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About Us

CHAT is currently a collaborative network of individual donors and students at over fifty North American schools.  Using entrepreneurial models, students essentially rent and operate a small orphans’ home in Kasangati, Uganda.

Imagine a Skype session between your students and their new friends in a small Ugandan orphanage.  Our schools share cultures by singing, dancing, playing show and tell, and even building snowmen live via Skype up to three times per year.

While the children’s basic needs (including education) are supported by North American schoolchildren, you too can play an important role is securing their long term, sustainable success.  Learn how you can invest in our cause.

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Our Strategy

Our Mission:
To promote global citizenship with students by providing direct, personal contact with single/double orphans in Uganda and the opportunity to observe the transformation of lives through social entrepreneurship and cultural exchanges.

Our Goal:
To establish a stable home in a welcoming, involved community on a property that provides a sustainable food supply, practical skills, and academic support.

Our Objectives:
$20,000 annually to continue meeting the needs of our 17 Ugandan orphans.
$30,000 to purchase an appropriate piece of land (achieved)
$100,000 to build a house that is appropriate for our mission and goal.

Our Strategies:
Provide intimate engagement with Ugandan children by sharing cultures and experiences
Pursue and maintain partnerships with like-minded individuals and corporations.

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Fostering Global Citizenship through Skype

  CHAT itself stands for Care and Hope through the Adoption of Technology. CHAT runs a small orphans’ home in Kasangati, Uganda and uses the power of North American schools to fully fund everything from rent to education. The real power in what CHAT does comes from Skype and their ability to connect the kids in Uganda to students of

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Market Day Impact Felt Half a World Away

What do 3rd graders, economics, and Market Day have to do with orphans in Uganda? Everything! On April 20, 2015, 75 third grade students at Murray Lake Elementary in Lowell, Michigan put our economics lessons to work to raise money to sponsor Andrew, an orphan in Uganda, and to help the other children at the CHAT House orphanage as

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YES!

YES! The Youth Entrepreneurship Summit at the Fredericton Convention Centre was a terrific day for our CHAT high school entrepreneurs. Thanks to the support of UNB’s Pond Desphande Entrepreneurship Centre, over 100 of our students were able to travel from 6 schools and actively engage in a day of workshops, guest speakers, and dynamic presentations about the entrepreneurial landscape. For

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Participating Schools

These are the schools that collectively cover the learning and living needs of their friends in Uganda.  Many of them match directly to one need for one child, while others raise funds to help us build a house to call our own, we have also leased gardens, field trips, and “luxury” purchases such as a fridge, art supplies, or musical instruments.

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Our Awesome Kids

CHAT House children are single or double orphans who once suffered from extreme poverty in their respective communities. After renting the home, House mothers Florence and Naomi spread the word through their contacts and, in the weeks and months that followed, decisions were collectively made and children were moved in until we reached our capacity. A new family was born, where each member has committed to working hard at school and at home. They enjoy playing and learning via Skype with other students around the world and do so for three hours per week. They greatly appreciate the care and hope that schools around North America have provided. In order to preserve their own connections and cultures, most return to their extended families over the two month Christmas vacation.

Sayuni (Zion) Arinitwe
Shaluwa Namatovu
Josephine Namubiru
Andrew Mugabo
Halima Nakanwagi
Syson Akatuhurira
Namulindwa Alisha
Kizza Caroline
Kate Naluwimba
Mutyaba Michael
Moses Tumusiime
Catherine Nakato
Faith Atuhirwe
Kenny Nabaasa
Kasita John (Ben)
Abbey Mulinda
Babirye Christine Nalugo

  • Kofi Annan

    Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

    Kofi Annan
  • Seth Godin

    Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

    Seth Godin
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  • Nelson Mandela

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world 

    Nelson Mandela
  • Kofi Annan

    Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.

    Kofi Annan
  • Seth Godin

    Leadership is the art of giving people a platform for spreading ideas that work.

    Seth Godin
  • [/ut_quote]
  • Nelson Mandela

    Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world 

    Nelson Mandela

Our Partners

Government of New Brunswick: PETL
Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development
Bell Aliant
Martell Homes
LesPlan Educational Services
Hemmings House Pictures
Skype in the classroom

Invest In Our Programs

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Canadian Donations

Support our educational and entrepreneurial programming in North America.

US Donations

Help us to stop renting from landlords and to start building a house of our very own.

How Does CHAT Work?

While this business-like approach to “micro” investment has obvious cross-curricular and citizenship advantages, the enthusiasm that sustains the project comes from our use of social media and modern technology; where we continually post updates on local initiatives and orphanage progress. We steer clear of unnecessary overhead costs by regularly emailing or posting photographs of projects and children to the website.

In order to seal the connections and maximize student engagement, each school participates in a live Skype session with the children in Uganda at least three times per year. They sing songs to each other, they dance, or play “Simon Says”. These Skype sessions are the heart of our work.

By learning about and connecting to another nation and 17 orphans that our team rescued from poverty and illiteracy, it is our hope and expectation that students around the world will develop a greater appreciation for their own opportunities. In doing so we hope to break down inaccurate stereotypes about Africa, as well as increase interest in learning and global citizenship in each of our schools.

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