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Jennifer Spencer, right, and her mother Sandra Spencer are headed to Uganda in March. They're going to join Spencer's young cousin Jorja on a trip to help an orphanage in the African nation.
Jennifer Spencer, right, and her mother Sandra Spencer are headed to Uganda in March. They're going to join Spencer's young cousin Jorja on a trip to help an orphanage in the African nation.

Jennifer Spencer has a pretty special cousin, and now she's going to join her in helping out children in Africa.

Jorja Hinks is just 10 years old, but she's already travelled to Africa to help orphans in the poorest parts of the continent.
"I don't see the young lady stopping any time soon," Spencer said.
Spencer said Jorja got started when she was five and was sponsoring a child in Uganda.
"She wanted to go meet this kid," Spencer said. Jorja did a fundraiser and collected $10,000 and visited the child.
"After that they decided they wouldn't sponsor one child; they'd sponsor a village," Spencer said.
Spencer and her mother Sandra got involved with Jorja's Journeys in recent months.
"Mom was a Girl Guide leader," Spencer said. "And Mom always wanted to go somewhere and help orphans."
Spencer said she'd travelled a lot and lived briefly in the Dominican Republic.
"When I came back from the Dominican all I wanted to do was go back and help people suffering from poverty."
Spencer said her mother had spoken to Jorja's mother about joining the next trip to Africa. Spencer was interested in going as well.
"She left me a voice mail and said our names were submitted for the trip — hope I didn't mind," Spencer said.
The original plan this time around was to go to South Africa and work on a facility there, but the needs at an orphanage in Uganda suddenly became more pressing after problems arose with a water supply and food for animals.
Spencer said Jorja and her mother decided to change their focus and look to an area where the need was greater.
Spencer and her mother have been busy on the southwest coast, raising awareness and money for the trip to Uganda in March.
Included in the fundraisers is a campaign called Brick by Brick. People can pay $5 and purchase a brick that will be used to build a school.
"It's been hectic," she said. "But at least we've got a goal in mind, plans are coming through."
The biggest fundraiser underway is a draw for a $5,000 travel voucher. She said there are more fundraisers planned for after the holidays.
Spencer said the trip in March will include starting construction on a school and dormitories for students, and renovating a bathroom at an orphanage. She said the group is also hoping to upgrade a home used by a foster mother.
The group will purchase new livestock and feed and transport some of the children for medical care.
There's plenty of other work to be done when the group arrives in Uganda.
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Jorja Hinks is just 10 years old, but she's already travelled to Africa to help orphans in the poorest parts of the continent.
"I don't see the young lady stopping any time soon," Spencer said.
Spencer said Jorja got started when she was five and was sponsoring a child in Uganda.
"She wanted to go meet this kid," Spencer said. Jorja did a fundraiser and collected $10,000 and visited the child.
"After that they decided they wouldn't sponsor one child; they'd sponsor a village," Spencer said.
Spencer and her mother Sandra got involved with Jorja's Journeys in recent months.
"Mom was a Girl Guide leader," Spencer said. "And Mom always wanted to go somewhere and help orphans."
Spencer said she'd travelled a lot and lived briefly in the Dominican Republic.
"When I came back from the Dominican all I wanted to do was go back and help people suffering from poverty."
Spencer said her mother had spoken to Jorja's mother about joining the next trip to Africa. Spencer was interested in going as well.
"She left me a voice mail and said our names were submitted for the trip — hope I didn't mind," Spencer said.
The original plan this time around was to go to South Africa and work on a facility there, but the needs at an orphanage in Uganda suddenly became more pressing after problems arose with a water supply and food for animals.
Spencer said Jorja and her mother decided to change their focus and look to an area where the need was greater.
Spencer and her mother have been busy on the southwest coast, raising awareness and money for the trip to Uganda in March.
Included in the fundraisers is a campaign called Brick by Brick. People can pay $5 and purchase a brick that will be used to build a school.
"It's been hectic," she said. "But at least we've got a goal in mind, plans are coming through."
The biggest fundraiser underway is a draw for a $5,000 travel voucher. She said there are more fundraisers planned for after the holidays.
Spencer said the trip in March will include starting construction on a school and dormitories for students, and renovating a bathroom at an orphanage. She said the group is also hoping to upgrade a home used by a foster mother.
The group will purchase new livestock and feed and transport some of the children for medical care.
There's plenty of other work to be done when the group arrives in Uganda.
WEBLINK
https://www.facebook.com/JorjasJourneysEmpoweringOrphans/?fref=ts
bryan.tait@tc.tc

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