About Child Reach Uganda
Child Reach Uganda is a not-for-profit founded by Diane Kroska.
Child Reach Uganda works with American primary school students to offer humanitarian aid to impoverished families in Uganda. Every year, kids in Dayton, MN, make rewarding and lifelong connections with children in the town of Lumino. As a result, our young people learn that simple acts of kindness can make a dramatic difference in the lives of others.
A Holistic Approach
American students are learning how a good education can help Ugandans break free from poverty. Funds raised by Child Reach Uganda not only support schools, but also the families of the students themselves. This holistic approach to support ensures a student’s likelihood of success.
Child Reach Uganda is registered as a Community Based Organization (CBO) in the country of Uganda. Its co-ordinating office is located in Lumino Town, Lumino sub-county, in the Busia District of Uganda, East Africa. Child Reach Uganda empowers communities and families to provide for the holistic development of children. We aim to assist in building a self-reliant community able to respect, fulfill, protect children's rights and meet their needs.
What started out as kids helping kids has grown into adults being given the opportunity to learn a trade in order to bring themselves out of poverty.
Diane is a media paraprofessional at Dayton Elementary School. As part of her required curriculums, Diane taught Character Education to 5th grade students. After learning about the needs of the people of Uganda from a parent who had returned from missionary work, Diane decided to use Uganda as a way to teach kindness and compassion to 5th graders. Through student made craft sales and spare change drives, Diane and her students have provided tuition for Ugandan students, built and repaired wells in villages, provided education to adult women in three villages in Uganda.
Diane’s philosophy is to take terms like kindness and compassion and “make them a verb”. She is in the unique position to motivate, educate, and encourage her students to act in order to help the people in Ugandan villages. What started out as kids helping kids has grown into adults being given the opportunity to learn a trade in order to bring themselves out of poverty.