Kitty Paulus, 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. Educated at the Uganda College of Commerce in Aduku, Stella holds a diploma in business studies and accounting. Stella has also worked for Masindi District Local Government, in Western Uganda. She is fluent in five languages.
Onen Zacchaeus – Program Associate
Onen Zacchaeus holds a BA in Adult and Community Education from Kyambogo University and retains extensive work experience within the Acholi sub-regions both within and beyond the development sector. Before joining GRG, he worked as Program Assistant for Invisible Children concentrating on Village Savings and Loan Association, Adult Litteracy and WASH. Amongst his rich job history, Onen has worked as food security and livelihood field assistant for Action Against Hunger, hygiene promoter and community mobilizer for Nwoya, Gulu and Amuru districts and Acting Parish Chief for Lakwana sub-county.
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. 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.
Alany Joel – Program Associate
Alany Joel holds a bachelor degree in Development Studies from Uganda Christian University and a master degree 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.
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 Counselor and to develop a new Group Counseling program to address the psychological needs of the Groups GRG is working with. He will also develop a contextual trauma therapy model.
Jesse is a second year PhD student in Public Health at the University of Toronto. Her own research focuses on the coping strategies former female child soldiers have developed to navigate barriers they face reintegrating back into their communities. She has many years of experience working in East Africa on health- and economic-related development programs, has an MSc in Health, Community and Development and a keen interest community-based grassroots development work and participatory research for social justice. Her time with GRG is focused on fundraising, M&E (monitoring & evaluation), supporting the set-up of GRG’s new counselling program, and overall support GRG’s operations.
Charles graduated with a certificate in General Agriculture from Busitema University Arapai Campus, faculty of Agriculture and Animal Science. He has worked with IRS (Indoor Residential Spaying) in the fight against Malaria in Bobi sub-county, Gulu District. Before joining his course, Charles worked in Bardege Division Gulu municipal council in the NAADS department as service provider and has been helping the local community in promoting animal production and management. After university, he was employed by a small private business in treatment of livestock health (goat, sheep, pigs, cattle) in Koro and Bobi sub-counties. Charles is currently being entrusted to roll-out GRG’s Livestock projects and to assist the team with his knowledge on Agriculture.
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.
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.