About Us

Uganda Hands for Hope is a registered international non-governmental organisation (NGO) working to alleviate poverty and facilitate lasting change in the lives of the most vulnerable children and families living in urban slums in Uganda.

As an organisation, we started in 2008 and were founded by Joe Cummiskey. Joe came out to Kampala over 14 years ago for a short trip to gain some experience about the plight of children living in the city. After remaining far beyond his initial expectations Joe went back to the UK, packed up his life, and moved to Kampala to make a career of helping the most vulnerable children who were desperately in need. After working with different agencies and charities, Joe started Uganda Hands for Hope.

In 2008, we supported just 9 children but now now support over 350 children and their families through our different programmes. In all of our work, we continue to maintain the personal community involvement that has become the trademark of UHfH.

Our Vision – the world we want to see

No child under 6 in Uganda, or their family members, lack for basic nutrition, sanitation, healthcare or education.

Our Mission – why we exist/our purpose
To alleviate extreme poverty and facilitate lasting change in the lives of the most vulnerable children and families living in urban slums in Uganda.

Our Areas of Work – where we create impact

  • Education
  • Health, nutrition and social care
  • Alternative education and livelihoods

Our Values – the principles we believe in & that we live by in our work

  1. Child-Centered
    We believe in child-centered teaching, and in respect for the rights of the child.
  2. Community-Focused
    Everything we do is focused on and for the benefit of our communities, while capacity-building and supporting our staff. 
  3. Community-Driven
    We believe that our communities should drive the future of the organisation.
  4. Accountability
    We seek to be transparent in our finances, policies and procedures. We believe in accountability to donors, staff, pupils, partners and communities.
  5. Respect
    We seek to treat each other our staff and our communities with respect at all times.
  6. Inclusiveness and diversity
    We do not discriminate on the grounds of race, gender, religion or politics. We support families from a range of religious and ethnic backgrounds.

Please read our annual report for an overview of the impact achieved by our programmes in 2016.