ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples
Organization Overview – April 2020
“The Tale of Two Violins”
The Tale of Two Violins is a touching story that unfolds within a 16-month period between a violin maker in Kentucky and a small poor family in Uganda. Communication was mainly through WhatsApp messages and emails that included photos and videos. A few times a camera captured in-person meetings. The violin maker and the poor family never met, but what each did made a major impact in both of their lives
“The Most Important Number is One”
Ronald Abong confronts the ghosts of his past when he returns to his hometown, 25 years after witnessing the brutal slaughter of his parents and other villagers at the hands of the Lord’s Resistance Army in the late 1990s. The film, produced by Pauline Greenlick, has been awarded Best Documentary Short by the Lady Filmmaker Film Festival, and won an Award of Recognition-Documentary Short in the Accolade Global Film Competition.
“One Day in the Life of Eddy “
This documentary tells the story of a brave boy who is determined to succeed, despite his physical disabilities. Unable to use his legs, he crawls for 45 minutes to get to school. Eddy is one of 2 million Ugandans with physical disabilities. The film is an International Screenwriters’ Association / WriterDuet package winner and has been selected for the New Faces New Voices Film Festival, WRPN.TV’s Short, Tight and Loose Global Film Festival, and the Gold Movie Awards Film Festival. The films are produced by ASA’s Pauline Greenlick. Click here for the video.
“Bright Kids Uganda” — Update 2021
11 minutes, 21 seconds
In 2008, Pauline Greenlick visited Uganda for the first time. While there she met Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, Director and Co-Founder of Bright Kids Uganda Children’s Home. Since founding the home in 2000 she has rescued hundreds of children who are disabled and/or orphaned due to extreme poverty, HIV/AIDS, civil wars and abandonment. During Pauline’s short visit with Victoria she toured the home, using her camera to capture many scenes.The children greeted her with songs and wrote letters telling her about themselves. Now, in 2021, these children are grown and many have attended university, pursued their own careers, and started families.
“ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples Microloan Project”
3 minutes, 17 seconds
ASA Social Fund for Hidden Peoples’ economic empowerment funding expanded its microloan program to over 40 participants in Uganda. It has spread to three areas: Entebbe, Northern Uganda and Iganga. Hidden Peoples receiving the loans includes: LRA war victims, acid attack/gender violence survivors, orphans, people with disabilities, and albinos. The microloan program has also expanded into providing funds for business training and training of trainers.
“One Person Can Make a Difference”
6 minutes, 54 seconds
One person can make a difference in the lives of many. And Gloria was one of them. She was born with disabilities and was adopted by Victoria Nalongo Namusisi when she was six years old. Victoria loved Gloria and took care of her special needs. She died unexpectedly when she was twelve years old. Victoria and her daughter Angel kept Gloria’s spirit alive by founding Noah’s Ark, a school for the disabled.
5 minutes, 35 seconds
This is the story of Opio, a survivor of the civil war in Northern Uganda, started by Joseph Kovy’s Lord’s Resistance Army. Opio was just a young boy when his mother became ill while living in the IDPS camps. She was eventually killed by the rebel soldiers. Having no one to take care of him, Victoria Nalongo Namusisi of Bright Kids Uganda rescued him from the IDPC camp and brought him to her Children’s Home in Entebbe. This changed his life. Now in his early 20s, Opio has a diploma in hotel management and catering and has dreams of owning his own hotel.
”Under the Umbrella Tree”
1 hour, 17 minutes
Ugandan Victoria Nalongo Namusisi is the co-founder and director of the “Bright Kids Uganda” children’s home, located in Entebbe. This video, profiles her life from poverty, to journalist, to political leader. In 2000, she witnessed extreme poverty, the effects of HIV/AIDS on thousands of Uganda children, and the atrocities of Joseph Kony and his Lord’s Resistance Army. She opened her home to these affected children and has saved hundreds of lives, providing them with shelter, food, clothing, education and, most of all, love.
Connie Amongi tells her story of what her life was like during the LRA, Joseph Kony, Civil War in Northern Uganda. Her parents were killed by the LRA rebels. In 2008, she was rescued by Victoria Nalongo Namusisi who is the Director of Bright Kids Uganda Children’s Home (BKU). At BKU Connie was provided shelter, clothing, food and most important an education. She is now a successful university student majoring in agriculture studies. She is very grateful for the educational support she has and still is receiving so she can continue her studies.
Ronald Kasozi, Bright Kids Uganda student, tells his story how Victoria Nalongo Namusisi took him into her Bright Kids Uganda Children’s Home to give him a better life. He was born in the Sazi Islands, Lake Victoria. Most of his family has died from AIDS and his brothers and sisters are living with HIV/AIDS. Victoria rescued him and provided him with an education, shelter, food, clothing and support. He now tells his story of gratitude to BKU for his education. He will graduate from Pharmacy School and wants to pursue his studies to find a cure for AIDS.
“Jambo, Maxi’s Kids!”
October 12, 2017, E. Maxine Bruhns, University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Director, invited her friends to say “Jambo” and send a video greeting to the 10 Bright Kids Uganda children Maxine is supporting.
This film is a thank you to Maxine Bruhns, Director of Nationality Rooms Program at the University of Pittsburgh. In the film, the ten children she is providing educational funds extend their thanks to Maxine.
“Journey to Soroti” – 2013”
1 hour, 10 minutes
In 2013, ASA board members Pauline Greenlick and Louis Picard accompanied Silver Oonyu to Soroti throughout Uganda. During this five day journey, Silver arranged for Picard and Greenlick to visit schools serving the blind, and also to meet many persons with disabilities who are considered a curse and hidden from Ugandan society. Greenlick interviews Silver and his parents as he relives his life story growing up during the Lord’s Resistance Army civil war, and the challenges he faces as a person with blindness.
“Bright Kids Uganda”
A short film about Bright Kids Uganda for elementary and primary aged children.
“Silver Francis Oonyu Interview” – May 2019
Silver Oonyu, Founder of the Smile School for able and disabled students, is interviewed by University of Pittsburgh School of Education professor Dr. Maureen Porter, in Entebbe, Uganda. Silver talks about his life and the challenges he faces as a blind person in rural Uganda, particularly as he worked to build his school.
“Living Beyond the Violence”
This is a short film about gender-violence (acid attack) survivors and micro loans.