Thomas Prince, Program Director (Head of Mission)
Thomas joined GRG in 2014. Since 2009 he has been travelling to northern Uganda and working closely with community groups and other grassroots organizations. It was a student-led program at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada that first brought Thomas to Gulu, and in 2011 he led a trip of fellow Concordia students to Gulu for short-term volunteer placements with Gulu-partner organizations. It was also in 2011 that Thomas first met his wife, a resident of Gulu, and in 2014 they celebrated the birth of their daughter at Lacor Hospital. Thomas completed his MA in Social and Cultural Anthropology,writing his thesis on savings and loan groups in Gulu as a tool and strategy for recovery and reconciliation after the civil war. Thomas has helped to co-found and/or facilitate the formation of several community-based projects to Gulu which connect Canada and Uganda in long-term livelihood and economic recovery activities.
Kitty Paulus, former Program Director (Head of Mission)
Kitty Paulus joined GRG with a diverse background; she has managed refugee camps, done conflict resolution work, worked in the private sector, and worked with refugee and host communities on the border between Sudan and South Sudan. Before that, she worked in one of Burma/Myanmar’s post-conflict areas, supporting rehabilitation programs and developing returnees programs. After obtaining a MA in International Business with a study period on Development Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, she started her career in the private sector, amongst others advising oil companies with project set-up in Kazakhstan. Besides her professional career, Kitty has always supported and initiated community projects varying from setting-up after-school programs for orphans, managing cultural activities in townships to committee membership to improve the inclusiveness of minority groups.
Stella Miryam Akoli – Accountant
Stella Miryam Akoli is GRG’s Accountant. Before working with GRG, Stella worked with MTN, a large mobile phone company, in their money transfer department in Gulu. Stella completed her Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA Specialization in Accounting) in 2014 from Gulu University. She earlier completed a diploma in business studies, option accounting from Makerere University Business School from the Aduku studies centre. Stella has also worked for Masindi District Local Government, in Western Uganda. She is fluent in five languages, a movie fanatic and enjoys dancing.
Oturi Denish – Program Associate
Currently a long distance learning student of Uganda Martyrs University, Oturi Denish is working towards a Bachelor degree in Science and Organic Agriculture (BSc). He holds a diploma in Sustainable Agriculture and a Grade III Teacher Certificate. Denish’s extensive community-based field experience includes working for ACF in food security and livelihood projects and as a field assistant for its Purchase for Progress (P4P) project. In-between he also joined ACTED Uganda as a community based facilitator. Denish has two daughters Marion and Apolo.
Alany Joel – Program Associate
Alany Joel holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies (BA) from Uganda Christian University and a Master degree (MA) in Sustainable Peace and Conflict Management from Uganda Martyrs University. His research focused on the possibility of transforming war memories by bridging the past and the future of post-war communities through memorization and reconciliation. During the conflict in northern Uganda, Alany volunteered for the German humanitarian agency Arbeiter Samariter Bund (ASB). Here he was supporting the internally displaced people of Lango sub-region. Alany has also worked at the Uganda National Commission for UNESCO promoting human rights and peace education in the region. Joel’s hobbies are watching political documentaries and news. Joel and his wife are expecting their first child in October 2014. Stay tuned for photos.
Okidi Richard Owor – Counselor (Trauma and Reconciliation)
Okidi Richard Owor is a graduate from Uganda Martyrs University Nkozi with a First Class Bachelor Degree in Counseling Psychology. In addition, Richard holds a Diploma in Philosophy and Religious Studies from Apostles of Jesus Institute of Philosophy Nairobi-Kenya. Before joining GRG, he worked for many years as a teacher in many schools but more importantly with Caritas Counseling and Training Institute Gulu Arch-diocese. Recently,he has been working as a Guidance Counselor for Keyo Community Polytechnic. He is very pleased to be hired by GRG and above all to be the first full-time Counselor with GRG, and the opportunity to develop a new Group Counseling program to address the psychological needs for GRG’s groups. He will also develop a contextual trauma therapy model. Richard is a proud father, an aspiring entrepreneur, and devoted husband.
Oroma Janet – Office Assistant
Joining GRG as an office assistant in 2008, Janet is our longest standing employee. Before GRG she was employed as a cook, first for three years with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), then for three years with Action Against Hunger (ACF). Janet is in charge of office maintenance and cleaning. When not in the office Janet cares for her 2 young children and deals in second hand clothes.
Our Team of Trainers
GRG benefits from engagement of a multidisciplinary training team to deliver high quality technical guidance for groups. GRG has sought out individuals from a range of backgrounds to find the perfect candidates for each training activity, from agricultural students at Gulu University, to local business people, to former beneficiaries who can share their experience with new groups. This has enabled us to deliver tailored, high quality training in varied areas of our work, from community microfinance, to traditional dance, or organic pineapple production.