WHO WE ARE
The Village Project trust:
We use the strength and skills of one village to help lift the quality of life in another village somewhere in the world. A model that was brought to life in New Zealand by a compassionate young Kiwi who saw a need.
It all started when Emily Parsons made her first trip to Uganda in 2008, a trip that would change her life forever. She was there to build a house for war effected children, which she did, but something else also happened, she witnessed how groups of people from around the world could physically lend a hand.
I saw first hand an incredible need in these communities, terrorized by war and decimated by HIV, whole communities torn apart and children left orphaned. Amongst all this I discovered Watoto, a child care ministry set up to rescue a child, raise a leader and rebuild a nation, restoring the lives and communities of these orphaned children. Their model totally inspired me, with its vision based around excellence, sustainability and hope I truly saw hope in the hopelessness
Over the past 8 years The Village Project has funded and built in Uganda a house, two classrooms and pioneered their own rain harvesting model, with 16 concrete water tanks collecting rain water for Ugandan communities. A team is heading up in June 2017 to see the Watoto village in Gulu fully self sufficient in water. This is a home to over 900 orphaned and former child soldiers.
While in New Zealand The Village Project has enrolled three different villages so far