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About Us

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.

Imagine a Skype session between your students and their new Ugandan friends. Our schools share their culture through singing, dancing, Q & A, and show and tell live via Skype up to three times per year. Schools are always finding creative new ways to play via Skype; they’ve even built snowmen together!

While the children’s basic needs (including education) are supported by North American schoolchildren, you too can play an important role by 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 both direct, personal contact with single and double orphans in Uganda and the opportunity to take part in 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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Kicking off Summer with New Friends

The kids at CHAT House got to meet new friends this week in a whole new place - Newfoundland! The children of Roncalli Elementary in St. John's, Newfoundland had their first Skype session with Uganda, having great success. The Skype session started with introductions and a Q&A between the two groups of children. The kids in Uganda sang one

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Skype Summer Fun with Sir Charles Tupper

As they geared up for the end of the year, the students at Sir Charles Tupper Elementary wanted to make sure they got to Skype with their Ugandan friends one more time before summer break. The kids, along with their teacher Laura Kennedy, brought out all of their favourite summer activities to share with the kids at CHAT House. Some

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Our Year of Citizenship – George Street Middle School

George Street Middle School has, once again, had an active year in local and global citizenship. We have raised $5761.33 for CHAT to the Future to help our children at CHAT house build a home to call their own. This year our money is doubled by Martell Homes, which makes our donation even better! As a ME to WE, Free

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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

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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. We continually post updates on our pages about 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 our 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 games like “Simon Says.” These Skype sessions are the heart of our work.

By learning about and connecting to another nation in such a personal way, 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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