Reconciling and reintegrating former child soldiers of Kony's Lord's Resistance Army with their communities.
Staff

Amony Magdalen Fatima – Program Director

Before joining GRG, she worked with Gulu Municipal Council in the Audit Department from June 2013 to February 2015. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting), and a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI). She also holds certificates in Civic Education from Miami University Hamilton (Ohio) and Human Sexuality from USAID foundation. Magdalen worked closely with Miami University department of Anthropology to write testimonies of war affected women with support from private donors. Her role in the organization is very significant in ensuring efficient and effective use of funds.

Oturi Denish Program Associate-Livelihoods

Denish holds a Bachelors degree in Science and Organic Agriculture (BSc) from Uganda Martyrs University and a diploma in Sustainable Agriculture from Barack Agriculture College (Kenya). 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 and ACTED Uganda as a community based facilitator. At GRG, he has conducted several livelihoods trainings ranging from best-practice agriculture methods, animal husbandry to entrepreneurship and VSLA.

Nyeko Christopher – Program Associate-Psycho-social Counselor

Christopher holds a bachelors degree in community psychology from Makerere University; before joining GRG, Christopher worked as a Counselor in Atiak Technical School. He counseled and mentored youths from various backgrounds of psycho social conflicts and trauma in the Volunteer Services Overseas’ (VSO) and Youth Development Program (YDP). Christopher also worked for Children for Tomorrow an NGO based at Gulu Regional Referral Hospital-Mental Health Unit conducting psychological assessments and case management of children and adolescents with psychiatric complications. At GRG, Christopher is concerned with the design and implementation of psycho social support programs that focus on enhancing and improving the psychological well-being of former Lord’s Resistance Army returnees and their communities.

Abalo Betty PaitoProgram Assistant-Micro-finance

Betty holds a Diploma in Secretarial and Information Management from Gulu University and Currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Micro finance and Community Development from Uganda Martyrs University. Working at GRG as a program Assistant, she is directly involved in the implementation of our VSLA and Entrepreneurship skills with our beneficiaries and significantly contributes to the success of GRG’s reintegration and reconciliation programs in Northern Uganda.

 

Mariska van Assen – Peace and Development Intern

Mariska holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology from Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She is currently involved in the MSc program of Victimology and Criminal Justice at Tilburg University and MA Global Criminology at Utrecht University. In order to put her accumulated theoretical knowledge into practice, she decided to join the GRG team as an intern and support GRG’s peace building and livelihood projects. Besides, she has been conducting qualitative research at INTERVICT (International Victimology Institute Tilburg) concerning transitional justice for former child soldiers in Northern Uganda.