Currently The Hope of Africa is working to improve the future of African youth in East Africa & South Africa.
Uganda’s history includes an 8-year reign by dictator Idi Amin in the 1970s which included economic decline and massive human rights violations. It is estimated that as many as 300,000 Ugandans were murdered during his reign of terror. Since his ousting in 1979, Uganda continued to have political unrest and human rights violations until 1986 when the current president took office. Uganda is an incredibly beautiful country full of people living in desperate poverty. Orphanages and slums are overflowing with children orphaned by the war. Despite the abject poverty, the people of Uganda are incredibly friendly and are quick to give you the shirt off their back.
Kenya saw spectacular economic growth between 2002 and 2007, yet at the same time social inequalities also increased, with much of the economic benefits going to the already well-off. Social conditions deteriorated for ordinary Kenyans, who started facing a growing wave of crime in urban areas. Nairobi, a major international development city, is also home to the second largest slums in all of Africa (Kibera).
South Africa is a nation with modern technologies, yet just 30 minutes down the road are rural villages with people living with no electricity or running water. South Africa has the highest number of people living with HIV/AIDS in the world (5.7 million) and the 4th highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world (18.1%–percent of the population living with HIV/AIDS). The Nkomazi region on the eastern side of South Africa has been crippled by the flood of refugees from neighboring Mozambique and Swaziland (highest HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in the world).