The Tour of Light has three primary goals:

1) Help financially support hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs) currently under Children of Uganda's daily care.

2) Advocate for today's estimated 8 million OVCs in Uganda affected by AIDS, poverty and/or neglect.

3) Share Uganda's vibrant heritage with American audiences, as well as engage children in musical and cultural exchange.

As youth ambassadors, our children will perform and engage in cultural exchange programs at area schools, community centers, churches and performance venues across the nation. American students at participating schools will benefit from an in-depth cultural curriculum centered on Uganda's unique heritage. Our Ugandan children and teens will also learn valuable lessons about American culture as they travel across the United States. Together, they will unite in song and dance to better understand one another. We believe connecting youth from vastly different backgrounds will help broaden young hearts and minds. Our hope is that together they will be inspired to bring positive change to the world.

There is an orphan crisis in Uganda. Currently the country is home to an estimated 8 million vulnerable children who have family (namely parents) to HIV/AIDS, extreme poverty and civil conflict. In fact, Uganda has the largest orphan population per capita of any country in the world.

Established in 1995, Children of Uganda cares for orphans and other disadvantaged children in Uganda with the goal of helping them become healthy and productive members of society. As a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization headquartered in the United States, Children of Uganda works in conjunction with local non-governmental organizations in Uganda to provide education and support to hundreds of children in need.

The mission of Children of Uganda is to support and empower hundreds of orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda to lead successful and productive lives. Our vision is that all children in Uganda receive an education to become healthy, productive members of their community who assume leadership roles and positively impact Ugandan society.