Girl Child Network Uganda - STAFF
       
 

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Memory Bandera Rwampwanyi, Founder
Memory is a US-trained Zimbabwean whose passion is human rights and social and economic development issues. Memory is a founding member of the Girl Child Network (GCN) Zimbabwe (1999) and a co-founder of Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe's Orphans (2003). In the past decade, the GCN Empowerment Model has been replicated in other countries and has helped millions of girls worldwide. As GCN Zimbabwe celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2009, Memory took GCN to Uganda and it is now a registered NGO.Memory currently works with the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project. Prior to that she worked with the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) and with Youth Action International (YAI). While at ILI-ACLE and YAI, her areas of specialization were Economic Development; Human Rights & Access to Justice; Good Governance and Anti-Corruption; Peace Building; and Project Planning and Implementation. She also participated at various levels in the negotiation and implementation of a number of projects between ILI-ACLE/YAI and various professional partners at national and international level. Memory holds a Master of Science in International Relations from Suffolk University, Boston and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, USA. Email: memory@gcnuganda.org Email: memory@gcnuganda.org

Dinnah Nabwire, Program Coordinator
Dinnah Nabwire is a Program Coordinator at Girl Child Network Uganda. She is a gender and reproductive health rights activist with expertise in programing, policy analysis and communications for non-profits in Uganda and most recently in Washington D.C.
Dinnah joins Girl Child Network from Marie Stopes International where she worked as Research and Policy Coordinator in the United States. She has also previously managed communications, policy and advocacy and programing for the Strategic Initiative for Women in the Horn of Africa and the Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development – ACORD.
Dinnah holds a Masters’ Degree in Education, Gender and International Development from the University College London as well as a Bachelors’ Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Uganda Christian University Mukono.
Email: coordinator@gcnuganda.org Email: coordinator@gcnuganda.org


Racheal Okuja, Program Coordinatorr
“Racheal Okuja is the Program Coordinator for Girl Child Network-Uganda. Racheal is Proud to be a girl, has a passion for girls and loves children. Currently, she is pursuing her MA in Local Governance and Human Rights from the East African School of Diplomacy, Governance and International Studies-UMU. Racheal worked with Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO) in the Women’s Rights Advocacy program focusing on building the capacity of Women led CBOs in Peace Building, Conflict resolution, radio advocacy and gender equality concepts under the UN women and ICCO funded project. She also worked on Life skill empowerment Programme for Vulnerable girls under a UK funded life skill empowerment project. She worked as the Conflict Mitigation and Governance manager at Mercy Corps Uganda under the GHG-USAID funded program. She has a vast experience working with and for youths of which adolescent girls are a part. Racheal has experience managing sub-grantees, paying critical attention to proposals, work plans, budgets, implementations and monitorings. She believes in the power of documentation as a tool to speak to the world. Her areas of specialization are governance, conflict mitigation, Life skill empowerment, Youth Adolescent Girl Programming, youth Peace building initiatives and has great knowledge on UNSCR 1325, 1820 and the Goma declaration. In 2012, Racheal was awarded as the Youngest Woman achiever by His Excellency the president of Uganda on behalf of the women of Uganda for her exceptional articulation of Affirmative action as a tool for youth empowerment. A girl’s self-esteem and confidence is 1 tool she needs if she is to explore her talents and resources around her. Remember, “No girl is safe until all girls are safe” At GCN, we touch the life of a girl each day and that makes the difference. When not in office thinking of how best to empower girls, Racheal is out hanging around kids, watching TV and loves reading great personalities autobiographies. Email: rokuja6@gmail.com


Morgan Garcia, MPH Program Coordinator
Ms. Garcia has an MPH in International Health from Oregon State University in the US with a focus on the health impacts of power and violence on disadvantaged populations. She also has a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina, US. She has unique experience with vulnerable groups through her previous work in Peru with Partners in Health; , South Sudan with the Carter Center Guinea Worm Eradication Program;, Uganda with Meeting Point International, The Eye Rwanda/Uganda Magazines, and Destiny Friends International,; as well as several non-profit organizations in and the United States. Ms. Garcia is passionate about expanding and improving the response to and prevention of gender-based violence and believes that Empowerment Clubs have the power to shape the future of girls’ and women’s rights in Uganda and the world. Email: morgan@gcnuganda.org


Vivian Agaba Kukunda, Program Coordinator
Vivian Agaba Kukunda is the Program Coordinator at Girl Child Network. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration majoring in finance attained from Makerere University Business School. Vivian “loves finance, as it is the blood that any business and organization needs to survive.” She is passionate about women and girls issues and wants to empower them so that they can lead more fulfilling lives. Vivian gets to merge both her passion for finance and women’s issues by ensuring that the GCN member are able to participate in empowerment activities that include financial trainings, business skills development, and counseling. Vivian spearheaded the development and implementation of the Village Savings and Loan Association initiative under GCN’s Opportunity Program. She continues to provide training to girls in communities on how to start up savings schemes and brings this experience to her role in coordinating the overall programming at GCN. “I love the work that I do and working with GCN is a great experience.”
Email: vivian@gcnuganda.org


Joan Nalwende, Girls At Risk Program Officer
Joan is the Girls at Risk Programs Officer at Girl Child Network Uganda. She is a trained counselor who enjoys working with young people. As a counselor she is compassionate, open minded, empathetic and accepting towards girls in Empowerment Clubs. She is also committed to empowering the girls with problem solving techniques. She helps girls become free from misconceptions, stereotypes and prejudice regarding issues involving race, religion, sexual orientation, disability, cultural heritage, etc. She gained counseling experiences interning with Uganda Red Cross and Naguru Teenage Centre. Joan holds a Bachelors Degree in Guidance and Counseling from Kyambogo University.
Email: joan@gcnuganda.org


Grace Musinguzi, Field Officer
Grace is a Field Officer at Girl Child Network Uganda. She provides counseling to girls in clubs and also helps coordinate club activities. She previously worked/interned with Watoto Education Department, Bulrushes Watoto Babies Home, TASO and Akiba Children’s Foundation. Grace obtained a Bachelors degree in Guidance and Counseling from Kyambogo University.Email: grace@gcnuganda.org


Ellen Eva Ssuubi, Counselor
Ellen is a social worker and professional counselor working with GCN Uganda as a volunteer counselor. She is passionate about children and has been providing counseling to young people for over a decade. She also counsels the children of prisoners at Wells of Hope primary school in Wakiso. “I believe in creating an impact in young girls and ladies and seeing them transformed, skilled and self-sustaining, which GCN is enhancing among other things.” She is Co-founder and Director at Wells of Hope and also works as a counselor with Women’s Hospital and Fertility Centre, in Kampala. She holds a bachelors degree in Social Sciences from Makerere University and several certificates in counseling.Email: ellen@gcnuganda.org


Ronnie Balinda, Assistant Accountant
Ronnie is the Assistant Accountant at GCN Uganda. He is responsible for GCN’s day-to-day financial accounting and works closely with the External Auditor. Ronnie has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration from Ndejje University. Email: ronnie@gcnuganda.org



Tracy Kobukindo, Program Coordinator
Tracy Kobukindo has 5 years experience in the nonprofit sector, and earned a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Nursing from International Health Sciences University. She is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Public Health at the same University in Kampala/Uganda. She was awarded the National Book Trust of Uganda Literary Award in Uganda, in 2002 & 2003 consecutively. She has worked with German Based Nonprofit organizations Tukolere Wamu and Salem Uganda Limited. In 2010 she was appointed Ambassador of Uganda to Germany for the Salem Africa Day Celebrations. She has worked with International Development Consultants (2013) and International Hospital Kampala (2010), in research supervisory roles, and is the founder of the regionally acclaimed social entrepreneurial venture dubbed the “Bottle Project” which has empowered the youth in her community and country. She is a Vital Voices Leadership Fellow and currently the Program Coordinator at Girl Child Network. She is interested in Public Health, Human Rights Advocacy, Child Health, HIV& AIDs alleviation and social entrepreneurship for poverty alleviation. Email: tracy@gcnuganda.org



Christine Adero
“Christine Adero is the Program Officer for Girl Child Network hailing from Makerere University with a Bachelors Degree in Arts in Social Sciences. She implements and conducts the campaign and activities which may empower the Girl Child. With a vast amount of experience in working with children and the youth, she is very passionate about being able to put a smile on the girls' faces. "With the nature of the organization and opportunity to take on new challenges, each day is a learning day for me. I know this sounds cliché but my anticipation is to work together with GCN to make a change in the world, one girl at a time. The more we empower the girl child, the more we empower the world"
When not in office being serious, Christine loves to hangout with friends, read non-fiction crime stories or engaging in some part time modeling"
Email: adelachristine@gmail.com



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