PARTNERS FOR REAL CHANGE (PARC) formerly Luhwahwa Youth Development Foundation (LUYODEFO) is a children oriented non-profit organization that provides support to marginalized communities across the Rwenzori region of western Uganda. Founded as a students’ discussion group in 2003 and gradually evolved into a community based organization (charity) in 2006 in response to the plight of communities impacted greatly by the prolonged war and other detriments, such as HIV/AIDS and high poverty levels. The idea to form this organization was to create a platform for empowering resource poor people while connecting vulnerable children to socio-health and economic opportunities otherwise unattainable – better preparing them for the professional world and be able to contribute to sustainable development among the marginalized, underprivileged and underserved communities.

OUR APPROACH (WHY WE ARE UNIQUE)?

PARC’s strategy is to extend further than being a charity hence empowering locals through “hand-up” not “hand-outs”; but rather we aim to adopt a win-win concept of using social business (social business ventures) not only to fund social services projects but also to creating employment opportunities for the people within the communities we serve. To achieve this, all the above core program areas are being implemented through the so called ‘HYBRID Model’ that involves two (2) basic approaches;-

The social services model: 

This ensures that all children and youth are protected from risks and/ or abuse and are supported to go to school, youth and women to find training opportunities for gainful employment, and families are empowered to be able to meet their basic need and support their own children.

The social business model: 

This involves initiatives that address critical local needs while empowering the villagers to actively involve in the development of their communities.  While all operations follow ordinary business practices, all proceeds go into addressing local needs and creating an stable incomes for organisation.

WHAT DRIVES US?

Compassion

We are inspired by the desire to relieve others. Through meaningful service, we can empower others as well as ourselves resulting into a world of loving kindness.

Generosity

We believe in the power of individuals to change the world. We connect people from all over the world to share and be of service to create change.

Return on investment

Our social business model allow for reinvestment of the earned profits into social projects that enhance incomes and employment opportunities.

MISSION

To be the catalyst for the global community involvement in the transformation of marginalized and overlooked regions of Africa, particularly Uganda. We envision a world of equal opportunity where children live and grow without barriers and suffering regardless of race, ethnicity, location, or socioeconomic status. We believe that empowering children to become leaders can facilitate and sustain the transformation of their communities.

VISION

To support marginalized communities across the Rwenzori region through creating a platform for empowering resource-poor people while connecting vulnerable children to socio-health and economic opportunities otherwise unattainable – better preparing them for the professional world and be able to contribute to sustainable development among the Vulnerable and marginalized communities.

Testimonials

What Our Volunteers Over the World Are Saying

I have made several annual trips to volunteer at PARC!. Whether engaging with their school, one of their sustainability programs or engaging directly with community members, your time will be spent doing something with impact and a powerful experience anchored in human connection and sustainable practices. I highly recommend visiting the good people of PARC in Uganda, whom I consider family.”

Matthew Manning – USA

“I first visited in 2013 and helped develop support with their secondary education program, trying to build connections with the most disadvantaged students. Subsequent visits in 2014 and 2018, I have seen their work transform into the Shine Preparatory primary school that has quickly become a focal point in their community. I strongly recommend a volunteering experience with PARC.”

Edward McEwan Peter – UK

“I was lucky to remotely volunteer with PARC in 2020!. My experience working with this charity organization has been fantastic! Having the chance to help with one’s own competencies is gratifying and absolutely life-changing. Even if my experience lasted just 4 months, I am grateful that I had the chance to be involved in PARC. Such an inspiring initiative!”

Riccardo Testa – ITALY