Worlds AIDS and Orphans Day

“My mother is HIV positive and struggles to raise my 5 siblings and I. Because our family has so little I could not go to school. The Empower Campaign answered my call for help and now I am attending school and working toward becoming a doctor.” Ronald, age 16, Uganda.

The need

There are 25 million orphans in Africa. Many of these children will grow up without an opportunity to acquire an education, explore their potential and create their own future.  They will never know these opportunities because the cost of an education is completely out of reach for them.
Why focus on educating orphans and vulnerable children?

  • Schools provide a structured environment where orphans and vulnerable children learn they are not alone.
  • Schools provide children with a safe environment, the emotional support and supervision of adults, and the opportunity to learn how to interact with other children and develop social networks.
  • School is where children learn the facts about HIV/AIDS and how to care for themselves, which is especially crucial for child headed households.

Helping educate orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda

  • 50% of Uganda’s population is under the age of 18.
  • 1 out of every 5 children in Uganda is an orphan.
  • An orphaned or vulnerable child is 50% less likely to attend school than a child with two parents.

Uganda’s Universal Primary Education (UPE), began in 1996. The Ugandan government pays the primary school fees for the children, which cover the salaries of the teachers and minimal upkeep for the school. The government does not pay for educational materials; ,socks, shoes, work books, pens, pencils, a mathematics set or the required uniforms that children must wear to attend school.
In practice, the UPE program is not universal. Orphans and vulnerable children are restricted from attending class because they and their caregivers often do not have the financial capability to purchase the necessary educational materials; uniform, socks, shoes, work books, pens, pencils, and a mathematics set that each child needs.

What The Empower Campaign is doing for AIDS Orphans in Uganda

Empower helps orphans and vulnerable children by providing them with educational materials

• Empower provides economic opportunities for families supporting orphaned children.

• Empower provides funding for school lunch programs so all children attending the school, including orphans and vulnerable children, get a healthy lunch each day.

• Empower constructs new schools and reconstructs debilitated schools.

Ronald, age 18, sponsored by The Empower Campaign since 2004

Construction of Bigodi Progressive Parent’s Nursery and Primary School, Bigodi, Uganda, 2010

Empower sponsored students at Kyanyawara, Uganda

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Meet the Interns!

If you haven’t noticed by now, the snow has melted, the trees have started getting their leaves, and everyone has shed their winter coats; spring is here.

Here at the Empower Campaign we are bringing in the new season with a fresh batch of interns!  All of these wonderful people encompass what The Empower Campaign is all about. With their help we’ll be able to facilitate all of our events, work with all our Empower Campus groups, and accomplish our main goal for the year; the building of the Bigodi School in Uganda.

Gwennan Richmond President


Political Science/Anthropology (minor)

This organization has taught me that the actions of individuals matter and that what we are doing here has a real and profound impact in communities half a world away.

“To travel is to live, we are people of the world and it is our responsibility to embrace it” ~ an 80 something yr old ex-wall street lawyer I met in Ethiopia, traveling the world by himself. His name was Malcolm.

Jordan Youtz Advertising/Marketing Intern


Advertising Management

I entered The Empower Campaign talent show fundraiser, was crowned Mr. Empower and won $100. I gave Andria Sherrow a giant hug for all she does and she gave me a business card. It felt great to give the $100 prize back to The Empower Campaign, which provided a whole year of school for two Ugandan children. I love that “feel great moment” and it’s awesome to know I’ll feel it again as we continue to help Africa grow smarter!

“I believe education is the food of life and the brain deserves knowledge and we all have brains, so education should be universal and depriving one of knowledge is similar to starving”

Matt Nelson Social-Media Intern


Secondary Education

I love the fact that I’m helping kids thousands of miles away get the education they deserve.

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”  ~Albert Einstein

Chris Berry Web-Design Intern


Visual Communications: Interactive Multimedia

I love The Empower Campaign because I like having the opportunity to help change someone’s life.

“We must become the change we want to see” Mahatma Gandhi

Lydia Deakin Artistic Director Intern


Photojournalism/minoring in French (and hoping to get a TEFL certificate)

I think that Empower is a great opportunity to get involved and make a real difference in someone’s world. Even though we’re so removed here in Athens, Ohio, every little effort we make as part of the Empower campaign will change a child’s life for the better, and that’s probably one of the most worthwhile things anyone could ever hope to do.

“Life, misfortunes, isolation, abandonment, poverty, are battlefields that have their heroes; obscure heroes, sometimes greater than the illustrious heroes.” – Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

Jordane Santora Development Director Intern


Special Education

Im not just helping these kids, they are helping me by teaching me that nothing is out of reach when you have determination and a will to succeed like they do!

“When you learn, teach. When you get, give” -Maya Angelou

Jen Scott 5K Coordinator


Journalism Public Relations Major

Education is a powerful tool and I love that Empower uses education to
help deter other issues in Uganda. It seems like such an obvious
answer that not many people take initiative to help with.

“Imperfection is beauty; madness is genius, and it is better to

be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring.” – Marilyn Monroe

Samanatha Browning Public Relations


Journalism (Public Relations)

I love being part of Empower because I get to be part of an organization that has a purpose in the world and helps others.

“The great aim of education is not knowledge, but action.” -Herbert Spencer