Meet Our Team

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Lydia Kayongo

Lydia is the mother of four active boys and surrogate mother to a number of other children who have been welcomed into her home. She works in healthcare administration and has been in leadership with the Uganda  Association of Minnesota. She and her sister, Barbara, carries the same passion for New Hope for Africa Orphanage & School that first inspired her mother, Annet, to get it started and keep it going!

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Barbara Jensen

Barbara, and husband Rob, are thrilled to be new parents to Benjamin. Barbara is a business analyst. Barbara brings passion, integrity, commitment, love and faith to our team and has made working on 360 Vision such a JOY. She and her sister, Lydia, carries the same passion for New Hope for Africa Orphanage & School that first inspired her mother, Annet, to get it started and keep it going!

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Kristina Nyquist

Kristina "Krissi" Nyquist gushes with enthusiasm about all things Africa! That is, after her first loves Ryan, Soren, and Ezra. Oh and put Jesus at the top of that list. Kristina is creative, energetic and full of passion. She traveled to Bulembu, Swaziland on two trips in 2011 and 2013. That was more than enough to capture her heart. Kristina is eager to help make a difference for children at New Hope for Africa. Her deep faith, her youthful exuberance and her creativity make her a wonderful addition to the team.

Behind the scenes ...

Gretchen Carlson

Founder/Director - 360 Vision for Africa

December, 2021 ... By the grace of God we now have 56 children sponsored! This team of women you see here meets regularly now via Zoom to discuss the project and continue to seek ways to keep it moving forward. I'm thrilled to work with them.

A little about me ... I've worked for Community Education for over 25 years. I first started sponsoring a child from Guatemala in 1984 but it was in 2003 that I became aware of the impact that AIDS had taken on pockets of Africa. Wanting to help, I sponsored a child from Africa, then brought child sponsorship to my church. If you're curious about how I met the founder of New Hope for Africa orphanage, I've written more about that under About Us/Gretchen's Story. Please consider joining us on our journey to help children in great need. Our main priority has been food for the children. In November 2020 we launched a campaign to raise money for a much-needed computer lab for the children. A new lab is now ready to go when the children return to school! (The government shut down school for most of COVID but thankfully it's scheduled to open in January.) This season we're focused on providing a Christmas Dinner and Grocery pack for 100 families.  I'd love to have your help. We can't do everything, but we can do something. Your partnership with us will help children to thrive. Thanks for taking time to see our website!