This Valentine’s Day, George Mason High School students helped raise money for the Arlington Academy of HOPE by selling CD/DVD-grams. The CDs and DVDs were donated by the community and all of the profits of this fundraiser went to support this good cause.
The CD/DVD grams are similar to traditional candy grams. Students purchased a CD or DVD, and it was delivered to each Valentine along with a note from the purchaser.
The Arlington Academy of HOPE program (AAH) was founded by John and Joyce Wanda in 2004 to help give children in their original home, Uganda, improved health care and education.
Less that 50% of children in Uganda are attending elementary school regularly. Kids are needed to work in the fields to help support their struggling family members. Not to mention, the rundown, inadequate public schools give the children little hope for a good education.
Several children were also dying of malaria, so AAH built clinics in villages to provide health care. Children receive free medical care and adults pay a nominal fee. Children are also given immunization and regular medical checkups, as well as lessons in health and hygiene, and a daily breakfast and lunch.
AAH makes a huge impact on villages in Uganda: providing employment to over 100 people in villages, educating students, and improving health conditions. More than 160 kids attend secondary boarding schools on AAH scholarships. They also help schools in 13 different villages educate an additional 10,000 kids every year.
AAH is caring for approximately 30,000 patients annually in two sites. They serve more than 81,000 meals to their students with the assistance of their health care partner, the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children.
Although Valentine’s Day has passed, you can still help out struggling children in Uganda
every day. Just visit www.arlingtonacademyofhope.org
for more information on how to donate.