2017 was a huge year for Action in Africa.
After three years of working with legal representation and local officials, we received Ugandan NGO status and are now officially recognized by the Ugandan government. We hired our 14th Ugandan employee, reaching our goal of 80% sustainability on the ground. Additionally, we hired an In-Country Director, Samantha Cressey, to oversee all our operations in Uganda. In April, we installed a new water system which is now providing hundreds of cups of clean drinking water each day. Our restocked library is now filled with the primary and secondary curriculum and hundreds of youth novels, further ensuring that we are continuing to develop a reading culture throughout Nakuwadde. We launched a special needs fund which is now supporting three students to attend specific schools that support their individual needs. Our new breakfast program at our three partner schools guarantees a hot cup of porridge for 700+ students every morning. Furthermore, after living in Uganda for over three years, our President, Sarah Nininger, moved back to the US to Washington, DC which is now Action in Africa’s home base. Lastly, we ended the year with our biggest fundraiser to date, with over 300 people in attendance, it was a smashing success!
As you can tell, it was an incredible year!
We are overwhelmed by your continued support and commitment to Action in Africa. Each day our team and families in Uganda send their gratitude. We are beyond excited to see what we accomplish in 2018!