See how your donation is helping the Ssubi Foundation improve the lives of families in Uganda

New facilities allow schools to attract and keep students and teachers giving them better hope for quality education.



Microfinancing gives women and families the opportunity to improve their home lives and in turn help others in their own community.



Playgrounds are essential for children, to not only refresh their minds in preparation for their lessons, but to provide another avenue for learning.



About the Ssubi Foundation


“Someone once gave me an opportunity to continue my education and it helped put me where I am now. I want to give that back to others and ensure that children in Uganda have the same opportunity to receive an education and put themselves in better positions.”



The Ssubi Foundation is a Canadian charitable organization working in Uganda to alleviate poverty through education initiatives and microfinancing. The Foundation has four Canadian-based directors and a Country director stationed in Uganda.


The Ssubi Foundation provides



Our impact


The impact is generated by the building of fully furnished CLASSROOMS; the provision of SCHOLASTIC MATERIALS including computers, printers, and stationary; the building of fully furnished LIBRARIES with solar lighting; promoting play by building PLAYGROUNDS; and by organizing the annual SSUBI CUP tournament for football and netball which brings schools and communities together.

With the help of the communities we work with, the Foundation also sets up GARDENS to supplement teachers meal programs.




The Ssubi Foundation continues to support TEACHERS WELFARE in a number of our schools through the provision of housing. To date the Foundation has built over 15 houses, fully furnished, to accommodate teachers and give them a place to live that is close to their school – this is extremely important in helping to reduce teacher absenteeism. We're hoping to continue to build more of these residences in the future.






Our team




PHILIP NDUGGA grew up in Kampala, Uganda, where he resided until 2000. He owned and ran a fitness gym, represented Uganda in kickboxing and Tae Kwon Do, and trained a number of under-privileged and physically handicapped children in martial arts and fitness, becoming a mentor and providing them with valuable life skills. Philip currently works at the Glencoe Club and Heavens fitness in Calgary as a personal fitness trainer and martial arts consultant. He is one of the founders of The Ssubi Foundation and feels his successes in life are due to the education he received while younger and believes strongly that education is one of the keys to ending poverty.

TRACY LEE lived and worked in Uganda for four years in the late 1990's as a biologist for the Jane Goodall Institute. Working in remote sections of the country undertaking wildlife surveys and interviewing local communities about the impacts of parks on their livelihoods, she experienced true poverty first hand, where education was a luxury and circumstances limited an individual's opportunity to succeed. Tracy is one of the founders of The Ssubi Foundation and enjoys returning to Uganda to visit friends and family and work with the children.

ROBERT HAGGERMAN is a chartered accountant and lawyer, and is partner with the national firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP. As a former Director with the Calgary chapter of the Canadian Association of Family Enterprises, and as current Board Chair of the Boys and Girls Club, he continues to demonstrate his dedication to giving back to his community. Robert plays a strong support role to The Ssubi Foundation in many areas, including his expertise in financial and accounting practices.

MARGOT THERIAULT first became involved with The Ssubi Foundation as a volunteer in 2008 when she purchased and donated solar lights to several supported schools. She also spent a week as a volunteer in Uganda where she helped to build the Lily Kindergarten and Primary School. Margot currently lives in Calgary and continues to be a valuable supporter of the Foundation.



We are pleased to introduce Lapyem Thomas Awany as our new Northern Country Representative. Thomas has a Bachelor Degree in Business Education from Gulu University and a Diploma in Law from Makerere University. Thomas works part time for Centre for Reparation and Rehabilitation (CRR) a non-governmental organization that provides legal redress to sexual and gender based violent related wrongs. We are excited to have Thomas join the Ssubi team, and have confidence he will help us achieve great successes in Northern Uganda.

Core volunteers


Core funders



Looking ahead

2018 Work Plan

The Ssubi Foundation will continue supporting on-going educational initiatives at schools we support, including:

  • Maintenance of structures, including painting, general up-keep at Lela Obaro Primary School, Gulu District and St. Philip Teddie Primary School, Amuru District.
  • Annual Ssubi Cup football and netball competition between Lela Obaro Primary School house teams.
  • Continuing support of four sponsor children, Isaac Newton (secondary 3), and Akello Wisdom (Secondary 3), Oloya James (secondary 1), and Kilara Derick (secondary 1).
  • Spreading the wealth: we will continue to work with the Rwot Rubanga Lukica Womens Group to expand on their successful micro loaning program by setting up a loaning opportunity to groups wishing to kick start their loaning

1.0 Teacher Accommodations – A Shared Investment Continues

The parent teachers association (PTA) and the school administration of Lela Obaro Primary School approached the Ssubi Foundation with a proposal to help share the cost of building new teacher accommodations and latrines back in 2016. The school wanted all teachers in onsite houses which could accommodate their families. The structures were cost shared and built jointly by the parent teacher and Ssubi Foundation. In 2018, this program will continue for a third year as we plan to cost share two additional teacher accommodations.

When Ssubi first became involved in supporting Lela Obaro primary school there no teacher accommodation on site, seventeen teacher houses are needed, currently there are fourteen, and by the end of 2018 there will be sixteen.

2.0 Kids in Classrooms – Meeting Infrastructure Needs

In 2018 The Ssubi Foundation will continue to support St. Philip Tedi Primary Community School by building a classroom block. Over the last three years we have built six fully furnished classrooms but the school has identified a need for eighteen in total to accommodate all the students. Therefore the PTA and school administration have requested we build additional classroom block in 2018.





Currently no planned events, stay tuned for our 2019 Fundraiser next spring.



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To contact The Ssubi Foundation in Canada:

PO Box 30070 RPO Chinook
Calgary Alberta Canada T2H 2V8
PHONE 1 403 975 7445

To contact The Ssubi Foundation in Uganda:

PO Box 606
Gulu Uganda
c/o The Ssubi Foundation Canada
PHONE +256 (0) 774 664740