Clare Byrne was born and raised in northern New Jersey and graduated from Seton Hall University with her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy in 2012. Ever since Clare could remember, God had etched in her heart the desire to serve children with disabilities. However, how this service was to take place, was always a resounding question in her mind.
In 2013 an opportunity arose for Clare to travel to Uganda, East Africa. There she volunteered for a year as an Occupational Therapist to a severely disabled population of children.
When Clare was in Uganda, her heart was forever captured how the children with disabilities were filled with boundless joy, compassion, and love, despite the obstacles they face on a daily basis. Clare was struck how these children seize the present moment and embrace it with gratitude. In their humble nature, they reveal that in order to live fully alive, the past should not rob you of the joy and gift of the present moment.
While in Uganda, Clare’s heart was also torn how the children with disabilities in Uganda are marginalized, abandoned, rejected by society and their basic God-given dignity is not recognized. This disparity made her heart so restless and empowered her to want to do something about it.
In 2016, Clare founded Imprint Hope, a non-profit organization, designed to raise awareness, break down barriers, and overcome the stigma that children with disabilities in Uganda face on a daily basis. Imprint Hope envisions a world where all children with disabilities are appreciated for their unique talents and provided an opportunity to actualize their full potential.
God created every human soul with a different fingerprint for a reason. We all have a unique set of gifts to share with the world, and children with disabilities are no exception.With God’s grace and the generosity of others, Clare hopes to leave a lasting mark of hope on the Ugandan people, so that they may better understand the inherent potential of every human soul.