Uganda | Executive Team
Currently serving as the Lukome Center’s Head of Office, Richard has been working for ChildVoice since its founding in 2006. Prior to joining ChildVoice, Richard worked for the Baptist Mission of Uganda and in the field of tourism. He also brings to ChildVoice many years of experience as a successful entrepreneur. With his unique and diverse background and personal commitment to war-affected children, Richard has been an integral part of ChildVoice’s success. When he’s not at work, Richard enjoys spending time with his wife and their four children.
Martha serves as the Lukome Center’s Administrator and Finance Resource Assistant, supervising office activities and managing financial transactions and reports. Martha values the relationships she has built with both the local and U.S. teams and enjoys the opportunity she has to learn new things in her job and helping to support her family. Martha says one of her favorite things about working at the Lukome Center is seeing the positive impact made in the lives of the students.
Originally from Kampala, Godfrey serves as Operations Manager at the Lukome Center, overseeing all renovation and construction at the site as well as supervising the farm and other projects such as the hog and fishpond operations. Godfrey has a background in education, management, and radio. He enjoys spending time with his wife and child.
Rita currently serves as the Lukome Center’s Project Officer. After several months serving as a volunteer, she began working fulltime with ChildVoice in 2016 as a spiritual leader and counselor. Rita has a diverse background in trauma counseling, development studies, and working with refugees and relief agencies. Rita is from northern Uganda and says she has a heart to help her people.
Uganda | Staff
Uganda staff not pictured: Dennis Opiyo, Office Guard; Dennis Onen, Driver; Francis Odong, Office Guard; Jacob Bismata, Mechanic; Lois Aol, Public Relations and Human Resource Assitant; Martin Laboke, Center Guard; Stella Auma, Counselor; and Winnie Acayo, Post Residential Counselor.
South Sudan | Imvepi Settlement Camp
Benard brings years of experience working within refugee settlements to his position as ChildVoice’s Project Manager at Imvepi Settlement in northern Uganda. While working with other NGOs in similar settings, Benard focused on the Child Protection and Livelihood & Agriculture sectors. He is a child-protection and women’s-rights activist whose heart is for creating positive change within refugee communities by helping people gain access to resources, encouraging education, and guiding them toward self-sustainable lives. Benard’s wife has a similar position with another NGO in Uganda serving refugees. They are the proud parents of two “strong young boys.”
Nari Wuniya Welye
As ChildVoice’s Country Director for Nigeria, Nari offers a wealth of knowledge from her experience as a lawyer rendering pro bono services to prison inmates and indigent persons in the city of Maiduguri, where she graduated in 2011 with a law degree from the University of Maiduguri. She won a prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in 2016 and has worked tirelessly for human-rights awareness and victims of gender-based violence. From Nigeria’s Adamawa State, Nari will spearhead the work ChildVoice is doing in the IDP (Internally Displaced Persons) camps of northeastern Nigeria, where victims of the Boko Haram have sought refuge. Outside of her work, Nari enjoys reading, church time, and hanging out with friends.