age 14, Patrick lost his father to brain cancer. After his death, Patrick, his sister, and his extended family met to divide up the meagre possessions his father had owned: a mattress, a table, some clothes. "The chief (of the family) asked was there anyone who could take us in. Everyone was like 'No I have my own children, I can't do it.' So we ended up living in our house on our own, but it was a rental house so the landlord came and said we've got one month to figure out where we can go and then leave," he says.

Thrust into the position of head of his family and with his younger sister to care for, Patrick began collecting banana peels that were used to make matoke, a Ugandan dish, and sell them to livestock owners. "You cannot earn that much selling banana peels, but still you must work hard." After being made homeless, Patrick realised that living in Zana had become untenable. "One day we'd sleep here, the next we'd sleep there, the next day another place. In Uganda if you are caught on someone's porch you are known as a thief, people can easily scream and even before anyone knew why you were there you would be stoned to death."

When he was 15 he was recommended by a friend to go to Kampala, with the allure of a good job with more pay and less work. On this advice Patrick and his sister walked for two days to reach the capital. Knowing nobody, with night falling, he explains that he met another child on the street. "The child asked what we were doing here. I asked him where we could find a job. He said told me there was no jobs. He took us to a nearby street, where there was loads and loads of kids. First I was scared, but I had no choice, so I told my sister, ‘We just have to sleep here and see how the morning looks.’ In the morning I asked the child was there anywhere I could go for a job. He said, ‘No, you've got to collect metal scraps, plastic bottles, there is only child labour here.’ " Soon Patrick was introduced to Kisenyi slum.

After a year in Kampala Patrick had another chance encounter, this time with an American tourist while out collecting plastic bottles on the street. "This woman, she had wanted to come to Uganda for a long time; she had seen on TV about African people - about African people not having clothes, not having shoes, toys and all that. The day before she was about to leave she took a walk near her hotel, as she was walking it happened that she found me on the street. She started asking me all these questions. She was like 'Why don't you have shoes? Where are your parents?' She asked me where do I stay and I told her. I then became a kind of tour guide to her, she went to the slums, then we went to the internet shop and she opened an email address for me. That was the first email I owned. She wanted to communicate with me when she was back home."

As he makes his way through Kisenyi, Patrick has a word for everyone; everyone has a query for him, a problem that needs resolving, a medical issue that needs seeing to. At the local medical centre, Patrick says, “There's always something new, every time you visit, some medical issue that needs to be seen to.”

Passing through the slums, he can point to the large open space where he used to sleep when he was a teenager. "At night the whole area is a sea of kids. Me and my sister would try get there early in the evening and got to sleep in the middle, you would have people around you and it was a bit warmer."

The morning after his introduction to the America woman, Patrick and his sister were sleeping in the slum. "Some of the kids came over to me, they were saying the mzungu (white person) is calling you. So I woke up and she took my sister and I to her hotel. We went for breakfast and after she gave me two suitcases full of clothes. I was the richest person in the whole slum!" Unbeknownst to Patrick, once the woman returned home she began working on the process of adopting him and his sister. They stayed in touch over email and a return trip was planned. She wired funds to Patrick to rent a one room studio so the three could stay there during her trip and began acting as a sponsor to him, sending $50 each month. "I could get my groceries and with the rest of the money could come to the street and feed my brothers and sisters that were left there. I did that for quite some time; the more I kept going to the slum, the more I could see the need. I started taking kids in, the little ones; I wanted them off the street. After a few months I had already got 10 kids." All the while the adoption plans were progressing; Patrick recalls a strange visit one day by two men asking questions of his family history and background. As soon as his sponsor returned to Kampala, she was greeted to the unexpected sight of a room full of young, sleeping children. "She knew that I was going to the slums, but she never knew that I was picking them up from the street and bringing them here. She wanted to know when they would be going home. I said they came from the streets. Then she said, ‘I’ve got a surprise for you and your sister. I'm taking you to the States, to America.’ I was like ‘Oh, that’s a good thing,’ “ he laughs. “I thought it was a joke at first.”

Over the following days they picked up their passports, secured their final court orders for international adoption, and were making their plans for departure to the US. Patrick, however, was beginning to have his doubts. "I was looking at these kids in my room, remembering the situation I found them in, hearing them call me, at 16, their daddy; and then thinking of my family, my aunts and uncles who, after the death of our parents, had left us. I felt God had already made a family for me; I didn't feel like I should go to America. I told her, I said the problem is where am I going to leave the kids. She was like, 'Oh there are so many orphanages in Uganda, they can take the kids in and we can proceed.' I was like, ‘I don't feel like I should do that and to be honest, I'm not going to America.’ She was pissed off, really pissed off. She had already paid all the money for the court orders, for the adoption, for the flight and for the school where I was going to study. She just packed her suitcase and she left," he says. Patrick shakes his head when asked if they had spoken in the years since. "Remember," he says, "she was the source of everything in my life, the star I could look at, she was everything to me." Cut off financially and with a dozen mouths to feed, illnesses to treat and rent to pay, Patrick began frantically emailing her again, seeking support. "I started writing and writing and she wasn't responding. The landlord was getting onto me, saying we must go from here. We had no money to go to another house, the only other option was to go back to the street. I sent her another email, pleading with her, telling her the situation, about how the landlord was going to throw us out after this month. She did not respond, even to this day".

However, an email did arrive from the US. Patricks email had been forwarded on, eventually reaching the sister of a deceased Iraq War veteran. "This woman had no kids and before when she died her money was left with her sister, who emailed me after hearing about my story from a friend and said her family would love to help me with $20,300. I was so surprised and was rejoicing - though also I had a big worry, I thought it might be a scammer. But I was ready to give out my account because I had nothing in there anyway." The money was good and Patrick, now 17, used the funds to purchase a modest house on the outskirts of Kampala, along with some mattresses, beds and cutlery. "The money had been a one-time donation, I understood that. As life went on it came that we had no food, the kids were getting sick, but still we had a house." This house was known as Bulenga Children's Centre, and it still is to this day, where it serves as a boy's orphanage, home to 60 children.

Over time, word of Patrick's endeavours reached Makerere University; one of the university's staff approached him and arranged for two visiting students from the US to meet him, as part of their research on street children in Kampala. "They came and found the kids had no food, nothing, that life was hard," Patrick says. "So they started writing to their family and friends, and asking them if they could help the orphanage. By this time, I already had 43 kids in the house. The kids could just take hot water in the morning and there was a mango tree - that mango tree was used as our food for over two months. It was our lunch, dinner, lunch, dinner, every day, for two months."

The visiting American students made good on their fundraising ambitions and established the charity Beautiful Response, which to this day serves as the primary source to fund Patrick's work in Kampala. "So things started coming along and things were good. We founded our own organisation, Raising Up Hope For Uganda (RUHU) in 2007, and with the support of Beautiful Response, the organisation started growing and growing."

Today, Bulenga Children's Centre, which serves as a home and a school, is complimented by a girls orphanage, a nursery, a home for young mothers, and a half-way house and school in the heart of Kisenyi slum. According to Patrick, the halfway house is for children who are 'willing to change their life'. The house, little more than a tiny concrete structure divided into two rooms, a classroom and a bedroom, was originally opened just to get children off the streets at night. Today more than 60 children are living in the half-way house. "Before I would get children straight form the streets to Bulenga, but some of these kids are not willing to change their own life, and then you find that they fight and cause problems, so we opened the half-way house so that they can first structure their life, get them off the drugs, try to see that they don't always think about drugs all the time, and then after seeing that this one has the potential for changing, then we take them to the children's home."

Our Country

There are many problems Uganda faces as a country. We have by no means escaped the AIDS epidemic that has devastated Africa in such a disproportionate way. We've much to be thankful for, in terms of the improvements made by preventative strategies and governments have made great strides at improving the quality and quantity of medication available to sufferers. However a whole generation is being slowly destroyed, dying parents leaving orpaned children in the care of elderly parents. These children have found their core support in our Ugandan extended family system, but it was never designed for this. Social and economic pressures have strained this network to near breaking point and many families are now making the pragmatic decision not to help their young children.

If, as a fellow Ugandan, you read this with sadness, we share it. This wasn't the way our country was mean to be. But we want to share with you a message of hope and restoration, of children growing up in love and communities taking responsibility for their young ones. We want to acknowledge that 'yes its should be better', but also affirm that 'yes it can get better' and 'yes it will get better'.

For every Ugandan that wonders what they can do, whether any difference can be made, we invite you to read on, to visit us, to work with us. We don't have to leave it to the politicians, we can effect change together.

Children at Risk

Orphanages The vast majority of (94 to 98%) children in orphanages through out the world have at least one living parents. The only exception is sub-Saharan Africa, where an increasing number of HIV orphans have been established. According to the UN there are roughly 1.8 million children in Uganda who face life as orphans. That number is expected to jump to 3.5 million children by 2012. Some source estimated that Uganda has 1.1 million AIDS orphans, which is the highest in the world.

Street children It is estimated that Uganda has 10,000 street children. There are 10 – 15,000 children who are living in camps in the northern districts as a result of conflict. Furthermore, there is increasing vulnerability among children as a result of the break-up of marriages and partnerships and domestic violence. There are children who have endured unimaginable abuses; children with disability related vulnerabilities; and children in institutional or other forms of foster care that are often unstable. The large numbers of street children in Uganda can be attributed to several factors. According to the children we spoke to loss of parents due to disease, disabled parents, poverty, abuse, shame, stepmothers who treat the new children badly, neglect, divorce and war were the reasons children were on the streets. Interestingly, no child told us that they were on the street because there were more opportunities provided by the local charities or Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development (MGLSD). They came most often because of home situations.

Child trafficking in Uganda Trafficking of people is the fastest growing form of international crime generating $7 billion each year. This makes it the third most lucrative form of organized crime behind drugs and small arms. Globally, 2.4 million people are trafficked each year, half of them children. The Uganda Bureau of Statistics demographic and health survey showed that there were 2.7 million working children in Uganda, and according to ANPPCAN, the majority are trafficked. According to an ILO report on child labour in the urban informal sector, six out of 10 working children have been trafficked. According to the US State Department's Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, Uganda is in 'Tier 2', meaning that it requires attention. This report describes Uganda as a source, transit and destination country as far as trafficking in concerned.

Reasons for which children are being trafficked in Uganda Research into child trafficking in Uganda identifies the following areas as having high-levels of trafficking: Busia, Kalanagala, Masaka, Kampala and Pader districts. The following chapters descripes the purposes for which children are been trafficked in these areas.

Child Soldiers The most documented incidents of child trafficking are in the North of Uganda where an estimated 25,000 children since 1986 have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army to serve as child soldiers or 'wives' to the rebel commanders.

Domestic child workers Among children who are trafficked, girls under 14 were the group mostly likely to be trafficked into domestic work. 16.7% of the male children and 21.1% of the female children in one study of trafficked children reported that they were trafficked for domestic labour purposes.

Commercial Sexual Exploitation A 2004 ILO study revealed that 12,000 children between the ages of 14-17 were involved in CSEC, the majority of who were girls. Another survey of girls in Uganda working as commercial sex workers showed that from a sample of 500 girls working in CSE, 10% of them had been trafficked. Surveys focused on trafficking victims show that girls aged above 14 are often exploited through commercial sex. However, this is normally under the cover of other work: 84% of the trafficked girls surveyed for one study served as bar maids and cleaners in bars and lodges where they also were expected to double as sex workers.

Agriculture and Fishing Industries In the areas of Uganda where fishing and agriculture are major industries, children are attractive to employers as source of cheap labour. A study by the ILO30 highlighted that 80% of children in the fishing industry were employed in their locality, suggesting that some of the remaining 20% could have been victims of trafficking.

Informal and Cross Border Trade Children are popular recruits by those running illicit trade and smuggling operations around border areas as they are cheaper and they are less likely to be interrogated by the Uganda Revenue Authority officials. One study showed that of a sample of 342 children involved in cross-border trade and related activities, 35% were trafficked. The main transit points/routes for children trafficked in Uganda are Kenya, with 51% of children passing through, followed by Sudan at 31% and Tanzania in the third position; while the final destinations include the Middle East, and other countries besides Africa. Children trafficked from Uganda end up engaged in the worst forms of labor, commercial sexual exploitation including sexual slavery, and a range of criminal activities.

The trafficking network Trafficking in Uganda is organized through informal networks of relatives (22% males, 16% female, 21% young women), friends and boyfriends (39% male children, 16% female children, 29% young women), neighbors and family friends (11% male children, 32% female, 21% young women), parents and village mates, and strangers (17% male, 42% female children). Pentecostal churches, the Immigration Department, and the Airport Security also play a role in abetting international trafficking. Traffickers have good connections with the police who inform them of impending 'trouble with the law' and they disappear for some time until the heat subsides and they are back into trafficking business as usual. In the case of external trafficking where forged passports are used, it is difficult, under the current law, to charge the actors (users of forged passports) with trafficking.

General Issues Facing Children in Uganda

Malaria, respiratory infections and diarrhoea are the main causes of under-5 mortality.

Approximately 20,000 babies are infected by HIV annually through mother-to-child transmission.

Nearly half of the estimated 2 million orphans are orphaned due to AIDS, with the total expected to rise to 3.5 million by 2010.

Net primary school attendance has risen to 87 percent.

Children and women comprise 80 per cent of the 1.4 million people forced to flee their homes due to conflict. They live in more than 200 camps, with limited services.

The LRA has abducted more than 25,000 children since 1986.

In the conflict-affected districts, around 40,000 unaccompanied children – the 'night commuters' walk every night from their homes in outlying villages to urban centres, in search of protection from the threat of LRA abductions and attacks.

UNICEF's estimated needs for Uganda's children To date less than one third of UNICEF's appeal requirements have been met. UNICEF urgently needs US$ 36,604,705 to ease the impact of conflict on children in Uganda.

Our Leaders

Patrick Ssenyonjo

Patrick is the founder, director and visionary of Raising Up Hope for Uganda. He is passionate about the restoration of Uganda. His primary focus is to help children who have no hope and who receive no food, clothes or love. He likes to ask questions and is always looking to learn. The children call him 'Uncle Patrick'.

"The vision is big, but if there's one thing the last few years have taught me, it's that big things can happen. We want to be ambitious in what we dream and in what we aim for. We don't want to settle, because these children are the heartbeat of our country."

William Bukenya

William joined Raising Up Hope for Uganda in 2007. He loves God, working with children, and playing football. William has been blessed with a strong intellect and has a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Procurement and Accounting. He has a warm personality and infectious laugh. The children call him 'Uncle William'.

In addition to all of the work he does for RUHU, Wiliam serves as a Youth Pastor and Leader at Zana Community Presbyterian Church.

"Teaching can be difficult, but so is learning. It is our job to teach our children the importance of perseverance, of working hard. They've come from nothing, where no matter what they did, things were bad. Now we have to instill in them strength of character and dertermination to persist at school. We're not here to spoon-feed them, we're here to train them so they can look after themselves and so they can look after others."

Our History

The creation of Raising Up Hope for Uganda (RUHU) has been a humbling experience. The organization first began when Patrick, who was already looking after his younger sister, opened up his home to a child he'd met living on the streets of Kampala. Patrick felt compassion for the child and decided to take action. After two years, he'd taken in over 10 vulnerable children.

Though Patrick was too young to legally adopt, he consulted with authorities and they granted him permission to continue to take care of these children. As resources allowed, he continued to take in children. Many of the children had abusive backgrounds and were living without food or shelter. They had no hope. 

In 2007, Patrick 'raised up hope' for these children. RUHU was officailly formed when a gift of unbelievable generosity allowed for the purchase of property and a home in Bulenga. To this day, Bulenga Children's Home is the main center for all of RUHU's work. 

Friends and supporters have played a very important role in the growth of RUHU and have blessed the organization with resources to help more and more people.  Earlier this year RUHU became an established NGO. The process of creating and maintaining an organization continues to be a humbling experience. 

Our Vision

Vision Statement: To see the children saved from dangerous and hopeless situations by providing education, love, and belonging so that they are empowered to be a future generation of leaders in their communities.

Mission Statement: To help orphaned, abandoned, homeless, and vulnerable children by providing for shelter, clothing, medical, educational, spiritual, and other needs.

Statement of Faith: Raising Up Hope for Uganda is a faith based organization. We believe that our mission and vision is in line with God's heart for the disadvantaged. We promote the Lordship of Christ over every area of our ministry in the hope that our children will grow up to be men and women who know the love of the their creator. - "You shall Love the Lord Your God with All Your Heart, with All Your Soul, and with All your strength. And you shall Love your Neighbor as Yourself..." (Luke. 10:27). Thus Christ's Love is our Central driving force in our efforts as we reach out to help AIDS orphans. As members of the body of Christ, we are motivated to reflect God's broken heart for "Orphans and Widows" and His concern that their rights should be protected. "Learn To Do Good, Seek Justice, Rebuke the Oppressor; Defend the Fatherless, Plead for the Widow" (Isaiah 1:17).

Get Involved

At RUHU, we aim to be as economically self sufficient as possible. All our activities are aimed at lifting the vulnerable out of a cycle of poverty, where they can provide for themselves. Wherever possible, we want to be Ugandans helping Ugandans, with whatever resources we have at our disposal. However, we also acknowledge that we're not there yet and that the reason we've come so far has been because of the unbelievable support of our friends. If you'd like to partner with us, we would love to hear from you!


One of the most significant ways to help RUHU is to provide financial support, at any level. We have virtually no overhead or administrative costs, meaning that any money you give goes directly to those we are serving.

Whether you'd like to support a particular program or simply give a gift to be used where the money is most needed, we are truly grateful. There are many options for donating:

Another rewarding way to give is by sponsoring a child. Child sponsorship allows a child to attend school and also provides for his or her needs at home (food, medical care, etc.). If you would like to sponsor a child living at Bulenga Children’s Home, please send an email to our child-sponsorship partner at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit their website


We welcome volunteers from within and outside of Uganda. It doesn't matter your age, faith, experience or training, if you share our desire to Raise Up Hope for Uganda, we hope you'll visit Beautiful Response to apply.

Can I help?

Yes. Our children need Ugandan role-models, and if you are able to commit some of your time to blessing these children we will be delighted.

What sort of characteristics do you hope a volunteer will bring?

Volunteers typically share common characteristics such as flexibility, compassion, a sense of adventure, and most important, the desire to work with and learn from local people in the host community.

How long can I stay?

Our volunteers stay varying lengths of time, from less than a week, to over 3 months. We're flexible and our desire is that many people from all kinds of backgrounds can work together to restore our country.

Is there a cost?

We do ask that international volunteers make a contribution to costs, but you'll still find it cheaper than staying at any guesthouse, and have the knowledge that your 'rent' is going directly to the children.

What about groups?

Groups are welcome too. Whether you're coming from abroad or are friends near Kampala we would love to welcome you and see how you can interact with what we're doing here.

What would I do?

There is a wonderful range of activities that volunteers can engage in depending on their skills and motivation. Many teach the children, but others focus on administrative work, such as writing proposals, evaluating the budget or managing files.

I only speak English, is this ok?

Though for non Luganda speakers there is a language barrier with many of the children, most of the staff are completely fluent in English and are happy to help in any way possible I'm not quite convinced, persuade me If you are a flexible individual with an open mind we think you'll enjoy working with RUHU.

Commit to a vision - Learn something new - Explore a career - Have fun - Explore faith - Share your skills - Make new friends - Get to know a community - Develop leadership skills - Be an agent of change

If you have the desire and interest in volunteering with Raising Up Hope, please visit Beautiful Response to apply. We hope that RUHU is the place for you!


Another rewarding way to give is by sponsoring a child. Child sponsorship allows a child to attend school and also provides for his or her needs at home (food, medical care, etc.). These children have come from the streets of Kampala or the local community and many are orphans or cannot otherwise afford to go to school. The gift of education is one of the best things you can give, and they love to send updates in the form or letter and photos. Cost of sponsorship starts at $30USD a month. If you would like to sponsor a child living at Bulenga Children’s Home, please send an email to our child-sponsorship partner at info@beautifulresponse.org or visit their website.

Our Work

When most people think of Raising Up Hope for Uganda, they instinctively think of our orphanage in Bulenga. Indeed, this is our priority. Looking after the orphanage children comes first. However, we are also growing and engaging in a number of other activities. To learn more, click one of the tabs on the right.

Though we can tell neglected children; "God loves you," we understand that this may not make sense until we show them God's love with a hot meal, change of clothes, safe place of sleep, a listening ear and a warm hand on a trembling shoulder. Above all we offer the chance of a constructive future through education and training.

Bulenga Children's Home

The Bulenga home was the start of Raising Up Hope for Uganda and the original boys home. We chose not to call it an orphanage, but rather a home for all that enter its gates.

Here we have children who suffer from poverty, illiteracy, abuse from their family, poor health and emotional strain. These children include AIDS orphans, ‘street children’ or children who’ve been abandoned and abused. At the Bulenga house they receive two meals a day, medical attention, teaching and opportunities to learn sports, crafts and music. However, above all they receive love. These children know that we are looking after them, that they are part of our family, no holidays, no days off, they know they can trust us. Through our generous sponsors the children are afforded the chance to go to school. If you would like to sponsor a child to go to school please see our SPONSORSHIP PAGE.

We also have a house where we look after young mums and their children. This enables the mothers to go and learn valuable skills and trades while having the support of childcare and help.

Day Care & Schooling

Raising Up Hope for Uganda is an organization passionate about meeting the needs of the Bulenga community. Many children spend the day roaming the streets with nothing to do, which can result in illicit behavior like theft, violence, smoking, and unhealthy sexual behavior.

The reason for this is that they are past the enrollment-age for primary school but have not had the opportunity for an education due to a lack of financial resources in their families. The illiteracy rates remain high in Uganda because many children’s families cannot afford the extra expenses of going to school, like uniforms, scholastic materials and lunch.

Therefore, RUHU has decided to hear the cries of the community by opening up a Day Care & Schooling Center so community children can have the opportunity to receive a free elementary education with two meals a day.

Currently there are almost 60 children that attend on a daily basis. Classes range from Baby Class to P4. Teacher Sharon is the main teacher, with international volunteers teaching as well. Our mission is to empower the children of our community so they can empower the community at large.

Medical Care

There are many opportunities to get involved with medical work within Raising Up Hope for Uganda. Twice a week we visit the slums where we provide basic medical and wound care to the boys we care for there. Often these are small injuries that without prevention can become infected and very serious. We also take and treat anyone who requires further medical attention to the clinic we work with there. In addition to this, we aim to do regular outreaches in the slums where we provide HIV and malaria testing, wound care and medication to all who come.

We are about to complete our clinic at the Village of Hope and always have a need for volunteers there to provide support and medical treatment to the local community. This is a full service clinic so every day is different. Our doctors and nurses are always interested in learning from and working with volunteers to further their skills and knowledge.

Importantly, there is a lack of basic knowledge surrounding hygiene, sexual health and disease. We always welcome volunteers to come to our schools and help us educate and care for the children there.

Slum Outreach

The slum program is based in Kisenyi where Patrick grew up and runs every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon. The children here have almost nothing, many take drugs to subside their hunger and sleep on the streets. The program consists of gathering boys from surrounding areas who range in age from 8 to 20 years old and taking them to a safe spot to run program. Here they play games with Patrick and the other volunteers, are encouraged to talk about their drug use and hopes for the future. Additionally they receive medical care and food. For many, even having someone to care about them makes the biggest difference. From here they are also encouraged to pledge to change and can make the transition to the half-way house. There is currently over 150 boys who have transitioned through the program into schools.

In addition to regular program we also run regular slum outreaches, where we treat anyone who comes. Here we provide HIV testing and counselling, malaria testing, basic wound care and also working with Faith Medical Clinic we care for people who need IV antibiotics and more advanced medical care.

When we visit the slums, we do our best to:

Village of Hope

Recently we purchased 4 acres of land in Bujukko, just outside Kampala. Our vision is to develop this property into a place that brings love, hope and a better tomorrow for the surrounding community and boys we care for. The purpose is also to unite the children and locals and encourage them to work together making their entire region a better place to live.

So far we have a church, boys housing, a well and a soon to be completed community medical clinic. On this land we grow a variety of vegetables and food, and farm pigs and goats. This provides food for the boys living there and the local community. This also gives the boys the opportunity to learn agriculture and farming. Currently we have a few homes where the boys live, with the plan to build more volunteer and child’s housing.

The aim of the clinic is to provide medications and serve the basic medical needs of the surrounding community. It will be staffed by a local doctor, assisted by volunteer nurses from around the world. We will provide services for the local community for a minimal cost to encourage the ongoing sustainability of the clinic.

Paper Beads products are not just for fun!!!

"Purchasing these beads will help support and empower destitute street children to have a home off the streets of Kampala."

These beads are a part of somebody's life. Life in Beads tries to see that as many children as possible that are living on the streets will get a chance at a home and better life. These children can earn a meager living by making paper bead necklaces and bracelets which we sell here on this site.

So, if you want to help and would like to own some of these hand made bead products, all you have to do is buy from us. All proceeds go to the Street Children Project of Raising Up Hope - House of Hope. You can help to make a huge difference in the life a street child. You have the power to help a child to survive and maybe get off the street.

These beautiful necklaces, made from recycled paper, are hand-made by former street children in Kampala, Uganda. These children have been rescued from the streets and are now living in a home called House of Hope, which was started by a ministry called Raising Up Hope, which is a children's home for orphans in Uganda. The House of Hope provides shelter and food for the street children so that they can be kept away from drugs and other dangerous and deadly things that come along with living on the streets. The Safe House is a rented house, and they pay for the monthly rent by selling these necklaces. 

To purchase necklaces, please visit our Etsy shop, managed by our American partner Beautiful Response, at https://www.etsy.com/shop/BeautifulResponse?ref=search_shop_redirect . Thank you.




With any comments or questions, feel free to contact:


Patrick Ssenyonjo -- Founder and Director

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+256 774494697


William Bukenya -- Business Manager

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+256 774828177


Beautiful Response -- Our American Partners

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