Our Challenge

In February of 2007 Villages of Hope Africa, a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization, was formed with the help of many friends in Uganda. This was a result of our first exploratory trip to Gulu in the spring of 2005. After 10 years of ministry in the South we felt a strong calling from God to move our efforts from where many organizations were established, to the northern region of Uganda. Gulu, a wartorn, confused, harsh area in which two decades of Joseph Kony’s rebel activity had destroyed the people, their land, and their spirits. Many non-governmental organizations (NGOs) were doing work, but the people still remained enslaved in the IDP (Internally Displaced Peoples) camps with no hope of returning to the heritage and customs of their home villages. Everywhere we looked you could see the result of the total breakdown of their clan social structure. Thousands upon thousands were simply “existing” in the forgotten world of the IDP camps where competition for survival had overcome the history of family. After spending time in the camps interviewing families and local officials we came to realize that the Acholi people didn’t have a chance to live “normal” lives without first moving out of the IDP camps. The hope for restoration depended upon re-settlement back into the village