The Second Annual Hope North Gala will take place Saturday, November 1, at City Winery in Manhattan.
Hosted by Mary-Louise Parker, the celebration will honor Forest Whitaker for his commitment to Hope North and Okello Sam’s vision for peace.
Hope North is educating and healing the young victims of Uganda’s civil war, including orphans and former child soldiers, empowering them to become voices for peace and development.
Founded in 1998 by artist and former child soldier Okello Sam, Hope North is an accredited secondary school with an international arts center, vocational training, and a working farm, staffed by Ugandan educators. Thousands of vulnerable youth have lived at Hope North and today 255 incredible students are working towards their degrees and planning careers. These youth are contributing to peace-building by organizing educational theater and soccer tournaments throughout the north, an area destroyed by years of war, reaching thousands more.