HEAL International

HEAL’s Response to COVID19

As the response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, our organization has had to consider the implications on our work locally and internationally.  While we remain committed to providing for the educational needs of vulnerable children in Uganda, we are mindful of the safety of our donors, supporters and volunteers.  As a result, we have made a decision not to hold our annual Killer Heels for HEAL fundraiser this year.  Though the fundraiser is some months away, there is the need to commit time and funds toward the logistics of organizing this event, and we feel that we would not want to risk volunteer and donor resources due to the current uncertainty surrounding this pandemic.

 Though we will miss an opportunity to interact with our donors and supporters, we will find ways of connecting with you in order to ensure that you are aware of the global impact your support and donations are having. 

 As mentioned, we remain committed to maintaining our programs and support in Uganda and hope that you will join us in ensuring that the children we help will not be adversely impacted by what is happening globally.  It is during times of adversity that we can best showcase our humanity and empathy by sharing with others so that we all come through our challenges stronger.


Killer Heels for HEAL

Thank you for your support of our fourth anual fundraiser. It was a successful evening of great food, fashion and cultural dance all in support of orphaned and vulnerable children in rural Uganda. 

Thanks to our sponsors: and supporters:
Brent & Terry Filmore, Denis & Kathleen Meyer, Shenaz & Karim Shariff,  Ali & Anisha Sachedina, Carol Blair & Associates, and Architectus Developments

And our event supporters:
Lexus of Edmonton, Odvod Media, Factor Forms, Studio Bloom, Enotri – Roots Matter & Rosslyn Liquor, and River City Events.

Special thanks to:
The Workshop Eatery, Bon Ton Bakery, Gillian Zubko Designs, and Wajjo Drummers & Dancers.

Photography by Marcu Fotography



Janet Museveni, First Lady of Uganda and the wife of President Museveni, was recently invited to St.

Lawrence Secondary School. In her address to the school, she acknowledged the contribution of HEAL International and thanked the Canadian donors who provided the funds and support to enable the community to build their secondary school.

This is quite an honour for the school and for us to be acknowledged at the highest level of government in Uganda.

Find out more about our new St Lawrence School.

A Donor Spends Time in Uganda

We would like to thank Salma Murji for traveling to Uganda and reporting on our projects. Salma is a generous donor to our school projects and was able to see firsthand what school life is like in rural Uganda. Please view her blog and read about her adventures.

The Journey of the Traveling Bear

We are on the map!

One of our school projects, St. Lawrence, is finally showing up on Google Maps. This image will give you a sense of why this school was needed. There are no secondary schools in the area that meet the needs of local students who either had to travel a ridiculously long distance on foot or not attend school at all. We are happy our organization is actively working to ensure the needs of children are being met in partnership with local authorities. Read more about St. Lawrence here.  Click the map below to see it on Google.


Our Mandate

HEAL International was conceived from a vision* of vibrant, healthy communities that:

  • provides support to meet the basic needs of children, youth and families.
  • promotes inclusion to enable all members to participate actively in social, economic, cultural and political life.
  • promotes opportunities for the lifelong acquisition of knowledge and skills by all members.

* from “Reclaiming Our Humanity”, Sherri Torjman, Caledon Institute of Social Policy, December 2001.

Our Partner

We have long-standing relationships with the communities we work with.  We work with established and trusted partners in Uganda, such as YES (Youth Encouragement Services) Uganda, a well-established Ugandan NGO that has been helping orphaned children and vulnerable families since 1996.   Other partners include health and education departments at various levels of local government.