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Patongo School – Northern Uganda

History: Patongo Elementary School is located only an hour from Atanga, the other school we’re building in Northern Uganda, and was also devastated by the civil war led by Joseph Kony. The students at Patongo were the subject of an award-winning documentary called War Dance, that captured the passion and focus of these students as they transitioned from children raised in a violent war environment to students competing in a national school tribal music and dance competition. Although Women Leading Change’s mandate is to build schools for girls in particular, 50 percent of Patongo’s 1400 students are girls and will be encouraged to continue their education by transferring to Atanga Girl’s Secondary School after completing their elementary education.

2013 – Phase I – Completed

Cost of Project = $211,098


In 2012 we approached Chatters, the largest chain of canadian haircare products and services in Canada, and asked them if they might be interested in helping us fundraise for this project. They didn’t hesitate for a moment, and started to develop their own branded cut-a-thon event they called A Beautiful Cause. Not only did all of their stores participate in the cut-a-thon and raise $104,000 in one day, but the owners of Chatters visited Northern Uganda themselves to find out first hand what they were getting involved in. Their commitment continues and they have pledged to help fund the next phase of building out Patongo School through their stores across Canada. Find out more.

2014 – Phase II – Completed

Cost of Project = $283,337

Future Development
The new buildings are stunning, and the community is taking enormous pride in what is a show place without equal anywhere in the region. But there is still more to do before this school can function optimally.

2015 – Phase III – Sourcing Funding

Cost of Project = $92,386

Total = $586,821

Nighty’s Story

My father died when I was very young and my mother is too weak to provide for our basic needs as she has HIV Aids. I grew up in the camps where I saw many bad things. We had no one to put up even a temporary structure for us to live under and struggled for food. The community around me always tells my mother to stop me from going to school so that I can help her with farming and domestic work, but she keeps on trying to support me in school. I sometimes feel upset and totally disappointed in the community but I stick to my study as a chance in my life. The manager Lotte supporting our school came and told us about the benefit of education and I took courage to continue with my study. My ambition is to become a midwife.


$1,800,000 RAISED
2015 TARGET $481,646


*AG Hair absorbs all costs related to the administration, marketing, media and travel related to Women Leading Change.
We work directly with the communities to build the schools.