The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation



Amaka ga McKenzie: “McKenzie’s Home”


There are approximately 2.7 million orphans in Uganda, according to UNICEF.
2.7 million children without parents.
2.7 million children without love.
2.7 million opportunities for us to care and make a difference!


Inspired by McKenzie’s life of love, teen volunteers at The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation became dedicated to raising funds to build an orphanage in Africa. For months, students did whatever they could to raise money: from bake sales and school canteens, to jewelry sales and donated birthday gifts. Their dream was turned into a reality with the help of other donors who matched their contributions and helped reach their goal.


Okoa Refuge, Inc. is an independent non-profit organization run by Liv and Tyler, a married couple. Together, they live in Africa and provide emotional, physical, and spiritual support for orphans. In 2011, we first teamed up with Okoa to proudly open the doors of Amaka ga McKenzie, or “McKenzie’s Home.” Over the next 2 years, we went on to fund the building of 3 homes at the Okoa Orphanage. Altogether, these consist of a Girls’ Home, a Boys’ Home, and an Abandoned Baby Home. Each of these unique homes continually provides so many things for its more than 70 children:

  • Food
  • Shelter
  • Medical attention
  • Education
  • Counseling

These three facilities create a special community of love and care in the midst of difficult circumstances.

GET INVOLVED: Okoa Refuge is currently seeking sponsors for the children living in these orphanages. Sponsorships provide food, medical care, school fees, and more for each child. For details on how you can change a child’s life and become a sponsor,

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GOT HOPE? In 2013, a group of teens who were passionate about our Foundation were invited to go to Uganda and serve at Amaka ga McKenzie. This “Got Hope” team was made up of teens and chaperones with one main goal: to make the kids feel loved and to give them hope. They spent their time painting and decorating the orphanages, as well as getting to know the precious kids through games and fun activities. These teens were given the opportunity to experience firsthand how their efforts were truly making a difference in the world. They were also able to grow in character as they were immersed in the radically unique African culture.

Challenge: Pray for Amaka ga McKenzie!

“The greatest happiness in the world is
To make others happy.”
-Luther Burbank



We’re counting on the generosity of people like YOU to help us continue to support young people in recognizing their full potential.

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We need YOU to help us make a difference in a child’s life. You can volunteer your TIME as a mentor by signing up online at McKenzie Gives. Volunteers needed from ages 13 and up!


The McKenzie Noelle Wilson Foundation
13936 Ascot Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32250
Adrian Gibbs, Foundation Director

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