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CHAT to the Future (“CHAT” – Care and Hope through the Adoption of Technology) is a registered Canadian charity founded by teachers in Saint John, New Brunswick in 2011 to unite sustainable development, global citizenship and social entrepreneurship in classrooms. Through a growing network of over 50 schools from Grades 2 to 12, CHAT supports its partner organization in Kasangati, Uganda to care for orphaned and vulnerable children, while also educating communities of caring, hopeful and resilient young people as global citizens and socially responsible entrepreneurs in New Brunswick and throughout North America.

CHAT engages and inspires students in their education using empathy, technology and project-based learning to develop their skills in creative problem solving, communications, critical thinking, creative problem solving, entrepreneurship, teamwork/working collaboratively and leadership… and to expect more from themselves and their lives.

Whether supporting children in Uganda, countering disheartening stereotypes about inevitable poverty, using technology for social good and change through Skype sessions, learning about international development, making global citizenship lesson plans, acting as guest speakers, helping with social entrepreneurial business plans, or issuing seed loans to young entrepreneurs, CHAT to the Future is taking immediate action to impact children, students, schools and communities on both sides of the globe.

Our Partners

Revolution Strategy
Acre Architects
Government of New Brunswick: PETL
Martell Homes
Hemmings House Pictures

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Our Mission

CHAT-C is a volunteer team that works with teachers and students at fifty North American schools (and more widely through social media) to develop global citizens and boost levels of appreciation for education. (Unfunded)

+ Key features

-Fun Skype sessions and relationships with Ugandan peers
-Financially supporting CHAT-U
-Learning resources

CHAT-U is a registered Ugandan NGO with a board of directors, a small rented orphanage, and plans for a more community-oriented future.
(Funded by schools, donors, and corporate friends.)

+ Key goals for sustainable development

-Support current children through post-secondary
-Put down government-required roots by building a home
-Expand provision of school fees, microloans, and internet access.

CHAT-E works to teach, celebrate and expand the concept of social entrepreneurship in order to maximize its impact to the benefit of ANY charity.
(Funded by the NB Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour)

+ Key features

-Provide a mentor to support high school entrepreneurship classes in New Brunswick.
-Support the creative process: from brainstorming through business plans and all the way to loans and sales.
-Celebrate businesses that believe in the triple-bottom-line business model of People, Planet, Profit.
(Including our partners at Acre Architects Hemmings House Pictures Martell Home Builders Bell Aliant Revolution Strategy)


CHAT is a registered nonprofit (BN: 843839903) powered by a collaborative network of students and teachers at over fifty North American schools, along with individual donors. Using entrepreneurial models, students essentially rent and operate a small orphans’ home in Kasangati, Uganda.

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Setting the Stage for Entrepreneurship

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Research shows that when a student is engaged with meaningful entrepreneurial ventures they gain valuable skills and are more likely to contribute positively to the labour force. This project will evaluate a business venture coaching network that will partner existing entrepreneurs and a project manager/mentor with high school students. In many fields, the coaching approach has been used to provide

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Uganda/New York Blog… by Amy Rosenstein

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“I think the most interesting part was when the Skype call started and we had to wait because the kids were getting water from the well,” said New York third-grader, Jake. Connecting cultures from one place in the world to another is a deeply powerful experience. Students learn about their similarities and differences first-hand, by meeting children across the world.

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CHAT to the Future & Brilliant Labs on CBC Information Morning Saint John

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This week we were fortunate to have the chance to talk to Hance Colbourne on CBC Information Morning Saint John about the Student Super Power Challenge. Our Entrepreneurship Mentor, Philip Sweezey, and the Executive Director of Brilliant Labs, Jeff Willson promoted the importance of this province wide initiative, and why it's important for the next generation to become creators. Following

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Ways to support

  • RT @goproject: Teachers! Are you looking to integrate human stories from around the world in your classroom? https://t.co/OVIZQUJf9S #globa

    CHAT to the Future about 19 hours ago
  • "Global progress gives the lie to [hopelessness] & strengthens the case for action ... large-scale, publicly funded action." @CharlesjKenny

    CHAT to the Future about 1 days ago
  • RT @GolaWolf: @TreehouseInst A principled citizen shapes future hope in their daily activities; as how we need to become is how they alread…

    CHAT to the Future about 1 days ago
  • RT @Future__History: On this day in history (2016): Diarrhea killed 2200 kids (Yes, they had the $ to prevent) No media outlets mentioned t…

    CHAT to the Future about 2 days ago
  • RT @TheGlobalGoals: The amazing @EmWatson has created a lesson plan focusing on #GlobalGoals #Goal5 Gender Equality Download it today. ht…

    CHAT to the Future about 2 days ago

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
Josephine Namubiru
Andrew Mugabo
Syson Akatuhurira
Kizza Caroline
Kate Naluwimba
Mutyaba Michael
Moses Tumusiime
Catherine Nakato
Faith Atuhirwe
Kenny Nabaasa
Kasita John (Ben)
Babirye Christine Nalugo

Get to know all the kids at CHAT House

  • 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

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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