In 1986, Joseph Kony formed the "Lord's Resistance Army"; a guerrilla group, operating in Northern Uganda. Believed to have been lead by God, their intention was to “purify” the Acholi people. This lead to a genocide that would last for over 20 years. With 2 million people internally displaced, and (a recorded) 66,000 children abducted to become child soldiers and sex slaves, half the population was under the age of 18 when Founder, Jenna Wes arrived in 2011. This project is for them, and for the healing and justice of those who survived. Jospeh Kony is believed to still be at large, and has never been tried for his atrocious crimes against humanity.
Jenna was sent to the Northern Region of Uganda through the Peace Corps, specifically because of her experience with, and passion for trauma-healing. Working with local NGO, Aid Africa, Jenna would visit the villages every day to provide clean water sources, and to teach basic health education. She knew she wanted to start a development project, but in a country where so many people are oppressed, she took 6 months to learn, acclimate, observe and ask, before deciding to start a program
focused on the healing and empowerment of the population she felt was most vulnerable, and in most immediate need of intervention: girls of an age considered to be eligible for marriage, who had experienced that trauma of being abducted by Rebel Army, and who had furthermore been orphaned by the war. Shortly after, she included single mothers who had left abusive relationships or who were infected with HIV/AIDS. The program continues to develop by those who are creating it.