Born: October 2007
Ezra is a young boy from Northern Uganda, an area devastated by civil war and the LRA. Ezra’s mother died from pregnancy complications and later his father died from HIV/AIDS before when he was very young leaving him and his two siblings total orphans. Now at Calo Me Lare “Village of Redemption” Jacob is safe, has nutritious meals, attends school, has access to medical attention and receives spiritual/character mentorship. Jacob enjoys learning in school and hopes to become a teacher when he grows up.
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Northern Uganda has suffered through 25 years of war due to the insurgency of Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army. The unrest has destabilized the region for decades prohibiting it from developing an infrastructure to support its people. As a result of this war, and the ongoing epidemic of AIDS and malaria, there is estimated to be over 3 million orphans in Uganda. Project Hope Worldwide’s work in this region has involved establishing an orphanage, schools, a medical clinic, vocational training programs, and local churches to support the people.