Born: October 2003
Rita is a teenage girl from Northern Uganda, an area devastated by civil war and the LRA. Rita’s father died from HIV/AIDS before she was born and her mother fell ill and can no longer care for Rita and her three sibling. Now at Calo Me Lare “Village of Redemption” Rita is safe, has nutritious meals, attends school, has access to medical attention and receives spiritual/character mentorship. Rita enjoys school and helping others.
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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.