Margaret Nassozi Amanyire Executive Director
Margaret is a development worker with more than twenty years of experience working with communities to cause social development. She began her career as a Civil Servant with Ministry of Gender and Community Development in Uganda, where she worked on issues of culture, women and gender, as well as youth and development. She later worked as District Community Development Officer in Western Uganda before joining the Civil Society fraternity in 1998, and has been a Coordinator for a civil society network as well as a consultant for the European Union and CARE International. She has facilitated the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of both strategic and action plans for several organizations. She has worked for the Foundation for Sustainable Development (FSD); a USA based non-for profit charitable organization as its Program Director in Uganda for eleven years. Under this docket, she has facilitated community-based organizations and global volunteers/Interns to mutually advance global educational service exchange in the context of promoting Sustainable community-based development in Uganda. Margaret holds a Bachelors of Development Studies, the Commonwealth Diploma in Youth and Development and a Diploma in Performing Arts. She has passion for children and young adults.
Dan Mugisa Byenkya Program coordinator/Interns & Volunteer support
Dan Mugisa Byenkya is a development worker with four years’ experience doing community based development work. Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development studies from Mbarara university of Science and Technology (MUST) and he is a graduate of the Young African Leaders Initiative – YALI Regional Leadership Center East Africa. He has carried out community based research in the local villages of Uganda on the viability of micro projects in projects in improving household welfare’ in Lyantonde – Uganda and a KAPs study on the “peoples understanding and utilization of community based projects in addressing poverty’ in Budondo sub-county Jinja district. Prior to joining FSD, Dan co founded FOCUSED, a community based organization whose mission is to provide support to local communities in Uganda to sustainably engender their development for self sustenance. He worked as a program coordinator for the organization. His career goal is to be the next generation global development leader with a center focus of contributing to poverty reduction. He also strives to provide leadership that empowers young people to evolve innovative solutions that can transform their lives and their communities. Besides development work, he is passionate about website and graphics design, documentary filming and photography.
FSD LOCAL VOLUNTEER STAFF
Isaac Zaago - Local program Volunteer
Zaago isaac, was raised in a small rural town in Jinja district known as walukuba East, which is the largest housing residential estate in Uganda purposely constructed for employees in the early 1960’s when jinja was still an industrial town. He was raised by Mrs. Nyakajuya Gladys and Mr.Paul Odu in a family of two girls and two boys. He attended Victoria Nile primary school, Iganga boys Boarding primary school for his primary level. He later joined Kiira College Butiki for his ordinary level classes where he participated so much in inter-house basketball competition. He finally finished his advanced level at Namirembe Hillside High school and later joined Makerere University where he is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Social science, majoring in psychology and minoring in social administration. Isaac always wishes to be purposeful in helping others in a more professional manner, more so those affected by social challenges ie. Abuse,menatl disorders etc which he hopes to achieve through getting professional training, mentoring and certification from a recognized institute or organization. In conclusion, Isaac wishes to appreciate the management of “FsdJinja, Uganda” for offering me an opportunity to exhibit my knowledge and skills for a great cause.
Mildred Kusemererwa - Local program Volunteer
Mildred Kusemererwa holds a bachelor’s degree of Arts in social sciences from Kyambogo University, she is a local program volunteer at fsd Jinja, worked with Restless development uganda as a volunteer peer educator under the Get Up Speak Out program (GUSO) whereby this experience made me enjoy working with people in rural areas so as to change their lives. She also worked as a trainee in the Art clinic at Hoima regional referral hospital in 2016, worked with the probation , health and welfare department at masindi district as a trainee in 2019, research assistant with sites and rhites EC and twaweza in mayuge, temporary data collector with MUCOBADI. Due to the various challenges that people in rural areas face, she decided to join fsd Jinja, so as to implement the various activities and programs in the field so as to create change and development in various communities. Working in a team will help us achieve the organizational goals. Her hobbies include making fun, energizers, making skits, listening to music, research and discovering, art and craft.
Nyende Mahmood - Local program Volunteer
Nyende Mahmood is a final year student at Makerere University currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Software Engineering. He is an IT enthusiast and has previously worked at the National Social Security Fund as an Information Technology Officer intern specializing in both web development and Help Desk issues, where he gained the experience of providing solutions to technical setbacks faced by workmates. Mahmood’s willingness to spot out community problems and provide sustainable solutions, similar to what is covered in his course at the University, gave him a reason to join the volunteer internship program at FSD Jinja. As the world is currently in a Digital Transformation, he has the desire to help out in getting people to the new digital trends through introduction of new sustainable ideas that both individuals and communities can adopt so as not to be left behind the ever changing new world. Mahmood also has an urge of meeting and working with new people in the community and believes this opportunity will be essential in fulfilling that urge and at the same time leaving an impact for the best of everyone involved.