What is the AidChild Leadership Institute?


AidChild has been serving children at centers in the Mpigi, Nkumba, and Masaka districts of Uganda since 2000, and was the first to provide free antiretroviral therapy (ARVs) for children in Uganda (thanks to an early partnership with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation).


Members of AidChild‘s first cohort of ARV-recipients (assembled 15 years ago) are now interns at the AidChild Leadership Institute (ALI) in Entebbe. As they emerge into adulthood, this wellness and academic-support program is our climactic offering.


ALI’s younger residents hold the title of “Novices.” As interns-in-training, novices are provided quality psychosocial support and holistic guidance to foster their continued development.


A music class in the library


In addition to a traditional education, ALI offers specialized tutoring in languages and the arts, leadership coaching, job-skills training, nutrition-and-wellness support, and an exposure to global citizenship.


Staff offices at ALI


ALI also now hosts AidChild’s regional headquarters offices. The institute is located at 15 Uringi Crescent on State House Hill in Entebbe Town.


You can spend a night at ALI!

Here’s the AirBnB link for our guestroom!


ALI’s Six Leadership Principles

B.E. C.A.L.M.

B est: Reach for your highest & best offerings; not to BE THE best, but to GIVE YOUR best.

  • “I want you to be able always to recognize the highest and the best, and to live sincere and blameless lives. I want to see your lives full of true goodness.” (Phil 1:10-11)
  • Ow’amaanyi amatono : y’agatumbula. (One of little strength still does his best with it.)

E arn it, keep it: Keeping a good reputation is even more important than earning it.

  • “A good name is to be more desired than great wealth. Favor is better than silver and gold.” (Prov 22:1)
  • Obwesigwa kwe kusaanira obwesige abalala bwe bakussaamu. (Trustworthiness is being worthy of the trust others place in us.)

C ommuni-what? Communicate!

  • “Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” (Prov 25:11)
  • Okusirika tekumara nsoonga. (Silence does not solve problems.)

A lone, you are not: When we function from places of alone-ness, we lose.

  • “If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” (1 Cor 12:26)
  • Agenda amamgu agenda yekka, agenda ewala mugenda babiri. (If you want to go quickly go alone, want to go far, go together.)

L ittle gardens must be tended before we get our big farms.

  • “You’ve been trustworthy over a few things, now I’m going to put you in charge of much more.” (Mat 25:21)
  • Bwe tuba nga tusaanidde okwesigibwa, tusikiriza ebintu bingi. (When we are worthy of trust, we attract abundance.)

M ake it beautiful: intend that all the works of your hands will result in pleasant presentations and offerings.

  • “God shines from the perfection of beauty.” (Psalm 50:2)
  • Obulungi : bukira obugagga. (Beauty is better than riches.)