How We Started
Obwaagazi Children's Foundation was founded in October 2015 by Kristina Riffle Semukete.
Kristina was a special education teacher in San Antonio, Texas and traveled to Uganda during her summer break to volunteer. During her time volunteering in Uganda, she was offered a teaching job, so she packed up her life and moved 8,000 miles away from home. Once she began teaching in Uganda, she discovered there are over 7 million children enrolled in public elementary schools in Uganda, but children with disabilities are not included. Three short months into living in Uganda, she was heartbroken by the lack of special education programs and founded Obwaagazi Children’s Foundation, an organization for children with disabilities in the local community.
What We Do
Children with disabilities in Uganda are often seen as a curse to the family and communities. These children typically lack parental love, are seen as having no future, and grow up as outcasts in the community. Children with disabilities in Uganda do not have the same opportunities as typically developing children. There are no special education programs in public schools. Obwaagazi Children's Foundation provides special education, behavioral therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy to children with disabilities in Uganda. We also provide medical assistance, parent education, community outreach, food assistance and income generating programs for our families. Our goal at Obwaagazi is to enhance the lives of the children with disabilities in Uganda.