Project Hope: Uganda
3615 Tahoma Street
Columbia City, OR 97018
During the past 9 years she has created our penpal sponsorship, stories of hope program, the wellness club and our microloan project. She works alongside our ugandan leaders daily, oversees our vocational and microloan programs and works with Ugandan healthcare providers to help people with medical needs. She has been fortunate to take ten trips to Uganda and is looking forward to leading a mission team in January 2022. While she considers Project Hope Uganda her full time job, Brenda also works as a labor and delivery nurse in Portland, OR for the past 23 years. She is married and has three daughters, two of which have traveled to Uganda with her and have had unforgettable experiences. In her spare time she plays city league tennis, enjoys working out, spending time with friends, reading, hiking, meeting new people and travels any chance she gets.
Five years ago, Craig decided to take the leap of faith into the unknown and joined our Uganda team. He has taken five trips to Uganda and is a tremendous help to running our organization. It was in Uganda that he discovered a true passion. Giving back has given him a sense of purpose in his life which he felt he lacked for most of his life. He absolutely loves Uganda and the people of Uganda. Craig helps on a daily basis with the needs of our children. He currently runs our weekly food supplement program and is in charge of funding several of our monthly budgets along with all primary and secondary school budgets.
Outside of Uganda, Craig has been married to Michelle for 25 years. They have a 24 year old son and an 9 year old great niece that they are raising as their own. He has worked in the transportation business for 12 years and enjoys hiking, camping, watching baseball, hanging out with friends and traveling. When football season comes around, you will find him rooting for the Ducks, as he is an avid Oregon fan.
Michelle’s most enjoyable pastime is spending time with her family. She also enjoys watching the History Channel, reading, traveling, camping and laughing uncontrollably with family and friends.
Emme grew up on the Oregon Coast. She loves to travel, see new places and meet new people. Her eyes and heart for the international community started when she attended EXPO in Vancouver BC where her jazz ensemble performed. After graduation from Western Oregon University she moved to Portland where she started a career in the transportation industry. Emme has 2 Japanese sisters from college and was blessed to be able to attend their weddings in Japan. She has also had the opportunities to travel to France and Germany. Emme enjoys spending time in the great outdoors, whether it is in the mountains, river or ocean. Emme lives in Washington State with 2 cats, a dog and a very understanding better half. God answered her prayers for children by providing over 20 Godchildren and 1 God grandchild. She is looking forward to making a trip to Uganda one day where she will be able to see and love her Ugandan family in person. She will always encourage anyone to get involved in our program as it has provided much meaning to her life.
Because of extreme poverty during his childhood, he is the only child out of seven in his family who has been able to complete college. Growing up, his parents could hardly afford even a single meal a day. They lived under a small grass thatched house with very limited access to basic needs. Isaac is a self starter and was able to earn school fees at a young age by making bricks from mud, working in the neighbor’s fields, providing general labor at construction sites and picking coffee and cotton from trees. The same struggles happened throughout college, but even with the hurdles, he was able to make it. He credits the Lord and also support from two important gentleman in his life. Given the hardships he went through during schooling, he made a promise to God to help the vulnerable and the needy as the only way to thank the Almighty for allowing him to succeed. He earned his diploma in accountancy from Liberty College of Management.
In 2013, he was offered a job as an accountant at Three Angels High School in Ntandi where Project Hope Uganda operates their orphanage. Little did he know God was drawing him nearer to his dream. In 2017, he began employment with PHU as director at Fort Portal Vocational Home where he works with our older children. Isaac still works as the school accountant but is passionate about helping our orphan children. Since two jobs don’t keep him busy enough, he is currently studying at Bugema University pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting & Finance to enhance his career.
He plans to start a project in future which will focus on helping the underprivileged in his home village to pursue their dreams. PHU is blessed to have him as part of our organization.
She also cares for 2 kids with the disabilities, Marriam with cerebral palsy and Nyakato who is deaf. We also have 3 girls and 2 boys in our vocational program. Nelly also just is in charge of taking food supplement to all 22 of our kids at the Fort Portal Secondary School weekly. She really enjoys mentoring our students to become responsible and successful citizens of Uganda.
Richard completed his Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education at Mountains of the moon University in 2014. He loves telling stories with the children, reading books and newspapers. He currently teaches history at Three Angels Secondary school. Project Hope has 11 orphan students attending this school so he oversees their education and personal needs.