Odongo Geoffrey Keronga is a pastor, husband, and father to his biological children. Additionally, over 100 children and young adults call him "Dad". His faith and relationship with the Lord can be compared to that of Noah. When he began planning Acres of Hope, people thought he was crazy. Locals told him it was not possible, but Geoffrey forged ahead. Geoffrey knew that God allowed him to survive an awful childhood so that he could help hundreds, if not thousands of other orphans and vulnerable children know the love of Christ and live a better life. Geoffrey is an example of what it means to be selfless, compassionate, faithful, determined, patient, and incorruptible. He is a man after Gods own heart.
The first structures built at Acres of Hope were pod houses. Three of the houses are home to about eight young children and a house Mom. The other two homes are for teenagers. Over 20 young men live in one, and over 20 young ladies in the other. They live with a patron and matron respectively. Collectively, over 70 children consider Acres of Hope home. The other Acres of Hope students live in the community with family members or guardians who receive support from AOH. Eventually, Pastor Geoffrey would like to add many more pod houses to accommodate more children and to ensure their needs are met.
Before Acres of Hope, most of these children prayed for school fees so that they could attend school. Now, over 200 children have had their prayers answered as they attend school at Acres of Hope (or have their school fees paid for so that they can attend another school). When the school first started, some of the classes met under a mango tree, and others met under tarps. The rain and storms frequently caused problems and classes had to be cancelled. Now, two permanent school buildings have been constructed, and another is underway. Once completed, there will be classrooms for all three nursery school classes, as well as Primary 1 through Primary 7. There will also be a library, computer lab, and medical clinic!
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How did Acres of Hope Uganda start?
Acres of Hope started with Odongo Geoffrey Keronga, a lifelong resident of Northern Uganda. He is a pastor, husband, and father. Over 200 children and young adults call him "Dad". His faith and relationship with the Lord can be compared to that of Noah. When he began planning Acres of Hope, people thought he was crazy. Locals told him it wasn't possible, but Geoffrey carried on. His vision for Acres of Hope grew out of his own experiences. Geoffrey knew that God allowed him to survive an awful childhood so that he could help hundreds, if not thousands of other orphans and vulnerable children, know the love of Christ and live a better life. Geoffrey is an example of what it means to be selfless, compassionate, faithful, determined, patient, and incorruptible. He is a man after God's own heart.
What percentage of expenditures are spent on program activities?
Acres of Hope International is committed to spending the maximum amount possible on program activities. We keep our expenses very low with an all volunteer board, employing only limited administrative help. We withhold 17.5% of sponsorship contributions to cover administrative expenses. Each year we evaluate actual expenses to determine how much additional we can forward to Uganda. 100% of all non-sponsorship contributions are sent to Uganda (less bank fees).
Can I see a copy of Acres of Hope International’s most recent audited financial statement?
Yes, Acres of Hope International is absolutely committed to accountability, transparency and trust. We create financial statements every month and file all financial documents required by the IRS and are happy to share them with you at any time. Please call 704-981-2644 and a board member will contact you to discuss any questions or concerns.