Rural Smiles Foundation●Sustainably Empowering Communities


Complex Street, P.O Box 48 Karuguuza - Uganda


+256 (0)200901387

Support the construction of a community women and health information center

The Proposed Project

Rural Smiles Foundation will construct a community women and health information center, to empower women to be economically self-reliant while empowering them to remain healthy.

The project will use an integrated blend of skills development in making re-usable sanitary pads, training in tailoring and business skills while providing access to health information.

This project will enable girls and women acquire skills and knowledge to start their own businesses for self-employment and self-reliance while empowering them to remain healthy. Health training will be provided using photo voices, health information charts and Sexual gender based violence redress mechanism charts.

Sewing machines and re-usable sanitary pad materials will be purchased. Through community local leaders, community based organizations, youth clubs and women groups, 20 adolescent out-of-school girls and young women (14 to 25 years) will be recruited and trained as trainers of trainees (community health teams) in making re-usable sanitary pads, tailoring, business skills,

sexual reproductive health, sexual gender based violence and its redress mechanism. These will train others and hold quarterly radio talk shows to sensitize communities on the same and popularize the women center and its services. They will also be supported to conduct community health information outreaches. Startup kits will be provided to enable graduands start up their own businesses while linking them to markets. 


On a typical day, adolescent girls and women wake up and go different villages looking for what to do for a living. For the few that still have their parents have gone back to their parents with their children. In fact, 3 in 5 families in Bwamiramira subcounty have their daughters and grand children living under the same roof after the daughters are forcefully divorced. 

The women and girls are the sole bread winners for their children for all basic needs like education, health care, and food. Most girls and women have resorted to alcoholism as they visit local alcohol brewing points in different villages where they provide cheap labour and they are paid one litre of local alcohol a day. 

Will you support us establish the skills centre?

3 Steps to Early Detection Guide

Help Detect Breast Cancer Earlier

This year, over 250,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. The good news is that when breast cancer is detected early, it can be treated more successfully, increasing the chances for survival.

It is important to know the signs and symptoms of what could potentially be breast cancer. To help with this, Hope Centre Foundation has identified three steps you can take to be proactive about your breast health and help increase your chances of detecting breast cancer early.

This potentially life-saving information can be found in our free guide, 3 Steps to Early Detection. This free resource helps you answer three important questions:

  1. What should I look for if I examine my own breast?
  2. When should I see my doctor?
  3. When and how often should I get a mammogram?

Get answers to these questions and more in this free guide.

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Stats and Observations From Our New Study

We would also like to share some of our latest works with you. Over 195,000 teenage pregnancies were reported in Uganda in the first six months of 2021. To understand the extent of damages caused by child marriages and teen pregnancies, we recently surveyed over 400 respondents from different sub-counties of the Kasese district in Western Uganda. The following are some of our findings:

  • The COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an increase in both child marriages and teen pregnancies.
  • On average, respondents state that girls marry by the age of 16.
  • Over 60% of women say their pregnancy resulted from an unwanted sexual encounter.
  • More than 1 in 4 respondents do not have access to birth control.
  • There’s an evident lack of quality education for girls and job opportunities for women.
  • Victims are still unaware that relief and support are accessible to them.
Humanitarian Assistance

Help Provide Humanitarian Assistance to Flood Victims in Mbale (Uganda)

Video Credit to NTV Uganda

About this Campaign

This project will provide emergency food and non-food items to 100 vulnerable households representing over 500 individuals (women mainly widows and single mothers, children, elderly and persons with disabilities) that have been displaced by recent floods, have lost all properties/crops and are now sheltered in schools and churches.
The overall goal is to avert the looming danger of malaria, pneumonia, hunger and malnutrition by providing the targeted households with emergency life saving Mosquito nets, Blankets, Maize Flour, Beans and other basic items for life stability within the schools and churches where they are sheltered.

The disaster followed heavy rains that pounded the Bugisu and Sebei regions on July 30, 2022, forcing several rivers to burst their bunks leading to flooding and landslides in Mbale, Manafwa, Bulambuli, and Kapchorwa districts.
Up to 800 households are affected by this calamity including an industrial park, 3 health center IIIs, 14 bridges, 7 educational institutions, several hotels, and recreational facilities as well as agricultural installations.

Additionally, Crop fields have been swept away and with no harvest, roads have been made impassable. Majority of those displaced (Mainly women and children) are now living in make shift temporal structures, schools and churches around the settlements with inadequate supply of food, clean drinking water, mosquito nets, blankets and other essential commodities exposing them to the potential risks of Malaria, Pneumonia, diarrhea, hunger and malnutrition.

Use of Funds

Hope Centre Foundation (HOCEFO) will provide emergency life saving food and non-food items to 100
targeted vulnerable households that have been worst hit by the floods. Each household will be provided with 20Kgs of Maize flour, 10Kgs of Beans, 1 liter of cooking oil, 2 packets of salt, 1 bar of soap to sustain them for a period of one month.
Additionally each household will receive 1 blanket and 1 mosquito net.


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Career with us

Hope Centre Foundation  (HOCEFO) is a Youths, Children and Women centered non-profit organization whose mandate is to advance and advocate for Health, digital rights and economic empowerment among vulnerable persons in Uganda. HOCEFO was founded in November 2017 by indigenous youth members of Kibaale District  later registered as a nonprofit organization 2 July 2020 to advocate and advance, Health, digital rights and economic rights and empowerment among vulnerable persons including refugees, persons with disabilities, sexual and ethnic minority group, sex workers, Adolescent Girls, women and children especially those in rural communities.



Teenage Pregnancy and Human Rights Violation on the Rise in Western Uganda

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2020 Annual Report

2020 was yet another exciting year for Hope Centre Foundation as it continued to deliver on its mandate amongst the people of Kibaale District and beyond. Because of the Ever generous support of our donors, we were able to implement a number of projects given the COVID-19 pandemic. For this we are very grateful to all our partners and stakeholders plus the staff who whole heartedly supported our cause and move amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

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