"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, providing agriculture, school fees, textbooks, supplies, 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 the resources to help themselves 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.
501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Organization, Registered NGO Uganda
Since 1998, the Thomas Family has supported the work of missions in Uganda. After a first time short-term missions trip in 2010 to visit what they thought they had been supporting all these years through other organizations, it became apparent that there was a huge gap in both evangelism and mercy to the underserved - women and older children. Corruption was rampant, false pastors, churches, and congregations and sponsored children whereabouts unknown - but our God is Sovereign! We did not stop and give up. Instead we kept going back year after year increasing our involvement directly with the local people and listening to their life stories. The extreme poverty, lack of food security, health care or useful education gave birth to Thomas Charities. In October of 2012 Thomas Charities became a 501(c)3 Tax-Exempt Organization. What began with simple Bible teachings under a Mango tree and a $15 grant for a villager to buy some traditional bee hives, the missions work has now expanded to the development of several agricultural initiatives, organization of mobile medical clinics, increased educational support to fatherless children and now provides Christian Education, Community Farms, Literacy Programs and Health Education in the rural areas of East Africa. In all we do, we teach the Word of God, the Hope of Christ, and Biblical principles. Thomas Charities comes alongside and partners with local communities and their officials to assess quality of life issues.
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 25yrs. 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 and has volunteered as an Emergency Medical Technician in the local fire department. 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 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.
Thomas Hahn - Retired DuPont Engineer
Tom is a retired DuPont engineer and loves the LORD. He works tirelessly mentoring men's groups and the under-served. Tom and his wife Joyce of over 40 years are founding members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA), Landenberg, PA.
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 an Elder and with his wife Anne of over 40 years are members of Cornerstone Presbyterian Church (PCA), Landenberg, PA.
Eric Thomas, LT, USN
Eric holds a B.S. in Physics Engineering cum laude, Miami University, Ohio and is a United States Naval Submarine Officer. Eric and wife Rebeka love the LORD and are active with Navigators. They are currently M.B.A. Fellows at the University of Notre Dame.
Heather holds a B.S. in Forensic Science, Pennsylvania State University. She works as a Laboratory Technologist with Labcorp, St. Paul MN. Heather has traveled to Uganda providing 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 a 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
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!
Pastor Patrick Malasi
East African Adult Literacy Supervisor
Pastor with Jesus Explosion Ministries (JEMS) in Kenya. 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.
Rev. Philip Manang, Karamojong
Coordinator for Karamojong Theology Students and Karamojo Region Evangelism
Former Street Child, raised by Kefa Sempangi, father of the Presbyterian Church in Uganda
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
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 300 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 10 water wells and dig new wells where needed -
Providing clean water to schools and the community.
Women's Sewing Co-op
Started in 2012 these women who live on the northwestern slopes of Mt. Elgon were highly motivated to learn a trade and have their own business. This was the very first micro-enterprise Thomas Charities funded and trained. About 20 women completed their training and have begun to train other women, paying forward their knowledge and experience. They became self-sustaining in 2014. Many other women groups are waiting for training in the remote villages in northern Uganda where the future Community and Training Center will be built to reach over 4,000 people with vocational training.
Litters and litters of piglets have been produced and distributed to the women! Over 60 women have now benefited from this project. Started in December 2013 the women's Piggery for widows in northern Uganda is already producing 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 the "barn" is slated for 2020.
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.
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
Brian: Secondary School - S3
Mbale Secondary School
Brian is a Division I student living in a slum called "Baghdad" He was the only one in his Primary 7 class to pass the National Exams for entry into High School. He desires to become a Doctor to return to his community.
Emmanuel: Secondary School - S3
Kwoka Secondary School, Mbale
Extreme Poverty Based Student
Emmanuel wishes to become a Truck Driver.
Shakul: Secondary School - S3
Mbale Secondary School
Shakul was the winner of our Inter-Schools Literacy Competition. Shakul also desires to become a Doctor.
Viktor: Secondary School - S3
Kwoka Secondary School, Mbale
Extreme Poverty Based Student
Viktor wishes to become a Metoerologist.
Scovia: 12 yrs old. Female. Primary 5 Class. Scovia lives with her mother. Her father died many years ago. She has 4 older siblings. Her favorite subject is Math. Goro Primary School.
Flavia - 15 Years Old. Female. Primary 6 Class. Flavia lives with her Grandmother. Both parents are dead. Her favorite subject is Science and wants to be a Nurse. Goro Primary School.
Prossy - 14 Years Old, Female. Primary 4 class. Prossy lives with her Grandmother as both parents are dead. Her favorite subjects are Social Studies and Religious Education. She aspires to be a lawyer. Goro Primary School.
Denis - 11 years old. Male. Primary 3 Class. Denis lives with his Mother and Grandmother. His Father is dead. His favorite subject is Math and aspires to be a Doctor. Goro Primary School.
Reagan- 9 Years Old. Male. Primary 2 Class. Reagan walks over 3 KM one way to school. English is his favorite subject. He wants to be a Driver. Koch Lii Primary School.
Flavia- 12 years Old. Female. Primary 5 Class. Flavia lives with her Grandmother. Both parents are dead. She wants to be a Nurse. Goro Primary School.
Emmy - 11 Years old. Primary 5 Class. Male. Emmy lives with his Grandmother. Both parents are dead. He walks over 4 KM to school one way. His favorite subject is Math. He wants to be a Doctor. Koch Lii Primary School.
Cosmas - 12 years old. Male. Primary 3 Class. Cosmas lives with his Grandmother. His Father was killed and Mother abandoned him. His favorite subject is Social Studies. He wants to be a Pilot for the airplanes he sees far up in the sky. Goro Primary School.
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 and around the northern slopes of Mt. Elgon.
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.
Medical Video and Request from Ugandan Doctor
Our Medical teams operate under the direction of Dr. Elisha Birikire who operates his own medical clinic in Busio, Uganda, has a prison ministry/soup kitchen, and has traveled over the past decade with the medical teams into rural Uganda.