The school sits on 22 acres of land encompassing classrooms, dormitories, staff housing, administrative buildings, a soccer field, playground, farm land, bore holes, banana groves, eucalyptus trees, passion fruit vines, cassava plants and many other locally grown plants. Additionally there are chicken coops, rabbit hutches, duck cages, goat corrals and sheep herds to teach the students animal husbandry skills. Through all of this the students are taught various trades useful for their success in Uganda.
After leaving Hope Primary School, AROAD continues to provide support for some children as they enter Secondary School. AROAD is always seeking sponsors who can continue to support children as they continue their education beyond Primary School.
Hope Primary School has itself been the foundational launching pad for another 12 indigenously grown rural schools through graduates of Hope Primary.
The Fish Farm started off as a pilot with two ponds and has been expanded to include one more with more on the way. Fish farming in Uganda is a growing business and a very promising revenue stream for AROAD. The fish farms are located about 17 miles from Hope Primary School and 24 miles away from Kasensero (a fishing town on the shores of Lake Victoria). Fish farming is emerging as an increasingly valuable industry since Lake Victoria has been overfished and the government has increased the number of restricted fishing zones on Lake Victoria. AROAD is still looking to increase the number of fish ponds along with the total output of marketable fish.
The revenue generated from the sale of fish is being used to fund ministry activities like Hope Primary School and local evangelistic teams.
In the last 30 years African Rural Outreach and Development has planted over 50 local churches in the Southern part of Uganda through our evangelistic team. Most of the local pastors and evangelists have been involved with AROAD for over 20 years.
Born 1944 in Uganda, Richard Kabazzi accepted Christ in 1964 at 20 years old. He married Edith in 1972 and they came to the States where he enrolled in Denver Seminary. He graduated in 1975 with a Masters in Divinity. In 1975, he became Pastor of Nairobi Baptist Church in Kenya. In 1980, he came back to the States and served as Regional Director for International Students, Inc. in Philadelphia, and later appointed Assistant Field Director, and relocated to Colorado Springs. In 1986, Mr. Kabazzi felt God leading him back to Uganda. He established AROAD with the objectives of starting churches through a ministry that served the whole person. He has since planted over 50 churches in rural Uganda, multiple schools and a fish farm. Mr. Kabazzi continues to travel between Uganda and the States fulfilling his mission. He and Edith have three grown children, Jonah, Asa, and Rachel.