Hope Lives Aloi, Inc. (“HLA”) is a Wyoming non-profit corporation, formed in June 2016 to secure the future of the Hope Lives Elementary School. To pursue this purpose, HLA will carry the vision of Hope Lives to a broader audience of churches, organizations and individuals, and continue to work closely with Cheyenne Hills, Homes of Living Hope and other partners to coordinate the support of the school.
HLA’s directors and officers are committed to transparency and accountability. HLA will protect the impact of your contribution:
HLA’s directors and officers are have been actively involved with the School, and are experienced business, church and non-profit leaders and managers
HLA will operate primarily through the efforts of volunteers, without paid staff, and at a minimum of administrative expenses.
HLA has filed its application for 501(c)(3) status, and will comply with all reporting requirements
HLA’s directors and staff receive no compensation for their service to Hope Live
Periodic financial reports and project status updates will be provided to friends and donors
Donor designations will be honored to the greatest extent possible, and donor consent will be sought for any reallocation.
The experience of Cheyenne Hills Church has taught us that accountability is best achieved by requiring detailed budgets in advance of project funding, with quotes from contractors and suppliers where possible, followed by interim progress reports with photographs, which are confirmed through frequent visits to the School. Because of the lack of detailed accounting and cash management systems in Uganda, we will continue to rely on our relationships with the senior leadership of Hope Lives to confirm the compliance with projections and the appropriate use of funds.
Click here to view our 501(c)(3) status.
Meet Our Team
Board of Directors
Brad’s love for the children of Aloi dates back to his first visit in 2011. After learning that a pastor in this tiny village church was feeding 425 kids every Saturday and providing some basic education, he had to see for himself. Since that visit, he has been committed to educating and caring for these kids.
Brad has been practicing law for 28 years and is a partner with Holland & Hart. He has served on many non-profit and ministry boards. Along with HLA, he is currently serving on the Converge ~ Rocky Mountain Board of Overseers and the Holland & Hart Management Committee.
Kathy made her first trip to Hope Lives Elementary School in 2013 and was instantly captivated by the children. Kathy has a special gift for getting to know the kids during each visit and following up with them on the next trip. Kathy makes multiple trips to Uganda each year ~ even managing one on crutches with a broken leg.
Kathy is Senior Vice President & Senior Auditor with Strum Financial Group and has 30 years banking experience. Kathy has served on many non-profit boards including Prevent Child Abuse Wyoming & Habitat for Humanity. She currently is also on the Laramie County Community College Foundation board.
Galen made his first trip to Uganda in 2006, not long after the civil unrest had subsided in northern Uganda and rebuilding was underway. There he met Pastor Francis Nyang and the two built a friendship on the common vision of planting churches. This connection led to Cheyenne Hills raising money for church roofs, including the church in Aloi, where the pastor began the program that led to Hope Lives Elementary School.
Galen is the Lead Pastor of Cheyenne Hills Church, which funded the building of Hope Lives. He has a passion for planting churches and spreading the gospel and has been instrumental in church plants in the Rocky Mountain region and around the world.
First traveling to the region in 2009 began a deep involvement with the kids in northern Uganda for Rob and his wife, Shanna. They have been instrumental in raising awareness of the needs of these kids. Leading the team that interviewed the first 341 sponsored students for Hope Lives, he has launched our involvement in supporting the school.
After a long career working with students with Young Life, Rob is currently the Executive Pastor of South Harbor Church in Michigan where he lives with his wife.
Bart connected with Hope Lives through container projects with Homes of Living Hope. Bart first visited Aloi with a team in 2010 while preparing for the first clinic container sent to NCCC. Bart has continued this partnership with subsequent clinic containers in the region and library, clinic, and vo-tech containers associated with Hope Lives Elementary School.
Bart has retired from a very successful career in the construction industry and now devotes his time to Homes of Living Hope and partners with ministries and organizations to provide outfitted containers to serve needs around the world.
Suzi is technically the HLA Administrator and coordinates sponsorship of students attending HLES and fundraising activities in the U.S. However, her job description is endless. She is the heart and backbone of Hope Lives and we all (Ugandans included) call her Mama Suzi.
In addition to raising her five beautiful daughters, Suzi obtained her MBA from the University of Wyoming and has used those gifts of administration in ministry for over 20 years.
Secondary Scholarship Coordinator
Abegail made her first trip to Uganda in 2010 as a High School Senior. She now coordinates our Secondary School Scholarship program making it possible for the highest achieving students who have no other resources to continue their education.
Abegail graduated from the University of Wyoming and is the owner at ARC Strategies, which specializes in political and campaign consulting. She divides her time between Washington D.C. and Wyoming.
Ty & Meg Anderson
Project Coordinator & Media Specialist
Ty and Meg have always had a heart for humanitarian work and children. Their lives intertwined with Brad and Suzi in 2019 and in the process fell in love with the work being done at Hope Lives.
After graduating with a degree in Agriculture Business from the University of Wyoming, Ty ran a successful farm operation in Southeast Wyoming on his 6 generation family farm for the last ten years. Meg acquired her initial degree in Hospitality and Event Management through Johnson & Wales University and went on to obtain her teaching certificate in Elementary Education through the University of Wyoming. They have two little boys and split their time between Florida and Wyoming.
Together they will be traveling back and forth to Uganda in order to coordinate our future building projects as well as maintaining our media presence.