As the children have been moved to the Villages, we are refocusing our micro-economic efforts to the “child mothers” in Gulu in regards to bead making and skill training. The Lord’s Resistance Army abducted the child mothers at a very young age, leading them to be tortured, abused, raped and eventually pregnant. When they were able to escape from the LRA Rebels they came home with their “Rebel babies” (names the community gave them) to then be rejected by their families and community. Left to survive on their own, they had little hope.
Village of Hope provides trauma counseling, business & skill training. Teaching these young women to sew, make paper beaded jewelry and basket weaving, so they now earn an income that will provide for themselves and their children. It has been a long hard road for them, but their hope has been renewed and their lives transformed through the work of God. Their HOPE has been restored!
100% of the profits from sales support the orphans and child mothers in our program.
“He has made everything beautiful in its time.” – Ecclesiastes 3:11
Alice was abducted at a very young age, when most girls are playing or going to school. Alice was forced by the LRA Rebels to walk on broken glass (one of many ways they tortured her and other children who they abducted). She says, “I was so ashamed of my feet, they were ugly”.
During a sharing time, Alice said “I thank God for my ugly feet. The rebels locked the door to our hut and set it on fire. But because my feet were so callused from walking on the glass I was able to use my ugly feet to break down the door and the other girls & I were able to escape.” Alice was able to praise God for something “ugly” in her life by realizing how God used that to save her life and others. God made something beautiful out of her pain and in her life.