FOYA Uganda is an organization based in Westerville, Ohio that sends university students and professors on month-long trips to Uganda to work with local partner schools and community organizations. FOYA Uganda and its project partners work to improve literacy, education, health and wellness, gender equity, and community engagement in rural areas of Uganda.
Each summer since 2011, FOYA Uganda has sent a group of university students and professors to work hand-in-hand with local project partners in rural areas of Uganda. These programs, designed by Ugandans and funded in part by small-scale grants from FOYA Uganda, empower youth and improve literacy, education, health and wellness, gender equity, and community engagement. The result is a transformative experience for both American and Ugandan youth.
Donations to FOYA Uganda fund grants to our project partners; trip participants pay for their own travel, lodging, and meals.
Past projects have included:
- Menstrual hygiene and sexual reproductive health
- Delivering hundreds of reusable menstrual pads and supplies to adolescent girls to improve their health, self-esteem, and school attendance;
- Helping to educate students, teachers, parents, and community members on menstrual hygiene management and sexual reproductive health;
- Building menstrual hygiene hubs at schools to give students access to clean water, soap, and other essentials;
- Providing sewing machines and training to students and tailors to establish sustainable local sources of reusable pads.
- Establishing school and community libraries and outfitting them with books, computers, and more;
- Working with children to write personal narratives.
Health and wellness
- Equipping schools with first aid stations and training teachers in basic first aid;
- Providing rainwater collection tanks to give students better access to clean water;
- Installing basketball hoops, netball hoops, and soccer goals in schoolyards.