The Arlington Academy of Hope (AAH), founded in 2004 in the United States and in Uganda by John and Joyce Wanda, is a non-profit organization that operates in Bududa, Namisindwa and Manafwa districts in Eastern Uganda.  The AAH mission is to help transform rural communities via education, health care, and community development.

To achieve these goals, we have built Arlington Junior School, a model primary school in Bududa district that educates 450 students; we work with 26 public schools across Eastern Uganda; we provide scholarships to 360 students at secondary school, and another 160 students in vocational schools or universities.

We also operate two health clinics which treat roughly 30,000 patients annually; and we support local community development initiatives such as street solar lighting for Kikholo town, cementing floors in homes better housing, and microfinance programs for women.  These efforts have improved the quality of life in poor villages in Uganda and are changing them into self-sustaining communities.



We believe that all children have a right to education and basic healthcare.  We believe that education is the key to transformation and provides opportunities. We believe that children are our hope for the future. 


We responsibly and strategically use our resources of time, talent, and money.


We value the Ugandan culture and way of life. We are inclusive of diverse ideas, perspectives, and background within AAH.


We honestly and openly share our ideas and organizational decision-making.


We foster teamwork and value relationships with our volunteers, child sponsors, donors, partners and friends as we work to achieve our goals in partnership with the people of Uganda.

 A Passion to Serve

We empower people with opportunities to help children and others in need.  We strengthen and grow the organization in a positive and constructive way.

AAH students at Iganga Girls Secondary School pose for a photo

Patients at our clinic waiting for medical attention


You are welcome to partner with AAH and support the community

enjoying school

Arlington Academy of Hope through its secondary program has supported 160 students annually on average in different schools.


Girls on the program reach out to their fellow girls and teach them on their value and rights. Girls should stay in school, excel and be able to speak out.