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FCDE Kasese, Uganda

Sylvia Kabugho

Program Director

large_Sylvia_0_0.jpgSylvia holds a B.A (Honors) degree in Education and has 12 years of work experience with community development projects in rural and urban settings in Uganda. Sylvia joined FCDE in our Kasese office in 2011 and served as the Program Coordinator. Sylvia opened the FCDE Rukungiri office in 2014 and returned to Kasese in 2017 to serve as the Program Director.

Sylvia has been instrumental in the assessment and capacity building of the 30+ local partner organizations supported by FCDE in Kasese and Rukungiri districts. She has been active in supporting the partners through institutional self-assessments, workshops and trainings, one-on-one support, fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development systems and internships. This has enabled the partner organizations to improve the quality of services they provide, increase their service areas, access more funds to support program implementation and use organization tools for efficacy.

Prior to joining FCDE, Sylvia worked with Samaritans Purse International Relief‘s Prescription for Hope as an area Program Supervisor and later as a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in Kamwenge District for MET (mobilizing, equipping, and training) program in Kamwenge. Sylvia also worked with USAID/Strengthening Democratic Linkages in Uganda (LINKAGES) Project as a Program officer. The LINKAGES project aimed at strengthening the relationship between Parliament, local governments and civil society organizations. Sylvia was central in coordinating the review of the Uganda Police Force under the LINKAGES project.

Sylvia undertakes the responsibility of Program Director for our Kasese site with strong skills in leadership, organizational development, resource mobilization and strategic planning. She looks forward to continuing to contribute to inclusive sustainable development in Kasese through empowering grassroots organizations. Sylvia can be reached at sylvia@fcde-dev.org.

Wilfred Baluku

Program Coordinator

Wilfred holds a Bachelor degree in development studies and has received certificates in project planning and management, public administration and computer applications. Prior to joining FCDE in 2015, Wilfred volunteered with Community Peace Volunteers and Rwenzori Development Foundation and has developed practical basic skills, knowledge and hands-on working experience for over three years in the field of community development in Uganda. Wilfred’s specialty skills include interpersonal relations, communications, community mobilization, counseling, facilitation, problem and conflict resolution, monitoring and evaluation, proposal and report writing, working with communities in hard to reach areas, working with vulnerable groups, time management, advocacy and lobbying, negotiations, data collection, financial management, networking with different structures, and customer care services.

Wilfred was very influential in mobilizing communities in Kasese district towards collective community response to HIV/AIDS prevention, child care, nutrition and women’s empowerment, community health education, peer educator training, empowering village health teams with skills and knowledge related to HIV/AIDS, nutrition, VSLA (Village Savings and Loan Association) methodology and IGAs (intergovernmental agreements). His mission in life is to help people make a positive change in their own communities. Wilford looks forward towards empowering and contributing to the sustainable development of NGOs and CBOs (community-based organizations) in Uganda through his work with FCDE. Wilfred can be reached at wilfred@fcde-dev.org

Robert Baluku

Resource Center Manager

Robert holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Information Technology. His career objective is to equip local institutions and non-governmental organizations with skills and knowledge in information communication technology. He has three years working experience in the field of community development in Uganda. Prior to joining FCDE, Robert worked as a Project Secretary and Data Entry Officer on a joint research project by DANIDA in partnership with Uganda Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (UNCDA). He was in charge of data entry and management of logistics on the 12-month regional baseline survey on Risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) in Kasese District in 2011. He was also a data enumerator and entrant on eight major surveys conducted by Save the Children in the Western Region of Uganda. Robert worked as a Volunteer Information Communication Officer with South Rwenzori Diocese, Kasese District. He volunteered as a Peer Educator with Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE) Uganda. Robert currently works as a Resource Centre Monitor (RCM) with the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE), a position he has held since 2014. Robert is looking forward to contributing towards empowering local partner organizations to increase their use of information communication technologies for sustainable communication and development. Contact Robert at robertb@fcde-dev.org.

Angella Nantale

Global Health Corps Fellow -Program Monitoring & Evaluation Officer

Angella is dedicated to resource mobilization, systems tracking and reporting. She has a robust understanding of performance evaluation, including assessing metrics and analysis. She is also familiar with data mining used to retrieve information for analysis. Over the years she has worked on community health and M&E projects at Living Goods, a global community health organisation as well as Reach Out Mbuya, an HIV/AIDS Community based organisation respectively. She has a bachelor’s degree in Public Health from International Health Sciences University in Kampala. Angella is focusing her career on research development and strengthening the monitoring and evaluation systems in Uganda. She can be reached at angella@fcde-dev.org

Geneva Costopulos

Global Health Corps Fellow - Program, Communications, and Advocacy Officer

Geneva works with community partners on health advocacy, communications, and supporting various projects. Previous to FCDE Geneva was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia, working on education, gender, and community development projects for two years. She was also the Public Relations and Media Manager at an event company, working with the marketing department on digital media strategies. She recently received her Master’s degree in Gender and International Development at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex in the UK. She is interested in women’s empowerment and addressing gender issues through global health. She can be reached at geneva@fcde-dev.org.

Robert Mubunga

Finance and Administrative Assistant

Robert grew up in the Kasese district. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in accounting and finance. Prior to joining FCDE, Robert worked with Caritas Kasese as a project accountant. His project with Caritas strengthened local governance in natural resources management in partnership with CARE International. Robert also worked as a data collection with Save the Children in Uganda. Robert sees himself as very adaptive and enjoys learning from his colleagues. Robert enjoys sports, watching music, dancing and outings during my leisure time. He can be reached at robertm@fcde-dev.org.

Juliet Muhindo

Community Program Volunteer

Juliet has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and Social Administration. Prior to joining FCDE, she worked with the Foundation for Urban and Rural Advancement (FURA) for four years as a project officer for community empowerment, climate change adaptation in agriculture, and accountability, where she focused on giving technical support to the field workers during monitor field visits, documentation, reporting, and providing feedback. She has also worked as a part time data entrant with Save the Children International and as an enumerator with the Bureau of Statistics, where she participated in data collection, entry, and analysis during a Uganda National Census exercise.

Juliet has attended several trainings, including in village savings and loans association by Care International, financial literacy by Barclays Bank, and management and supervisory skills by the Federation for Ugandan Employees. She has great interpersonal skills, basic computer skills, and mobilization, planning, and communication skill. Her activities of social interest are community work, volunteerism, reading for knowledge enhancement, discovering new opportunities, reading the news, and watching documentaries. Through her work with FCDE, she aims to empower our local partner organizations and contribute to their sustainable development in Uganda. Juliet may be reached at juliet@fcde-dev.org.

Bernard Muhanuzi

Office Attendant

Bernard Muhanuzi was born and raised in Kasese, Uganda. He graduated from Mitande High School and went on to get his catering certificate at Salacka, a trade school in Kasese, which he received in 2011. Immediately after receiving his catering certificate, Bernard joined the FCDE team. He ensures that all the FCDE Kasese staff are well-fed, happy, and comfortable every day of the work week! In his free time,

Bernard enjoys watching football and cheering for Chelsea United, listening to music, and doing business at his local retail shop in Kasese Town.

FCDE Rukungiri, Uganda

Patience Ampumuza

Program Director

Patience, a native of Rukungiri, holds a bachelor's in social work and social administration from Uganda Christian University-Bishop Barham Campus. She also has a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management from the Uganda Management Institute. Patience has additional training in administrative law from the Law Development Centre; leadership development training from SUNRISE; and guidance counseling, life skills and facilitation training from CARE International.

Patience’s career objective is transforming lives in vulnerable communities through capacity building. She has over 5 years of practical experience in community development projects. Prior to joining FCDE, Patience worked for USAID-Sustainable Comprehensive Responses for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (SCORE) in Rukungiri. She also worked as a volunteer with Compassion Assisted Projects under North Kigezi Diocese and Kisiizi Hope Ministries. These work placements provided an opportunity to widen her knowledge and skills. She is a flexible social worker with strong communication, networking, interpersonal and team building skills.

Patience joins FCDE to utilize her different skills, knowledge and attributes to empower grassroots organizations to effectively champion sustainable development in the communities where they operate. You may reach Patience at patience@fcde-isla.org.

Muhumuza “Fred” Rubanzana

Program Coordinator

Fred holds a Bachelors of Business Administration and Management from Nkumba University and a Diploma in Business Administration and Management from the Great Lakes Regional College (GLRC). Fred also participated in an Administrative Officers’ Law Course at the Law Development Centre (LDC) and has received several certificates in public administration and management, business and entrepreneurship, information technology, and research ethics.

Before joining FCDE, Fred worked as a Project Officer for US-AID’s Sustainable Comprehensive Responses for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (SCORE) project and worked on projects with the Great Lakes Regional University in Rukungiri, the Child to Family Community Development Organization (CHIFCOD), the Uganda Bureau of Statics (UBOS). Fred has also volunteered for the Hope for the Innocent Child Development Foundation [HICDEF] and with the Bwambara Advocacy for Development Foundation (BADEF). Fred has also been a local language tutor for Peace Corp Volunteers in Uganda.

Fred joined FCDE-Rukungiri in January 2018 with skills in planning, communication, basic computer and technology, tutoring and training, mobilization and coordination, project management and networking, documentation and reporting, and the ability to work with cross-functional teams from diverse business areas, which will all help execute his duties while on the job with FCDE.

Fred’s passion for work is to empower vulnerable communities mainly through the provision of necessary development opportunities, tools, knowledge and skills, and aligning local community needs with the global resources especially for youth, women and children so as to enable them to work together and ensure a better life.

Esther Nahabwe

Resource Center Manager

Esther Nahabwe holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and Social Administration (BSWSA) and a certificate of gender, pre-counseling and charity activities. She worked with the Probation and Social Welfare Office at Rukungiri District Local Government and Agape Nyakibale for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and People with Disabilities as an intern. Through the internship Esther was engaged in community-based mobilization, workshop facilitation, counseling, and monitoring & evaluating of community based projects. Esther is computer literate and knowledgeable on human rights approach for programming. She is so excited to be part of the team that is empowering local organizations in Rukungiri District for sustainable community development. You may reach Esther at esther@fcde-dev.org.

Curtis Stuesse

U.S Peace Corps Volunteer - Community Agribusiness Specialist

Curtis received his BA in International Human Rights from Webster University, located in St. Louis MO. He has over 7 years of community development experience both within the United States as well as in several developing countries such as Peru, Thailand and Cambodia. He has also served in the United States Air Force as an Emergency Management specialist for over 6 years.

Curtis has served as an international development professional in a variety of austere international settings. His varied background in emergency management, project management, process improvement and development office strategy has been recognized by Volunteers of America (2008-2009) while serving in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina. He has also been recognized by his Air Force leadership being awarded the Airman of the Year 2016 at multiple military installations for his service in Emergency Management policy and response training exercises. While serving, his office was responsible for the safety of over 20,000 base personnel as the head CBRNE manager.

Curtis currently serves as a Peace Corps volunteer, partnered with FCDE, focusing on the agribusiness sector in the Rukungiri District office. You may reach him at curtis@fcde-dev.org.

Ameriah Gumoshabe

Community Program Volunteer

Ameriah Gumoshabe holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration and a certificate in Para-counselling from Uganda Christian University-Mukono. She has worked with Rukungiri Municipal Council-Southern Division and The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) –Rukungiri as a Volunteer prior to joining FCDE. She has also volunteered with Children Alive Ministries-Mukono where she interacted with children and engaged in mentorship, leadership training and child protection through advocacy. She joins FCDE with experience in community-based activities including mobilisation and advocacy for vulnerable groups of people and has supported teams in addressing gender-based violence in families, providing HIV Counselling and Testing Services, psycho-social preparedness, documentation and records keeping. She is passionate about transforming lives and building an empowered community so that people may live an independent life.. You may reach Ameriah at ameriah@fcde-dev.org.

Byaruhanga Rogers

Office Attendant

Byaruhanga Rogers is a S.4 graduate from Simba Kings College and has worked with hotels in Rukungiri as cook and inPride Microfinance savings bank as an office attendant.
With an experience from different places he has worked in, Rodgers joins FCDE Rukungiri Site ready to share the knowledge and skills and what he does best that he attained from different working institutions for the growth and development of FCDE. He looks forward to learning a lot from FCDE.

FCDE U.S. Staff

Rebecca Raymond

Director of Operations

A nonprofit devotee, Rebecca has almost (she doesn’t want to age herself!) 20 years of experience working with organizations dedicated to youth and community development across the globe. From both sides of the SF Bay (shout out!), to rural East African villages, to islands of the South Pacific, and now her native San Diegan stomping ground, Rebecca has capitalized on her work in the field (to where her heart always returns) in order to create comprehensive, multi-faceted programs designed to address community-identified needs and solutions. Her education and clinical training includes master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and International Social Development, both of which have focused on cultivating meaningful partnerships across organizations and cultures. As FCDE’s first team member (in it for the long haul), Rebecca is inspired daily by the dedicated teams in Uganda who work tirelessly to impact sustainable change.

When not writing proposals, procedural guidelines, technical training curricula and other fun stuff, Rebecca serves on three Boards, helps out with the family business, and can be found embarking on mystical adventures with her daughter typically involving coastal sand, fairy dust, and much laughter. Please feel free to contact her at rebecca@fcde-dev.org.

Ashley Orton

Chief Strategy Officer

For over fifteen years, Ashley has helped visionaries build stronger organizations. She has helped grow small nonprofit organizations operating in East Africa, the Caribbean and Central Eastern Europe. She has also supported large, internationally-focused government and non-governmental institutions including the United States Peace Corps, Amnesty International USA, the National Democratic Institute and USAID’s Democracy Network Program. Ashley has a background in education and youth development with expertise in strategic planning and program development, improving monitoring and results measurement, and designing and executing training programs. She earned a Master of International Affairs in Economic and Political Development from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/Public Affairs and French from Claremont McKenna College. Ashley may be reached at ashley@fcde-dev.org.

Eric Younger

Executive Director

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