Born: August 2005
Joel is a young boy from Northern Uganda, an area devastated by civil war and the LRA. Tragically, before Joel was two years old both of his parents died from HIV/AIDS leaving him and his three siblings total orphans. Now at Calo Me Lare “Village of Redemption” Joel is safe, has nutritious meals, attends school, has access to medical attention and receives spiritual/character mentorship. Joel excels in reading and enjoys playing soccer with friends.
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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.