Project Streets of Gold had many beginnings.
It began with a Ugandan, Peter Kasozi, when he was called by God to start and orphanage and schools for the children of Uganda. Peter is a pastor and founder of Rock Ministries in Kampala, Uganda. He had been praying since 1986 that God would give a passion for the children to someone who could help him invest in their lives.
In 2000 Jim McIntosh, a developer from the UK, took a mission trip to Africa and it touched his life so deeply that he sought how he could improve the situation of the people in Africa. While sitting under a tree in Africa, Jim was asking God how he could make a difference.
The concept of helping Africans to help themselves by providing equipment, training, and ways to earn an income came about. On a second trip to Africa, Jim met Peter Kasozi and experienced first hand what Peter was involved in with the children. Jim shared his vision for Africa with David Simmons, director of Marketing Associates, and David also wanted to be involved with missions in Africa.
From there Jon Cawley came on board and liked the concept of helping Peter and the children of Uganda. He believed people would give to a cause that would put others to work in order to improve their situation. Another beginning was when Stewart Mauck, who in 1996 made his first of seven trips to Africa. Stewart, also a pastor, knew from the very first time he experienced Africa that he would always be involved with Africa in some way. David invited Stewart to be involved with a mission trip to Uganda not knowing that Stewart was seeking God’s leadership in some type of mission involvement. As the details of what was to take place in Kampala were being discussed, Jon felt it was time to start a non- profit organization to help all of Africa with a hand up and not just a hand out. Stewart had been considering the possibilities of starting a mission organization, but needed more support. At that point Project Streets of Gold was born! At that time, Project Streets of Gold was beginning to create a model farm in Kampala with Peter Kasozi.
This model had several important aspects. First of all, Peter had purchased fifty three acres of land and is only able to farm a couple of them because of the need for equipment. Project Streets of Gold was able in 2005 to send a new Ford tractor.
Shortly after the beginning of Project Streets of Gold, the organization was made aware of the negative connotations the African’s may have to the reference to gold in the name of the organization. Therefore, we decided to change our name early on so that we would not offend any that we were trying to help. The name Hand Up Africa was a perfect fit and became the new name of the organization.