Pilgrim Africa

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To an African family faced with a gauntlet of dangers to overcome - malaria, war, famine - hope is tangible, vital. Despair, on a field of active hazards with the material odds stacked against you, is tantamount to death. Hope is that real reservoir of strength that the African family must draw upon to outwit multiple horrors.

As an indigenous, Christian organization working in Public Health and Education with policy makers in the capital and rural villages throughout Uganda, it is not that we believe that our work "brings" hope. Instead, hope is the work itself. Pilgrim Africa works to create a future of sustainable prosperity in Uganda through initiatives in Public Health and Education.

Contact information

Mailing address:
Pilgrim Africa
8001 14th Ave NE
Suite #A
Seattle, WA 98115

Website: pilgrimafrica.org

Phone: 206-706-0350

Email: info@pilgrimafrica.org

Organization details

EIN: 810661745

CEO/President: Dorothy Echodu

Chairman: Grey Frandsen

Board size: 11

Founder: Calvin Echodu

Year founded: 2007

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 12/31

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We're working to make malaria control faster, cheaper, and safer. Our ultimate goal is elimination. We're bringing a STEM program with hands-on, project-based learning to the rural Ugandan classroom. We're breaking the cycle of poverty by introducing technology that lets farmers not only survive but thrive.

Mission statement

To challenge despair, love boldly, and create a future of sustainable prosperity and health. We give ourselves in service to others regardless of economic, religious, or social standing, working to empower and love others to the glory of God.

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Foreign Missions

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating316 of 81733 of 99
Fund acquisition rating155 of 81723 of 99
Resource allocation rating383 of 81740 of 99
Asset utilization rating538 of 81763 of 99

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$56,279$22,127$115,127$142,072$567,569
Short-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$1,522,497$707,597$184,185$282,103$682,131
Long-term investments$0$0$0$0$0
Fixed assets$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total assets$1,522,497$707,597$184,185$282,103$682,131
Payables and accrued expenses$11,801$7,327$30,619$72,151$32,433
Other current liabilities$0$702,497$78,118$0$0
Total current liabilities$11,801$709,824$108,737$72,151$32,433
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total long-term liabilities$0$0$0$0$0
Total liabilities$11,801$709,824$108,737$72,151$32,433
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$1,134,402$702,497$178,168$180,055$930,983
Permanently restricted$0$0$0$0$0
Net assets$1,510,696($2,227)$75,448$209,952$649,698
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Total contributions$2,251,877$1,641,353$2,417,803$394,497$286,924
Program service revenue$0$0$12,000$12,000$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3$5$4$89$59
Other revenue($99,505)($54,424)$0($80,750)($11,831)
Total other revenue($99,502)($54,419)$12,004($68,661)($11,772)
Total revenue$2,152,375$1,586,934$2,429,807$325,836$275,152
Program services$1,141,783$1,412,264$2,238,586$460,528$582,867
Management and general$138,337$173,022$168,741$282,221$289,730
Total expenses$1,341,949$1,664,609$2,558,225$765,582$900,456
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$810,426($77,675)($128,418)($439,746)($625,304)
Other changes in net assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total change in net assets$810,426($77,675)($128,418)($439,746)($625,304)


Amha Woldegebreal From 518Finance Director$61,418
Dorothy EchoduCEO$16,150
Raymond Poole Thru 418Finance Director$10,000

Compensation data as of: 12/31/2018

Response from ministry

No response has been provided by this ministry.

The information below was provided to MinistryWatch by the ministry itself. It was last updated 12/14/2020. To update the information below, please email: info@ministrywatch.com


Led by Ugandan native Calvin Echodu, Pilgrim Africa was founded as an indigenous Christian response to the plight of more than 1.5 million refugees living in internally displaced persons (IDP) camps in the war torn regions of Northern Uganda. From its inception over a decade ago as a small organization providing simple medical and nutritional relief and psycho-social support to desperate refugees, Pilgrim Africa has grown to be an international organization with regional and national interventions in Public Health and Education.

After several years of providing relief support to those suffering in the camps, Pilgrim Africa began to look to the future by working to resettle over 1,000 families from IDP camps to ancestral lands. Later, the Beacon of Hope Secondary School was founded in 2005, focused on educating abductees of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), and war orphans.

Driven by Uganda's suffering the worst malaria intensity rates in the world, Pilgrim Africa was moved to enter the world of malaria control in 2008, and pioneered a comprehensive set of interventions in two different districts in Teso (Katakwi and Kumi). Since 2009, Pilgrim Africa has been engaged in an effort to enroll more administrative support for effective malaria control at the governmental level.

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