Arlington Academy of Hope

Transforming communities in rural eastern Uganda through education and healthcare via a model primary school for 350 students, educational support for 450 students in high school and beyond, and two health clinics serving 20,000+ patients per year.

Arlington Academy of Hope--Children in front of the MapArlington Academy of Hope (AAH) provides quality education and healthcare to children in rural Uganda. It runs a model elementary school for 340 children, provides secondary school scholarships to more than 280 students, and provides healthcare for more than 10,000 people annually. AAH also assists under resourced schools in the region to help improve their performance. It also helps local women start small businesses through microfinance loans.

AAH’s primary school has dedicated teachers who provide a well-rounded education and individual attention to the students.  The school ranks in the top 1 percent of some 19,000 schools in Uganda.  Schools in the district typically send an average of 14 percent of their students on to secondary school, but 100 percent of the graduates of AAH’s elementary school go on to secondary school.

AAH built a health clinic at the school for students and the local community. AAH opened a second clinic in Bupoto village, where it provides healthcare to thousands each year in an area in desperate need for basic services.

Founded by John and Joyce Wanda, who emigrating to the U.S. from Uganda more than a decade ago, AAH began as a way to bring the benefits of quality education to children in their native Ugandan villages. Today, the AAH is a symbol of what is possible in rural Africa and how people in the U.S. and elsewhere truly can make a difference, one child at a time.

Contact Information

Arlington Academy of Hope
P.O. Box 7694
Arlington, VA 22207
T: (703) 528-1951
F: (703) 908-7425

Financial Information

Arlington Academy of Hope is classified as a 501(c)(3) organization. Click below to view our most recent independent audit and IRS Form 990.

Banner photo: The AAH model primary school in Bumwalukani village is transforming young children’s lives and giving hope for a better future.
Photo: Students are eager to learn and 100 percent pass to secondary school.

Donate Now to Arlington Academy of Hope


AAH is run by volunteers in the U.S., so all donations go directly to benefit Ugandan children. Your gift will make a real difference.  Your donation will provide:

  • $20   Four books for the school library.
  • $40   One school uniform, athletic clothes, and shoes for one child.
  • $50   One year of daily school lunches for one child.
  • $100  Malaria medication for 25 students.
  • $250  One teacher’s salary for one month.
  • $360  One-year sponsorship for one child, ensuring a spot in the Academy.
  • $500  Medicines for one month for the medical clinic in Bupoto village.
  • $1,000  One high-school scholarship.

Volunteer Opportunities

If you have time and a desire to help kids in Africa, Arlington Academy of Hope needs you. We have variety of opportunities including newsletter writing, communications, grant writing and fundraising and community outreach.


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To donate to this member charity by check, please print our designation form and mail it with your check to

Aid for Africa
P.O. Box 8734
Topeka, KS 66608

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