Encourage. Equip. Give Hope.

aka Living Hope for Children   |   Glen Ellyn, IL   |
GuideStar Charity Check


EIN: 20-1708304


We provide education, discipleship, and health services to encourage and equip orphans, vulnerable children, and their communities.

Notes from the nonprofit

2022 marks the 18th anniversary of the founding of Juna Amagara Ministries D/B/A Living Hope for Children. The original 14 children taken into the program have graduated university or vocational training and are entering the workplace. We have been delighted to witness how the original vision cast by our founders has come true. Children with no hope were taken in, nurtured, raised in a loving family environment and were encouraged to do well in school. They have emerged as exceptional adults. There are now over 850 children in the program following in the footsteps of over 125 graduates who have gone before them. The organization has become recognized throughout Uganda as an agent for positive change. The return on investment for those who have supported the organization has been and will continue to be stellar.

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Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Herbert Ainamani

Chairman, US Board of Directors

Mrs. Peggy Walding

Main address

PO Box 2384

Glen Ellyn, IL 60138 USA

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Subject area info

Rural development

Youth development

Youth services

Population served info

Children and youth



Non-adult children


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NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Single Organization Support (O11)

Rural (S32)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are doing our level best to take in the most vulnerable of children in AIDS- and poverty-stricken Uganda and then educate them, care for them in loving home environments, inspire them, build a moral core... so when they graduate from college or vocational school they go into the community as shining examples of people brought up to positively influence those around them. Our goal is to see orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda achieve their full potential and impact their communities for Christ.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Orphan Care

We operate a children's home in Mbarara for special needs children.  In Kishanje, Rubanda, Kampala, and Kayanja, orphans are cared for by guardians overseen by the organization.  Children who have lost one or both parents are taken into the program, given a loving home environment, medical care, schooling and faith building all in context with each encompassing village.  Children are supported through the end of secondary school, funded by sponsors in the U.S., Europe, and Uganda.  The majority of our students benefit from our college sponsorship and vocational training programs. Now that the first children in the program have graduated, we are seeing magnificent people emerge, exactly according to vision, people who will begin to impact their communities for Christ.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth

In order to provide the most effective orphan care, we have had to open and operate our own schools.  We have primary schools in Mbarara, Kayanja and Kishanje, and a secondary school in Rubanda.  Students at these schools regularly place in the top 90th percentile in national testing year after year... as opposed to students at public schools who average in the 50th percentile.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

Sponsored children in our program receive necessary medical care. In addition, the Living Hope for Children Health Outreach program provides them and other vulnerable children in our 4 schools with access to dental, hearing, visual, nutrition, and mental health services. Their guardians/caregivers receive health screening services, and health outreaches are performed in communities where our children reside and where we serve.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
People with HIV/AIDS

Living Hope for Children shares the good news of Jesus Christ with all the students that we serve. It is our hope that each of them would come to know Jesus as their Savior and Lord. Students are also taught lifelong habits of prayer and the study of God's Word that help them become followers of Jesus who love God, serve others, and multiply disciples.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

ECFA 2018


Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Since 2004, we have become experts at orphan care programs and operating schools. The orphans and vulnerable children taken in as frightened, sickly and hopeless quickly become healthy, high energy, hopeful people with big dreams and passion.

We have personnel and facilities to handle many many more children in our communities. Our prayer is to find the resources to expand our proven methods to add as many children in desperate need as possible. Therefore, our goal is to continue to partner with individuals, families, foundations, churches or corporations who are willing to invest in us with a one-time or ongoing donations that would fund a growth plan to carry the organization forward for generations to come.

We will continue to operate the ministry as funds become available. Meanwhile, staff in Uganda has evolved into a strong, budget-driven management team which operates according to a master strategic plan. This is not the usual way indigenous organizations operate in Uganda. Living Hope for Children is a wonderful exception.

Uganda directors travel to the U.S. from Uganda two times each year to meet more people in more places. They and Board members continue telling the Living Hope for Children story every day throughout the U.S. In 2015, we formalized our "Advocate" program which supports individuals in a given area to continue telling the Living Hope for Children story. By mid-year we counted new Advocates in three new territories, in Florida, Illinois and Missouri. We continue with this strategy, mobilizing volunteers and developing church partners as our support base grows. The ministry is now supported by churches and individuals in 21 states. Donors have a strong personal relationship with the ministry and know their support is being leveraged to the maximum, providing hope to children and their communities every day.

We regularly invite donors at all levels to visit Uganda to see the work for themselves and participate in the lives of the children. We are adept at hosting groups of six or more. Reviews of trips are always glowing.

We have accomplished many things, miracles really, in the last 18 years, all based on the work of volunteers in the U.S. and dedicated people in Uganda. Miracles because magnificent results have been achieved on a shoestring budget, squeezing value out of every shilling. The original children in the program are now university graduates, many of whom have returned to the ministry as teachers and social workers to be examples to the more than 850 children in the program.

The important part of the work in raising children into exceptional adults continues but we live and trust that the resources will come to allow us do it all bigger and better.


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2021 2020 JAM annual audit 2019 JAM annual audit 2018 JAM Auidt 2018 2017 JAM 2017 AUDIT.pdf 2016 2015 2014
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.00 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 5.4 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of JUNA AMAGARA MINISTRIES’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation -$8,696 $23,871 $118,565 -$31,933 $41,922
As % of expenses -1.2% 3.2% 21.3% -4.3% 6.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$8,696 $23,871 $118,565 -$31,933 $41,922
As % of expenses -1.2% 3.2% 21.3% -4.3% 6.0%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $677,229 $767,900 $714,374 $739,699 $1,115,099
Total revenue, % change over prior year 4.4% 13.4% -7.0% 3.5% 50.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $713,948 $748,429 $555,455 $734,096 $694,821
Total expenses, % change over prior year 21.8% 4.8% -25.8% 32.2% -5.4%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 8.9% 4.9% 4.9% 5.7% 5.0%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 77.6% 81.1% 88.6% 89.6% 88.2%
All other expenses 13.4% 14.0% 6.5% 4.7% 6.9%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $713,948 $748,429 $555,455 $734,096 $694,821
One month of savings $59,496 $62,369 $46,288 $61,175 $57,902
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $773,444 $810,798 $601,743 $795,271 $752,723

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.6 3.7 8.5 6.5 14.1
Months of cash and investments 3.6 3.7 8.5 6.5 14.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.1 2.4 5.7 3.8 4.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $213,966 $233,437 $392,356 $397,959 $818,237
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Unrestricted net assets $123,130 $147,001 $265,566 $233,633 $275,555
Temporarily restricted net assets $91,836 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $91,836 $87,436 $127,790 $165,326 $543,682
Total net assets $214,966 $234,437 $393,356 $398,959 $819,237

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Herbert Ainamani

Herbert E. Ainamani, PdD grew up in the first village and area we served.  Orphaned at age 3, he holds a BA in Education from Bishop Stuart University, Master's and PhD degrees in Clinical Psychology from Mbarara University of Science and Technology. Herbert was a co-founder of the ministry in 2004 and served as its Director of Operations until being named Managing Director in 2018 and CEO in 2020. He is married with four children.

Chairman, US Board of Directors

Peggy Walding

Peggy Walding has decades of experience as a volunteer administrator. She also runs a large Bible Study at Willow Creek Community Church for 20 years. She has been on the U.S. board for nine years, six years as Chairman. Under her management, the ministry has grown from 600 children under care to over 850, from zero college students to more than 125 graduates. Peggy is married with three grown children.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Board of directors
as of 03/14/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Mrs. Peggy Walding

Dave Siehoff


Keith Duff

Pastor, Village Bible Church

Peggy Walding

Community Organizer

Sandy Fugate

Small business owner

Tana Tatnall


Steve Waggoner

Pastor, Crossroads Church, Delavan IL

Amy Cox Klug

Events Coordinator

Sue Oban

Adjunct College Teacher

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/30/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

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