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.
Emma Allison Howie – Development and Peace Intern
Emma joined the GRG team in January 2015 as the Development and Peace Intern, providing support to our Program Director and the team in Gulu, Uganda. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in International Relations, from l’Université de Montréal. Emma is bilingual (English/French) and brings relevant international experience to GRG. She was a participant in the 2013 Concordia Volunteer Abroad Program (CVAP) in Gulu and has spent the past 5 months in Kasana (Luweero district) working as the Women’s Income Generating Group Coordinator with The Shanti Uganda Society. Emma will continue to broaden her international experiences through her interaction and involvement with the many inspiring GRG participants and team members.
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.
Norah Brinkerhof – Intern, Psycho-social counselling
Norah is an intern in GRG’s Psycho-social counseling program. She received an M.A. in Clinical Psychology in 2014 from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands. Norah plans to develop herself in the trauma area of psychology and decided therefore to go to Uganda and gain some experience in the field. She works directly with GRG’s Psycho-social counselor Richard Okidi to reach out to the communities and provide them with trauma counseling among other counseling topics.
Abalo Betty Paito – Office Assistant and Intern
Currently a student at Gulu University, Betty is working towards a Diploma in Secretarial Studies and Information Management. She joined the GRG team as an office assistant in August 2014 and as of 2015 is also completing an internship at our organization where she is working on improving her computer skills. Before working at GRG, Betty worked at Coffee Hut, a local café, and plans on returning to school to study Procurement and Logistics after graduating from her current program. When not at the office, Betty enjoys travelling and watching movies. She hopes to one day become a Logistics Officer.
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.