For many years I taught school, raised three children and served in both children's ministry and the music ministry of my local church. Teaching, being a mom and serving Christ in the church was the perfect life for me. However, in 2008, a trip to Uganda changed it all when I became deeply aware of the suffering of orphans. I saw the absolute hopelessness of small children living in the street, searching for food in the trash, unable to go to school, wondering if they would survive. It affected me deeply and I felt God calling me to do something. Engaging personally in this enormous problem was far outside the realm of possibilities which I had envisioned for my life, yet I was consumed with their suffering.
With encouragement from our church’s mission team, six friends and I started Kulea Childcare Villages in December 2009. I am often called the Founder, but I could not have done anything without these six committed ladies: Kelly Lacourse, Renee Villafane, Pam Hansen, Melissa Nickerson, Darlene Matton and Cindy Parolisi. Through the years a total of 23 people have taken on the responsibility of board membership and all have been intent on integrity, transparency, good governance and serving the Lord. It’s a privilege to be part of all that God has done through Kulea Villages, from sending orphans to school, teaching them about Christ, feeding them and often their families, and giving hope.
It is our goal at Kulea Villages to glorify God in all that we do and we depend on Him to provide. The children are fed and go to school daily through the generous donations of people who saw the need and responded.
Thank you for reading our site. We invite you to join us in supporting a child through sponsorship or in Maisha Matters (for malnourished newborn orphans). Come change the world for a child with us!
For the children,
Founder & Executive Director