Irene Gleeson

In 1992, Irene Gleeson and her then husband, sold their Sydney beach homes and everything they owned, and then towed a small caravan to Kitgum on the Sudan border in order to rescue abducted child soldiers and children orphaned in the conflict between the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) and the Ugandan governments. Once there, she gathered 50 children under the shade of a mango tree. This is where her ministry began. Today, the 450 staff of the Irene Gleeson Foundation educates, medicates, and feeds 8,000+ children in Northern Uganda . . . and that number continues to grow every day. Irene Gleeson passed away July 21, 2013 after a courageous battle with cancer.