Celebrating 15 Years of Impact in Uganda

By AAHAdmin | February 18, 2020

In January, 2020 John and Joyce Wanda, AAH’s Co-Founders, led a trip to Uganda to celebrate AAH’s 15th Anniversary. John has shared his reflection of this trip: I am sitting here trying to determine the most concrete symbol of last week’s celebrations to mark 15 years of AAH impact in Uganda. Was it the marching…

Welcome Executive Director:
Courtney Brooks Kamin

By AAHAdmin | February 4, 2020

Two weeks ago, I sat down with Board President Dick Burk to accept the position as Executive Director of AAH. Since then, I have joined the Board through a strategic planning session, met current and former staff who have helped me get aquatinted with daily operations, ran into volunteers who give so generously of their…

Joshua Wanambwa

AAH University Student Joshua Wanambwa: A Shining Example of Uganda’s Bright Future

By Executive Director | November 18, 2018

By Fareeda Abdulkareem, AAH International Coordinator In a country like Uganda, where young leaders are not yet a prominent fixture in the country’s public offices, young people are still finding ways to be politically conscious and active. AAH scholar Joshua Wanambwa is a young person finding ways to make contributions towards progress in his community…

AJS Pupils Ride First Position All The Way To Regional Singing Contest & Compete at Nationals

By Executive Director | September 21, 2018

by  Fareeda Abdulkareem, AAH International Coordinator Some say that it takes a village to accomplish many great things, and in the case of the Arlington Junior School pupils, the saying rings both literally and metaphorically true. In late August, schools from around the region convened at Bududa Secondary School for the regional singing competition. AJS…

Volunteers at AAH Uganda

Matthew, Jack, and Zach’s favorite Teen Trip memories

By Executive Director | August 30, 2018

Zach, Jack, and Matthew (pictured left to right with AAH Uganda Program Director Milton Kamoti)—the young men from this year’s Teen Trip— share their favorite memories of their special time in Uganda. For Matthew, the climb up Mount Nusu with AJS students stood out, and playing soccer with the local students was the favorite of…

Teen Trip Recap from Uganda

By Executive Director | July 31, 2018

You don’t want to miss out next year! by Fareeda Abdulkareem, AAH International Coordinator Volunteering is a cornerstone of the Arlington Academy of Hope. Our volunteer program spans both humanitarian activities and an old-fashioned, get-to-know Uganda journey with its people and blessings.  When our annual Teen Trip with nine teenagers and chaperone co-founder Joyce Wanda…

AAH Outreach Program Rallies For The New Term

By Executive Director | July 9, 2018

by Fareeda Abdulkareem, AAH International Coordinator On June 7th, the head teachers from seventeen schools around the Bududa district convened at the Arlington Academy of Hope library to discuss strategy and concerns regarding the direction of the Outreach Program for the second term. The Outreach Program is an AAH initiative that works with twenty-four schools…

Jennipher with Kate Lord & Christen Brandt

AAH gave this natural humanitarian the financial independence she desperately needed

By Executive Director | June 27, 2018

As Jennipher, the AAH Guest House Manager, reflects on her time with AAH, (ten years in 2018), she sits on the arm of a couch, smiling. Throughout the conversation, it is obvious why she is such a good fit for the organization. Every time the subject of children comes up, either hers or the many she…

members of the grandfathers club

Donor Spotlight: The Grandfathers’ Club

By Executive Director | May 17, 2018

By Bethany Hu, AAH Operations Manager Most AAH student sponsors are individual families, but one of our most interesting sponsors is a group of poker-playing retirees from Northern Virginia who call themselves the Honorary Grandfathers’ Club. This group originated in Alexandria, Virginia, in the mid-1980s. Their story began when a group of registered nurses who…

patricia george walochik

Donor Spotlight: Patricia Walochik

By Executive Director | April 24, 2018

By Laura Barrantes, Executive Director Patricia Walochik’s first gift to AAH was in 2002, two years before Arlington Junior School opened. Before moving to Atlanta, where she lives now, Pat and her late husband George were members of Bethel Church, the church John and Joyce Wanda attended when they moved to Arlington. Pat remembers the…