Right now I am in Kampala getting my visa renewed (I can’t believe I’ve already been here three months!), so this week’s photos are a few of my favorites from the beginning of the week.

I sat down with Victoria earlier this week and talked to her about school, life, and her friends. She has such a sweet disposition, and was very uplifting to talk to. Can’t wait to introduce you to her in more depth here on the blog soon.

Home Again got some new landscaping done a few weeks ago. It’s so fun to watch the new plant life grow and change the environment around Home Again.

Two of my favorite people in Uganda! Josiah is being held by Lex, a good friend of mine that is leaving Uganda this week. Friendships and people are so transient here, but it is still sad when good friends leave.

Did you enjoy this week’s photos? Share with us why in the comments and take a look at the full Photo Friday series here!

– Kate Auckerman

Uganda Program Coordinator

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The school system in Uganda is set up differently than in the United States. Instead of elementary, middle, and high school, Uganda has primary and secondary schools. Children begin school as early as age three in the nursery classes of primary school, and if all goes well, they will attend primary school for nine or ten years. Primary school begins with two or three years of nursery school, where the children are taught basic colors, shapes, numbers, and letters,  and nursery school is often where children are first exposed to English. After a child progresses through the nursery classes (baby class, middle class, and top class), they move to through the primary classes. Starting with primary 1 (P1) all the way up to primary 7 (P7).  Primary school is about the American equivalent of elementary school and part of middle school. It is where children will learn math, social studies, science, and where they learn to read, write, and speak in English.

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Secondary school is made up for six classes: secondary 1 (S1) to secondary 6 (S6).  In secondary school students are allowed more freedom to choose what they want to study as they prepare to go to University.

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School in Uganda is colorful! Every school (private or not) has a different color uniform, in Kaihura, there are two schools who wear different blues, one school who wears pink, and one school that wears purple. So as you walk around any town of village in Uganda, you will see a speckling of colorfully dressed children.

While children ideally begin primary school around age three of four and move up a new class every year all the way through secondary school, there is always a wide range of ages in each class.

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This wide age range is the result of how the poverty in Uganda can take away to opportunity for education.  Children are given much more responsibility in Uganda: to take care of younger siblings, to keep up with housework, and sometimes even to provide an income for their families. Parents are also often unable to pay school expenses for their children, even if a child is going to a government provided school, families are still expected to pay for their children’s school uniforms and school materials. When families are too poor to pay for the necessities for schooling, then their children miss out on getting an education.

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We can do something about this. Through Know Think Act we can help provide each student with a chance to get an education. 100% of every dollar given goes directly to each student, students like Molly above. Help us provide these amazing students with a chance to break out of the cycle of extreme poverty through education. Click here to give. 


This week I was able to go on my first safari! Uganda is home to many different types of animals. Here are some of my favorite photos from our trip.

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Our car got sandwiched between two irritated elephants while we were driving around the rim of a crater. While this stressful situation resulted in some nice pictures, I would be perfectly content never to find myself in that situation again.

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We came across this (more docile) heard of elephants on a morning drive. It was a pretty cool way to begin the day: watching a heard of elephants cross your path as the sun rises.

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This mama lion was one of the first things we saw when we came into the park. She stayed surprisingly calm as we drove right up to and around her, especially considering she was guarding her cub in on of the nearby bushes.

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Water Bucks kind of look like reindeer, very cute and pet-able. Water Bucks are made with a natural defense mechanism against lions and other predictors, once killed they have a gland that releases a chemical that makes their meat taste terrible. So unless they meet a starving lion, they are usually left alone.

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My friend Lex went with me on the safari, and we embraced our inner tourists and made sure to get a picture on the equator.

Thanks for checking out this week’s edition of Photo Friday! Do you have a favorite photo? Let us know in the comments!


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We believe that education changes everything. When a child has the chance to stay in school and learn, it effects every aspect of their life, from increasing their chances of going on to secondary school and university, to learning life skills and a trade, education’s value cannot be measured. Both of our Partners – Faith of Bringing Hope to the Family in Uganda and Peter of Action Ministry in Kenya attribute their ability and success in their work in their community to their opportunity to pursue their education, thanks to the people who invested in them.

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For the next month here at Know Think Act, we are going to be giving you the opportunity to invest in students. Listed on the site are all the students who are supported through Bringing Hope to the Family, and who are in need of a scholarship so they can stay in school.

Each student has a story, and each student has a chance to break the cycle of extreme poverty through getting an education. Some of these students are in secondary school and some are pursuing their advanced degree in university. We believe in the power of scholarships, of giving deserving students a chance to learn. By giving to a student, you will be participating in the life of that student, and at the end of the school year you will receive update on their progress, what they have been learning and a note from the student.

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Education is a real need, and you have the chance to change a student’s life through helping provide – in part or in whole – a scholarship. Join us in changing the future for these students. Click here to meet the students and to help us provide scholarships. It’s more than a scholarship, it’s hope, and it’s a future. Join with us today!


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There are some changes going on at Home Again Children’s Home through our partner Bringing Hope to the Family. There are now 87 children living and being cared for at Home Again, and as this number has continued to grow, Home Again has grown from two houses to three. With this expansion there has also been some new staff added. Home Again recently hired it’s first house father! BHTTF is very excited to have a male staff member to help mentor and be a role model for the boys that are living in Home Again. BHTTF is constantly striving to better the home environment of the children in their care.

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Showing off their “mean face” and trying not to smile.

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Hanging out in the kitchen at the third home at Home Again

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Adolf shows off his smile while welcoming us at the gate (or is he trying to keep us out…).