You Asked, Uganda’s Country Director Answered

In May, we asked what questions YOU had for Children’s HopeChest’s Uganda Country Director, Joseph Elotu. Uganda partners had some intriguing questions, including “What is the biggest change or impact that you saw in the children or family that brings you to tears of excitement for them and gives you hope to continue in your work?” and “When you hear from the children after we [traveling partners] have left, what do they say are the best parts of a visit?”

In this month’s episode of “Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” you asked and Joseph answered. We are featuring eight questions from HopeChest Friends, community members, and HopeChest program participants. Wil Crooks, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships reads your silly, serious, and heartfelt questions in this unique episode.

When I look at these children, I realize that if HopeChest did not come along and help them, their potential could not have been realized. They would not have reached the level where they are. ” Joseph Elotu

Don’t miss the water drinking contest — a longstanding competition between Wil and Joseph!



Wil smiling in a circular photoAs Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Wil Crooks builds relationships with HopeChest partners and potential partners. Wil started out as a pastor partnering with HopeChest, and now he shares the same vision that he caught with other potential partners.



Joseph Elotu, Children’s HopeChest’s Uganda Country Director, grew up in a region in Uganda that was affected by insurgency for over 20 years, during which time many people lost their lives and property. This region was also one of the most impoverished areas in Uganda, with many orphaned children and child-headed households. As Country Director for the last 11 years, Joseph has used his passion for advocating for vulnerable youth to expand the HopeChest mission in Uganda.


“Build Relationships. Break Poverty.” is a podcast that challenges the Western perception of international poverty by elevating the voices of local leaders and processing how we can help to alleviate poverty without harming those living in vulnerable communities.

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