We are a small team, working with many poor farmers. Our team was bigger, but we have had to scale back because we run on a $0 budget for the most part. Our goal though is self sustainability. And so, our team will be even bigger as we move along.
(See our previous volunteers and teammates at the extreme bottom of this page).
Anthony Kalulu – Team leader.
I grew up at the foot of Kagulu hill, in Buyende. I have virtually spent my whole life in extreme poverty. Later, I decided I could take charge of the status quo. To learn a little about me, see my Article “Why Am Betting on the UN Global Goals”.
If anything, the theory that “to every action there is an equal and opposite reaction” has held true for me. My experiences are what have shaped my journey. After a long struggle with poverty, I knew much of this had a connection with agriculture being our primary means of survival. And so, in 2014, I launched the UCF.
Erina Kawala – Director, Community Outreach.
Erina, seen here donning a UCF T-shirt while hosting a visitor from the United States, joined our team in 2016 as Director of Community Outreach.
To put it in her own words, Erina was attracted to our work because of the “practical nature of the UCF’s approach to reversing extreme poverty”. Erina spends most of her time visiting our farmers with the UCF motorbike several days every week. Ms. Kawala has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences, from Makerere University, which makes her work with rural poor smallholder farmers even best placed.
Rinah Kalivare – Finance & Administration Manager.
Rinah has been on our team since March 2016. Here, she is pictured seated on the UCF motorbike that we use to make ongoing field visits to our farmers.
Not only does Rinah oversee our finances, she is also the local farmers’ most beloved friend. For seven days in a week, Monday to Sunday, she is answering phone calls from the over 300 farmers that the UCF currently works with. Not only that, Rinah also physically visits about 10 of these farmers every week — coordinating the supply of fertilizers to farmers with the UCF’s truck; providing farmers with technical information and ongoing training on pests and disease control or weed management etc.
Viola Namugeere – Farm & Records Manager
Viola, seen in this photo visiting a group of women that the UCF works with, is the person responsible for all equipment at the UCF; maintenance of the crops being grown here at the UCF, and coordinating plans to supply inputs (such as seed) to local farmers — whenever our capacity allows.
Viola’s interest in community work was partly honed by a career in public administration, which she otherwise chose to put to use in agriculture. In her final internship at Bugumbulya Sub County in Kamuli (2015), she was a catalyst on getting local households to construct latrines, plate stands and bathrooms.
Maureen Nankwanga – Volunteer
Maureen will be completing a Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences in 2018/19 at Kampala International University. Maureen comes from a family where staying in the garden morning to evening is the only means of family survival. It is also how her family has been able to take her to college. When she graduates, she will be the first person to do so in her family.
Presently, she uses her skills on a volunteering basis, helping with all aspects of our work.
Here are a few of our previous volunteers and teammates: