The Village of Hope Uganda is a provision of home, school, family, healthcare, counseling, skills training and most importantly love for formerly abducted children in Uganda. There are meaningful and charitable groups throughout Uganda and Gulu making a difference in the lives of children. It is our hope to restore these kids to stable living so as they enter adulthood, they can create a new future for themselves, their families and their country.
But just who are the kids at the Village of Hope and where did they come from?
The LRA, known as the Lord’s Resistance Army, perpetrated a twenty year conflict with the Ugandan government. The LRA is considered a terrorist organization by the United States government and is wanted by the International Crimes Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. No one knows the true magnitude of death and destruction brought on by the LRA but it is believed that somewhere between 60,000 and 100,000 children were abducted and forced to become soldiers and sex slaves for the LRA.
When our founder, Cindy Cunningham, first traveled to Uganda, she heard first hand from children the stories of their abductions. They told devastating narratives where children were forced to kill other children and beaten within inches from death only then to be coerced into killing their own mothers and fathers. Cindy came back to the United States and felt called to return to Uganda and with her, she brought hope.
Today more than 150 children find safe refuge in the arms of the Village of Hope staff. But with a possibility of 100,000 children abducted, we know our work is far from finished. That is why we are already building another village, Bobi where we have already selected 150 more children in desperate need of food, housing, education and the love of the Village of Hope family. If you want to learn more about Village of Hope and how you can be a part of restoring the lives of abducted children, read more here!