A Uganda where every young person has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential
To offer creative learning tools for school dropouts that empowers them to turn their passions into sustainable careers through the use of ICT, skills development, mentoring and apprenticeship.
- To be ethical in all undertakings and live by a single standard of truth that is reflected in all that we do and in how we relate with others.
- To exercise empathy with others by showing genuine care and support that seeks to better the lives of others. To always seek to understand before we seek to be understood and to place others before ourselves.
- To approach all situations with optimism and to always seek out for solutions more than the problems in every subject matter.
The leadership Team:
Kyusa is governed by an Executive Board comprised of six members. Each member brings special talents, skills, strength, experience and expertise in different aspects of education such as curriculum development, project management, leadership development, mentoring, financial management, facilitation skills, training of trainers and strategic planning.
Kyusa was founded in 2014 by Noeline Kirabo. Fourteen years earlier, in 2000, Noeline was declared at the top of her high school class. She imagined herself going to university and becoming a lawyer. But that same year, her mother, the breadwinner of the family, was diagnosed with cancer. Noeline was forced to drop out of school. Noeline’s family could no longer afford the school fees and her mother needed a caregiver while she was going through chemotherapy.
Noeline’s future seemed bleak and for several years she suffered from depression and hopelessness; there are little opportunities in Uganda for those without a diploma. But seeing her mother’s strength and resilience as she battled cancer inspired Noeline to take her education into her own hands.
She began by reading anything she could get her hands on. Then, she discovered the internet. She spent hours researching and learning different topics through google. One day she stumbled upon a new resource- massive open online courses, or MOOCs. She took dozens of courses, adding each certification to her resume. After eight years of working in counseling and social work, she decided to found Kyusa.
Through Kyusa, she has found a way to replicate her success for other out of school youth.
The Chair person
Emmanuel Sakira has 15 years experience in working with children and young people both in rural and urban environments. He has met them in schools, churches, university organized events, communities and organizations. He has facilitated child development programs and been involved in youth and adolescent program design and delivery. The thematic aspects that he has dealt with include holistic child development, behavioural change communication (through life skills education), project cycle management, and leadership development. He currently works at ACET (AIDS Care Education and Training) Uganda where he is part of the Leadership and Management Team and represents ACET Uganda to the Board of CaRNaC (Children at Risk National Collaboration) in Uganda. In his private time, he is involved in mentoring young people and adults and volunteers with Watoto Child care Ministries as a Father’s Heart in Suubi Children’s Village. He has a Masters in Organizational Leadership and Management and is currently undertaking studies in Theology.
The Vice Chairperson
Asaph Kyambadde has 25 years experience in project management and community development work both in the rural and urban settings. He has a Bachelors of Science in Agriculture and has under taken several trainings in planning, business management and training of trainers. He has previously worked with Globe Enterprises, Ministry of Education, Inter Network Evaluation Firm, Uganda Network on Law and HIV/AIDS, Share An Opportunity Uganda and was an academic principal at Kakoma Integrated Organic Agricultural Center. He recently worked with Children at Risk Action Network (CRANE).
Nelly Busingye Mugisa currently works with SEATINI Uganda as the Programme Officer for Financing for Development/ Tax Justice Programme. She has a Masters Degree in Development Studies and Bachelors Degree in Ethics and Development Studies from Uganda Martyrs University, Nkozi. In 2008-09, she was a Capacity Advancement Fellow on Extractives with the Revenue Watch Institute (USA). She previously worked with Environmental Alert and Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO). Has more than seven years experience in research and advocacy work in areas of extractives industries, environment and more recently tax justice and financing for development issues, community development and empowerment work.
Enoch Kitenda is the Children at Risk Action Network (CRANE) IT Manager. He initially began working part-time doing IT, general administration and management of the VivaNet2 database for Viva Africa in July 2006 before accepting a full-time position in February 2008. Enoch is involved in providing IT support for the CRANE and Viva Network Arica. Previously he was involved in designing websites for Snap Web Designs.com and did IT support and maintenance for SPIDD Uganda Ltd. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and IT.
Founding Board Member
Phiona Atuhairwe currently works as a Statistician with Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries. She has seven years working experience with centenary bank where she interfaced with youth through assisting them access low interest credit for financing their education. She is a board member with NISUDE an organization aimed an initiating sustainable development in Namungoona. She holds a Masters degree in Economic Policy and Planning in addition to a Bachelor degree of Statistics both from Makerere University. She also has a certificate in monitoring and evaluation from the institute of statistics.