Orphans of Teso


The mission of Children’s HopeChest is to help the children and communities we work in Survive, Thrive and Succeed within their own communities!  In order for this to happen, is very important to have Ugandan Staff we trust.  All work done at our CarePoints whether it is cooking, discipling, accounting, business training, grief counseling, building, painting etc is all done by local Ugandans!  At all three CarePoint we are blessed to have… Read More

Kim Rushing is the owner of Noodle Zoo in Ankeny!  The minute she heard about the work being done in Uganda through Children’s HopeChest she wanted to be a part of it and make a difference however she could! We are so thankful for her open heart and her eagerness to use her business however she can to support the children in our program.  She and her staff sponsor multiple children, they’ve… Read More

This year, my friend, Lindsay, and I signed our daughters up for something called Wild Explorers Club. It’s a program that provides weekly assignments, and as kids progress through it, they earn badges. We wanted to have our girls go through the levels together. The badge we’re currently working through is the Elk badge. The first assignment was to “sell something and donate the money.” There weren’t any other parameters. Lindsay and… Read More

Pit Stop: Soroti to Ongongoja Once we left Bukedea, we made an overnight pitstop in Soroti at the home of Elotu Joseph, the Director of HopeChest in Uganda.  Immaculate cooked for us, washed our clothes and we had some hints of ‘home’ surrounding us.  I loved the outdoor courtyard where the roosters and chickens roamed freely. It was the perfect spot for morning coffee, but more on that later. Our shared dorm… Read More

I’m new here at Orphans of Teso. Unlike most of the people writing on this website, I’ve only been to Uganda once, and I don’t even sponsor a child through HopeChest (yet). But I’ve been waiting for Children’s HopeChest to find me for years. Let me back up a little. God brought me to Children’s HopeChest through an awesome, only-God series of small conversations and seemingly unrelated events, and I love looking… Read More

It was June of 2011 when we first drove into the small village of Ogoloi. The long, bumpy, and treacherous journey there was only the final leg of a much longer journey that started years before when our hearts first began to sense the conviction that there was more to be done about the reality of more than a billion people around the world living on less than a dollar a day…. Read More