A visit to ALI means meeting lots of interesting people with powerful stories to tell. Our walls also have very special narratives. Here’s a look at some of them:

Hall of Graduates

Senior Intern Dorah Dunigan standing next to her graduation portrait.

The walls of our main staircase host a growing collection of graduate portraits; not ALI graduates, but rather of ALI interns who have graduated from other universities and colleges. We are proud of them! 


ALI Excellence in Leadership Awards Honorees

Portraits of our awards recipients hand in the music room of the library.

Our Honourees:


The Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga (Left)

Speaker of Parliament, Republic of Uganda

The Rt. Hon. Kadaga holds the third highest position in Ugandan government, and is the first woman to ever be elected to the post. She is also the current Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association International. As an attorney and policy-maker, Kadaga works tirelessly to advance the rights of women and young people, critical tasks in the fight against HIV.


Professor Sylvia Tamale (Center)

Makerere University School of Law

Dr. Tamale founded and serves as coordinator of the Gender, Law & Sexuality Research Project at the School of Law. Dr. Tamale adopts a critical approach to the law that aims at enhancing students’ transformative personal growth and action. Dr. Tamale serves on several international boards and has been a visiting professor in several academic institutions globally. She has won several awards for defending the human rights of marginalized groups, and was the law school’s first female dean.


Mary Adair (Right)

Co-Founder, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Uganda Cares

As a physician-assistant and a cofounder of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (ahf.org), Ms. Adair has a long history in the fight against HIV around the world. In Uganda, she started treatment for Uganda Cares’ first patients in 2002. In 2004, Ms. Adair developed and trained the “HIV Medic Program” in Masaka, a task shifting training program that earned a “Best Practice” designation by the World Health Organization. In 2013, this training was certified by the Zambian Ministry of Health, and is currently part of the curriculum at Chainama College of Health Sciences.  AHF now cares for over 830,000 people in 39 countries.

The three sets of clothing that hang on our office walls represent our students in two ways:

Staff offices at ALI

  1. When AidChild began in 2000, we primarily served babies and young children. Today, these many years later, those kids have grown into young adults. Our work in fostering their physical, academic and spiritual development is what makes our journey together so rewarding.
  2. While the Leadership Institute was created to primarily serve interns in secondary school and university, AidChild continues to care for children of all ages.

The quilt in Dr. Nathaniel’s office:

Quilt of Many Colors

Dr. Nathaniel saved the clothes that each of his kids was wearing when they first arrived at our homes 16 years ago. His grandmother then made this quilt from the first 78 garments, and it hangs in his office at the AidChild Leadership Institute. Those kids–now adults–cherish the memories when they come home, and the blanket is a warm reminder to all of us of AidChild‘s heart and beginnings.