Angelina Sorgen of Preeceville is preparing to experience a once in a life time trip when she will travel to Uganda, Africa for mission work through Touch Ministries. Sorgen is schedule to leave January 20 and arrive back on February 5.
Sorgen is the daughter of Dwight and Edna Sorgen of Preeceville.
"I am really excited to travel to Africa and help feed the children through Touch Ministries," said Sorgen. "The opportunity came up and after some research I applied and was accepted. I have always wanted to go to Africa and through this trip I will be helping children have a better life. While I am there I am scheduled to help set up a library, build sidewalks and help in the nutrition department of a local hospital. This will be my first trip overseas and I am not sure what to expect but I am looking forward to the experience,” she stated.
Sorgen has been doing some fundraisers, including selling hot chocolate at the Preeceville School. It takes $1 to feed a child per day, she stated.
It will cost approximately $4,000 for Sorgen to travel to Africa and she has done some fundraising and received some donations to help her in her travels.
Touch Ministries is located about 20 minutes northwest of Kumi, which is in the Eastern part of Uganda according to the ministry’s website.
In 2010, the ministry drilled the first water well, which was a huge benefit to offer fresh water to the community. The first dorm opened Sept 16, 2010 with 17 children. Since then things have grown very rapidly. Currently it operates two large dorms with 95 children who are under full sponsorship
Across the road, it has a church which holds at least 500 people. In 2011 it began the Touch school. Currently it has seven classrooms built, with a future goal to complete three more which will hold baby class to P7, at which time students will enter a boarding high school or vocational school.
The ministry iscommitted to provide a loving and caring home, food, medical care, and education to the most vulnerable children of Ogooma and Kumi, Uganda, according to the website. The group reaches out to the community with hope for a better future, when all hope seems lost.