Events And Annoucements

Soles 4 Souls

posted Jan 30, 2018, 7:50 PM by Ariane Drake   [ updated Feb 26, 2018, 8:43 PM by Karla Marie ]

This March a team of seven individuals representing Hands4Uganda (H4U) will be heading to Mbiko, Uganda to serve the children at Rock of Ages School (ROA)! While there, they hope to bless each student with a new pair of shoes. Most of the students at ROA cannot afford more than one pair shoes which they often wear only to school or church. It is also common for children to wear their shoes to bed at night to protect their feet from rats and other insects while they sleep. As shoes are expensive, most children will wear a pair until they are severely outgrown and/or unwearable.

We are partnering with an amazing organization called “The Shoe That Grows”.  This organization has created a shoe designed for children living in extreme poverty who otherwise would not have access to shoes. Working with industry experts, “The Shoe That Grows” has created a simple shoe design with high quality materials that are easily adjusted and cleaned. Our favorite part - these shoes have 5X the impact of ordinary shoes because they expand 5 sizes! These shoes will be a great blessing for the students at ROA, providing comfort and protection, as well as shoes that can be worn often without the fear of wear and tear. For more information about the “The Shoe That Grows”  please visit:

The team is hoping to raise enough money to deliver 300 pairs of shoes to ROA - one pair for each of the 270 students plus a few extra for any new students. Socks will also be provided for the students and will be purchased locally in Uganda.

Please consider donating $20 to this fundraiser ensuring your sponsored child receives a new pair of shoes and socks. To make your donation, please follow this secure link: Soles 4 Souls Fundraiser

#GivingTuesday #GivingLight

posted Nov 10, 2017, 8:06 AM by Ariane Drake   [ updated Nov 10, 2017, 9:34 AM ]

Rock of Ages Guiding Light Program 
"To keep a lamp burning we have to keep putting oil in it."
-Mother Theresa

In January of this year, Rock of Age School saw its first graduating class. 17 students confidently completed their PLE (Primary Leaving Exam) and did spectacularly well, with seven students earning highest honors and 10 earning honors. Each of these students were blessed abundantly by being sponsored through Hands4Uganda beyond their primary education at Rock of Ages and are currently enrolled in various high schools throughout Uganda.

January 2018 is quickly upon us and Rock of Ages will see another 20 students graduate.  Students who have worked hard and are excited about the opportunity to continue their education and who will need additional financial support to go on to high school.

Rock of Ages P7 Graduating Class of 2017

A high school education costs approximately $1,000 per year per student.  The first year is the most expensive with strict requirements for basic necessities such as a mattress to sleep; towels to bathe; a fork, spoon, and knife to eat - along with school supplies, books and uniforms totaling approximately $150.

This Giving Tuesday, we ask you to consider donating to the Hands4Uganda “Guiding Light” program and help keep the lamp burning for the graduating class of 2018.

Of course we would be thrilled if you could provide the full sponsorship of a high school student at just $80/month; however, your one-time donation of any amount is greatly appreciated.



An Evening with the Wasswa's

posted Jul 12, 2017, 11:01 AM by Ariane Drake   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 11:46 AM ]

Please join us for a wonderful evening dedicated to bettering the lives of children in Mbiiko Uganda.

LocationGrace Lutheran School Gym 1350 Baldy Ave. Pocatello, ID

Doors Open: 5:00 pm

Dinner and Presentation: 6:00 pm

At this fundraising dinner we will be featuring authentic Ugandan dishes like rice and beans, cassava, and chicken on a stick. 

You will have the chance to purchase handcrafted items, learn about the amazing work happening at Rock of Ages School in Mbiko, Uganda and the various ways that you can become involved- such as visiting Uganda with us this coming summer!  

We will also be featuring a silent auction with some amazing items including a two night stay at Ponds Lodge in Island Park, day ski passes to Grand Targhee, and rounds of golf at courses including Juniper Hills Country Club (Pocatello) and Teton Spring (Victor, ID). You wont want to miss this! 

Founder and Director of Rock of Ages School, Betty Wasswa and her husband Abdu, will be speaking about the impact H4U has had on the children of Mbiko and the support needed to continue moving forward with our cause. Proceeds from this dinner will go towards the building of a new school facility for Rock of Ages School. 

If you sponsor a child through our Sponsorship Program, come write a letter to your child to be delivered by Betty and Abdu upon their return to Uganda! 

For more information on Rock of Ages please click here.

Donations for dinner will be taken at the door but for planning purposes please 

RSVP at (208)530-0294,, or on our Facebook Page.


Become A H4U Ambassador

posted May 28, 2017, 10:12 PM by Ariane Drake   [ updated May 28, 2017, 10:42 PM ]

Do you have a heart for the children of ROA? Would you like to be more involved with H4U? Maybe you want to volunteer, but aren’t sure where to start? Rest assured you have a talent that we can put to use.  This is your opportunity to become a H4U Ambassador!

Take this opportunity and let your time and talents lead you in a direction that is right for you.  Perhaps you are interested in hosting a fundraiser for H4U? Let’s chat about some ideas! We will help set it up and give you all of the promotional materials you may need.

Maybe you are part of an organization that is looking to support a mission outreach? Hosting a sponsorship day would be perfect! We will provide the sponsorship packets and any other materials you may need.

Perhaps you don’t want to play a direct part in a specific project, but can help us set up a date to present to your church/donating body.  We will do all of the work with your introduction!

As we move towards building a new school facility it is vital to ROA and H4U that we have every student sponsored and raise the additional funds necessary to start construction. The possibilities are limitless as to where you can help us expand our outreach. 

Please contact Ariane Drake and become a H4U Ambassador today!

Ensuring Students Eat During School Break

posted May 6, 2017, 1:17 PM by Ariane Drake

On April 27th we began a fundraising campaign through Facebook, inviting our page followers to donate to the "Matching Grant - Fill Our Tummies" fundraiser. A generous donor had given H4U $680 as a matching grant to help provide extra lunches and cover additional costs for the students at ROA during their month long quarterly break. 

Recently, war refugees from neighboring South Sudan have been pouring into Uganda- stressing food supplies that were already dwindling due to a prolonged drought in the region. Food prices have nearly tripled over the past few months, forcing many families to go without. 

Students were already coming to class hungry, as for many, their only meal of the day was school lunch. The month long quarterly break began May 1st and we are happy to say that H4U has been able to continue to provide students with their school lunch each day throughout this time thanks to the amazing support of our donors! 

The fundraiser officially ended on May 3rd and with in that timeframe we raised a total of $1775 inkling the original donation of $680!

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported this fundraiser to help keep the tummies of our Rock of Ages students full!

A Glance at the 2017 Academic School Year

posted Oct 28, 2016, 4:34 PM by Karla Marie   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 1:29 PM by Ariane Drake ]

The 2017 academic year is off and running. All P6 and P7 students returned to ROA on January 23 while Nursery through P5 returned one week later on February 6. Sixteen news students have enrolled in baby class for the 2017 academic year and this number is expected to rise throughout the first few weeks of the term. 

Students who graduated from the nursery program in 2016 passing baby, middle, and top class are now starting their first year of primary education. Their new schedule is quite a change as they will no longer be in class half a day but will arrive at 7:00 am and return home at 5:00 pm. At this level students begin a curriculum that involves much independent work with necessary assistance from teachers. This marks the beginning of their preparation for the Primary Leaving Exam that they will take place once they complete P7. 

A look at the term schedule for 2017:





Term I

January 23, 2017 (P6-P7)/ January 6, 2017 (Nursery - P5)

May, 5th 2017


Term II

May 29, 2017

August 25th, 2017


Term III

September 18, 2017

December 8th, 2017




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