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Project Orphans by Brittany Stokes - 3M ago

More than six years ago, Project Orphans began with a mission to build homes for the most vulnerable orphaned children. Over the years, we have seen walls built through the generosity of donors and friends who believed in and supported the vision. Through partnerships with vetted organizations and years of experience, homes were planted in Uganda, Brazil, Haiti, and Guatemala. This was a testament to our challenging but rewarding journey. Little did we know that the idea of safe-homes, warm beds and house parents would be just the beginning.

Witnessing the overwhelming need in Uganda, we realized the urgency to plant roots and establish a non-governmental organization (NGO). The passion in our hearts seemed to grow to another level of intensity after establishing an office in Kampala, Uganda. Our vision increased and we saw a massive need for so many hurting and fatherless souls in the villages where we worked.

Thousands of children, women and broken families needed a voice. The communities we began working within needed people to encourage them to dream again and have hope for a better future. Most importantly, they needed support that would allow them the chance to not only survive but thrive.

Tears overcame us as we stood on the unoccupied land of the Pearl Village, envisioning its potential. We knew Project Orphans was so much more than an organization making a difference. Project Orphans had become a life-line that would help lives live again.

Today, Project Orphans sees the impact of a dream we never thought possible. This dream didn’t happen overnight, but the impact we have had is more than we ever imagined. It is often overwhelming to have so many lives depending on an organization, depending on us. We didn’t plan on building a church, medical centre or transitional homes for the abused. Our goal wasn’t to create life-skills training courses, spiritual development programs, elderly and widow services and provide assistance to children with special needs.

But our eyes have been opened to the dire need; saying no or turning a blind eye is not an option.

We have dreams for the future that are overwhelming and sometimes scary. We know that with this comes more responsibility and more lives depending on the families who support Project Orphans. But we are expectant that as we deepen our stakes and expand our reach, we will continue to bring hope and restoration to the people of Uganda.

With this, we are thankful, thankful for all you have done and all you have sacrificed. Because of you, transformation is happening. Together we are paving a path toward a brighter future for many. The people of Uganda are hopeful and grateful as they are being educated, empowered, and equipped.

With love, Brittany and Christina, Co-Founders of Project Orphans

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Project Orphans by Brittany Stokes - 6M ago

Most people are able to think of several advantages that come from giving education, medical care, a safe home, and counseling/therapy to those in need. At Project Orphans, we immediately grasp that meeting these basic needs provides improved health, access to jobs, increased income for a family, and much more. But over the years, we’ve gotten to see some of the unexpected ways Project Orphans has changed lives in Uganda. In addition to providing children and vulnerable communities access to healthcare, education and a safe living environment, we have shown them the unconditional love of Christ. Your giving has enabled us to inspire confidence, dignity, hope and healing in this community.

HOPE

Project Orphans provided access to free healthcare and medication to over 1,100 patients through our CURA Medical Centre and Medical Camps hosted in the slums of Kampala. Three of the Project Orphans children tested the limit of what we thought we were capable of doing. Ian, Mark, and John needed care that proved every life is worth fighting for. Ian underwent spinal surgery, Mark received an emergency brain surgery and John will be receiving heart surgery next month. Today, when you look into these boys' eyes you see something that wasn’t there before. You see hope. They have faith they can climb mountains to overcome any obstacle because they defeated death which would not have been possible without you!

CONFIDENCE

A few years ago, the children in our sponsorship program were on the streets, often begging for food and not dreaming of attending school. They can confidently say their names, share their stories and what the aspire to be. Today, our kids stand proud after taking national exams. They can confidently say their name, share their story and what they aspire to be.They have gained confidence knowing their futures are bright and we could not be more proud.

SAFETY

In many countries around the world, women and girls are often at dangerous risk of rape and abuse. This year, we were able to open the Pearls’ Transitional Housing, offering homes and a life-skills program to many girls who lost their childhood too early. When they moved in you could feel their fear. Today, they sing in the newly built Oasis Church at Pearl Village. They are empowered as they learn new skills that will one day support them and their children. Most importantly, through emotional and spiritual healing they have met a Heavenly Father who is healing their wounds and rebuilding what was taken from them. There’s no better time than the holidays, a season all about giving, to take a step back to think what you truly have the power of offering when you give. We can’t put into words how grateful we are to walk alongside you and as we continue to make an impact and bring hope to our villages in Uganda.

In 2019, we have some exciting projects we can’t wait to share with you. From building a women’s birthing center, rescuing the orphaned and opportunities for quality education, our journey together has just started. Thank you for being part of our family! Cheers to a wonderful year together as we pave the way for a brighter future, expectant for what’s to come.

PS. Join us for an extraordinary evening in celebration of the future by attending the Project Orphans Gala on March 7, 2019, at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 100% of what is raised will give continued hope and open new opportunities of impact to the communities and children we serve in Uganda.
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Project Orphans by Brittany Stokes - 1y ago

A home of hope and love. A place to come just as you are and never leave the same. A place you are instantly family. My heart grew by a mile my first day in Kampala. Who knew you could love a new place and faces so quickly? 

The work that is being done through Project Orphans and their team is truly remarkable and a honest testimony of trust and obedience. I only had a glimpse of what Project Orphans was through the last year of sponsorship, but to go and see and experience...wow! 

To see these remarkable children in person and to see the care and love they are given and to see where every dollar is spent and the many prayers answered was such a blessing. I was so impressed with how things were run, planned and managed. There were many bumps along our journey and time in Uganda, but that is life. You roll with it and do the best you can. 

That is a lesson that so many of these kids have learned at an age they should not have to. Life is not always fair, there are many things out of your control and there are things we may never understand, but we always need someone to be there, to encourage us, to love us, to speak truth into our lives and to stand by us no matter the circumstances. 

For so many children and their families, this is what Project Orphans is. They are shown by example day in and day out how to live a godly life and the importance of spiritual growth and unity with one another and to not give up. 

Someone to take them by the hand and to show them they are worthy, valued and loved deeply by their Heavenly Father. 

There is no doubt that God is over this precious organization. Things that only He can do, things that only He can orchestrate are taking life and flourishing due to the commitment and faithfulness of Project Orphans and it’s co-founders. 

I’m blessed to have been apart of this journey and my heart only grows bigger for this family. 

The definition of Joy describes the children in the Project Orphans program perfectly. 

JOY: [joi] noun.  Gladness not based on circumstances. 

"You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; you rejoice with glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls." - 1 Peter 1:8-9

These children have so much joy and they now have hope, support and someone who not only believe’s in them but to help them pursue their purpose and calling! What greater gift in life could amount to this?

Love and hugs to my Ugandan family! 

Deanna Swope, Project Orphans Missionary & Friend

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About a year ago, I came to find Project Orphans, a non-profit organization based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma that focuses on helping kids and families in Kampala, Uganda who are in serious situations and poverty, on Instagram. At that time, I was doing a lot of soul searching within myself in regards to what I wanted my life to be about. I've always had a heart for kids, especially orphans and coming across Project Orphans was a reminder to me on what God has called me to do with my life. With that in mind, I made the decision with the help of my parents to sponsor a child and that's how Ronald became a part of my life from miles and miles away. Through this organization I have communicated with him through letters, have had the ability to send him gifts and receive updates from him, and provide for him to have an education. I always said I wanted to take a trip to meet him, but I never thought the opportunity would present itself so soon and in all honesty I would say that with the hopes that in the future like years from then it would happen, but I didn't wholeheartedly believe it would happen. When Project Orphans reached out to me and other sponsors to go on the next trip, my reaction was immediately, "Yes!"

There were so many bumps along the way to getting there, especially financially, but God is truly our provider and with His provision comes peace despite the current circumstances. God provided in ways that only he could. Starting with a job that I didn't even apply for, extra checks that came in the mail that weren't expected, and with the kindness and patience of the Project Orphan's team. Was it stressful? Yes. Was it worth it? Yes, yes, yes. Satan really tried to get in the way of this trip. There were times where I wondered if God was even in it because it was causing so many problems behind the scenes, but He came through. He always does.

I felt so much peace when we landed in Kampala, Uganda. The Project Orphans' team welcomed us with open arms and it honestly felt like home rather than a strange place. I went on this trip with the expectation to see God and more importantly to give of myself to the community in Kampala, but I ended up being filled with the joy and love that fills the hearts of the Ugandan people more than I believe I gave of myself. I didn't realize how empty I truly was.

Our first day in Kampala, was a memorable one. We went from home to home performing medical check-ups on the children sponsored through Project Orphans and got a first glance on where the kids live and at the Kampala community. The poverty level in Uganda is very high and it was honestly overwhelming to behold the circumstances in which a lot of people in this country, at least in Kampala, live in, but the Project Orphans' kids were extremely taken care of. The work that this organization has done in this community has been life changing for not only the locals but to those who are a part of the organization whether it be through sponsoring kids or supporting the organization both financially and through prayer. That same day we met Ronald. He happened to fall in a ditch a few minutes before we were there which we all found rather humorous. It was such a sweet moment for my sister and I to meet him and his family. The pictures and letters that were sent to us from him perfectly depicted him and his personality. It was humbling to see the difference a few dollars a month can make on the lives of these kids and the gratitude of their parents. As a sponsor, it brought me relief and peace that Ronald was better of than I deemed and that I have been able to make a difference from miles away. The days after that consisted of big medical outreaches in both central Kampala and Pearl Village where we assisted with measuring and recording height and weight, taking blood pressure, giving out de-worming pills, and prescribing glasses. I loved serving in a way that I hadn't before. When your willing to be used by God, He uses you in ways you never thought possible. He takes you out of your comfort zone, across the world maybe, with strangers at times to show you how endless His power and love in you and for you is. He uses what you deem as incapable within yourself and equips you to do the very thing you said wasn't for you. There is nothing too hard for God or with God and sometimes it takes taking a leap of faith to witness that. 

Out of every single experience on this trip though, the one thing I loved the most was witnessing the strong sense of community. No one felt like a complete stranger, rather a fellow member. It was a glimpse of the Kingdom of God for me and what it truly means to live as one body of Christ. It was inspiring to see how their joy was rooted within themselves and not their surroundings. Everyday in Kampala was full of laughter and another measure of God's joy. From listening to the kids worship in their native language, to dancing with them in the middle of the village, to witnessing an elderly cry because she could finally see with her new glasses, to seeing some of the kids swim for the first time, and getting to know some amazing people this trip pierced my heart and I whole heartedly recommend for anyone to partner with Project Orphans in whichever way that they can. This organization is about more than just feeding children and providing them with an education, but about changing their lives, including your own, giving them a solid chance in life, and bringing glimpses of heaven on earth. Thank you Project Orphans for allowing me the opportunity to serve by your side.  

Written with love,

Maali Padro, Project Orphans Missionary & Child Sponsor

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