HEAL International, a non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 by a group of individuals from Edmonton, Alberta who had experienced working with marginalized communities in rural Uganda. The needs were great in this area and a decision was made to help build resilient communities by providing orphaned and needy children in these regions with the opportunity to get an education.
The work of HEAL International was guided by the principles of sustainable community development, which included:
- – Building partnerships with communities to better understand their needs, opportunities and barriers;
- – Providing an important asset, education, which stays with the individual during their lifetime;
- – Planning programs that would be sustainable and utilize evidence and best practices.
HEAL currently works with local partners on the following projects:
- The Manna Rescue Home (a space space for orphans with HIV/AIDS)
- Child Sponsorship (to assist children to attend school)
- Youth Scholarships (to assist youth to access post-secondary education)
- Learning Beyond Borders (a school-to-school partnership to improve the quality of education in existing schools)
- Peer Education Kabarole (to promote youth health)
- School construction (to provide access to education in undeserved areas)