Jenny Taylor Agricola is an occupational therapist and the founder, director and Board of Director's president of Our Hope International. Our Hope began in 2011 after Jenny had the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Uganda, Africa. While serving in Uganda, Jenny had the opportunity to meet Edith Lukabwe, the director of Home of Hope, an orphanage that serves children with disabilities. She had been praying for a way to use her occupational therapy skills through missions and forming a 501(c)(3) non-profit to become the stateside partner for these children was the answer! The Lord has been faithful to provide for Our Hope and has sent people to journey with her and provide a helping hand in running Our Hope. Jenny is married to Corey, a hospital chaplain.
In 2015, after traveling with the Our Hope team to serve in Uganda, Kristen Waddell came alongside Jenny to coordinate the sponsorship program and help run Our Hope. She also serves as the Board of Director's vice president. Kristen is a pediatric nurse practitioner and her clinical skills are valued tremendously in working with these precious children. Kristen is continually amazed at the way God uses everyday people to enrich and enhance the lives of the precious children at Home of Hope. Kristen is married to Mark and has 3 children, Ethan, Mayer and Adalyn.
Home of Hope
Home of Hope is an orphanage that is home to 75+ children with various disabilities and is the primary organization Our Hope serves. They are a registered Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in Uganda with two local organizations working underneath them, Mt. Zion Primary School and Kisaakye Rehabilitation Center. The children at Home of Hope are cared for 24/7 by an amazing staff of men and women, including a nurse and two occupational therapists. Through our partnership, the children are able to receive occupational therapy services on a daily basis to help these children reach their full potential. Edith Lukawbe is the founder and director of Home of Hope. Edith founded the orphanage after having a child with cerebral palsy and realizing how difficult it was to find needed services for him. Edith’s son, Derrick, passed away in 2014 but his legacy lives on through the precious children at Home of Hope. Follow them on Facebook or check out their Website.
Mt. Zion Primary School
Mt. Zion is one of the only local schools in the Jinja, Uganda area that has inclusion classrooms for children with disabilities. Charles Ssemusu is the director of special education at Mt. Zion and Our Hope partners with him to provide school sponsorship for children in the community who have potential to learn and need support to make that a reality. Mt. Zion also has programs for deaf children with two deaf teachers to lead their classrooms. Follow them on Facebook.
Kisaakye Rehabilitation Center
Kisaakye Rehabilitation Center is an outpatient walk-in clinic serving the Jinja, Uganda area. Moses Ismail is an occupational therapist who runs this program, where they provide several services, including occupational therapy, special education and with our partnership they are now able to offer nursing services to families who bring their children to the clinic on a regular basis. They also complete community home visits to help adapt the child’s environment and give recommendations to the family on how best to assist their child in reaching their full potential. Follow them on Facebook.