Happy Valley Uganda, Inc. was launched in 2008 by Bill and Elke Spoor as a high-impact educational initiative that gives the children of southwestern Uganda a pathway out of poverty. The founding objective is to provide intellectually capable children with a strong secondary school education, access to mentors and networks, and the life skills they need to succeed at the university or vocational school of their choice.
In 2014, HVU was designated an official Community Based Organization by the Ugandan government, in recognition of its strong track record promoting academic excellence among the region’s most vulnerable children. With CBO status, Happy Valley Uganda can access even higher levels of organizational support as it pursues its educational objectives.
Since the Spoors absorb 100% of overhead costs, every dollar of fundraising flows directly through to HVU's projects.
This mission of Happy Valley Uganda, Inc. is being achieved by means of two complementary projects:
The Enrichment Program: the EP is a weekly tutoring program that gives 90 seventh-grade girls and boys the academic support they require for admission to secondary school.
The Happy Valley Academy: still in its planning stages, HVA will be a co-educational boarding school that provides a high quality, tuition-free, six-year Christian secondary school education to 240 young Ugandans.