Throughout the world 147 million children are orphans.
In the United States there are programs in place for these children, but in countries like Uganda and Nicaragua where poverty is rampant there is little in the way of support.
Founded in 2008, Project Hope Worldwide provides aid and aims to change culture in impoverished and war torn countries such as Uganda, Mexico, Bangladesh and Nicaragua. They focus on orphans, fatherless children and women.
For a woman who has lost her husband in Uganda, where the project first began work, the future is bleak volunteer Darcy Jackson said.
Jackson has been with the project since the very beginning.
These women are ousted from their homes and their children are taken away by the community.
“They are treated like it’s their fault their husband died,” Jackson said. “Imagine, they are already dealing with the loss of their husband and now they have to deal with the loss of their home.”
Project Hope gives these women a second chance by bringing them into the orphanages the project sets up to care for those children.
Jackson said this gives them a family and sense of purpose.
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