Our idea is to create real change. We believe training leaders in underserved communities is the most efficient way to promote development and help Africa solve its own problems.
L.E.A.D Uganda (LOCATE, EDUCATE, ACHIEVE, DREAM) is an educational leadership program for children affected by AIDS, war, and poverty. We locate the brightest children living on the edges of society — AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, abducted girls, and child laborers. We give them a family so they heal. We educate them at the best schools and mentor them so they gain the entrepreneurial skills they need to achieve their dreams and help their communities.
The holistic approach that L.E.A.D takes to catapult poor children at the bottom of society into leaders is based on two fundamental needs: FAMILY and EDUCATION.
FAMILY: The glue of African society is the clan, which has been decimated by the conflict in northern Uganda and the AIDS epidemic. L.E.A.D is a family, the clan these children have lost. L.E.A.D’s Ugandan staff, acting as aunts and uncles, heals these broken children with love, discipline, and counseling; and makes them whole again.
EDUCATION: L.E.A.D's children are placed in the top schools in Uganda where they excel academically and gain leadership skills. Their peers, who are the sons and daughters of cabinet ministers, lawyers, doctors, and business executives, elect L.E.A.D students to leadership positions. L.E.A.D students receive scholarships to top universities in Uganda, India, and the United States.
We believe it is possible to end poverty in Africa and create a safer world by raising up today's generation of forgotten African children. Our vision: solutions to Africa’s problems exist in the hearts and minds of the continent's neglected children. They can do the job if given the education and skills.