Become an Ambassador for Grow Hope!



Hello friends~


There are so many ways that people impact this project- sometimes in small ways, other times in large ones.  We wanted to share one of these stories in hopes that it will inspire you to join us as an Ambassador and find your own connection to the Grow Hope foundation!


Last year a local elementary class decided to fundraise to send a few kids to school.  We had spoken at this school and shared with them the differences in education between the US and where we are in Uganda.  We talked about how lucky they are to be able to go to school without even thinking about it, while in our community, children will often ask for school fees before they will ask for food or toys.  We shared photos of schools in the area surrounding Tusubira Village and they were taken aback at the stark differences - dirt floors, rickety wooden benches, no supplies.  So this class took it upon themselves to raise funds to send as many kids as they could to school.



It turned out that this class was wildly successful!  They raised enough money to send TEN kids to school for FIVE YEARS.  They were given the option of either sending a large group to school for one year or a smaller group for a few years and they chose that option as they felt that it wouldn’t be fair to start them on a path of education only to remove it after a year.  This class was PASSIONATE about this project - they gave it all they had to make a lasting impact on the lives of these kids half-way around the world.  They were our first Ambassadors. 




This project doesn’t stop there.  They are now planning to continue to find ways to fundraise.  We are working with them to find things we can take to “their students” when we return to Uganda in October.  They are invested in these kids - these ten students with so much potential.  They have photos and names and ages.  They have connected and when we are there next month we hope to find a way to Skype so that all of these kids can “meet” and really feel what that connection means.  Friends across the world- how amazing is that?


We share this story with you because we are looking for Ambassadors.  We need people from all over who want to connect with this project- who want to take a part of what needs to be done and champion it.  To share this project in THEIR community and get people excited about the impact that they can make in the lives of this community.  To find a classroom that is looking for a community project where what they do is CHANGING THE TRAJECTORY OF A COMMUNITIES LIFE.  


If you are interested in being a part of this- please contact us.  We are happy to talk about the huge number of ways you can be a part of this movement to educate and empower this small community, so that they are able to then go and empower others.  The potential is enormous and with your help we can see it happen!


Email us at and become an Ambassador for the Grow Hope foundation.  We would LOVE to have you~


Help Us Finish the Guest House!

Hello friends~

It has been an incredible summer of progress at Tusubira Village and we are so excited to share some of the amazing images of what the team and community have accomplished there.  They are working so hard to do what they can to make this compound a success - and now it's our turn to do what we can.  Will you help us?

The gardens are beautiful and producing an incredible amount of fruits and vegetables that are contributing to the sustainability of the compound by being sold at the market.  They are also helping the families in our community that really struggle to eat as the team makes sure that produce is provided to them in times of need.


The women in the community have been meeting to work on hand-crafts that will be sold to generate income.  They meet twice a week to work together which allows our social worker Sharon the chance to connect with them and address any issues they may be having.  This ability for the women to meet and talk while working has been a large part of why this program has been so successful.  These women have driven this program- from welcoming us into the community initially to working so hard to implement all of the changes we have introduced.  They are willing to learn new skills and use those skills to improve their lives and the lives of their families.


Another skill they have been learning is sewing.  We have recently purchased new sewing machines from a company going out of business as the offer was too good to pass up.  We are planning to build a workshop space on the compound eventually and know that the investment will pay off in the long run.  For now the women come to learn and are practicing their sewing skills on the machine we had purchased last year.  


The exciting news is that we are now kicking off our big fundraiser which we hope to complete by the end of the year!  With the funds raised we will be able to finish the Guest House at Tusubira Village.  The structure of the Guest House is currently partially finished and our hope is to complete it as soon as we can raise funds to do so.  While it will eventually serve as a Guest House for visiting volunteers, until we can build the workshop, we will use this first building to fill many of our needs.  Plans for this building include electricity and running water, clean spaces for visiting doctors and volunteers to interact with people and a western kitchen and bathrooms.  We will house the porridge project there, which will help send children to school with full bellies.  Sewing machines will be kept indoors, meetings will be held there in inclement weather and supplies will be stored and secured in the house.   We will also be able to accommodate our social worker Sharon, which will enable her to begin implementing some of the programs we hope to introduce, such as family planning and counseling.  We have so many amazing plans for this compound and finishing this building is the link to making all of this happen.  We are $30k from finishing this building.  This money will cover electrical and plumbing, doors and windows, the kitchen, bathrooms and furnishings.  Once we raise this money all of this can take place and this building can be finished- and then we can begin using it!!  There are a number of ways you can be a part of making this happen.  We appreciate each and every one of you who contribute to this fundraiser- and we can't begin to tell you what it means to this community.  

The easiest way you can contribute is by going to this LINK and making a donation.  All donations are tax-deductible and every single dollar impacts this project.  If you would consider sharing this link on social media we would be grateful as we would like to spread this campaign as far and wide as possible.  


We will also be hosting our Annual Auction this November.  We will be announcing the dates in an upcoming posts.  If you would like to donate something to the auction, we would love it.  The auction is a great way to take part in raising funds and the things we have already received are fabulous so definitely check back as you won't want to miss it!


To kick off the holiday season, we are holding a Shopping for Change event this November. This special event will be open to any interested Grow Hope supporters, and will be held at Purpose Boutique in Kirkland, WA. To attend this evening of bubbles, shopping, and education on the work of the Grow Hope Foundation in Uganda, on Thursday, November 19th, simply email to express your interest and be added to the list. A portion of proceeds from the night will go towards finishing the Guest House. Mark your calendars, and email to be added to the event list; this will be a great chance to get started on holiday shopping, while supporting a wonderful cause!

Progress on both sides of the world

Hello friends!

Can you believe it is already August? The summer is flying by and we are excited by all of the progress that is happening on BOTH sides of the world- the incredible work being done at Tusubira Village and the many tasks being taken care of here in America.

In Uganda crops are being harvested and taken to the market to generate an income for Tusubira Village.  It has been an incredible first growing season and they are definitely doing a great job of farming, thanks to the amazing mentors that they have learned from. 


The women in the community continue to meet to work on projects and learn new skills.  Our social worker Sharon is always on hand to facilitate conversations and work with the women to not only teach skills but help work through issues the women may be dealing with at home.  These conversations between women help bond them as a community and they are learning to work together to accomplish more than they could do alone.


Here in America we are working on a number of ways to fundraise to complete our first building at Tusubira Village.  The plan is to eventually have three structures on the property.  A house to accommodate Sharon as well as guests that come to volunteer in the community, a workshop that is able to be secured where we will house things like sewing machines and supplies.  It will also host educational workshops and meetings during the inclement seasons.  We also need a small one room structure where our caretaker will live full-time. This is important for the security of the compound.


One way we are trying to make it easier for you to be a part of this amazing adventure is by creating a site that you can go to and easily make a donation of any amount.  A couple of clicks and you are a part of changing lives on the other side of the planet! How amazing is that??

We want to thank you friends.  Your incredible support, financial and otherwise makes what we do possible.  We are grateful that you have opened your hearts to a community so far away and empowered them to create meaningful change to their health and way of life.  You are a part of the team giving them the skills needed to making a better future.  So thank you for that.



Amazing progress at Tusubira Village!

Hello friends!

So much has happened in Tusubira Village since last month, and we wanted to show you how much you’ve helped us to achieve these goals!

The building, which had walls last time you saw, is now beginning to be roofed! This building will feature a Western style kitchen, essential for processing of food to go to market, as well as rooms for doctors and travelers to stay, and an area to provide safe, clean medical care for the women, men and children. We have so many dreams for this building; a clean, indoor space can change an entire community, and your support in building it has been so appreciated.

The biggest thing right now is to finish this first building at Tusubira Village.  We need to put in electricity and plumbing, windows and walls, as well as furnish it.  As soon as that is completed we can begin using the building for all of the things we plan to offer to this community - from family planning to skills training to having a social worker on site full-time. If you’re interested in supporting the building projects at Tusubira Village, be sure to check out the GoFundMe, which is still up and running! Your contribution will help change lives.

The gardens have been a source of financial growth as well as educational wealth for the entire community. These past few weeks, school children have been touring the gardens to learn about healthy eating and growing produce. These rows of maize, beans, peppers, bananas, mangos, and much more are being sold at the markets in order to raise the money to expand the gardens. These gardens will allow the community to become self-sustaining, and teaching school children how to take care of them is a vital part of building strength at Tusubira Village.

As we’re headed into the dry season, community members are learning how to mulch the gardens and cover the soil with banana leaves. This step prevents crop loss by keeping moisture at the roots of the plants. This is just one of the wonderful skills that are being developed!

The biggest reason why this project was created is the wonderful people whom we’ve gotten to work with in Uganda. These people, whose lives are directly touched by all the work you’ve helped us to accomplish, wanted to share with you what these changes meant to them.


Jussie, a young mother, says of her involvement with Grow Hope, “It has been a blessing to be part of this organization. A lot has changed in my life and my family… you taught me on how to feed my children which I did and they are now in good shape; my children are no longer getting sick all the time... I am also grateful… that you gave me ideas and inspired me to start up a business. I have plans of expanding my small business slowly. My life has generally changed to better and am grateful to you. I hope to learn more skills which I will use to develop myself more.”


Topista, who has helped rally the community around change, says “Who knew we would have friends even from America? My kids are in school…, we grow vegetables, and our sanitation has greatly improved since we got a latrine, which we didn’t have before. We have had material support from the Grow Hope Foundation, and I have learnt some skills, and I look forwards to learning more and transforming. I have many more hopes with this project, and I will stick to it until I get there.”

While Grow Hope helps to provide funds for growth, the primary goals are to provide opportunities for education and skill acquisition, which will help community members reach their goals of becoming self-sustaining and strong, through betterment of sanitation, school attendance, nutrition, empowerment of women, and many other aspects along the way.

We also wanted to say a big thank you to all who participated in the April art auction and the Tiggy & Grace shop opening earlier this month. Thanks to generous artists who donated their pieces, 100% of the proceeds are able to go to Tusubira Village. The auction alone raised almost $2000, the proceeds of which helped to start raising the roof on the first building!

The community has so many goals and projects they want to get started on. Next up are finishing the building, expanding the gardens, and getting the Porridge Project off to a good start!

The Porridge Project is a new program that will help prevent malnutrition in the area by creating the means for villagers to grow, mill, and package their own nutritional instant porridge. This porridge will not only provide school children a breakfast before a long day at school, but will provide jobs for residents, and profits through sales outside of the community.

Thank you for all that you do for the community at Tusubira Village, and thank you for allowing us to share our joys and successes with you!

 “I have learnt one thing! That in life, nothing should be taken lightly. You have taught us so many things but much of what you have taught us has always been in our surroundings.”
 –Fred, Tusubira Village Community Member

A Market Bag for you and breakfast for kids in need!

Good morning friends!

We are so excited that we can finally share with you a project we have been working on here at the Grow Hope foundation.  You may remember the Porridge Project that we began a few months back- a program that will help combat malnutrition in children in our community and beyond.  Well, we teamed up with Fashionable Notes- an amazing design company, to create a market bag for us that would allow us to offer you something fabulous but also impact the children in our community surrounding Tusubira Village.  They created these wonderful canvas totes that are wonderful for carting all of your gear around, or taking to the grocery or market when you go shopping.  They are sturdy and washable and best of all the proceeds from the sale of each bag will feed TWO KIDS for an ENTIRE school year!  Through the Porridge Project kids who would otherwise go without food until after a long school day will be provided with "breakfast" - a meal that will give them energy to learn as well as to fight malnutrition.  We are so excited about these bags and what they will mean for our community.  Malnutrition is one of the leading killers in our community and through the Porridge Project we hope to reduce that statistic and help this community become stronger.  Visit tiggy & grace - our online shop where you can purchase one (or more) of these market bags.  Each bag is $30. Together, we CAN make a difference!

A Garden Grows in Uganda

Hello friends!

We wanted to share a quick update on the INCREDIBLE work the community in Uganda is doing in the gardens at the Tusubira Village educational compound.  They are working SO HARD to plant our education gardens with a wide variety of crops so that people can see all of the healthy nutritional produce they can grow at their own homes.


We also have a team of gardeners that we have hired to not only oversee the planting and organizing of the gardens but to also be a part of teaching the community members that come to Tusubira Village to learn.  As we see these gardens coming together, sprouting and the long beautiful rows growing so well we are so excited to see people begin to see what it is we are doing here on this educational compound.  

For people who don't have enough land to plant proper gardens at their home, we are teaching them how to grow their produce in these wonderful repurposed bags.  The gardeners show them how to fill the bags with dirt, a cylinder of rocks down the middle for water to evenly distribute through the entire bag.  We offer starts in a variety of plants that they can grow and we also will teach them how to harvest seeds from their plants to grow future crops.  

The women in our community have enthusiastically visited the gardens whenever there is an opportunity to learn.  These women work so hard to improve conditions at their own homes, and the chance to improve the nutritional intake of their families is reason enough to learn what they can and take the lessons learned home.  Dr. Isaac and Sharon gave the women a tour of the spinach garden this week and shared with them the high nutritional content of spinach. 

Before the women left the compound they were each given a bunch of the spinach to take with them.  

We have a number of objectives at Tusubira Village.  Our highest priority is to create a sustainable program that will generate enough revenue to continue to expand the programs we hope to eventually offer.  Much of our crops will be sold to generate that income.  Another priority for us is to donate a portion of our produce to local organizations who are working with venerable children and people in the surrounding communities.  We want to support others doing good work in our area.  Finally, we want to make sure that the original community that welcomed us so warmly and enthusiastically is taken care of.  We want to support those that struggle to feed their families.  We want them to know that we are there as a part of their community and as such, we look out for each other as a family would. 


We are still raising funds to put a roof on our first building at the compound.  If you want to make a donation please email

Uganda 2015 Update- Part 1


We set a few lofty goals when we started our work in Uganda, the largest (so far) of which involved bringing a well to Tusubira Village. A well means a lot of things to this community. It means a fresh water supply for eating and watering gardens, for bathing and hygiene, and a resource to literally sustain life. Thanks to a little “can-do” spirit and a lot of aggressive fundraising and generous donors, we saw that goal come to life. Kimberly was lucky enough to return to Uganda on behalf of our team to check on that well in addition to several other Grow Hope sponsored projects in progress. What she witnessed and accomplished during her time there was beyond encouraging.



We thought we’d pass along a little update to get you up to speed with what we’ve been working on. Progress is moving forward in our little village and we couldn’t be more pleased!

  1. The well is functioning as it should and community members also voted to to pay a small user fee, funds would then go towards maintenance costs as they arise. It thrills us to see the people taking ownership over the well and its success, which is exactly what we hope for when it comes to the rest of our plans within the village.

  2. So much work has been done on the 4 acres of land which will eventually host 40 gardens and various agricultural endeavors, as well as our next major focus: a multi-purpose educational compound. Trees have been cleared (leaving the existing jackfruit, mango, avocado and banana trees of course), a field of pineapples has also been planted. 

  3. While Kim was there we were able to break ground on the first of a series of buildings to be a part of the educational compound. This building will provide quarters for an on site social-worker who will facilitate the different educational, health, and community programs. Until the other buildings are completed it will also be used for meetings and to store supplies needed for ongoing projects, like the nutritional packets which we’ll touch on in part 2 of this update. We will also share the work that goes into building these buildings which begins with making each and every brick by hand.

  4. Funds that were raised and donated by a generous school project hosted by The Grow Hope Club in Canada were used to purchase and distribute 80 mosquito nets to families in need. Assistance and education was also given to those recipients on the exact installation and use of these nets, a step further from previous efforts where no education was given at all. Malaria is the #1 cause of death in this part of Uganda and mosquito nets can be hugely effective in reducing those numbers when used properly. 

  5. The team completed a visit to the children’s hospital in Jinja, the town closest to our community. Hygiene and comfort items were handed out to all of the people there (items generously donated by those back in the states). The main focus of our time at the hospital was spent on the malnutrition ward where we witnessed first hand its devastating effects on the children there. Since Ugandan soil is so rich and responsive to agriculture efforts, we have hope that we can use the produce from our gardens, combined with ongoing nutritional and hygiene focused education, to change the way people eat and prepare their food and hopefully improve their overall health and wellness. 

  6. In conjunction with improved nutrition efforts we connected with a few different programs that feed children in Uganda in the hopes that one day soon we can donate any excess produce from our community gardens in Tusubira Village to those in need.






There was so much crammed into such a few short days that even catching up months later is a bit overwhelming. Though our time in Uganda was limited, it was extremely productive and that’s something to be proud of for those of us involved both here and on the ground back in Africa.

Part 2 of our 2014 excursion is soon to come, stay tuned to hear about the community educational focus and the advances we’ve made on a local level, along with some insight into our plans for the future.


It’s good stuff, we promise!  



Meet {Christine}

We'd like to introduce you to Christine.  She owns a small business near Tusubira Village and we knew soon after meeting her that she was a natural leader.  In a place where women can often feel inferior and have little power in their communities, Christine stands out.  She is focused on the projects she undertakes and dedicated in not only completing her own tasks but encouraging others to do the same.  She is respectful of other community members and has a way of bringing people together to work as a team in order to accomplish more than if they worked individually.  We feel fortunate to have Christine working with us to build Tusubira Village as she is an amazing role model for the women in rural Uganda.

1 What is your name?


2 Are you married?

Not married (Christine lost her husband)

3 How many children do you have?

6 children, 3 girls and 3 boys

4 How did you connect with SCEP?

The chairman told me about a new project that had come in the community and the way he explained to me about it attracted me to join.

5 How has your life changed since working with SCEP?

My hygiene at home improved, I have a sun drier, a good latrine and rubbish pit where after I collect manure.

6 What knowledge have you gained from SCEP?

Better farming skills and am able to sell on the vegetable to get some money for other needs.

7 What else do you think we need to do in SCEP?

We need to stay united for development because we all learn from one another.

8 What other knowledge do you think SCEP should bring to the community?

Put some adult education especially on how to read and write

Meet {Fred}

Hello Friends!


We are starting a series here in the journal to introduce you to our community that lives around Tusubira Village.  These people have been a part of our work in Uganda since the beginning and have made vast improvements in their lives.  But I want you to hear it in their own words.  So, I would like to introduce you to Fred- a man whom I adore and who has been an example of what amazing things can be accomplished with hard work and an open mind to trying new things.

1. What is your name?  

My name is Musota Tibenkana Fred

2. Are you married?  


3. Do you have children?  

Yes I have children, four of them. Oohh sorry, I have five - one boy and four girls.

4. How did you connect with SCEP (Sustainable Community Education Program)  and The Grow Hope Foundation?  

It was one Sunday when I was walking round, then I saw people gathered under the mango tree and the village leader was also there. I drew closer to listen to what was going on and no one was bothered about my standing near the meeting. Then I heard you people teaching about what makes a person to be called healthy. I was excited about different things but it was new to me to hear that if someone isn’t happy, then he isn’t healthy. I left wondering when you said that some one at wrangle with his neighbor he isn’t socially healthy. I then also sat down and no one chased me away.  Anyway, from the little I heard on that day, I noticed that you had plenty to teach and I noted the next date for the teaching. Its from that date that I came to learn about and join SCEP.

5. How has your life changed from the time you joined SCEP?

I feel so strong enough in everything I do nowadays and I believe in my self just like you taught us. I have become more hard working because the gardens give me a lot of hope, especially when people come to my home to admire. This makes me work harder. My home also attracts people’s attention more than before. But I think I am also very strong because of the balanced diet which I now get and thank you for teaching us. I am also happy that I am able to meet most of the school needs for my children with the money I earn from selling the vegetables though not yet enough to meet all needs.

6. Of the knowledge that you have gained from SCEP, which one has had the best impact on your life?

The knowledge of farming and being in good relations with all people to be healthy.

7. What other knowledge do you need to continue making positive changes in your life?

I tried rearing chickens some time back but I lost all of them because of reasons I don’t know until now. I think you saw the nets i had put at home for the chickens! And I think that if I get more knowledge about rearing chickens and cows, I will be able to improve more.

8. What advice do you have for the non-SCEP members?

I only teach them every time they come to my home to admire (my gardens).

9. If SCEP left this village for another village right now won’t you get back to where you were before?

hahahahaha (very big laughter with wonders) No my friend, I will never get back again. SCEP has already shown me the right direction to take and I would just keep going but don’t plan on leaving us because we still need more guidance and knowledge from you.

The beginning of a well

Friends, you did it!  Thanks to you we funded our campaign and the community surrounding Tusubira Village will have access to water from a well that is safe to collect.  We are so grateful for your incredible generosity and belief in this project.  With your support Tusubira Village is going to help improve lives~

We are so excited to share with you that the initial studies for installing a well in Tusubira Village have begun!  The hydrologist has been to the property and done a complete study of where the well will hopefully go.  Things look very promising so far and we are working with drilling companies to collect bids for installing the well itself.  The community is partially in disbelief that this well is actually going in.  It really isn't something they ever dreamed they would have access to- safe drinking water.  It truly will change the way of life here in this rural community.  

A new year filled with so much hope!




Today I spent quite a bit of time working with my bank getting organized for the next step in this adventure.  This year I hope to raise enough money to complete our pilot project as well as to expand some of our programs to include working with parents at the children's hospital, sending more kids to school and finishing our first (hopefully of many) chicken farms.  I am going to really push for this in the first half of the year so that when I return to Uganda (which I hope to do this summer) there will be so much to capture with my camera to share with all of you!  



My hope is that you will follow along on this life-changing adventure and see that by contributing to it, you will feel that you are a part of something big- something good - changing the life of someone and giving them a chance to not only survive, but thrive.  This year I hope to introduce you to some of the wonderful families that we have been working with.  When you see their beautiful children and realize the potential that each of them have to impact their communities through education, you will understand what drives me to dream big.  And let me tell you- I am dreaming big this year!




So I invite you to join me on this adventure.  I invite you to find your own ways to impact the lives of these families, these children, this community.  I encourage you to dream big, do good.  Wishing you an incredible year my friends, filled with laughter and triumphs and joy.  And big dreams.