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Robert Hakiza - Executive Director


Robert is a refugee from congo living in uganda since 2008. He holds a degree in agriculture from the catholic university of bukavu (drc). He interned with the united nations food and agriculture organization (unfao) in goma and kisangani (drc) as assistant field officer.

In 2013 he worked as an assistant researcher with oxford's humanitarian innovation project. He is also one of the co-founders of yarid.

Elvis Wanume - Education Coordinator


Elvis first joined Yarid as a volunteer in July 2012 and is now the education coordinator. He has been working with the refugee community since 2007.

Elvis worked with the refugee law project as an English instructor and as a social worker with the Mengo youth development link. He holds a degree in development studies from Makerere University.

Stephen Windsor - Project Manager


Stephen joined Yarid in July 2016. Stephen has previously been a legal volunteer at refugee law project and director of education at Xavier project in Uganda.

He has been involved in a variety of community development projects in eastern DR Congo. Stephen has a BA/LLB (Honors) from the university of Auckland, New Zealand.

Joselyne Namakhula - Women's Empowerment Coordinator


The women's empowerment coordinator manages the women's center, Yarid's first social enterprise endeavor. Joselyne also coordinates other women's programming such as Trainings on reproductive health, small business development, and sexual gender based violence.

Joseph Mugerwa - Financial Officer


Joseph joined Yarid in October 2015. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in business administration with a focus in accounting from Makerere University and he is currently pursuing the ACCA course. He has over five years’ experience in working with donor funded projects.

He worked as a finance assistant at Finnish refugee council Uganda and as a project accountant for family health international 360.

Gilbert Murungi - ICT Coordinator


Gilbert Murungi joined Yarid in march 2016 offering computer and it support at the office while teaching English for adults level 1. He worked as a data analyst for 2 years at stone concrete limited. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Development Studies from Makerere University.

Fidele Kabene - BFS Mentor


Fidele first joined Yarid as an English student, then began volunteering as a Yarid English instructor in 2012. He has a masters degree in philosophy and theology and served as a college professor in DR Congo. Fidele left his home country, DR Congo, due to political insecurity.

Mwadjuma Ramazani Consolate - BFS Mentor


Mwadjuma started with yarid as an english student then served as volunteer with the women's sports activities. She is originally from dr congo where she was a primary school teacher for 4 years. She holds two diplomas in nursery and primary children's pedagogy. Mwadjuma also left dr congo due to insecurity.

Gedeon Baseka - BFS Teacher


Gedeon joined Yarid during the BFS prototyping phase. He holds a diploma in pedagogy where he studied in DR Congo. He taught primary school for 6 years and secondary school for 2 years with a catholic school in South Kivu. In 2010, he taught a special class at st. Paul primary school for refugee children in Kampala.

Elizabeth Luganda - BFS Teacher


Elizabeth co-teaches the bfs children's class along with Gedeon Baseka. The BFS refugee children's class runs from 8 AM - 4 PM Monday - Friday at Katwe Primary School.


The women's vocational trainer runs daily operations at the women's empowerment center. The trainer will teach other women how to make quality products and coordinate income generating products.

Adeline Chizungu - Women Assistant Trainer


Adeline started with yarid as a women's training learner, she then rose up to train others in the skills she developed while in the program.

Sports for Development Coordinator


The sports for development coordinator manages all sports programming including football, volleyball, baseball, and other sports seasonally. The sports program includes using sports as a platform for peace and conflict resolution as well as a time to engage youth in positive life styles and health.

Diane Nabintu Chibanvunya - Receptionist


Diane Nabintu Chibanvunya first joined Yarid in 2012 as a learner in yarid's English classes. She is from South Kivu, DR congo and studied at Athenee D'ibanda school. She has lived in Kampala since 2011.

Kaley Hearnsberger - Development Consultant


Kaley joined Yarid in 2012. She worked with the international rescue committee in food security & community health for 5 years. She holds a b.a. In media communications from point Loma Nazarene university and a certificate in sustainable community development from Colorado State University.