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Under the Umbrella Tree

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Premiering OCTOBER 12, 2014 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

In Uganda, millions of innocent children have been denied their basic rights to life and human security. It’s estimated that 30,000 children were captured and enslaved by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. In a country of 36 million, 1.2 million children are orphaned from AIDS-related diseases. Desperate parents living in extreme poverty abandon their children daily. This is the state of Uganda’s children.

One very determined woman has made it her mission to rescue them, giving them hope, a stable home, and an education. Her name is Victoria Nalongo Namusisi. She opened her home and her heart to over 100 children. Without her, 95% of these children would have faced death. For many of them, she is the only mother they know.

Shot on location in Uganda, this film documents her remarkable life. It’s a journey from her humble beginnings as a poor fisherman’s daughter and reveals how, through the power of education, she became a journalist, a political and Scout leader, and Founder and Director of Bright Kids Uganda. Her passionate work has been captured on film to show the world there’s hope for these children.

The film portrays the traumatic stories of several children and how Victoria transformed their lives. It depicts her challenge to maintain a home of 90-plus children and how she puts sustainability into practice. She’s their last hope for survival; sacrificing to feed, clothe, shelter, and educate these children. The story of Victoria and Bright Kids Uganda is one of inspiration, hope, and love.  For additional information or if you have questions please email us at: