John Wanda at American University

By Executive Director | April 5, 2010

On Tuesday night (March 30), John Wanda, founder of Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), visited American University to speak to students about the work that AAH does and how it helps to make the village of Bumwalukani in eastern Uganda become self-sustaining.  John was joined by Nicole Hewitt of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, and…

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Landslide Response Progress Report in Pictures

By Executive Director | April 1, 2010

Please click here to review our recent report with photos showing AAH ’s progress in the temporary camp in eastern Uganda that has been set up for survivors of the Bududa landslide. Thank you to all who have supported these efforts and made it possible for AAH to respond swiftly and effectively to the urgent…

Landslide Update: Thank you AAH Supporters!

By Executive Director | March 10, 2010

The response to our emergency plea for help for victims of the Bududa landslide has been truly amazing.  In less than one week, AAH has received more than $13,000! The AAH Board and staff are grateful beyond words for the generosity of our donors and the sincere expressions of concern for those affected by this…

Video of Rescue Efforts

By Executive Director | March 5, 2010

Video from a Ugandan TV network on the rescue efforts.

Update: Tragedy in Bududa

By Executive Director | March 5, 2010

It is 3 days now since the tragedy in Bududa. In those three days, people who survived the landslide have been living in a stupor – wondering why they survived, and where to begin.  The survivors know they are lucky. An AAH student survived only because she was still on her way home after a…

Disaster Strikes AAH Area: Emergency Response Needed

By Executive Director | March 3, 2010

Yesterday we woke up to the news of a devastating landslide in Bunametsi village. Bunametsi is about 3 miles from the village of Bumwalukani where the AAH primary school is located. Both villages are located in the foothills of Mt. Elgon in eastern Uganda. After two days of continuous downpours, the hills of this area…

Emergency – Landslides in Bududa

By Executive Director | March 3, 2010

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Note from John Wanda

By Executive Director | March 3, 2010

Following on the heels of the celebratory mood at the start of the new school year last month, March began with tragic news.  Just when we were ready to send out the AAH newsletter, we got word that a major disaster had hit Bududa district in Uganda where AAH is based. On March 1, a huge landslide…

New And Returning Volunteers

By Executive Director | March 3, 2010

Catherine Reising-Jones recently returned to Uganda for the fifth time accompanied by her husband, Jeff Jones, and brother-in- law, Peter Sims, to see that the 2010 school year starts off well. Catherine has played a major role in the secondary scholarship program and is well loved around the village. She has personally visited dozens of secondary…

Landslides near Bumwalukani Village

By Executive Director | March 2, 2010

Last night, there were massive mudslides approximately three miles from the AAH primary school (located in the village of Bumwalukani).  CNN is reporting that there are at least 100 dead and 245 people missing.  The school building was not affected.  We are currently talking to staff and volunteers in Uganda and will publish updates as soon…