About us

 We believe everyone deserves the best chance in life. That’s why we support the most vulnerable children and their families living in Namuwongo slum, Kampala, working with them to help reduce poverty and meet their basic needs.

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. 

What we do

where we create impact


Health, nutrition and social care

Alternative education and livelihoods

Our Story

how we began

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 began with just 9 children but 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. We pride ourselves on having a close working relationship with our beneficiaries and for our hands-on approach to our work. 

Our Values

the principles we believe in & that we live by in our work


Everything we do is focused on and for the benefit of our communities, while capacity-building and supporting our staff. 


We believe that the communities we support should drive the future of the organisation.


We seek to be transparent in our finances, policies and procedures. We believe in accountability to donors, staff, pupils, partners and communities.

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.


We seek to treat each other our staff and our communities with respect at all times.


We believe in child-centered teaching, and in respect for the rights of the child.