Hope Alive! is a ministry of WorldVenture, a non-profit mission Organization.
WorldVenture has over 500 missionaries working in 60 countries all over the world. It is a network of partners working together with a shared vision to see people of all nations transformed by Jesus Christ, and is focused on five global objectives: evangelizing the people of the world, extending grace, establishing churches, equipping leaders, and encouraging mission movements.
God directed WorldVenture missionary Catharine Coon to Uganda during its years of debilitating internal conflict to begin a much-needed ministry for Ugandan children. After visiting many children-at-risk projects, she felt God drawing her to a specific group of children: those who still had caregivers but were on the brink of destitution as their caregivers did not have the resources to care for them. Caregivers were mostly unskilled women with little education, thus they could barely provide for their children’s daily food needs, let alone school expenses.
In October of 2002, God birthed Hope Alive! (originally called “Children of Hope”). At that time, Hope Alive! enrolled its first 30 students in Kampala and hired three part-time Christian mentors. Since then God has continued to grow and expand Hope Alive! through opening sites in Adjumani (2003), Masaka (2005), and Gulu (2006). Hope Alive! now serves almost 500 students and has 60 staff members.