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

Francis Opio, Program Director (Head of Mission)

A native of Gulu, Francis experienced the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) war first hand. Having witnessed the suffering of his own people, Francis was committed to creating a more just and peaceful community in northern Uganda. From 2011-2013, Francis worked at Grassroots Reconciliation Group (GRG) as a program associate/officer. During his tenure as program associate/officer, he ensured programs aimed at rebuilding lives had meaningful impact on communities in need. In 2016, after his Masters in International Peace Studies, Francis rejoined GRG taking on his toughest assignment – as Program Director where he is leading the team at GRG, Gulu office in the design and implementation of programs aimed at reintegration and reconciliation of former LRA ex-combatants and returnees.

 


Amony Magdalen Fatima – Finance and Administration officer

Before joining GRG, she worked with Gulu Municipal Council in the Audit Department. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration (Accounting) from Gulu University, and a postgraduate degree in Human Resource Management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI). She also holds certificates in Civic Education from Miami University and Human Sexuality from USAID foundation. As the finance and administration officer, Magdalen has played a great role in the day to day running of project activities.


 

 

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.

Martin Kilama– Program Associate

Kilama Martin is a born of Kiryandongo District in Western Uganda. He holds a National Diploma in Accountancy from Uganda College of Commerce, Aduku. He has worked with several Non-Governmental Organizations like Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED-Uganda), Save the Children and Justice and Peace Commission where he attained vast experience in administration and program work. Now as a program associate at GRG Kilama is helping build peace in communities affected by conflict

 

 

Nyeko Christopher-Program Associate

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 psychosocial conflicts and trauma in the Volunteer Services Overseas’ (VSO) 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 among other non-governmental organizations.  Now at GRG, Christopher is concerned with the design and implementation of psychosocial support programs that focus on enhancing and improving the psychological well-being former Lord’s Resistance Army returnees.

 

 

Wibke Angelike-Intern

Wibke is currently pursuing a Master in International Relations and Development Policy at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Sociology and Communication Studies from Heinrich Heine University, Germany. She also studied International Relations at Andrássy University Budapest and at the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy in Ghana. Wibke is trained in the field of conflict moderation, microfinance and the design of reintegration programs. During her stay in Uganda, she will conduct field research on the reintegration of women and girls in the aftermath of LRA captivity.

 

Abalo Betty Paito – Administrative Assistant

Betty studied a Diploma in Secretarial and Information Management at Gulu University. Currently working at GRG as an administrative assistant, she’s very supportive of her colleagues contributing significantly to the success of GRG’s reintegration and reconciliation programs in northern Uganda.

 

 

 

 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.