Founded in 2010, HOCW is a refugee-led, grassroots initiative devoted to instilling hope, providing opportunities and offering support to victims of violence in the Ndejje Central Region outside of Kampala, Uganda. 

Our community is an ever-changing population of Ugandans and refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and other African nations who have fled war, internal conflict, natural disasters, gender-based violence, and extreme poverty. 

Our Mission

To inspire hope and better the livelihoods of victims of violence.


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Before coming to HOCW, I felt useless. The opportunities to learn new skills and the community restored my sense of purpose and empowered me to believe in a brighter future.
— Adele, Congolese refugee and Chairperson of the Women's Collective

Our Objectives

  • To promote human rights education in order to prevent violence against women and children.


  • To integrate families into the local community through language classes. 


  • To equip women with entrepreneurial skills through income-generating  projects and business classes.
  • To provide health and psycho-social support services to victims of violence.


  • To improve the accessibility to quality education for children.


  • To network and collaborate with likeminded organizations for program development. 

Why this isn't just another Non-profit:

With over 65 million people currently displaced in the world, we are witnessing the largest global migration crisis since World War II. Refugees are among the world’s most vulnerable populations, suffering major human rights violations, insecurity, and the inability to meet basic needs. Of those seeking refuge, 86% flee to developing nations and 51% are children. As of May 2017, Uganda ranks 5th among the top 10 refugee host countries.

This is an important issue that Hope of Children and Women seeks to address by going beyond the basics to ease the transition to a new life through connecting clients to health care and educational and job opportunities. HOCW was founded by those who understand the crisis most—refugees. By welcoming clients into a community of refugees and Ugandans alike, the sense of isolation and despondency is eliminated, expediting the resettlement process. Because the programming is inclusive of local Ugandans, HOCW is able to mitigate tensions within the host community, integrate newcomers, and foster inter-cultural understanding. Hope of Children and Women is unique because it’s more than just a non-profit; it’s a community.


Data from UNHCR