The journey to end sickle cell for good begins with a child.

Sickle cell disease is an inherited blood disorder affecting red blood cells. Normal red blood cells contain hemoglobin A. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells containing mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal type of hemoglobin. The abnormal “S” hemoglobin causes red blood cells to become sickle-shaped (crescent-shaped), and have difficulty passing through small blood vessels. There are several different types of sickle cell disease; the most common types are sickle cell disease(SS disease), sickle hemoglobin C (SC Disease), and sickle-cell beta thalassemia (Sß+ or Sß0 disease)

Sickle Cell Disorder

A group of disorders that cause red blood cells to become misshapen and break down. With sickle cell disease, an inherited group of disorders, red blood cells contort into a sickle shape. The cells die early, leaving a shortage of healthy red blood cells (Sickle Cell Anemia) and can block blood flow causing pain (sickle cell crisis).

About Raising Hope International Friends

We are an indigenous local nonprofit organization that started from Pallisa District with her Headquarters in Kampala District. RHIF was founded in 2016 by a young enterprising youth Mr. Okello Isaac who was committed to improving the living standards and the level of the making of young people, children, and more so those affected with sickle cell disease who at times and often would
get little or no attention.

The organization particularly targets projects that target youth, school drop out, married or pregnant young mothers faced with challenges of sustainable livelihood by reducing barriers to accessing adolescent-friendly health services. The organization particularly targets projects that target youth, school dropout, married or pregnant young mothers faced with challenges of sustainable livelihood by reducing barriers to accessing adolescent-friendly health services.

Our Vision

A Vision For The Future

We envision a generation free of Sickle Cell Disease where all affected persons is holistically empowered to reach their full potential.

Our Mission

A Mission To The Future

To eliminate the effects of sickle cell disease through the advancement of advocacy, research, and policy development; to provide and enhance care and support for the affected individuals; and to provide effective means to reduce the risks and prevention of SCD throughout Uganda and across the globe.

Our Goal

To increase access to social services for the marginalized with a focus on Sickle Cell patients, young mothers, Teenagers, and youth to be able to make informed decisions and minimize the effect of sickle cell and other diseases in Uganda.

What we focus on

Lasting impact

Children with Sickle Cell are more likely to be exposed to the stress of violence, gangs and drugs. This can negatively affect brain development and long-term well-being. Your support during this vulnerable time helps children and youth set their own goals to build a life free from Sickle Cell.

Good that grows

When you sponsor a child, you create a powerful multiplier effect. You help them see beyond the daily struggles of life with Sickle Cell. Your support releases them from a cycle of short-term decisions and helps them gain the ability to begin contributing to their own families and communities.

Sickle Cell Free

Sponsorship encompasses key programs specifically designed to address a child’s toughest issues in their fight against Sickle Cell. Getting and staying healthy, staying in school, finding a stable job. You can help a child overcome challenges they’d otherwise face for a lifetime. You can help set them free.


People Screened

Warriors Registered

Sickle Cell Carriers Registered

Sickle Cell Clinics incorporated

Engage, Educate, Energize

our partners

85% of our total operating expenses fund programs for children in the countries we serve. So when you make a monthly gift or donation to our organization, the majority of your dollars go toward exactly what you intended – supporting children with sickle cell.

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By 2030, Sickle Cell Awareness Group of RHIF would have Educated over 1,000,000 people, Screened 100,000 and served 1,500 patients and families with sickle cell disease in Uganda and ensures that they have access to comprehensive care and treatment as well as tangible interest in research initiatives consistent with other chronic diseases”.

As a result of our services, patients and families will experience less isolation, more stability, and improved knowledge of taking responsibility of their disease and thereby reduced complications.

As a result of our advocacy work, key decision makers will be aware of the impact of their decisions on the families that we serve, and will have access to progressive policy options.

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Raising Hope International Friends is sustained by the generosity of donors, our supporters, and dedicated volunteers


As a non-governmental organization, we couldn’t do without you!  Volunteer service helps us break the sickle cycle.  Volunteers of all 


Sickle cell is a genetic blood disorder.  Testing is critical because everyone should know if they have a blood disorder.

Join the Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is a common, inherited red blood disorder. Throughout their lives, individuals with sickle cell disease can suffer a range of conditions, including acute anemia, tissue and organ damage, terrible pain and even strokes. Red blood cells carry oxygen to all parts of the body through a substance called hemoglobin. Normal red blood cells are soft, round, and can squeeze through tiny blood vessels. People with sickle cell disease have red blood cells that contain mostly hemoglobin S, an abnormal hemoglobin type. These red blood cells are stiff, distorted in shape (like a sickle) and sometimes block small blood vessels. This is what causes the complications of sickle cell disease and why blood transfusions from people with healthy red blood cells can help. You can’t catch sickle cell disease, but for patients born with it, there is currently no widely used cure.


Each donation, no matter how large or small, carries a Sickle Cell patient one step further to breaking the Sickle Cell Cycle. May we have your support?


Your donations will sponsor an event that raises awareness about sickle cell disease and help to save the next generation from the ailment.


One time or monthly giving.
Create lasting change for a child.
Make an impact in the world!


If you would like to volunteer to help us realize a sickle cell-free generation we would love for you to join us. Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. We’re entirely run 100% by volunteers.