Northern Uganda has been devastated by years of War, AIDS, and Poverty. Over 2 million children below the age of 15 have lost one or both parents to this devastation. Without help these children will have little hope for the future; growing up without food, shelter, or an education. Fortunately, a man with a vision of hope for these children established "Acres of Hope, Uganda".
Before the pod houses at Acres of Hope were constructed, before the land was even purchased, Pastor Geoffrey was doing all that he could to not only support his family, but also the numerous orphans and vulnerable children around him. Food was always shared with the community and when he had spare change, it went to school fees for a child who did not have someone else to support him/her. For years, Geoffrey dreamed of a place where children would find the love of Jesus, care of a mother, a bed, three meals a day, clean water, clothing, and the opportunity for an education.
In 2011, after a trip to Uganda, Williamsons Chapel UMC in Mooresville NC, committed to building the first four pod houses at Acres of Hope. The ground breaking ceremony was held in July and was attended by not only the orphans and the people of the nearby village, but many notable local authorities also came to express their excitement and gratitude. Each house is designed for eight children and a house mother. The house mother may bring an additional two children if she has them. Currently there are three homes completed and filled with the laughter and joy of 25 children who have a new found hope. The fourth home is not yet finished, but it is being used as three classrooms for the children. Geoffreys prayer is that he will be able to build a fifth house on the same plot, and then five more on a neighboring plot of land in the near future.
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