The AidChild Leadership Institute
A.L.I. (previously known as AidChild) is a grassroots initiative which has been serving children and youth in Uganda since 2000. We were the first to provide free pediatric antiretroviral therapy (ARV) in the country--and among the first in the world to do so--thanks to an early partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. We now have two NEW innovative efforts as we pursue our goal of an HIV-free generation:
A.L.I. trains and equips young changemakers living with HIV in Entebbe, Uganda, East Africa–within a proven framework of self-sustainability. We aim to create a model of leadership development for the region with the shared goal of an HIV-free generation.
AidChild Leadership Institute
Members of our first cohort of ARV-recipients (assembled in 2001) are interns at A.L.I. As they emerge into adulthood, this wellness and academic-support program is our climactic offering. A.L.I.’s younger residents hold the title of “novices.” As interns-in-training, novices are provided quality psychosocial support and holistic guidance to foster their development. Our goal is to become a model of leadership development—and to achieve an HIV-free generation.
Near A.L.I. is our Human Development Center (H.D.C.). Through H.D.C., we are creating a NEW model of care, focused on holistic and advanced development of the human person through a guided and intentional environment for living and learning. It is the work of the interns at A.L.I. (the AidChild Leadership Institute) under the guidance of Dr. Nathaniel Dunigan. The interns and Dr. Dunigan are developing a hands-on, team approach to early childhood education with a variety of media and a fast-paced daily schedule. Know More
In our early commitment to self-sustainability, we opened Uganda’s original Equator Cafe’ & Gallery in 2002. Thanks to a grant from USAID, we were also able to bring electricity and water to the cafe’s rural village located right where the equator line crosses a busy highway. As a result, hundreds of jobs have been created as well as multiple outlets for the sale of arts and crafts of all kinds. The AidChild Shop, though, remains the jewel of the village, catering to clients of all budgets from around the world–earning money for our institute, and honoring one of our core principles: “Make it beautiful!” See more at the gallery’s Facebook page and read more about our artists here. To see our menu, click here. For reservations: +256 (0) 780 282 697.
(Located just a few steps NORTH of the equator line on Masaka Road.)Know More
Proceeds fund scholarships for our interns
Charming, private guestrooms-and-baths inside the AidChild Leadership Institute (A.L.I.), a modern education facility. Your hosts are A.L.I.’s interns, welcoming you to also enjoy our library, spacious gardens with a lake view, and free WiFi! Eight minutes from the airport. Gym and swimming pool within walking distance. Come see why our interns have all five-star reviews, and have earned the “Super Host” designation from Airbnb.