Passing with flying colors

We’re proud to share the recent results we received from our students’ candidate exams.  15 students took Primary 7 exams and 13 students passed and are ready to attend Senior 1 – which is the U.S. equivalent of entering freshman year of high school.  Two of our Primary 7 students are choosing to continue on…

Celebrating Fr. Jack Farry

We paid tribute to an amazing and inspirational man this week. Many years ago, Fr. Jack Farry put in motion the relationship we have with Uganda and the possibility of our program, One Heart Uganda. He first met Fr. Matthias at St. Thomas the Apostle in Hyde Park and later invited him back to our…

University learning continues during lockdown

Our Hand Up scholar, Juliet, is continuing to attend her civil engineering courses at Ndejje University virtually during the latest government lockdown period.  With the help of her new laptop, she’s able to complete required curriculum through the university’s learning management system. In addition to attending university courses, Juliet has been able to keep up…

Riding in style

We’re so lucky to have our assistant program coordinator, James, working to keep us connected to our students, especially during these difficult times.  James works with Fr. Matthias, our Uganda program lead, to communicate with OHU students and their families, and help us track their progress. A boda-boda, the Ugandan term for motorcycle, is his…

Congratulations Patience

Patience paid off for our newly sponsored student, 6-year old Patience.  Soon, she will begin her primary school education in Kiboga, thanks to the support and care provided by Emily Witt and Will Arndt. On his last visit to Uganda, Will was able to play games with Patience and get to know her while her…

A second lockdown

Uganda has entered a second lockdown. As virus infections rise and vaccinations are scarce, the government announced all schools, centers of worship and public transportation would be suspended until the end of July.  This is especially disappointing and devastating for our students, who had returned to school eager to learn and socialize with friends. Fr….

Next challenge – internships

Accounting and veterinary science are pretty different career paths – but Lawrence and Geofrey have one thing in common – they are working toward internships in their areas of study. Just like in the U.S., internships are an important step in launching a successful career in Uganda. Lawrence is completing his last semester at Uganda…

Congratulations Ivan!

Congratulations to Ivan and a big thank you to Sophie Criscione and Jimmy Kowalcyk for sponsoring our bright 10-year old, who is studying in Primary 3. Ivan is a hard worker and wants to help people stay healthy with a career in a medical profession. He’s eager to learn and his positive attitude will help…

Paying it forward

Josephine has dreamed of being a teacher since we first met her in secondary school. She has achieved her certificate of education from the Kaliro Teachers College and will begin her internship at St. Gonzaga Senior School in Eastern Uganda this month. Her practice was initially delayed by the pandemic’s pause in schooling and she’s…

Working with difficult patients

Working with difficult patients requires quite a bit of patience, according to our veterinarian OHU graduate, Jaki. She shared these recent photos of her de-worming and trypanosomiasis treatments to a farmer’s cow. She described how the cow was kicking and fighting her and the farmer didn’t have a proper restraint so she had to lay…