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About us

Be the change you want to see...

40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation (40-40) is a Kampala based independent, youth-led, charity organisation. We are committed to helping vulnerable children and communities to access quality, all-round education support and entrepreneurial training aimed at self-sustainability.

Our model greatly hinges on the use of social media as a platform for raising awareness on pertinent issues in our community and subsequently find solutions. We also use fun-social events to inspire a socially-conscious movement of youths who contribute to our cause. The idea is for youths to take responsibility for social-economic change within their communities. We seek to be the change we want to see in our society.

Our Story

On 27th February 2012, Esther Kalenzi decided to use the easiest means available to her in order to realise a long-held dream – to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable children.

She opened a Facebook page and added her friends, most of them recent graduates from university, and some, unemployed. She then asked them to donate anything they had; food, clothes, books, toys, money; and join her during the Easter weekend to deliver the items and celebrate with the kids.

40 days later, we had raised over Ushs 3 Million in cash and heaps of other items. That Easter weekend, we visited two orphanages, played with the children, ate, danced and made merry. We created over 40 Smiles!

We had started a movement that could not be stopped. The party was over but the orphans still remained. They still needed food, they were still sick, they needed to go to school, they needed a home. They needed to be loved.

We understood the need to do more. Esther then assembled a team of volunteers who willingly share her vision and together, they birthed the youth charity group, 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation.

On June 11, 2013, the group was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee; now boasting of a growing number of volunteers, and a support network of individuals, groups corporate organisations.

So far, through social media and events like Basketball and Football games, music and poetry, and through our networks, we have raised over Ushs 100 Million and invested it in the lives of over 500 children. Our events host over 1000 youths and we have a presence on all major social media platforms.

Our activities are based on programmes that support value addition in education like Food and Nutrition, Literacy, Health and Sanitation, and Extra-Curricular Activities. The idea is to integrate the above programmes with the community so that the problem is solved communally, to encourage self-sustainability and avoid dependency.

Key Areas of Interest



It is important that children learn to read and write properly in order for them to grasp basic school/life concepts. This will also help them gain expansive knowledge to eventually enable them to contribute to the development of the country. Our literacy program involves career guidance and counselling, reading and writing, recreational and study tours, etc.


This program engages children from middle class schools for the benefit of vulnerable children. One of our core objectives is to promote local philanthropy and encouraging children and youth to get actively involved in community initiatives.
Kids4Kids engages middle class children in fun constructive activities around literacy and community activations for the benefit of vulnerable children. The target group is the 7 – 13 year olds (i.e. P.1 to P.7.)


Most homes and communities cannot access health and sanitary ware like medicine, soap, sanitary pads, etc. 40-40 creates avenues to enable our beneficiaries to access these amenities, in line with our vision. Extra-Curricular Support - This involves music, dance and drama, games and sports, and related co-curricular activities meant to raise a generation whose talent is nurtured, exploited and rewarded.


Angaza is a Swahili word that means “Shine”. This is the spirit of our flagship literacy and health program, designed to engage children and local communities in activities that improve health and literacy for vulnerable children.The program is segmented into different projects, to ensure efficiency and enable us effectively meet our vision and mission statement that calls us to be the change we want to see in the world.

Angaza Schools Project (ASP)

The programme engages children in community schools and childcare homes in experiential activities that improve their literacy, comprehension and expression abilities. The project relies on our ability to create appropriate story content, source for books and creative materials, and mobilize volunteers to provide additional tutorial support to teachers in community and public schools. Our volunteers work with the children weekly,improving their reading, writing and expression skills.

Angaza Community Learning Spaces

The learning spaces are our next major intervention idea. They address two of Uganda’s major education challenges – School dropouts and poor literacy levels. By engaging host communities and community schools, we plan to create safe, well-stocked community spaces with age-appropriate literacy and creative material that can be used by vulnerable children (both in and out of school). These spaces will serve as community libraries and volunteer spaces to enable us add skills-support for the children in carpentry, tailoring, baking, and other cottage industries.

Angaza Community Project (ACP)

Alongside the ASP, we facilitate community-led participation in health and sanitation programs, involving children and their caretakers. We facilitate volunteer doctors and subject experts to train local communities on good health, water and sanitation practices to ensure long-term benefits and sustainability as a result of knowledge gains.

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