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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.

Uwase Claire Kipenda - Protection Officer

Uwase Claire Kipenda in July 2016. She is a Congolese refugee arrived in Uganda in 2008. Claire has gotten several experience from working with Refugee United as a family tracing from 2013 - 2015, working with Toronto University under Tushirikiyane project from 2018- 2020 and currently heading YARID protection team.

NAMUKHULA JOSELYNE - Program Manager also
Head Gender and Development.

NAMUKHULA JOSELYNE is the Program Manager also Head Gender and Development.
Joselyne has been a key staff member of YARID since it's initiation in 2007. She holds a BA in Gender and Development from Makerere University, BA in Gender and Transformation from University of Cape Town South Africa and MA in Peace and Reconciliation Studies from Coventry University UK. Joselyne also coordinates other women's programming such as Trainings on reproductive health, small business development, and sexual gender based violence. Currently managing the 3 year Urban Reselience Program supporting Vulnerable communities in partnership with IRC, Mercycorps and Urban Refugee, funded by Bureau of population Refugees and Migration BPRM. She has worked with School for International Training(SIT) Study Abroad program Uganda. World Learning,
Coventry Refugee and Migrant Center UK,
Pan African Education and Advocacy Program and Makerere University Rotary Peace Center. Joselyne is passionate about education and empowering vulnerable communities especially women and girls.


Songa Gonalumozi Nick - ICT Coordinator

Nick is a Yarid's experienced ICT Teacher that currently runs the Basic Computer Skills classes. He is a Refugee, He left Goma (DRC) and arrived in Kampala (Uganda) over 8 years ago. Songa is an IT supporter (providing help and support to Yarid staff with their IT problem solving ), A Computer instructor ( teaching computer skills to refugees and host community).

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 - Counsellor 

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 Kyaka 2 Refugee's Settlement.

 Mutabesha Zawadi Marie - Women Empowerment Program.

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. Women's empowerment project at Yarid has an objectives to impower woman refugee in tailoring , making a liquid soap, art and draft but currently we are running with tailoring


Patrick - Procurement and Logistic Officer

He identifies and evaluates suppliers, arranges for transportation of purchased goods, identifies and develops strategies for addressing logistical barriers, monitors use of materials and resources, and ensures quality record keeping.

Joseph Mukasa - Finance Officer

He holds a Diploma in Business Administration from Makerere Business Institute and Bachelor of Science in Accounting and Finance from Ndejje University.

He worked as accountant at King's Kid Organization Lugala and as an accountant for Asia Agro Industries Uganda Ltd for over 7 years.

He joined Yarid in march 2020 as a Finance Administration Officer He is from Western Region, Rukungiri District, Uganda.

Vanessa Ngoy Gabriella - Communications Officer

Vanessa Ngoy joined Yarid in 2020. She works as a Communications Officer, She is responsible for creating communications content on behalf of the organization. She does everything from write press releases to develop blog content and create social media posts.  She is also tasked with tracking campaign analytics and maintaining digital media archives.

Imani Irenge Jackson - BPRM Project Assistant Manager

Before fleeing persecutions in his home country the Republic Democratic of the Congo, Jackson had worked with UNHCR-PLD as field officer in human right protection monitoring from 2010- 2012. He joined YARID in 2019 as EFA ( Education for Adults) instructor in Kawempe division/ Kampala and currently acting as BPRM Assistant Manager..