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, Program Manager - Girls' Empowerment Clubs
Christine Adero is a Ugandan fashion model with extensive dynamic experience in the fields of data science, digital security, feminist leadership, and working in the areas of ; youth and gender sensitive programing, policy development, and project management.
Passionate about the rights of girls, she is the Program Officer for the Girls Empowerment Clubs at Girl Child Network Uganda, where the clubs are safe spaces with the goal of creating a platform for girls to freely express themselves, tackle issues that affect them, gain skills and also enlarge their knowledge on a variety of subjects. She approaches schools to start Girls Clubs and has about 20 school clubs in the areas of Masaka, Wakiso and Kampala reaching out to over 600 girls annually.
In addition, Christine is also a Youth Champion at “Every Hour Matters” (A post rape care campaign) under Together For Girls c/o UNAids where she contributed to a post rape care toolkit for Uganda, A DefendDefenders SafeSisters program fellow working on digital safety for women, a Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) fellow, a DOC-it 2018 fellow working on data analysis and visualization while using data for advocacy, a CREA Alumni under the Feminist Leadership and Movement Building and Rights Institue of East Africa, recently spoke at the World Youth Forum 2018 held in Sharm El Sheik-Egypt, and has worked on several youth and gender development programs with United States Peace Corps as a facilitator & partner.
She looks forward to continue serving young girls with a purpose and a smile!
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, VSLA and Community Clubs 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.