Windows of Hope International Children’s Ministry
Jacqui (USA) and Wesley Forde (Trinidad & Tobago) the founders of Windows of Hope spent more than twenty years in Uganda. After seeing how wars, HIV/AIDS, poverty and hardship had negatively impacted the lives of children. They began the ministry by showing God’s love in practical ways to vulnerable and orphan children, who had lost all hope for a better future. Give a HOPE and a FUTURE one child at a time was conceived from Jeremiah 29:11…
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
Throughout Uganda they saw many children who were deprived of an education. They opened their heart and home to provide a supportive home environment to orphan and vulnerable children and provided educational, nutritional, medical and spiritual support to help them reach their full potential in life. They realized that children and youth in various communities were in need of help and lacked the resources for their education and a sponsorship scheme was developed.
Windows of Hope has been committed to reaching the present generation in Uganda with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Our ministry has evolved and grown from the initial baby steps of giving hope to AIDS orphans. Over the years we have witnessed children whose lives were filled with hopelessness and despair have now found a purpose and meaning for their lives. The same children are now having a positive impact in the lives of others. When we see how God is using these children, it makes us want to do more. God has expanded our work to helping poverty stricken communities, strengthening families and local churches. We are committed to helping build strong Christian families in Uganda because we know that is how the nation will be strengthened to the glory of God.
Committed to reaching the present generation in Uganda with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Non Profit Status
In 2004 we were registered in the Republic of Uganda as a Non-Governmental Organization. In the USA we are registered as a 501(c) (3) non profit tax exempt organization. The organization has an Executive Board in the USA and a local board in Uganda. We strive to keep our operating cost at a minimum so that the finances supports the needs of the ministry.
Jacqui Everett-Forde (USA) has spent over 25 years in Africa and ministers at schools throughout Uganda. She also visited Northern Uganda to counsel and teach former child-soldiers and assist female survivors of rape. She is an AIDS counselor, conducts children and teacher workshops, and partners with other ministries in the area. Jacqui began Windows of Hope to show God’s love in practical ways to children who had lost all hope for a better future. Giving HOPE and a FUTURE, one CHILD at a time, was conceived.
Rev. Wesley Forde, originally from Trinidad/Tobago, came to Uganda in the year 1999. Wesley formed two groups of AIDS Intercessors who met alternately for intercession and hosted a yearly Intercessor’s Conference. Currently, Wesley ministers at local hospitals, schools, churches and conferences; preaching, teaching and discipling new believers. In the year 2003 Wesley joined Jacqui in ministry at Windows of Hope. They opened their hearts and home, providing a supportive family environment to over 46 orphans.
Joseph, a graduate from Uganda Christian University with a BA in Social Work/Social Administration, works with people and families to support them through difficult times and ensure that vulnerable people, including children and adults are safeguarded from harm. Joseph also provides support and help in order to improve outcomes in people’s lives. Including, conducting interviews to assess and review situations; writing assessments; offering support and help with maintaining accurate records.
Wayne joined in ministry with Windows of Hope in 2011 after visiting Uganda for the first time. Moved after witnessing first-hand the extraordinary work of WOH, Wayne committed to using his gifts to further the organization’s mission while providing strategic short-term missions opportunities for others. As a minister of the gospel, Wayne has served as youth pastor, providing vision and direction for youth activities while promoting spiritual growth through mentoring, teaching and exposure to varied ministry opportunities.