Memory Bandera Rwampwanyi, Founder
Memory is a US-trained Zimbabwean whose passion is human rights and social and economic development issues. She 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.
“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”
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.
Vivian Agaba, National Co-ordinator
Vivian Agaba, National Coordinator with Girl Child Network Uganda. Vivian has 6 years’ experience in program coordination and implementation. She is experienced and passionate about working with young people and hopes to always inspire those around her. “I love working with young people because once, I was little and had the privilege of having someone older than me look out for my wellbeing. I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for them so I have dedicated my life to this service.”
She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Makerere University Business School. Vivian also enjoys reading, swimming and hanging out with friends and family.
Justine Nakanjako, Field Officer
Justine is one of GCN Uganda’s success stories. She was trained under the Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs). She successfully saved and started her own retail shop which she owns now.
She works directly with out of school girls in community clubs and helps them open and run GCN’s VSLAs in their own communities.