About Us

Debbie and Mark Johnson
      Mark and Debbie Johnson at home in Scotland

Helping Hands in Uganda is a charity which began in 2004 after Debbie Newman Johnson spent a year teacher training from a base in Kampala. Her heart was touched as she met countless children in rural schools who desperately needed basic healthcare. As a Christian, with a firm belief that every one of us matters, she wanted to practically show these children that they had not been forgotten. With the help of many friends, both in Uganda and back in the UK, Debbie set up the charity and it has grown as more individuals have become involved.

Debbie runs the charity with her husband, Mark, from their home in Scotland with annual trips to meet up with the staff and all of the children. They are well supported with a great bunch of trustees and volunteers in the UK. There is also a strong management team in Uganda who oversee the staff and work. Such a strong partnership lends itself to handing the work over to the local team to develop in their own way, and according to changing local needs. This is our shared dream for the future of Helping Hands, opening up ever more new possibilities.