Odongo Geoffrey Keronga is a pastor, husband, and father to his biological children. Additionally, over 100 children and young adults call him "Dad". His faith and relationship with the Lord can be compared to that of Noah. When he began planning Acres of Hope, people thought he was crazy. Locals told him it was not possible, but Geoffrey forged ahead. Geoffrey knew that God allowed him to survive an awful childhood so that he could help hundreds, if not thousands of other orphans and vulnerable children know the love of Christ and live a better life. Geoffrey is an example of what it means to be selfless, compassionate, faithful, determined, patient, and incorruptible. He is a man after Gods own heart.
The first structures built at Acres of Hope were pod houses. Three of the houses are home to about eight young children and a house Mom. The other two homes are for teenagers. Over 20 young men live in one, and over 20 young ladies in the other. They live with a patron and matron respectively. Collectively, over 70 children consider Acres of Hope home. The other Acres of Hope students live in the community with family members or guardians who receive support from AOH. Eventually, Pastor Geoffrey would like to add many more pod houses to accommodate more children and to ensure their needs are met.
Before Acres of Hope, most of these children prayed for school fees so that they could attend school. Now, over 200 children have had their prayers answered as they attend school at Acres of Hope (or have their school fees paid for so that they can attend another school). When the school first started, some of the classes met under a mango tree, and others met under tarps. The rain and storms frequently caused problems and classes had to be cancelled. Now, two permanent school buildings have been constructed, and another is underway. Once completed, there will be classrooms for all three nursery school classes, as well as Primary 1 through Primary 7. There will also be a library, computer lab, and medical clinic!
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What is Acres of Hope Uganda?
A Christ centered community for orphans and vulnerable children. The mission of Acres of Hope Uganda is “to holistically promote the welfare of orphans and vulnerable children by enhancing their capacity individually and at the household level through providing shelters, education, healthcare and financial assistance in order to empower them and consequently, ensure sustainable lives of self-reliance thereafter.”
Why support Acres of Hope Uganda?
Acres of Hope has a unique approach to caring for orphans and vulnerable children. Acres of Hope Uganda was founded by Pastor Geoffrey, who grew up in similar conditions to the kids he now helps (orphaned, hungry, and lacking money for school fees). His past affords him the opportunity to create bright futures. The children live in family settings and the school employs nurturing teachers and class sizes are small. Acres of Hope is a loving community, not an institution. Acres of Hope is operated by Ugandan people who know the culture, understand needs, and are prepared to navigate tragedy to witness triumph. By meeting basic needs, providing high quality education, and equipping the students with technical skills, health returns, healing begins, and hope is restored. The community is also focused on becoming self-sustaining. This is unique approach for charitable organizations in the developing world. In addition to child development, Acres of Hope is creating locally owned businesses and teaching skills beyond the classroom to the children.
How did Acres of Hope Uganda start?
Acres of Hope started with Odongo Geoffrey Keronga, a lifelong resident of Northern Uganda. He is a pastor, husband, and father. Over 200 children and young adults call him "Dad". His faith and relationship with the Lord can be compared to that of Noah. When he began planning Acres of Hope, people thought he was crazy. Locals told him it wasn't possible, but Geoffrey carried on. His vision for Acres of Hope grew out of his own experiences. Geoffrey knew that God allowed him to survive an awful childhood so that he could help hundreds, if not thousands of other orphans and vulnerable children, know the love of Christ and live a better life. Geoffrey is an example of what it means to be selfless, compassionate, faithful, determined, patient, and incorruptible. He is a man after God's own heart.