WHAT WE'RE ABOUT:
LOT2545 is a registered 501c3 making all donations tax deductible to the fullest extent as allowed by law.
The name LOT2545 comes from Matthew 25:45. It says, “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’” (NIV translation) LOT is an abbreviation for least of these and 2545 is from the chapter and verse in Matthew.
Our mission is to provide true justice and compassion for the least of these in Uganda by providing opportunities to heal and pave their own way for a better future.
We hope for a Uganda where every child is loved and valued by his family in a self-sustaining household.
Integrity: We aim to always do what is best for the boys. God has brought these boys to us and entrusted us with their safety and wellbeing, and we will keep their best interests in mind when making all decisions. We will always be good stewards with the generosity of our donors. (1 Corinthians 4:1-2)
Empowerment: We believe in empowering our boys and the women we work with to develop a brighter, more sustainable future for themselves. Providing education, vocational training, and employment, our hope is for them all to become happy, fruitful members of their community. (Matthew 25:22-23)
Family: At LOT2545, we believe in family. We empower our women’s group to care for their own families. In our home, we are all uncles, aunties, and brothers. We teach our boys the importance of family so that they may grow up and break the cycle of injustice for their own children. (Ephesians 6:4)
Service: We are built on the foundation of serving the least of these in Uganda and dedicated to doing so, for whatever we did not do for one of the least of these, we did not do for him. (Matthew 25:45)
Justice: True justice is a significant need in all of Africa, including Kampala. We seek justice for the oppressed. We seek to defend the fatherless and plead for the widows just as God calls us to do. (Isaiah 1:17, Micah 6:8)
Forgiveness: We believe forgiveness for others and the forgiveness for themselves is one of the most important things for our boys to learn. All too often, when boys are living on the streets, making good choices means they might not eat. Sometimes old habits die hard and even make their way into the home. We teach and remind them constantly that God forgives us no matter what, and we strive to practice this forgiveness with them daily. (Ephesians 1:7, Matthew 6:15-15)
BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Amanda Jones: Amanda Jones is the founder of LOT 2545. After spending 10 months in Uganda, she realized God’s calling in her life to help older boys living on the streets. As a result, Amanda returned to the US to begin the paperwork needed to establish LOT 2545. Before her time in Uganda, she taught high school Spanish for 2 years. She was raised in South Bend, Indiana and attended Indiana University South Bend for both undergraduate and graduate work. She graduated in May 2010 with a M.S. in secondary education.
Courtney Morrow: Courtney Morrow is a student at the University of South Carolina. She learned about LOT 2545 after one of her professors connected her with her former student at Notre Dame. She felt as though God was calling her to Uganda, over a volunteer opportunity elsewhere, so she went to visit Amanda and the boys and came to love them all quickly and dearly. Although she is still completing her undergraduate degree and making plans for her future, she is honored and excited to serve as a board member of LOT 2545.
Chrissy Paul: Chrissy Paul grew up with Amanda Jones in South Bend, Indiana and has kept in touch through all of Amanda’s adventures in Uganda. Because she has boys of her own, she has a heart for the street boys Amanda is helping in Kampala. She lives in Medford, Oregon with her two little boys Adam, 8 and Connor, 5 and works as a medical biller.
Lori Borger: Lori Borger met Amanda Jones in South Bend when Amanda was selling her violin to pay for a computer for LOT2545. A later encounter at the South Bend Farmer's Market jewelry table captured Lori's heart and led to Lori's family sponsoring a boy. Her husband and oldest children visited the boys in Uganda 3 years later. The boys hold a special place in all of their hearts. Formerly a physical therapist, Lori is now homeschooling the younger four of her five children and volunteers extensively at her church. She is honored to be joining the LOT2545 board.
John Paul Okiring: John Paul, or JP as everyone calls him began working as the "uncle" at the home at the end of 2013. He has since moved out of the home, but still continues to work with us in an administrative role. He also is the one that resettles the boys with their families and checks on them periodically to ensure they are continuing to settle in to their family life again well.
Jumah Rogers: Jumah joined the team towards the beginning of the 2017. He is a recent college graduate and is in charge of our office.
Wamboza James: Baba as everyone calls him is the new house uncle as of May 2017. He ensures that the home runs smoothly and that the boys are settling into school well each term.