When Village of Hope 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.
is the Founder and Director of Village of Hope Uganda. She has spent her life giving, caring and helping people all over the world. She has ministered to children, youth and adults in Japan, Hawaii, Russia and Africa with organizations like: Youth for Christ, Josh McDowell Ministries and African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries.
In 2006 Cindy took a trip to Africa which would forever change her life. She visited: Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and Uganda, and was haunted by the devastation that war, HIV/aids and poverty can have on people, especially the innocent and helpless…the children! She returned to the US asking the question we all ask ourselves: “God, what can I do?” Village of Hope was birthed out of her broken heart and compassion for the people of Africa.
Cindy resides in Dallas, Texas where she organizes and oversees Village of Hope Uganda and is committed to raising funds and awareness for orphans and widows in Africa.
is the Director of Village of Hope in Uganda. Rose was born and raised in Uganda and as a child lived in the town of Gulu, only to have to flee to safety from Rebel attacks. After Rose graduated college, she returned to Gulu with World Vision where she counseled, fed and loved the orphans. Rose is completely devoted and committed to the children and widows of Gulu.
In February of 2007 World Vision wanted to relocate Rose to another area, but Rose told them she could not leave the children and resigned from her position. Since March 1, 2007, Rose has been working with Village of Hope. She is a huge asset to the work in Gulu. Her responsibilities consist of registering the organization with the government, buying land, overseeing all the building, hiring and logistics of getting the Village ready to move the children into.
Mike and Janelle Doud
have served with Village of Hope Uganda since December of 2008. As a team, Mike oversees the construction and agricultural work at Village and Janelle keeps the books, assists in the clinic, manages the gift shop and generally helps where needed.
Over the course of their 24 years of marriage they have been involved as missional partners in Sierra Leone West Africa and as church planters in Florida with the Wesleyan Church. Their daughter Jenna previously served with Village of Hope in Uganda and is now in the U.S. for her sophomore year at University. They love Jesus, each other and hold dear the privilege to work in Uganda under Cindy and Rose’s leadership serving His kids at the Village.
Their home church in the USA is BayLife Church, Brandon Florida.