help our world one on one - the bridge to make a difference in one life
My first trip to Uganda was in 1998 - I had no idea I would get involved and stay involved for so long! I've helped lead 15 teams of various people to Uganda and Kenya (over 100 people - including a team of 40 in 2006).
In 2002, a small group of us began to pray and dream how to come alongside more effectively. We started by just helping one at a time - matching a sponsor family with a young mother, child or teen. Both sides benefited! Five families and lives were being changed and there were so many more waiting...We felt we could bring, systematic and consistent awareness as well as people to sow into these lives. Developing how101 made an easier way forward while blessing sponsors and donors as well. Unlike big programs, it remains personal and relevant as well as fluid to change along the way. Our Partners and Sponsors are like family - understanding the ups and down of children and youth growing up - in a very hard world...
Favorite Bible Verse: '...whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40
When I stepped into Uganda in 2005, my heart had a sense of being home. I fell in love with Uganda and its people in only 5 days. The YFC staff at Mirembe House tenderly and passionately cared for pregnant teenage mums and their children (most were rejected, isolated and alone). It didn’t take long watching them tirelessly press on with the mission to create a new passion in me!
I helped grow the Starfish Programme from that year forward. A true labor of love. It was a joy as well as heartbreak to meet new mothers and children each year. Together we learned much through trial and error as well as cultural differences. The relationships became richer and deeper as the children developed and grew – so did we and the sponsors! In 2009 we launched how101(help our world one on one) to allow God to work through more avenues.
Our new Omu’ Omu staff in Uganda as well as Taraja in Kenya are some of the world’s most compassionate and loving people!! They are indeed heroes to multitudes of young lives in their countries. Their passion and persistence to help the vulnerable is humbling. Each one is created by God and therefore worthy of any help and love. We as how101 are privileged to come alongside them. Now I’m involved more in administration, my health does not allow frequent trips - but my love abounds in all those we serve.
Favorite Bible Verse: “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” Isaiah 61:1
My first trip to Uganda was in 2006 where I met young, often homeless, young mothers with children living in very challenging and often heart wrenching circumstances. A few years later, I visited Kenya and was invited to visit a small home for abandoned street boys- unwanted, hopeless. In both instances, I was overcome by the needs and my need to try to help. Unfortunately, I felt it was an impossible task and our small Core Team would be able to do so little. However, God had a different plan! He asked that we help one. Just one. And that's what we did. We came alongside one young mom, one young child in Uganda, one hopeless young boy in Kenya.
Our work has grown and how101 has grown; we now have over 200 in our program. Our goal remains... to help, one child at a time. We help through personal educational sponsorships as education is obviously very important, but, we care for the health, safety, and well being of all in our program as well. How can we do all this? We can’t but God has given our US team a highly educated staff in Uganda and Kenya who are called to guide, encourage, respect our children with compassion and love. I’m humbled and so grateful to them for they are doing the work- they are fulfilling the vision, hope, and dream… helping our world by changing lives... one by one.
Favorite Bible Verse: 'So that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation… then you will shine like stars in the sky.' Philippians 2:15
When my son was in sixth grade in 1995, he was assigned a semester-long independent project on a country. He chose Uganda and it was such a massive project that I helped with gathering information and I fell in love with the country. One morning in church, the bulletin asked if women would be interested in forming a mission team to go to Uganda. I said YES! I was part of the first team to go to Uganda in 1998 and have been able to return to serve on three additional team trips. The blessings are many!
I was on the trip in 2002 when the vision for the how101 ministry was born. God's hand has definitely been on how101 since the beginning. We watch as He gives our leadership guidance and wisdom in all the ministry is able to do.
I love how101 because the connection is truly one on one and I have special relationships through that.
Favorite Bible Verse: 'How great is the love the Father has lavished on us that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!' -1 John 3:1a
Afar Bazaars + Taraja
Since first traveling to Uganda in 2011, I have developed a lasting relationship with many moms and children in the Starfish Programme. It is a privilege to work alongside our very capable local leadership partners as well as witness the positive growth and development of all of us involved. It continues to be a profound blessing in my life.
In the years that ensued, I have returned to Uganda repeatedly, and then also to Kenya to be a part of the program that how101 assists at Taraja Home for Boys. This transitional orphanage has been a haven for young boys who were previously living in desperate situations - often on the streets of Nairobi. Witnessing the leaders and mentors in the home as they offer spiritual, emotional, physical, and educational support has been such an inspiration to me. I am proud to walk alongside these young men to assist and encourage them in eventually reintegrating into their home communities- to become productive and confident members of society.
Favorite Bible Verse: 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.' - Romans 8:28
My first trip to Uganda was in 2013. I quickly fell in love with the kind and compassionate people, especially the children, in the Starfish program. I was so touched by the thankfulness each child in the program feels for its personal sponsor. My husband and I now sponsor four children in the program. Knowing each of them has enriched our lives.
I was honored when asked to join the board in 2015 and it is a privilege to serve along side the other members on the board as we strive to reach out to vulnerable children through education, health care, and sharing God’s love, one on one.
Favorite Bible Verse: 'For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast.' Ephesians 2:8-9
After serving on short term missions in Cambodia with my husband for about 5 years God closed that door for us. I was feeling a bit lost not being able to serve when I had the opportunity to be on a team to Uganda in 2009 with how101. On that trip, I fell in love with a young mom there named Elizabeth and wanted to start sponsoring her. Since then, I have made numerous trips and now sponsor along with Elizabeth’s child, 2 more children, Liz and David. Each time I go, I have been able to spend time mentoring young moms over the years. We spend time together much like our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group does here in the U.S. where I’ve been a mentor mom for about 13 years.
One of my greatest joys is to be able to serve this community of moms and their children and as Starfish Administrator, I keep track of ALL the children and their sponsors.
Favorite Bible Verse: Of all the people on earth...God has chosen you to be his own special treasure Deuteronomy 7:6
I'm thankful to be a small part of the how101 volunteer team. I went to Uganda for the first time in 2005 and it captured my heart. I was lucky enough to go again in 2015. The joy in Uganda inspires me!
Favorite Bible Verse: "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." ... And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. - Galatians 2:20
Lori was instrumental in getting how101 off the ground. Her boundless energy for garage sales funded nearly everything for the first few years! Lori's health does not allow her to be actively involved, yet she continues to be in prayer over all!
Chelley Schaper is a Christian entrepreneur/businesswoman and the parent of two amazing sons. For the past twenty one years she has earned a reputation for developing and nurturing client relationships as well as mentoring others in her field to achieve their career goals. She hopes that her business experiences will aid her in her desire to see all children succeed.
She became involved in How101 in 2009 when she sponsored a young boy named Charles in Kenya. From that sponsorship and the building of a close bond with Charles, Chelley was able to see what an impact the organization can make on one person's life. It subsequently has had her traveling to Africa for the 2nd time and spending time for this great cause.
Favorite Bible Verse: "To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." - Micah 6:8
My degree is in social work and I have been working in the non-profit world for 40 years. I really feel that at my core I am a missionary in whatever field or location that is. I love the work of my heart and my hands, and I am most alive when I am able to minister the love of God to others.
I believe that God created us for relationship, not only with Him, but with one another. This belief is what really shapes most of the way my ministry looks and lives out. I know that it is in relationship that we are healed and held in community and it is in relationship that our deepest wounds are received.
My first trip to Africa was to train for Youth For Christ and Compassion International. I fell in love and returned many times. I was a member of the first team of women who came back with the seed of a dream for How 101.
Favorite Bible Verse: The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:1-4
Board Member / Spiritual Advisor
Keita has been a Pastor at Colorado Community church for over 25 years. His original role in Mission Leadership is what led the first all-women's team to Uganda in 1998! His gifts of encouragement, laughter and advice paved the way for subsequent teams, dreams and resources! Additional roles have included Directing the MORE Life Community Center (which meets basic human needs of people while promoting self-sufficiency and maintaining the dignity of those in need) and his current position as Director of Recovery Ministries.
Keita loves travel, people, cycling - and is especially partial to spending time with his grandchildren.