Who We Are
Zion Project is an international 501c3 ministry which exists to offer life changing counseling and teachings for vulnerable girls and women caught in the global sex trade and communities affected by war. We currently operate in the war-torn region of northern Uganda.
We believe that love can change a life. Our heart is for the unloved, the outcast, the ones that no one wants, or that others think can never change. We believe transformation in communities begins by loving one person at a time and giving away what we have received. We go deep with the few and develop lasting relationships built on trust and understanding and through that we see new life begin to happen in their hearts and transformation in their communities.
We address the complex issues of sexual exploitation and prostitution through love, healing, and relationship. We also run holistic Rescue Homes for girls we have rescued from child prostitution and girls escaping sex-trafficking, sexual violence, or the sex-industry.
We love to partner with spirit-led churches and individuals who have a heart to be laid-down lovers for the people of Uganda. Contact us today.
“I never thought I would come to a place where people would love me unconditionally. I didn't think such a place existed. Since I've come here, I've been able to get free of my past and I know Jesus now. It has truly changed my life."Jane
Providing inner healing to the broken hearted and sexually exploited in war-torn regions of Africa through the power of God's love, counseling, and relationships.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.Isaiah 61:3
To see hearts, lives, and communities radically transformed by inner healing, the Father's love, and the Kingdom of heaven so that the broken might walk in wholeness and fulfill their God-given destinies.
From the Founder
My name is Sarita.
And I believe in redemption.
In 2006, at the age of 24, I made my first trip to Uganda excited for an adventure to end injustice and live a life like the ancient disciples. I had no idea what I was going to do, but I had heard about young girls who were being used as sex slaves and child soldiers and returning to IDP camps as outcasts and all I wanted to do was help. My background was in Counseling and English/Literature (of all things :) so I decided to start by just listening. And writing down people's stories. But being entrusted with these heartbreaking tales of being raped, being abandoned, and trying to raise a child alone, only left me more determined that I had to do more.
So I started with the child mothers asking them the question: What do you want? What are your dreams?
God spoke to me and told me that while many people would come and would focus on the physical needs of those in Uganda, our calling was different: to focus on the heart for out of the heart flow the issues of life.
And so Zion Project began, in the dirt, just me and a group full of young girls who had very little hope.
It took a lot of time, a lot of work, a lot of prayer and a lot of commitment, but we registered as a non-profit in the USA and then I moved back to Uganda in 2008 and took 10 girls and 11 babies into our first Rehabilitation Home where I lived with them as a family and loved them in relationship.
Our values are simple. We want to love people. Where they are. We want to heal the heart so that people can find intimacy with God, with others, and realize their purpose in life. So that ultimately they can be at peace, and offer peace to the world, so that unforgiveness, hatred, and they cycle of war can end.
We want people to be able to dream again.
Zion Project has grown a lot since those first days living with those girls. I still love them, and released them, and many of them still work with us today. But God called us on to other girls and other women, and gradually we found ourselves swept up into a the dark world of forced prostitution involving children and the trafficking of women from Congo.
So we began again. We developed friendships with girls who were hardened by lives of prostitution in the slums, selling their bodies for lack of other options. So we loved them, and told them they were beautiful, and that God has something for them. And slowly we saw dignity coming back, and self-esteem, and now they have skills and jobs that allow them to feel proud of themselves.
We are called to the outcasts. To the ones that no one else wants. And we love them, God heals them, and we set them free to go on the adventure of realizing their dreams.
It's a beautiful journey I am blessed to be on, an amazing miracle of what can happen when you just say “yes.”
One person really can change a life through love.
Will you join me?
Sarita - My blog
A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.Lao Tzu