The mission of Into Your Hands
Africa is to empower youth and families in rural Uganda through education and
enterprise development. In turn, they become self-directed, resourceful and
productive members of their communities.
As model citizens, they work together
to determine their own futures.For 19 years Into Your
Hands-Africa has been working
with students, families and communities in rural midwestern Uganda, supporting
community empowerment and economic sustainability through education and
enterprise development. Our foundational belief is
that education and enterprise are intertwined. Through lessons learned, we have
achieved successful and sustainable programs through the integration of both
education and enterprise as a total solution.Activities
to meet the overall mission of the organization include:
- Providing 'hand-up'
assistance to families to develop their own revenue streams through small-
scale livestock and agricultural businesses.
- Assisting youth and
young adults in attaining a secondary or vocational education.
- Empowering women with
the tools to attain economic self-sufficiency and food security.
- Creating opportunities
for communities to develop stronger ties amongst themselves while shifting
individual farming practices from subsistence farming to commercial
The inception of Into Your Hands Africa began
in 1999 through a relationship with St. Denis Secondary School in Makondo
Uganda. The organization’s founding members kicked-off a fundraising project
that supported the construction of an examination hall, thereby making St.
Denis a nationally accredited secondary school. In 2007, IYHA became an
official nonprofit organization and today the organization has reached over
30,000 people across 70 villages.IYHA has
three offices (one in the USA and two in Uganda) and supports an average of 200
students per year at five partner schools; provides over 350+ new agricultural
businesses to students and families annually; and works alongside communities
through the Community Development Association program to help 3,500 people a
year determine their own futures through best practices in business management
and entrepreneurship. We focus on vocational
training in areas such as animal husbandry, veterinary work, healthcare,
tailoring, and primary and secondary education. These community investments not
only help individuals and their families to become self-sustaining, but they
invest in local youth who are able to gain relevant skills to bring back and
lift up their local village. When
education and enterprise programming support are combined, leaders arise from
within the community.