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.
WHERE WE WORK
Currently our programs are based in Namasale sub-county, in Amolatar District.
Lango sub-region (a minority ethnic group in northern Uganda)
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
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
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
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.
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Co-Founder & Country Director
Uganda Programs Manager
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
COREY WARD, Contracts Administrator, Weber Energy Law
KARISSA WARMACK, Senior Director Client Solutions, ThinkTank
HEIDI WILHELM, Director of Foundations & Corporate Relations, Regis University
MAGGIE LINN-ADDISON, Interim Assistant Vice President Alumni Engagement and Annual Giving at Regis University