Our Story

Visions of Hope embraces the unique task of connecting inmates, Ugandan orphans and the rest of us through face-to-face contact and a broad network of support. There are many questions we would have never thought to ask without the guidance and faith of a loving Creator and the witness of lives transformed through art.

How could an inmate be of any help to a child 9000 miles away?        WingersDay6 (21 of 58)

What if a prisoner in the US reached out to the lowest of Ugandan society and actually made a difference? What if the creation of art becomes a healing process for the artist, which then becomes an important element of hope in the life of a child in Uganda?

The children of Otino Waa Children’s Village have seen the brutality of a rebel force destroy their families. AIDS and other disease has slowly taken many parents away. Today the 295 kids at Otino Waa have opportunity for a new family, healthcare, education and very personal hope for the future.

For many we have met over the years, the documentary Lost & Found is our best tool for introducing what director Sandy Cummings called a story of hope where you least expect it.” lost-found

In 2007 the first inmate asked to be a sponsor of an Otino Waa child. What do they have to offer an orphan?

In 2009 something very interesting happened. The inmates became even more passionate about helping those kids. That enthusiasm led to the creation of art as a way of augmenting the funding for Otino Waa. Today, over 950 pieces of art have been produced, exceeding $74,000.

Real religion, the kind that tests before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world.” James 1:27

What if YOU have something to offer both of them? Discover YOUR PART to play.

 

What does this really mean in the life of an inmate?

  • “It allows me to give to kids who have less than me.”
  • “It gives me an opportunity to respond to something that God is asking me to do.”
  • “It gives me a chance to appeal to a world that sees me as a failure.”
  • “It raises confidence, dignity, pride and self-worth.”

What does this really mean to an Otino Waa orphan in Uganda?

  • “It tells me I have value and hope.”
  • “It gives me an opportunity to communicate with a unique person.”
  • “It reminds me God has not forgotten me.”
  • “It expands my world and gives my life much more meaning.”