What is the Bright Heart Program?
'Children Making Peace'
In 2007, the founder of the Great Hearts Afire Foundation, Haydn Anthony, built an orphanage called THE BRIGHT HEART HOME in Kyazanga, Uganda. Eight children were rescued from dire conditions and moved into the home by Joseph Lukwago and his mother Suzan. The home sits on their property along with the Kyazanga Modern Primary private school they operate. There is room on the property for 23 more homes housing a total of 184 more children whenever sponsors come forth. At this point Haydn is the sole private sponsor supporting and educating the first eight girls.
When the girls first arrived they were barely speaking and malnourished. After an adjustment period of realizing they had a new home and were being cared for, Haydn began simple communications through Joseph. All along Haydn had a plan to create and educate these children in a human enrichment program based on the six Great Heart Principles of
Courage, Compassion, Truth, Justice, Freedom and Peace.
This is called the BRIGHT HEART PROGRAM FOR HUMAN ENRICHMENT. The purpose of the program is to instill in children universally agreed upon principles, a sense of identity as young peacemakers and hope for themselves and the world.
During the years of 2008, 2009 and 2010, the girls blossomed and progressed in school to a remarkable degree. They rose to the tops and near tops of their classes. In 2011 they graduated from the program and have facilitated teaching the program to 400 other children at Kyazanga. The program is being offered throughout Uganda.
The success of the program, and the transformation of 8 lives that is uplifting a community, is due to the loving care and guidance of Joseph and his family.
Above: Joseph and Goretti give certificates to children who have completed the Bright heart Program for Human Enrichment.
2011 OFFICIAL LAUNCH OF THE BRIGHT HEART PROGRAM
Great Hearts Afire Foundation Officially Presents a Peace Program In Uganda
On October 22, 2011 the Bright Heart educational program for human enrichment was officially launched in Kyazanga Uganda. In attendance and presenting during the launch and latest graduation were Bright Heart children who had graduated previously. Also in attendance were government officials and other dignitaries along with a large showing of people from the community.
The new graduates made their pledges then received their certificates and Bright Heart bracelets from Joseph and their mentor teacher Ms.Goretti Nakaketo. In attendance was Mr.Richard Ssekitoleko. They both are instrumental in the success of the program. A colorful celebration followed.
The launch and educational program were received with great enthusiasm. It captured the lead story on national television as well as the main Ugandan newspaper. It received several days of radio coverage.
The Ministry of Education has given the green light to do the training programs in primary schools. Two hundred children had been graduated by the time of the official event.
Joseph Lukwago, who is director of the program in Uganda, is Founder of the non profit organization Joy For Humanity. Haydn Anthony, Founder of the Great Hearts Afire Foundation is the architect of the program.
All Contributions to the program are greatly appreciated and are used toward publishing the Bright Heart textbooks and educational expenses.