The African Dream Initiative transforms the lives of forgotten children in East Africa.

We find bright children living on the edges of society – including refugees, AIDS orphans, former child soldiers, abducted girls, and child laborers – and provide them with long-term, quality education, leadership and critical thinking skills, and other resources they need to become leaders in their communities and beyond.

The Need

Education provides better opportunities and a brighter future, and can break the cycle of poverty for disadvantaged children and communities.

Lack of education is widespread in East Africa, especially among the disadvantaged populations that ADI seeks to support. The vast majority of school-age Ugandan children will enroll in primary school; however, 68% will drop out before reaching high school and only 6.4% will reach University.

ADI understands that a solution to solving East Africa’s problems exists in the hearts and minds of the current generation of promising, but neglected and excluded children.

Our Solution



We offer promising but forgotten children a transformational opportunity to attend the most prestigious schools in Uganda.



We teach and reinforce critical thinking and leadership, and empower students to give back to their communities.



We help heal wounds of the past and provide ongoing mentorship and encouragement.

Our Results

By placing our students in Uganda’s most elite schools, providing them with a robust structure, and fostering their growth through critical-thinking and leadership workshops, we have helped our students achieve truly remarkable levels of success.

Our results speak for themselves:

  • 94% high school graduation rate

  • 95% retention rate for girls

  • 79% employment rate among graduates.

When compared to the fact that only 6.4% of Ugandan students even make it to University, the difference ADI makes in our students’ lives is clear.

ADI is helping Uganda's best and brightest realize their dreams of education and better lives for themselves, their families, and their communities.

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The African Dream Initiative, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the United States. Our tax identification number is 46-2544984.