Below is an excerpt of an article titled, “Americans Breathe Hope in Bududa,” taken from The Observer Uganda written by Immaculate Wanyenze :
In the affluent suburbs of Kampala, parents have a list of good schools to choose from for their children. But for parents in Bududa’s communities, Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH) – as aptly named – is their only choice of a good school. The owners, John Wanda and his wife, Joyce, opened the school’s doors in 2004 to improve the deteriorating education standards in Bududa. Since they are natives of Bududa, the Wandas thought the best way to give back to their community was through setting up a school. Having lived in Arlington, Virginia, US, for 15 years, Wanda nurtured the idea of setting up a school back home but lacked the funds to do so. Good luck struck when the staff of Arlington Traditional School gave him the funds, books and volunteer teachers. Their efforts ensured that AAH boasts of good facilities, which include: a well-stocked library, clinic and teachers’ houses. In addition, the pupils also enjoy the expertise of volunteer American teachers, who offer their services for six months or a year. They then leave and others come in for the period. Pupils are thus encouraged to read at least 50 books from the library each year. Found in Bumwalukani village in Bulucheke sub-county, AAH started with 158 pupils but has since grown to 400. To continue reading article, go here.