Our story

“Our family has been involved in sponsoring children with AOET in Uganda for many, many years. Our sponsored students have grown from being Pre-K students to University students.  This has been incredibly rewarding. Our students would not have been able to attend even elementary school without a sponsor. And now they are studying at the university. They are the leaders of the future for Uganda.  “

                                                                                                                                                                       – Pam Purcell, Montana


Operation One’s history goes back to 1997, when a community member in Eastern Uganda founded an NGO in response to the AIDS epidemic that was devastating families. Orphans and widows were struggling to educate a generation of children, with over 1.5 million Ugandans becoming diagnosed with HIV, leaving 1.2 million orphans. Civil unrest, rebel militias, and kidnapping of thousands of children to join the Lord’s Resistance Army combined to add destruction to the region. In 2005, an American on a mission trip saw the need for further support and started AOET-USA to support AOET- Uganda’s mission. For 15 years, AOET-USA provided child sponsorship programs, medical aid, and capital projects support to build schools, pay for children to attend, and support entire Ugandan communities holistically to lift children and families out of poverty. In 2020, AOET-USA became Operation One. Operation One will continue to support AOET- Uganda’s programs, while expanding it’s reach into micro-enterprise and further medical support initiatives. 



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1500 NW 167th Place | Beaverton, OR 97006

(503) 954-3711 

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