The Real Uganda

Beneficiary Organization Partner

Founded in 2005, The Real Uganda is a grassroots nonprofit organization based in the heart of Uganda. The Real Uganda was founded to inspire and support community-led initiatives, while also giving international volunteers the opportunity to experience Uganda in all its glory. Leslie Weighill, who founded The Real Uganda over a decade ago, is originally from Canada but now lives full-time in Uganda working to maintain and expand The Real Uganda's programs and services in local communities.

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The Real Uganda's Mission

The Real Uganda mission is to provide support for local schools and community-based organizations that would otherwise lack the capacity to maintain their programs or provide essential services to community members. Through The Real Uganda's hands-on work with these organizations, they are able to grow and become self-sustainable, while also sharing life in Uganda with international volunteers.

Our Partnership History

The GoAbroad Foundation visited The Real Uganda in October 2017, which gave us the incredible opportunity to meet Leslie and learn more about the ways The Real Uganda is changing local communities. Since then, we've begun supporting two of their incredible programs.

As our relationship grows, we are eager to support The Real Uganda in even more ways. If you are interested in volunteering in Uganda, consider working with The Real Uganda to make the most of the experience.

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COVID-19 Update

The Real Uganda Continues to Monitor the Situation

As of June 28th, 2021, Uganda is under a 6 week lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Hot Lunch Feedback program was set to resume on August 9th, but with the opening of the new academic year being pushed back to September 20th, the feedings may also be delayed in resuming. They are still working to confirm when their other educational programs can resume.

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The Real Uganda Projects We Support

Hot Lunch Feeding Program

By offering hot lunches for free to students at Nalusse Success Primary School in Mukono, The Real Uganda has helped increase enrollment, improve attendance, and help more students be successful in their studies.

Mobile Solar Classroom Project

The Real Uganda is partnering with a local nonprofit, the Maendeleo Foundation, to bring a Mobile Solar Computer Classroom (MSCC) to 10,000 more Ugandan students by 2024 for less than $30 per student.

Girls Get Skills Program

The continued impact of COVID-19 on income generation and formal education opportunities has increased the burden on The Real Uganda’s local partners, so they aim to expand their capacity to reach more young people in new ways.



Meet Leslie Weighill: Founder & Director

Learn more about The Real Uganda from the woman behind its success.

Hot Lunch Program: Breaking the Cycle

Learn how The Real Uganda's Hot Lunch program is breaking the cycle of malnutrition in Uganda.

Past Projects

Virtual Digital Skills Training & Child Engagement Project

The Real Uganda is partnered with the Maendeleo Foundation, a local nonprofit organization, to facilitate continuous learning while developing computer skills for students and teachers in Uganda.