Mountains of Hope Children’s Ministries is a non-profit NGO working in Mpigi, Uganda, to empower marginalized rural communities regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or faith. The organization addresses the basic needs of vulnerable children and their communities by providing them skills and resources to develop into healthy, caring, and confident individuals.
We empower communities who work to ensure that vulnerable children receive quality healthcare and education, despite their socioeconomic status.
Our work towards long-term development and advocacy is rooted in three core values our team shares. These guide and inform every step we take as individual employees, and as an organization.
We are Stewards
We bridge donors and marginalized communities by delivering all resources directly to their recipients. Our team operates with integrity, determined to serve our community with empathy and respect.
We are Christian
We found our ministry upon basic principles of Christian faith - compassion, generosity, and family.
We work as a team
Mountains of Hope recognizes that change must come from a collective effort toward a common goal. Our team’s diverse assets create a supportive and productive work environment.
In 2009, newlyweds James and Lilian Malinga were living in a rented home off the meager salary James earned as a social worker at World Vision. James’ job exposed him to the horrors of neglect that plague orphaned children as a result of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These children were often left to fend for themselves, living on the streets and abandoned by society. Distraught by these circumstances, James and Lilian decided to care for 13 orphans in their own home. So in 2009, Mountains of Hope orphanage was officially established.
News of the new orphanage spread and soon James and Lilian were flooded with offers of charity from those who also wanted to provide for these children. Beds, beddings, food, clothes, and much more were donated to provide the children with a better life. Liz Abfall, a student from the United States, heard about Mountains of Hope and subsequently spent part of her summer volunteering with James and Lilian. Her dedication to Mountains of Hope increased its visibility to the International community.
In 2012, the Ugandan government implemented a plan to resettle orphans with their closest relatives. As a result, Mountains of Hope was forced to resettle all of the children, even though many did not have any close relatives. For this reason, Mountains of Hope is currently building a new orphanage for these children. This orphanage will include a school, vegetable garden, and piggery. Mountains of Hope wants these children to grow up to be self-reliant and successful leaders of their communities.
James and Lilian utilize a holistic approach to meet the needs of children and their communities. To create sustainable change, Mountains of Hope provides both resources and trainings to teach communities how to support themselves and their children. James and Lilian's experiences connect them to communities on an intimate level of understanding.
The team at Mountains of Hope is a highly experienced and qualified collection of community members. Each person involved in our organization deeply cares about creating sustainable change in the communities surrounding Mpigi.
James’ incredible dedication despite impossible odds allowed him to excel throughout school and his first jobs. After graduating from grade school, he found an internship as an office assistant at World Vision with his brother, Sam. The organization immediately saw his potential as a quick learner and passionate worker, prompting them to promote him within the first three months. James simultaneously pursued his Bachelors in Business Administration at Nkumba University.
In 2009, World Vision promoted James to the role of Community Development Facilitator. That same year, James and his wife Lillian took in 13 orphans in desperate need of care. After 10 years of working with World Vision and gaining a myriad of practical business and management skills, James decided to create his own organization Mountains of Hope to care for the orphans. He wanted the opportunity to connect more deeply with the children he supported, and utilize his deep understanding of the community to impact change. From his humble beginnings, James empathizes with the individuals and families he works with, and gives hope to every person he meets.
After graduating, Carol worked with Bread from Heaven, an orphanage and care center for about 100 children. Although the work was emotionally hard, her own experience helped her to quickly bond with the children and see the importance of incredible kindness and love. Since coming to Mountains of Hope in 2014, Carol has added much energy and enthusiasm to the team. She serves as the project coordinator, ensuring that the trainings and community outreach MoH does run smoothly and effectively. Carol loves going into the field to meet the people Mountains of Hope serves. Her compassion allows her to easily connect with each of the children and families she works with and to change each of their lives for the better.
Oliver came to Mountains of Hope in 2015 as a student from Kampala University for computer trainings. James saw that she is an extremely dedicated and quick learner, so when she graduated, he quickly hired her to the team. At university, Oliver earned her diploma in guidance and counseling with a certificate in social work and business administration—experience that contributes significantly to the organization’s success. Oliver loves helping each of the clients that come to Mountains of Hope, particularly the sponsored children and students at the computer center, because it allows her pay forward the support that the organization once gave her.
- Jimmy Mayanja – Chairperson
- Justin Okia – Vice Chairperson
Members: Sammex Sinabulya, Bishop Sam Akol, Wabalanda Wilson, Liz Abfall
Where we work
Mountains of Hope currently works in Mpigi District. Mpigi is an important transit town located approximately 37 kilometres (23 mi) west of Kampala, Uganda's capital and largest city, on the highway to Masaka. The location of Mpigi town makes it an access location to many other districts in the region. In 2014, the national population census put the population of Mpigi at 44,274. In the near future, we will extend our services to 7 other districts in Uganda: Mityana, Gomba, Butambala, Bukedea, Kyankwanzi, Mubende, Sembabule Districts.