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My name is Jenny Taylor, I am an occupational therapist and the founder and director of Our Hope International. Our Hope began in 2011 after I had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa. While serving in Uganda, I had the opportunity to meet Edith Lukabwe, the director of Home of Hope, an orphanage that serves children with disabilities. I had been praying for a way to use my occupational therapy skills through missions and forming a non-profit to become the stateside partner for these children was the answer! The Lord has been faithful to provide people to journey with me and provide a helping hand in running Our Hope. In 2015, after traveling with our team to serve in Uganda, Kristen Waddell came along side me to coordinate our child sponsorship program. Kristen is a pediatric nurse practioner and we value her clinical skills tremendously in working with these precious children.Together we work to be the hands and feet of Jesus Christ to meet the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of orphan children.

Jenny and Kristen treating at Kisaakye Rehab

Jenny and Kristen treating at Kisaakye Rehab

 

Our partners in Uganda

Home of Hope: The Primary Organization we support. Home of Hope is an orphanage that is home to 55 children with various disabilities. They are a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda with two local organizations working underneath them, Mt. Zion Primary School and Kisaakye Rehabilitation Center. The children at Home of Hope are cared for 24/7 by an amazing staff of men and women, including a nurse and two occupational therapists. Through our partnership we are able to provide occupational therapy services on a daily basis to help these children reach their full potential. Edith Lukawbe is the founder and director of Home of Hope and Mercy is her assistant. Edith founded the orphanage after having a child with cerebral palsy and realizing how difficult it was to find needed services for him. Edith’s son, Derrick, passed away in 2014 but his legacy lives on through the precious children at Home of Hope. Follow them on Facebook or check out their Website.

Mercy and Edith

Mercy and Edith

The great staff at Home of Hope

The great staff at Home of Hope

Edith's son Derrick and his sweet smile

Edith’s son Derrick and his sweet smile

 

Mt. Zion Primary School: Mt. Zion is one of the only local schools in the Jinja area that has inclusion classrooms for children with disabilities. Charles Ssemusu is the director of special education at Mt. Zion and we partner with him to provide school sponsorship for children in the community who have potential to learn and need support to make that a reality. Mt. Zion also has programs for deaf children with two deaf teachers to lead their classrooms. Follow them on Facebook.

Charles is a special education teacher and our lead partner at Mt Zion

Charles is a special education teacher and our lead partner at Mt Zion

 

The students showing off their Jonah and the whale projects

The students showing off their Jonah and the whale projects

Kisaakye Rehabilitation Center: An outpatient walk-in clinic serving the Jinja area. Moses Ismail is an occupational therapist who runs this program. They provide several services, including occupational therapy, special education and with our partnership they are now able to offer nursing services to families who bring their children to the clinic on a regular basis. They also complete community home visits to help adapt the child’s environment and give recommendations to the family on how best to assist their child in reaching their full potential. Follow them on Facebook.