Kelly Strayhorn Heads ‘Under The Umbrella Tree’ For Benefit Screening


Since 2000, Bright Kids Uganda has served as a sanctuary for displaced and orphaned children. On Oct. 12th, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater will host a fundraising event for the foundation with a screening of Under the Umbrella Tree, a documentary about one woman’s mission to protect the young victims of a nation torn apart by war and corruption.

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. One very determined and motivated woman, Victoria Nalongo Namusisi, has made it her mission to rescue these children, giving them hope, a stable home, and an education. She opened her home and her heart to over 100 children. Victoria is their last hope for survival; sacrificing to feed, clothe, shelter, and educate these children. Without her, 95 percent of them would have faced death. For many of them, she is the only mother they know. Under the Umbrella Tree is the true story of how she came to open the Bright Kids Uganda home near Entebbe, Uganda.

The Under the Umbrella Tree event will begin at 6 p.m. Guests can enjoy cocktails and appetizers prior to the screening. A Q&A session with Victoria Nalongo Namusisi will follow the screening. Tickets are $45 – price includes two drinks – and are available for purchase at Brown Paper Tickets. All proceeds benefit Bright Kids Uganda.


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