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ABOUT

Our Vision

Working to create a world where the poorest of the poor have access to daily essentials needed for living life with dignity, one community at a time.

Our Story

While visiting an impoverished community in Uganda in 2006, God aligned the hearts of four people who refused to turn a blind eye to the tragedy surrounding them. Through a shared vision to offer hope and promote change, Align International was born.

Overwhelmed by orphans and widows, Uganda is a country where the majority of its citizens are trapped in a cycle of poverty with limited to no resources to help them break free. With 70% of its population under the age of 25 (CIA World Factbook 2019) and standing as the world’s third poorest country (Focus Economics), the road ahead is long. It is also full of hope. 

Today, Align continues to bring people together across the world with one common goal and passion: to make a difference in the lives of thousands of desperate children. Through the generosity of faithful donors, Align’s main focus is to “look after orphans and widows in their distress,” (James 1:27) by providing basic necessities, spiritual support, and education that will equip them to rise above the poverty they were born into. 

Alex & Millie Ojera

Align Partners since 2006

Alex is a Bishop in the Pentecostal Assemblies of God serving mostly in Central Uganda. He also is the lead Pastor at Bombo Pentecostal Church (also known as “BPC”) where he both teaches and mentors the youth, raising up leaders to change the fabric of the local community and country of Uganda.

Millie is the CEO of Life with Hope Ministries, where she oversees the operations of the Child Sponsorship Program, Life Homes, Donela Schools, and Scholarship Programs.  She also manages the Donela Schools, and serves as the Worship Leader at Bombo Pentecostal Church.

Alex and Millie have three children, Jeremiah, Esther and Isaac. They also are “Daddy” and “Mummy” to many children and youth in Uganda.

Where we serve...

Bombo is located one hour north via the Gulu Highway from the capital, Kampala in the central region of Uganda. Bombo Pentecostal Church has planted churches in the nearby surrounding communities of:
  • Wobulenzi
  • Kakooge
  • Luweero
  • Kavule

Board of Directors

Don and Elaine with Bishop Alex Ojera, his wife, Millie, and their children, Jeremiah, Esther, and Isaac. 

Don & Elaine Herr

Board Members since September 2006
Co-Founder of Align International. Don is a retired Fire Division Chief, Redondo Beach Fire Department after 31 years of service. Don also served as the Director and Team Leader for Disaster Relief at Saddleback Church for seven years, where he both trained and lead teams.
Co-Founder of Align International.  Elaine served as Co-Team Leader for Disaster Relief at Saddleback Church for seven years, where she both trained and lead teams.

Erica Estrella

Board Member since May 2015
CEO of Align International.  Erica previously owned and operated an event planning company, while volunteering for Align in the area of operations.  Erica transitioned into the role of interim CEO of Align in November 2019 and officially stepped into the position in August 2020.  Erica is married to Brandon, who serves as Align’s IT Manager.
Erica, Brandon, and their two children, Degan and Ava, with the boys from one of Align's Life Homes.
Joe and Barbara with their children, Robby and Jenna, during a trip to Uganda.

Joe & Barbara Jackson

Board Members since October 2015
Business & Projects Manager of Align International.  Joe is retired from TRW/Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems where he served as a Director in the Engineering, Program Management, Supply Chain and Supplier Quality organizations. In addition to his Board role, Joe also serves on Align’s Executive Management Team.
Donor Development Manager of Align International.  Barbara is retired from UCLA Medical Center/UCLA Medical Group where she worked as a contracting specialist in Westwood and Santa Monica, CA.  Barbara also serves on Align's Executive Management Team. 

Dr. Donald & Cari Walls

Board Members since October 2015

Dr. Walls is retired from Saddleback Memorial Hospital in Laguna Hills, CA where he worked for 44 years as an anesthesiologist. Dr. Donald Walls also serves as the Align Lead for child counseling in our sponsorship program. 

Cari is the president and owner/operator of Cari Blake Design, an interior design company specializing in custom homes and businesses.  Cari has also been a member of every Gala Committee since 2014.

Dr. Walls and Cari with the girl they sponsored, Annet Nuwagaba, and her family.
Brian and Stacey with Luweero Church staff and Life With Hope children.

Brian Meadows

Board Member since February 2021

Brian is a senior managing consultant for Simpler Consulting, an IBM company.  Brian and his wife, Stacey, are two of Align’s longest-standing supporters.