Latest AROH News

AROH children head back to school for 2015

posted Aug 13, 2012, 11:31 AM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Feb 7, 2015, 2:52 PM by alan locke ]

The children of AROH have come back to school for another year of high level education. Both St Paul's and Divine Hope schools are encouraged by the turn out for the start of the school year.

Funds for the school meals program were collected by AROH friends Connie and Kenny from Scotland.

AROH is looking to expand the school classroom sponsor program this year as many of the classrooms need maintenance and

upgrades. More details on the sponsorship program will follow this week.

In addition, AROH hosted some good friends from Sydney, Australia, who have been supporting the kids for several years now, Geoff and Ros Wheaton. Geoff also demonstrated a few special magic tricks from Oz for the kids at both St. Paul's and Divine Hope to the delight of all (again, you can click on the image or the link below for the slideshow):

Ronald has also reported that progress is being made in landscaping, planting and clearing the grounds around the school for a playing field and gardens.

More updates coming soon on AROH's Women's Empowerment and the Health Center.

Thank-you for your support!

A Roof and a Kitchen - Finishing Touches

posted Jun 26, 2012, 11:19 AM by Heather McConnell

The permanent structure for St. Paul's school is almost complete except for a few minor details including a roof for the Head Teacher's office and a small outdoor structure for the kitchen. Here are a few recent pictures (you can click on them to see a larger image on a separate page):


However, there are a few finishing touches that still need to be added, including a roof for the Head Teacher's Office and an outdoor kitchen. (The picture at the right is of the previous outdoor kitchen near the clinic location which can no longer be used but which shows what the new one should look like.)


Roof Needed for the Head Teacher's Office!

The current temporary "kitchen" at St. Paul's.

We are currently raising a small amount of money, $250, to finish off these projects. If you would like to contribute to this mini-campaign, you can donate through our Facebook Cause campaign under Aim for Restoration of Hope - USA - General Donation Cause, or just contact us directly.

To see how much we've raised, just check out our Projects Page.

Carwash Fundraiser

posted Jun 9, 2012, 4:56 PM by Heather McConnell

Some friends of AROH recently got together to raise funds by staging a car wash in their hometown outside Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Ale Tejeda and Zoe Eiseman designed signs, and along with friends, worked hard to raise money for the children of AROH. Here are a few pictures from Ale's mom, Lisa Tejeda. Ale and Zoe, "Alestar and the AllStars," also participated in a local protest supporting the Invisible Children's recent campaign against Joseph Kony. Thank-you Ale, Zoe, and all your friends, for your support of AROH! 



AROH Women's Empowerment Project Features in Peace Corps' Volunteer Stories

posted Nov 6, 2011, 6:16 PM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Apr 4, 2012, 9:38 PM ]

The AROH Women's Empowerment Project was recently featured in Peace Corps Uganda's "Volunteer Stories" when AROH's Peace Corps Volunteer submitted her "Success Story."

Excerpted from the article: " 'I nicknamed my goat Bakuseka Majja* and now I have many new friends from different villages because of this goat project.'
-- Mwandha Zalika (Member of AROH Women's Empowerment Project)

*Bakuseka Majja. This Lusoga proverb translates to mean, 'Although in the beginning people may harshly laugh with skepticism at my endeavors, I will succeed and prove them wrong.'

I chose this quote because it summarizes the group consciousness provoked from this project. I believe the hearts and minds of the women have opened towards pride, perseverance and friendship."

Read the full article, "Goats for Prosperity," here!

AROH Women Making Unique Quilts

posted Oct 2, 2011, 7:04 PM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Sep 26, 2012, 11:43 AM ]

We have some exciting news. A Peace Corps volunteer working with the women of AROH reports that they have started to create some beautiful sewing projects, including some unique, hand-made quilts. Most of the fabrics are found only in Africa so these are truly one-of-a-kind.

The women have been using the profits from the sale of these quilts in local markets in Jinja to pay for school fees, cover medical costs, and to buy more nutritious foods for their families. They are hoping to expand their markets as they gain skill and speed in crafting the quilts.

If you are interested in buying one of these quilts ($50 each) and helping to support the women and their families, please e-mail us to let us know. Alan Locke will be traveling to Uganda in November and has volunteered to bring back as many as he can. If there are too many, other arrangements can be made.

Here are a few more pictures for your enjoyment:


Donation for New Toilet Block at St. Paul's

posted Sep 12, 2011, 8:02 PM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Sep 12, 2011, 8:08 PM ]

Construction for the new and permanent school for St. Paul's is beginning. Ronald let us know that funds were needed to start work on the toilet block for the new school. The old school location has proven to be unworkable due to its proximity to the clinic. (Clinic personnel were concerned that patients would be disturbed by the noise from the school, and government officials confirmed that the permanent school location would need to be physically further than the current temporary location of the school.) Some funds have been raised and sent over for the toilet block and we are waiting for further details from Ronald as to whether more are needed and how soon.

AROH USA is on Facebook!

posted Aug 28, 2011, 1:18 PM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Aug 28, 2011, 1:24 PM ]

A huge thank you goes out to Facebook Wizard Erica Hauck who created the Aim for Restoration of Hope - USA page on Facebook.

Erica also created a new Causes page on Facebook for AROH-USA. Now you can give through Causes and let all your friends know! Thank you again, Erica!

Goats Donation for Women's Group

posted Aug 28, 2011, 1:08 PM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Aug 28, 2011, 1:17 PM ]

July 2011 U

Ninety goats were donated to local women's groups by AROH-Uganda as part of our empowerment program. The program is coordinated by Lisa Flynn, a Peace Corps volunteer, and Paul Ngobi, a local volunteer.

Visit the AROH-Uganda Facebook page for more pictures! (And then "Like" us on Facebook!)

Ronald's trip to CA - July 2011

posted Aug 24, 2011, 4:37 PM by Heather McConnell   [ updated Aug 27, 2011, 3:41 PM ]

Ronald was able to travel to California this year and spend some time with friends both old and new. Above is a picture of Ronald and Alan Locke, founder of AROH-USA, in a rare moment when they both were not busy fundraising or working!

Some AROH-USA board members were able to meet with Ronald, discussing ongoing projects as well as plans for the future.

Among the topics discussed:
  • Completion of construction on a permanent structure for Divine Hope school;
  • Relocating St. Paul's (to comply with government requirements for distance between the clinic and school) and building a permanent school structure;
  • Funding to provide for supplies and medicines for the Clinic
  • Gathering donations of clothing and other goods for a shipping container scheduled to leave in October.
  • Using solar power for both schools and clinic; and the purchase of more solar panels and lights.
Ronald also reported that several goats were purchased as part of the Women's Microfinance program and this strategy is proving to be highly successful.

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