PROMOTE EDUCATION The key to breaking cycles of poverty & advancing a country as a whole lies in the education of youth. We believe our work to promote quality education, increase primary school completion rates, and enhance the learning environment are essential in a country that has the world’s youngest population, where just 15% of youth are enrolled in secondary school, & a staggering 10-20 % of youth & 50% of girls cannot read or write a simple sentence.

empower  Families

Power comes from Knowledge and Access. Our holistic and multi-faceted programs give women & families the awareness, the information, and the ability to be self-sufficient & empowered thru life & business skills training, micro seed capital & finance, & direct disbursement of livestock & educational support

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Ending child marriage and teenage pregnancy is among the top priorities of Joy for Children. As a leader in country & Co-Chair of Girls Not Brides Uganda, we advocate to change laws, practices & traditions that lead to child marriage, & we work to ensure the implementation of those policies that let girls be girls and receive their right to an education. Our holistic & innovative Girls Empower Model that directly empowers girls with the support of their communities has seen transformative results.

prevent violence

As civil rights champion Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. so eloquently said “The ultimate weakness of Violence is that it is a Descending Spiral, begetting the very thing it seeks to destroy, Returning Violence for Violence multiplies Violence, adding deeper Darkness to a Night already devoid of Stars.”  There is no question about the absolute primacy of a society based on Peace, thus we strive to promote peaceful solutions in schools & communities where physical and sexual violence are all too widely accepted and commonplace. 



Working with children with disabilities is part of Joy for Children's project implemented in Kampala’s slum areas. Children with disabilities are amongst the most marginalized and disadvantaged groups in Uganda. Discriminatory attitudes and behaviors towards children with disabilities are widespread.