Help us build a future for the deaf children in Uganda

For: Boanerges Deaf Initiative
Semuto, Central Region, Uganda
Organizer: Vickie Mølgaard-Madsen
Help us build a future for the deaf children in Uganda (Boanerges Deaf Initiative)
of $150,000 goal
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Raised by 89 donors

The Story


In Uganda, deaf people are called "kasiru" which means stupid or fool. The deaf in Uganda are often thought of as curses, taboos, a waste of a life, people without use and are outcasts in their communities. Many deaf children are rejected or abused by their families. They live their lives in isolation. Many of them grow up with no language at all. 

Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI) is crucial in the lives of Uganda's deaf children. At BDI, the children find not only a place to learn, but a place where they are accepted and cherished. Unlike other schools for the deaf in Uganda, BDI’s school for the deaf does not require their students to pay tuition – simply because there is no one who can or who is willing to pay to educate these deaf children.

Presently, over fifty deaf children are crammed into a makeshift school the size of many American living rooms. Teachers and students make the best of their circumstances by sharing classrooms. The reality is that there are over 250,000 deaf children in Uganda, many of whom have no access to an education. While the heart of BDI is to welcome every deaf child, unfortunately there is not space for even one more child.

A piece of land was donated to BDI several years ago in a village called Semuto. We have a big dream of building a school where we can welcome hundreds of Uganda's deaf children to come and learn. The reality is that we cannot do this without you.

Your gift of any amount will help build a school for these children who have been rejected by their society. We know that these beautiful children can and will do great things in the future if only given the chance. Please consider partnering with us.


Boanerges Deaf Initiative (BDI) is a not for profit registered Ugandan organization. BDI is established to provide basic services to the deaf people of Uganda. BDI is located in the outskirts of Kampala – the main capital of Uganda. 


To build a new school for the deaf at our land in Semuto, located 35 miles from Kampala.


There are more than 250,000 deaf children in Uganda. We have a very small school for the deaf housing over 50 children and we simply cannot take in even one more child. We are constantly turning children away and it breaks our hearts.


We need your help. The building plans are made and we have a full budget to make our dreams come true. The building plan consists of a full school containing:

* 10 classrooms

* 1 office

* 1 library

* 1 worker’s room

* 1 kitchen

* Toilets

We need a total of 150,000 USD to build it. The building plan is divided into 6 phases. Our first phase is of 30,000 USD, the second of 15,000 USD and the rest of each 26,250 USD. When we reach the first milestone we will start building.


* 10$ can buy 1 bag of cement

* 20$ can buy 500 bricks

* 50$ can buy 15 kilos of 1” nails

* 100$ can buy 1 window


If you live in the states tax deductible donations can be made for our building project through Deaf Child Hope International. Please contact BDI’s American representative Kris Detrow at [email protected] for further information.


If you live in Denmark, you can make a donation directly to our Danish account. Please contact BDI’s European representative Vickie Mølgaard-Madsen at [email protected] for further information.


If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]

For more information please visit our website:

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on January 8, 2017

Posted on January 8, 2017

We can't think of a better way to start a new year; we have reached our second goal! Thank you all and God bless you! Please see our video with updates above. 

Posted on September 28, 2016

Posted on September 28, 2016

Here we go! We are now starting to lay the foundation for our new school for the deaf in Semuto! We have reached the first phase out of a total of six phases. First phase is 30,000 USD, and we have now started on the first building containing four big classrooms. Unlike the classrooms at our existing school, the classrooms at our new school will have both real doors and real windows! While building, we continue to fundraise for the next phase. Please visit our facebook page for more photos: BDI on facebook.

Posted on July 10, 2016

Posted on July 10, 2016

We did it! We reached our first milestone of 30,000$! Yes! Now, the building will begin! We still far from reaching our maingoal of 150,000$ but this is a huge step for us. This means that we can build a base, which will allow us to move to Semuto. And do we look forward to it! This will benefit the children’s health, safety and wellbeing as well as BDI’s financial situation. In Semuto there will be no rent to pay since we own the land, and this means we will have more money to help the kids. Thanks to all of you who have supported and trusted us with this new project of building a new school for the deaf. We couldn’t have done this without you! We will of course update during the process. Semuto, here we come!

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