Imagine a day
... without clean water to drink
... no electricity
... walking miles to school
... barefooted and hungry
... sitting on the ground to learn
... complete darkness at night
This is the reality for many students in the small village of Alenga, Uganda. Dolores Bopp Potterton (far left photo) , Founder of U4Uganda, and her daughter Erin (top right photo) traveled there, they knew they had to do something.
They formed a group called Ambassadors of Hope and committed to fundraise to raise the children of Amilo Primary School up off the ground and into a desk. U4Uganda started as cottage industry in the village where seven young men and women became apprentices to learn the skill of making the desks.
The Amilo Project was completed in 2012 raising 1040 children out of the dirt and into a desk. The Amilo School also received clean water for their school and community. The desks changed everything.
U4uganda Desk Project Schools
Awila ( winter 2013)
Abalokweri ( summer 2013)
Apele (summer 2014)
Abuge (summer 2014)
Cakali (spring 2015)
Idep (winter 2015)
Change a Life
Raise a Child "Out of the Dirt" and into a Desk
A Little About Ourselves
Alenga Parish Mission Hospital June 2009 Dolores holding a two day old baby.
When the Amilo School Project was completed in 2012 Father Stanislas wrote this, “May God bless you and all the people who have loved us so deeply to bring such a change to our village. My people have lived in misery. And now because you cared enough there is new hope for us.”
Erin talking with a child from Amilo Primary School
Ambassadors of Hope doing the Alenga Drama:
Act - Pray - Love
Fr. Stanislas Atipoupou is the current pastor of Alenga Mission. Fr. Stan is from Togo (West Africa ). He studied at CTU in Chicago before becoming a Comboni priest in 2006. He has served in Uganda since the spring of 2006 and is U4U's on the ground contact. Fr. Stan is completely devoted to the spiritual, physical and emotional needs of the 100,000 people who live in Alenga.
Amilo Primary School children's gratitude