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OUR MISSION

 

 
 

Far Away Friends exists to empower rural communities to

end generational poverty through education & opportunity.

OUR VISION & APPROACH

 

to ending generational poverty

What if we told you that all global issues could be solved by investing in a child? 

Children in the world's most isolated communities often don't have the opportunities needed to escape the cycle of generational poverty. The number of engineers, scientists, environmentalists, activists and great minds the world has overlooked due to unfair systems of generational poverty continues to rise. 

Far Away Friends is committed to creating opportunities for children and families to be successful agents of change in their communities. By investing in comprehensive solutions to a child's academic achievement, we are combatting generational poverty one dreamer at a time. 

 
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WHERE WE WORK

 

 
 
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Currently our programs are based in Namasale sub-county, in Amolatar District.

  • Lango sub-region (a minority ethnic group in northern Uganda)

  • ~150,000 residents

  • 56.5% of the population is under the age of 18

  • 53% of children will not continue their education past Primary 7

  • Namasale is among the most geographically isolated regions in North-Central Uganda 

 
 

 OUR CORE VALUES

 

 
 

education is for everyone

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Far Away Friends sees education as a starting point for investing in the economic and social development of a community. Our philosphy is that regardless of a child’s place of origin, they deserve the tools to grow into conscientious global leaders. We aim  to partner with schools in rural communities whose educational resources for children and adults are absent or in need of advancement.

Partnership, Not Charity

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We don't do charity work--we create mutually beneficial partnerships for the "global good". We believe in helping to support the vision of globally-minded local leaders in rural communities by sharing their stories and using our time, talent and energy to identify grassroot "investors" who support their dreams for development. Listening carefully to leaders in our partner communities to make informed decisions about our investments is a practice we take very seriously.

connection changes everything

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We believe that by connecting people who grew up on opposite sides of the globe, they can better understand cultural differences and break down stereotypes by making a new friend. Making these connections, we are able to gain a stronger cultural/social awareness of the world outside of our country of origin. Our hope is that these friendships become partnerships in international development and inspire more acts of global citizenship.


OUR COMMITMENT TO LOCAL LEADERSHIP & "DO NO HARM" DEVELOPMENT

At Far Away Friends, we strive to continually improve our messaging, programming and activities to protect the dignity of our beneficiaries & partners in Uganda.  We aim to be part of the movement to break down the White Savior Industrial Complex and uplift the voices of Ugandan leaders who are at the forefront of each and every project we invest in. We are proud to work in partnership with local leaders, builders, engineers, teachers and other experts in development who are native Ugandans. Photos on this website are used with the express permission of parents of GLP students, leaders of partner schools & community members with the aim of showing the beauty and joy in the communities where we work.

OUR TEAM

 

 
 JAYME WARD | Co-Founder & Executive Director  jayme@farawayfriendsglobal.com

JAYME WARD | Co-Founder & Executive Director

jayme@farawayfriendsglobal.com

JAYME WARD

Co-Founder & Executive Director

 COLLINES ANGWECH | Co-Founder & Uganda Country Director  collines@farawayfriendsglobal.com

COLLINES ANGWECH | Co-Founder & Uganda Country Director

collines@farawayfriendsglobal.com

COLLINES ANGWECH

Co-Founder & Country Director

 CHRIS SKIRKA | Director of US Operations  chris@farawayfriendsglobal.com

CHRIS SKIRKA | Director of US Operations

chris@farawayfriendsglobal.com

CHRIS SKIRKA

Operations Director

 KAITLYN PHILLIPS | OperationTEACH Director  kaitlyn@farawayfriendsglobal.com

KAITLYN PHILLIPS | OperationTEACH Director

kaitlyn@farawayfriendsglobal.com

KAITLYN PHILLIPS

OperationTEACH Program Director

 ROBERT OMIA | Uganda Programs Manager  robert@farawayfriendsglobal.com

ROBERT OMIA | Uganda Programs Manager

robert@farawayfriendsglobal.com

ROBERT OMIA

Uganda Programs Manager

 JESSIE JENNETT | Development Assistant - Denver  jessie@farawayfriendsglobal.com

JESSIE JENNETT | Development Assistant - Denver

jessie@farawayfriendsglobal.com

JESSIE JENNETT

Development Assistant 

 SIENA TORNILLO | Development Assistant - Ft. Collins  siena@farawayfriendsglobal.com

SIENA TORNILLO | Development Assistant - Ft. Collins

siena@farawayfriendsglobal.com

SIENA TORNILLO

Development Assistant

 HANNAH DRENNEN | Social Media  Hannah@farawayfriendsglobal.com

HANNAH DRENNEN | Social Media

Hannah@farawayfriendsglobal.com

HANNAH DRENNEN

Social Media Manager