Keeping Girls in School

Poverty is a key reasons girls drop out of school in Uganda. Impoverished families often need their daughters to stay at home and help with the housework or other income-generating activities. Some families have to marry off their young daughters to receive a dowry, which prevents them from continuing their education. Of the girls that stopped attending school, 40% dropped out because of child marriage. We are partnering with like-minded organizations in East Africa to end child marriages. Keeping girls in school SO THEY CAN THRIVE is our top priority. Education is a clear way to create a brighter future for these young women, which also benefits their families and communities. Thank you for joining with us to support this impactful work!

Our Projects Invigorate Vulnerable Communities

The relative peace that returned to northern Uganda-Gulu has spurred thousands of internally displaced people to begin moving to their home villages from camps. While it is good to go home, these returnees face enormous challenges as they try to resettle in their former homes. We are working alongside these communities to help them rebuild their communities SO THEY CAN THRIVE again. Our Executive Director Ivan Woods Kasujja and his team are on the ground, traveling Uganda, talking with local leaders, and planning out how to make the biggest positive impact on these vulnerable communities. We have begun this year by focusing on providing sewing machines for the cooperative, which is quickly invigorating the local community and will soon be completely self-sustaining. We also focus upon making the most of the fertile land to provide stable food supplies for these communities.  Thank you for supporting this important work! With your generous donations, you are saving lives and invigorating local economies!

Craftswomen’s Growing Cooperative

Last weekend in Palaro Village-Gulu, in northern Uganda, we finished assembling the machines and handed them to the female artisans. While this tailoring business may look small and simple, it is really big for women in rural Uganda. This project helps women earn income for their families, increases their self-esteem an motivation, and invigorates their local community. We are providing sewing machines for these women SO THEY CAN THRIVE and earn income that transforms the lives of of their families and communities! Many of these craftswomen have already filled orders for their neighbors and local schools and are now focusing on mending and making new garments. The five machines we delivered are giving these 30 women a start. They work in shifts to share opportunities to work with the machines. We plan to provide another five machines for this growing group so they can further provide for their families and communities. Thank you for being an essential part of this project!

Sewing Machine Cooperative

In the village of Gulu in northern Uganda, a place once considered to be among the toughest in the world to be a woman, we are partnering with women by providing them with opportunities for personal development and leadership training. We are connecting  with them SO THEY CAN THRIVE! Through our fundraising efforts, we will provide sewing machines for a women’s cooperative. A portion of earnings will be reinvested into the cooperative, providing needed supplies for the organization.  In this way, our this project is creating self-sustaining income-generating opportunities that inspire, empower, and educate women and their communities for generations to come.

We are excited to partner in the creation of this women’s sewing machine cooperative! Members receive training in tailoring techniques and sewing machine mechanics. With their new sewing machines, these women can fulfill orders for their neighbors, sew clothes for their own children instead of purchasing them, and continuously improve their skills. They can also take big orders for school children’s uniforms and from companies in their communities and beyond. This sewing machine cooperative provides women with the ability to provide for their families and communities. When these women have the ability to earn an income, they gain access to life-essentials, including food, clothing, shelter, and education for their families, while also building a more secure and sustainable future for all.

Your generous support enables these women and their families to escape the cycle of poverty while improving the lives of those in their communities as well.  Thank you for being a part of this vital work!

The Era of the Women

Won’t you be my sister

By Amanda Gorman, US Youth Poet Laureate


Mark me as a ripple

Make me a piercing drop

Just so I can be but a note

Of froth at the lip of a wave,

In the roar of this cresting ocean.


Name me breath,

Know me as air

Dancing nude in the tree tops,

Just so I can be but a sigh

In the cry of this changing wind.


Call me heat,

Claim me red

Of flash writhing in fervor

Just so I can be but a spark

In the pulse of a newborn flame.


Hear me as a woman

Have me as your sister

On purpled battlefield breaking day,

So I might say our victory is just beginning,


That you and I are women

No longer trying to woo men

Holding the truth to be self-evident

That all genders are created equal.


See me as change,

Say I am movement,

That I am the year

And I am the era

Of the women.

Sustainability with Trees

We stand for protecting the environment!  So They Can Thrive will soon work with local farmers in Uganda to plant trees on their land. These trees will provide farmers with sustainable food and income by growing fruits, nuts, and medicines. In an area that has experienced extensive clear cutting for charcoal production, planting trees will improve agricultural yields, reduce soil erosion, and improve the health of the soil. This will also protect biodiversity by improving habitat and providing a jumping-off point for several other sustainable agroforestry projects in the area, thereby improving the livelihoods of hundreds of Ugandan farmer and their families.  Thank you for being a part of this vital work!


Growing Food Stability

More than half of Ugandans live in poverty without reliable access to food. Despite good soil and favorable weather, there are many barriers preventing poor farmers from making the most of the country’s growing economy. Farmers depend on access to good quality seed of well-adapted, productive crops to allow them to produce the best possible crops. So They Can Thrive works with farmer groups to promote the multiplication and diffusion of quick maturing, drought tolerant, and disease-free seeds, as well as vegetatively-propagated planting materials. This improves farm yields and ensures stable food security.

Community Clinics

Access is still the greatest challenge to health care delivery in Africa. Fewer than 50% of Ugandans have access to modern health facilities. Thanks to your support, we are setting up community clinics and providing much needed medicines to the poorest of poorest of communities.