Our charity founders (Mike & Coral Parsons) had the vision to help some of the poorest children in Uganda to forge brighter futures. As teachers in the UK, they placed a strong emphasis on education and had a keen awareness of the importance of community engagement, partnering with local families and community leaders since 1992. In those early days, we worked out of one site, supporting vulnerable children through primary and secondary school while catering for other urgent needs such as medical treatment and, where necessary, accommodation. Today education and community remain at the heart of what we do. We now work out of two village locations and continue to support the education and welfare of hundreds of children; some directly through our child sponsorship programme, others through attendance at our local infant and primary school in Kisimula village.
WHERE DO WE WORK ?
We work in the Nakaseke district of central Uganda, in the two remote village locations of Kadunda and Kisimula. Located about 45 miles north-west of the capital city, Kampala, it is a two hour journey by road across some interesting terrain.
Our office and senior school dormitories are located at Kadunda, close to the local secondary school; while in Kisimula our infant and primary school serves local families, with an attendance of approx. 350 children ranging from ages 5 – 12.
Our team in Uganda consists of many members, all of whom play a vital role in the work of the charity. From House Mothers in our primary school dormitories in Kisimula to the school cook and all the school faculty. In all, the team in Uganda currently amounts to twenty-five members, to whom we are very grateful for their continued dedication and hard work. Below we have highlighted a few of the key team members who have been (and continue to be) pivotal in affecting change and transforming lives.
GODFREY KWERI - UGANDA DIRECTOR
Godfrey has been working with the charity since just after its foundation. As a local church Pastor, he is dedicated to his community and its needs, both spiritual and practical. Nobody has done more to drive the development and progress forwards in Uganda and we are extremely grateful to have such a hard-working, humble, and integrous Director overseeing all of the in-country operations.
SAMUEL GWENGABO - SITE MANAGER
Pastor Sam is the local church Pastor in Kismula village and the founder of the Kisimula Primary School. Sam has been a part of the charity team since the early 2000s and is our onsite manager in Kisimula, dealing with the maintenance and upkeep of infrastructure and overseeing project staff in Kisimula village. He is also an active member of the school board alongside Director Godfrey Kweri.
EVELYN MAGADANZI - SENIOR MATRON
Matron (as she is affectionately known) has a servant heart and seemingly endless reserve of love and energy that she dedicates to the care of the secondary school children, staying in the senior dormitories. Like Godfrey, Matron has served as a member of the charity team in Uganda since just after the charity’s foundation. With many strings to her bow, she also runs a small nursery school in Kadunda village.