About Mallory Fundora
So, I sent my parents an email with my Christmas list, one thing on it, to help Africa.See, in August of 2010 the Ugandan Orphan Children’s Choir came to my church to perform, and I got to meet the children, and they were amazing. They were so loving, and just wanted to hug me and hold my hand.
The day after I sent the email my parents and I sat down and talked about what I wanted to do, and how I wanted to help. I contacted organizations already working in Uganda and I told them what I wanted to do, and I asked them how I could best help them. That is how Project Yesu was born.
My goals at first were simple, but my dream was big. You know what happens when you give God your dreams? He takes them and makes them bigger then you could ever have imagined.
So I started to tell people about Project Yesu, and my mom helped me start a blog so people could read about it. From there it continued to grow. It started with a dream, a desire and bloomed into a passion. It changed my life and the lives of people around me. Project Yesu has continued to grow and evolve since starting in 2011. Today, Project Yesu has grown to be an impactful organization making the difference in the lives of orphaned and vulnerable children in two areas of Uganda.
I read a quote one day from Mahatma Ghandi that said, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. That’s what I want to do, I want to be the change, I want to make a difference, I want to help people. Everyone thinks kids are selfish or that we’re just kids and we can’t do anything like this. I want to show people what a difference one person can make. If someone, because they heard about me, or met me, decides that they can be a change too, then it will spread from me, to that person, to another person and so on.
I started Project Yesu when I was “just a kid” people told me I would never reach my goals, or achieve my dreams. But, you know what? Kids have good ideas and they don’t know all the reasons why it won’t work, they just know what they want to do. I know with Project Yesu, I am making a difference, not only in the lives of the children in Uganda who now have food, medicine and can go to school. But I am making a difference in the lives of my family, my friends, my teachers and even people I have never met before.
I want Project Yesu to continue to spread and grow, and to do that I need people like you, who are reading this post to spread the word and to help me.
So I have accepted the challenge to be the change….will you?
Project Yesu knows the importance of empowering the community we serve, and we are proud our programs are Ugandan led. Our team of social workers and program coordinators come from the communities we work in. They know the families, their challenges and the best way to serve them. They are the ones doing life with them every day. Their input, guidance, advice, and suggestions are integral in Project Yesu making a lasting and sustainable impact.
Message from Akello Eunice, Social Worker
My name is Eunice, I have been serving with Project Yesu as a social worker and coordinator for about four years now since 2016. Throughout the years I have realized my potential and ability to serve Christ with the knowledge, wisdom, and skills that God has given me. I have seen how Hope has been restored to the children who would not have gone to school and families who would not have afforded to put their children in school through Project Yesu. I am happy that we now have 316 children going to 1st class schools, this wouldn’t have been possible for these vulnerable children and their families without Project Yesu.
Like any other organization, we have faced a number of challenges throughout this year 2019 which includes 3 young girls dropping out of school, getting pregnant and going into child marriage. A number of factors could have led to this but the most triggering factor is the negative perception of the society which continue to view girls as fit for marriage and kitchen only hence discouraging them from staying in school and also the men who entice these young girls with petty gifts and because of poverty most of the parents can not offer such items like knickers, dresses, etc to these girls and in the end, they are used by these men, therefore, leading to pregnancy and school drop out.
Project Yesu has not only paid school fees for the kids but among other things includes providing sanitary pads to the girls, providing school requirements to the most needy kids, providing food and it’s kind to families, etc.
To me Serving with Project Yesu is not just a job which I earn from every month but it’s a platform where I see my self doing what exactly God wants me to do, I am glad that I am part of the change that Project Yesu is causing today and I would like to appreciate all the sponsors, supporters and well-wishers Project Yesu. May God bless you.
Message from Afuna Mark, Social Worker
My name is Mark, a social worker in Project Yesu for a year now, I started in 2019. I am so honored to be part and able to work with Project Yesu team both in Uganda and the United States to help give hope and a smile to many families in Musima community.
Children in Musima have gotten an opportunity to attain a good education from really good schools hence a brighter future for them. These children have also had a chance to access good medical care which has improved their general health thanks to Project Yesu.
I thank God for the chess program which has helped to expose our children during tournaments, they have had chances to travel and also make new friends outside their community.
Our Board of Directors
Project Yesu is led and guided by a group of dedicated people who volunteer their time to make Project Yesu be the best we can be.
Erica Trout was born and raised in Clarksville, TN. She has supported Project Yesu from its inception and is humbled and encouraged to be a part of its growth at this time. As a graphic designer, Erica offers her services for branding as well as print and digital designs to ensure their visuals are reflective of the beautiful work that they are doing in Uganda. Having a worked with nonprofits in the past, she also provides her creative expertise to help advertise upcoming events, brainstorm ways to get the word out about all that Project Yesu is doing, and also prepare the way for growth alongside all the valuable individuals who are leading and involved with Project Yesu.
Ken Poindexter spent 36 years in the military including several deployments in support of combat operations in Afghanistan and Irag. He retired as a CW5 in 2016. Ken and his wife Tina are the owners of Mugsys Coffee Co in Clarksville. His day job is a Combat Mission Simulator Instructor for Special Operations. Ken’s duties and responsibilities are instructing new pilots entering into the Army’s Special Operations Aviation 160th. Ken has had several short mission trips to Ethiopia to minister and care for poverty-stricken families. In his off time, he serves as a reserve deputy sheriff for Montgomery County Tn. Ken has 2 kids Raymond and Christine and 3 grandchildren Jaylin, JaVaughn, and princess Jalena.
Korina Biemesderfer has been side by side with Project Yesu since its inception. Quite literally since Mallory is her sister! And what started as a supportive role of working events and helping when needed, has since evolved into handling events for Project Yesu as a whole. With a Bachelors degree in Communications and a concentration in Theatrical Design, she brings her eye for detail, unique ideas and organizational tools to each event. Those organizational tools also help her to handle some of the clerical work for Project Yesu as well. She is a mother to a wild toddler, whom she has created some amazing parties for, and married her college sweetheart! As a family, they sponsor of Kayumba and Responsible through Project Yesu and hope to add more!
Rory Fundora is the proud mother of Mallory Fundora. She and her husband have been directly involved with Project Yesu since its inception in 2011. Her 30+ years in education as well as her work with several other non-profits provides valuable insight. Rory offers support both in-country and state-side. She is the mother of 3, with Mallory being the youngest. Rory is also Gigi to one and proud to be called “mama” by two amazing young men in Uganda.
Cortni has served on the board since 2014 and has worked as a tour rep with World Vision, Compassion International, and Food for the Hungry. She lives in Clarksville with her husband Jason, their two teenagers, and two dogs.