About Us

"The poor you shall always have among you . . "

Building Long Term Relationships

From the individual to their family to the community we come alongside the widows, their orphans, their local schools, their villages, developing agriculture and other income-generating projects, providing scholarships and other educations assistance, deep clean water wells, latrines, medical assistance, and the Word of God.

Thomas Charities is a nonprofit Christian organization dedicated to following Christ’s command to help the poor, orphans, and widows among us and to be ambassadors of Christ. We are dedicated to empowering and encouraging those without resources to self-sustainability without dependency. Without education and national infrastructure, this can be incredibly difficult. Thomas Charities aims to help develop sustainable life skills within a community while discipling and teaching God’s Word.

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How to Help

Any donation is greatly appreciated and fully tax-deductible.

We are a 501(c)3 Tax-exempt Organization and Registered NGO in Uganda

Board Members

Robin E. Thomas, CPA, MBA

Founder and Executive Director of Thomas Charities.  Robin has a heart for servanthood and living out the blessings from the grace of Christ.  She earned a B.S. in Systems Analysis from Miami University, Ohio specializing in Operations Research Methods, an M.B.A. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and has been a Certified Public Accountant for over 30yrs.  As a missions mobilizer, Robin is well equipped to use her breadth of expertise in the business world to develop social entrepreneur projects in east Africa along with the development of Women's Ministries, Literacy Programs, and Mobile Medical Clinics.  She is a former Nationally Registered Paramedic, volunteering with local fire departments. She and her husband, Chris, CAPT USN (Ret) of over 30 years are members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA), Landenberg, PA.

Daniel Fabrizio - Film Director, Professor

Dan serves as Board President and has a Master of Science Degree in Media Communications from Florida State University. He is the owner of Dogwood Video Productions specializing in producing training and promotional video's for corporate clients as well as nonprofits. He has produced promotional videos for Mission to the World, Campus Crusade for Christ, Action International, Africa Christian Training Institute, and the Nairobi Institute of Seminary Training. Dan has been an Instructor at the Art Institute of Seattle for the past 16 years. He first went to Uganda in 1990 on a short-term mission trip and hasn't stopped going. He is presently working with Dr. Kefa Sempangi on a screenplay adaptation of his book, “A Distant Grief.” Dan and his wife Kim have been married for over 30 years and have three daughters.

Craig Wellman - Retired DuPont Electrical Engineer, Senior Consultant

Craig retired from DuPont in 2003 after 30 years of service. Since then he has been working part-time as an independent consultant to support his volunteer work on electrical safety. He is active in IEEE standards development. Mr. Wellman served DuPont in Wilmington, Delaware for thirty years as an electrical project engineer responsible for designing facilities and as an electrical consultant serving plant support, design, and marketing functions.  He is a Life Fellow in IEEE. Craig is active in Missions support and organization. Craig is an Elder and with his wife, Anne of over 40 years are members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA), Landenberg, PA.

Eric Thomas

Eric holds an M.B.A. Notre Dame, B.S. in Physics Engineering cum laude, Miami University, Ohio, and is a former United States Naval Submarine Officer. He currently works as Mission Manager for a space exploration company. Eric has traveled to Kenya, doing work in environmental business. Eric and his wife Rebeka love the LORD and are active with Navigators.

Heather Thomas

Heather holds a B.S. in Forensic Science, Pennsylvania State University, formerly working as a Forensic Scientist for a State Crime Lab. Currently, Heather holds a Fellowship to University of Delaware working as Research Assistant in the Biological Sciences Department and performing DNA research. Heather travels to Uganda to provide health and hygiene education to school students.

Special Advisors to the Board

Peter Louie, Esq.

A cum laude graduate from Grove City College he served as Director of Research for Liberty University School of Engineering and as an adjunct professor at Liberty University,  Peter received his Juris Doctorate from Liberty University School of Law and is a Certified Christian Conciliator™ with the Institute for Christian Conciliation™, a division of Peacemaker® Ministries. Peter and family attend Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Chesapeake, Virginia.

Robert Fanning, USAF, COL (Ret.)

Former Chief Operating Officer of Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation. He graduated with an M.S. degree in Meteorology at Texas A&M University and after 30 years of military service, he worked for the Christian Broadcasting Network where he remained for almost 20 years, retiring as the Chief Operating Officer of Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corporation.  Bob attends Grace Presbyterian Church (PCA), Chesapeake, Virginia.

East African Staff

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Akena Patrick Candano

East African Head Supervisor - Full Time

Acholi survivor of the rebel insurgency in Northern Uganda, he has a genuine heart to lift up his people to the transformation of the Gospel.

Life-long farmer, Graduate of Kampala International University, and fluent in 9 languages!

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Pastor Patrick Malasi

East African Adult Literacy Supervisor

Pastor Malasi is a Church Planter and has developed and taught the Training of Teachers in Literacy for over 20 years with Partners in Literacy Ministry.

Family home is in Bunyore in western Kenya.

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Rev. Philip Manang, Karamojong

Coordinator for Karamojong Theology Students and Karamojo Region Evangelism

A former street child in Kampala, raised by Kefa Sempangi, father of the Presbyterian Church in Uganda. Rev. Manang felt the call to return and bring the Gospel to his native tribe. After trying to kill him for preaching the Gospel they have now accepted him and many have come to know the LORD.

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Simon Peter Kuloba

Coordinator for Bugisu scholarship students in Mbale, Uganda

A father to 4 children, Peter works for the local government and is a community mobilizer in Mbale, Uganda

How to Help

Please fill out the Contact Form on the Get Involved page to let us know if you are interested in joining a team. Doctors, Nurses, Pastors, Accountants, Students, and Homemakers - all are welcome!

As you can imagine, it takes a significant amount of funds to provide the services.

Any donation is greatly appreciated and fully tax-deductible.

We are a 501(c)3 Tax-exempt Organization.

Rural Farm Projects, Water Wells, Pig Farm

Our largest enterprise is the development of arable land in northern Uganda. The land is naturally a combination of jungle and heavy brush and hand-clearing is quite the laborious task. It is being hand-cleared and planted with crops of corn, beans, casava, ground-nuts (peanuts), and pine trees to name a few. Started in 2010, this project provides labor and food for the surrounding villagers and the first farm became self-sustaining in 2015. Currently over 500 women are currently involved on three farms. Your donation will help with the further clearing and preparation of the land for more women and widows to not only provide sustaining crops but cash crops for market.

Throughout the District we maintain and repair over 15 water wells and dig new wells where needed -

Providing clean water to schools and the community.

Piggery Projects

Litters and litters of piglets have been produced and distributed!

'Over 60 women and 20 men have now benefited from this project. ​Started in December 2013 the first Piggery for widows in northern Uganda has produced many healthy piglets and income. The local clan has even provided the women with land for them to grow feed crops for the pigs. Expansion and renovation of two piggery structures in 2020 has included a new men's project that also became rapidly self-sufficient and provides sustainable income for their families.

Education for Older Children

2.5 Million Orphans in Uganda

Vulnerable Children. Early Marriages. Witchcraft. Sexual Predators.  Sex Slavery.

This is what children, mostly girls, face when leaving Primary School.  Children rarely stay in school past the age of 12,  including children sponsored in private Christian schools. Yet this is when girls and boys are the most vulnerable. Staying in school is one of the safest things a girl can do to protect herself and you can directly help.  Even boys are directionless, unskilled, and vulnerable to sexual predators. You can help keep these children in school past puberty. Primary School costs as little as $100 A YEAR!! But after Primary School (7th grade), Secondary School costs $100/month of which 4 years is necessary to attend any Vocational School.

All Secondary Schools including government schools require tuition and fees.Thomas Charities fully supports several students in secondary schools within Uganda.  The vast majority of children have no access to schools of any quality.  Government (public) schools still require payment beyond the capability of the vast majority of families.  With over 2.5 million orphans, the country is largely uneducated.  Please consider sponsoring a child or two for secondary schools.  Your donation will pay for tuition, room and boarding for a child to attend a secondary school including the purchase of their own textbooks, personal care items, and general medical care your child may need. Secondary School costs on average $100/month.

You can have a direct impact on the life of a child and literally save a life.

Thomas Charities takes avid fiscal responsibility with all donations. We pay all school fees directly through the school's bank and our in-country staff makes regular visits to insure your child is taken care of properly.

Secondary Schools require upon admission many items such as a mattress, chair, bag of cement, pregnancy test kits, charcoal pan, jerry can, their own plate and utensils, all workbooks and school supplies, uniforms, other fees, etc.  So just enrolling in school can cost upwards to $400 before starting.

You can be a part of changing someone's life forever.

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Scores of Children in these Villages need Scholarships to Primary and Secondary Schools

Girls are severely underrepresented in school and Education can Spare them Early Marriage and a Life of Virtual Slavery - Together, we can keep these girls in school!

Thomas Charities currently sponsors many, many fatherless Primary School Students and Secondary School Students. In addition, we sponsor students to Vocational Schools and Universities. We also sponsor several Karamojong Students to a Reformed Theology Training Program.

Scholarships include all school fees and requirements, textbooks, supplies, transportation, uniforms, medical care and emergent mercy needs for their families.

YOU can directly support these students.

**There are many Students who have qualified to sit for the entrance exams to Secondary Schools! Yet, they have no means to attend further schooling. Secondary School averages to $100/month. YOUR Partnership can make a difference!

Because we are a community-based mission, we do not have traditional individual-based sponsorships. Instead, we are able to pool resources for education that will benefit students village-wide.

Contrary to official literature, Public Schools are not "free" in Uganda!!

Here are just a few of the students that are supported by Thomas Charities

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Koc Goro Primary School

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One of Many Primary School Orphans


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Secondary School Scholarship Student

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Koch Lii Primary School

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Widow's Adult Literacy Class!

Mobile Medical Clinics Northern Uganda

A Mobile Medical Clinic can treat upwards to 4,000 patients in a two week cycle. We team up with local Ugandan doctors and pharmacists, purchase medical supplies in-country, and partner with other medical personnel from around the United States to provide a much needed service for those who have no access to any kind of medical care. Care is provided to all patients without regard to tribe or religion. About 20 percent of our patients are Muslim. Our mobile medical clinics travel throughout northern Uganda.

Each year hundreds of patients have to be turned away due to lack of personnel. There is a great need for Medical Doctors, Dentists, and Ophthalmologists. Any and all other medical backgrounds can be applied. Don't have a medical background? No problem. There are jobs for everyone! Please fill out the contact form under the "Get Involved" link if interested.

Scenes From Past Medical Missions

We also accept donations of books (any kind), sewing supplies, school supplies, and medical supplies.
Please contact us below if you have any of those item to donate. Thank you!

Please send checks to the following address

P.O. Box 88, Landenberg, PA 19350.

Telephone:  610-234-0088.

Email:  office@thomascharities.org.

International: P.O. Box 1597,
Gulu Uganda.

Tel: 256-77-975-2247