After USAID’s contract with the Northern Uganda Peace Initiative (NUPI) ended, northern Ugandan participants were enthusiastic about the hope and trust these programs helped restore to war-torn communities. This enthusiasm motivated co-founders Sasha Lezhnev and Kasper Agger to continue helping these communities as a long-term activity.

In March 2007, Sasha and Kasper, working with community leaders in Uganda, founded GRG to address this critical need. With great dedication, they decided to personally fund a start-up. They assembled a dedicated Board of Directors who are convinced of GRG’s positive role in fostering peace in the region. In July 2007, GRG received U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization status and status as an NGO in Uganda.

Since 2007, GRG has worked with 38 groups and reached 1200 people directly, and impacted more than 5000 individuals indirectly. Grassroots Reconciliation Group will work to support the needs of communities, continuing to expand and graduate GRG groups over the coming years.