Royal Hope Academy
My Father’s House began Royal Hope Academy in February of 2009 after recognizing a need in our village, Busega, for education for orphaned and vulnerable children. Along with our homes, it is currently our primary project.
During Rebecca’s first visits to Uganda, she would often walk down the dirt road in Busega and see children dressed well in nice school uniforms excited to receive an education playing on the left hand side of the road, while on the right side of the road, children were digging in the trash in hopes of finding scraps to eat or metal to sell in hopes of getting a few coins. As she travelled throughout Uganda, the first request from every child whether they lived in the slums, IDP camps, or simply poor communities was for education and school fees. With the help of Ugandan friends, Rebecca began Royal Hope Academy in hopes of helping needy children in her community by providing education and a safe haven to learn about the love of Jesus. With just a few hundred dollars and a lot of faith, a very “african” structure was built out of timbers and papyrus roofing. A pit latrine was also constructed. Thirty students came on our first day, and we had 3 teachers on staff. The first year was spent on the african church’s dirt floor creating mud with our tears crying out for God’s provision and grace for our new project. Our tiny structure quickly filled up with 250 children and more teachers were hired. Right next door to our school was a local church building we were blessed to use every day for lunch hour prayers and every Friday for two hour church services.
In 2010, God’s Presence began to flood our church services. Tiny children raised their hands to God in abandoned worship, teenagers cried tears of desperation for the Spirit of the Living God, and our teachers led them in songs of worship and Biblical teaching. While our church services were thriving, our school structure began to crumble. We were threatened to be closed down by the government if we didn’t improve it and our classes were often flooded during the rains. We knew we needed to move off the tiny land we were on and build a better structure.
God also began sending us our first teams through a partner organization called Visiting Orphans. We had three teams visit us in 2010. The fruit of these visits was evident as visitors began contacting us on how to get involved and invited Rebecca to share at their churches. Some of them even sponsored our children. By the end of 2010, we had a plan to build a new structure and signed a lease for a much more spacious land. The land was conveniently located very close to the church building which we continue to use. During December and January, Royal Hope was relocated to this new land, and we completed a 10 classroom school building along with 8 pit latrines and a kitchen. Today Royal Hope is educating 400 orphaned or very vulnerable children.
We continue to see God move in mighty ways in our church services, where literally hundreds of Muslim children have come to salvation in Jesus Christ and know the love of the Father. Many have been healed of diseases and delivered of demonic strongholds. So many both Muslim and those who knew Christ, have come to know the Father’s Love and have had their hearts healed and transformed through forgiveness and God Encounters. We are believing God for a generation of healed leaders, sons and daughters who know their identities and destinies, and have the faith and confidence to step into the reality of their dreams fulfilled.
Royal Hope students also take an offering every Friday and are using it for one student-created project per term that blesses someone in need in the community who is not affiliated with the school. They have chosen to feed street children, bless a pastor, and give an offering to a new believer who was once a Muslim. Royal Hope Academy is an educational institution licensed by the ministry of education and a registered company limited by guarantee with the Kampala City Council. We are so blessed to be giving children education, who would otherwise go uneducated and struggle in and out of school due to lack of school fees. We know we are giving them a future they would otherwise not have. We are encouraging them towards their destinies on a foundation of the gospel of Jesus Christ and excellent academics.
Royal Hope Academy exists to educate orphaned and vulnerable children by providing free quality Christian education. We also exist to bring these children into the Father’s love through the knowledge of Jesus Christ. As our students come to know and receive Jesus as their Lord and Savior, they are transformed by the Spirit of adoption from orphans into sons and daughters of the King of Kings with a secure HOPE for their future. Royal Hope exists to encourage students into a depth of relationship with God, excellent academics, and their God ordained destinies.
All of our teachers are either certified teachers under Uganda’s Ministry of Education after completing Teacher’s Training College or have a Masters Degree in Education which allows them to teach.
Students at Royal Hope are needy children who are unable to pay school fees or purchase uniforms and school supplies. Sponsoring a child secures the cost of their school fees, uniforms, school supplies, two nutritious meals per day, and medical expenses. In addition, they are loved and encouraged in a Christian environment, attend church, and are given an opportunity to hear the gospel and receive Christ into their lives. Many of our children come from Muslim backgrounds and are being born again through our church services. Click here to learn more about sponsoring a child.
Secondary School Program
Children who graduate from Royal Hope Academy Primary School long to go on to higher learning in Secondary School, which is equivalent to the American Junior High and High School grade levels. The guardians of these children cannot afford to pay the expensive school fees, much less pay for uniforms, school supplies, and lunch money. We know that only a primary level education has very limited opportunity for a young Ugandan. Sending our children on to secondary level education is vital for their intellectual development as well as their futures!
Through our sponsorship program, children in our Primary Seven class are able to go on to secondary school at a nearby school we have partnered with. Through our program, our children are provided with uniforms, book bags, textbooks, school supplies, school requirements, breakfast and lunch. Royal Hope students, affectionately called “The Royals” become our children and part of the My Father’s House family. In order to keep up with their progress and to keep them as a part of our “family” throughout secondary school, they attend a discipleship class every Saturday where they are equipped with Biblical understanding and nurtured in their faith. Our hope is that they will also one day be leading future Royal Hope graduates in discipleship classes.
University Scholarship Program
Our University Scholarship Program enables our sponsored children to attend university and study in the degree program of their choice. Each of our children have their own unique gifts and talents, and many of them require higher education to fulfill their dreams of becoming doctors, lawyers, teachers, judges, pilots, politicians, and more.
With higher education, our children will have a greater chance for having successful careers and providing for their future families. We know we are educating, discipling, and raising the future leaders that will impact the nation of Uganda. It is grieving to the heart of Father God that so many of His children in Africa have unfulfilled dreams and destinies because of a lack of opportunity. We believe investing in His dreams for their lives is priceless, and we are committed to doing all we can to see our children reach their potential.