Heart for Uganda was founded by Alissa Cooper Sande, who resigned from her elementary teaching position in 2008 to fulfill her childhood dream of rescuing children in Africa. Heart for Uganda is headquartered in Clarion County, PA and partners with God's Care Ministries in Kyenjojo, Uganda. God's Care Ministries was founded by Pastor Victor Sande, who was called by God to preach the Gospel and alleviate poverty in his nation.

Our primary purpose for existence is to carry the hope and love of Jesus to the despairing in Uganda. We know that the "living" Gospel is the only hope for Africa. We desire to carry God’s heart for the lost, destitute, and rejected and love them as Jesus would. It is our vision to bring hope, life and love to the Ugandan people and empower them to be successful in whatever they do. We believe that as we lead them to understand and know God and His love for them, their lives will be transformed spiritually and physically.


  • Children

    By changing the life of a child, you can change the world!

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  • School Project

    The school, Sparkling Gems Nursery and Primary School, educates children in Preschool through Grade Seven.

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  • Medical Center

    McFarland Memorial Medical Center provides affordable quality health care to the community.

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  • Water

    The availability of safe drinking water is a concern in most areas of Africa, yet we have been able to improve water sources for thousands of people in our area.

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  • Church Ministry

    In a region of occults and false religions, God’s Care Church is preaching the “true” gospel in words and actions.

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  • Agriculture

    Our agricultural program, which includes gardening and livestock, provides nourishment and income for our projects and families.

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Donate Now

Without the prayer and financial support of others, we would be unable to fulfill the dreams that God has laid on our hearts. Help us by making a one-time or recurring donation to Heart For Uganda. Be sure to indicate how your donation is to be used when you check out!

Speaking Engagements

While the Sande family is visiting in the US, they may be speaking somewhere near you! ​Be sure to take advantage of any opportunities to hear first-hand about the great works being done to glorify Him in Uganda and request for them to speak at a location near you today.


Whether you're purchasing a gift to help those in need, or giving a gift in honor of a friend or relative, our Wishbook gives you the opportunity to change a life.

Read and understand some of the basic needs that can be met, but also see shining examples of how your generosity can be transformed into life changing kindness for those in need!

Click here to find out how to donate from our Wishbook!