Uganda

  Henry Oyier   Henry is the Country Director and oversees all of Kibo Group Uganda's operations. Henry was first introduced to Kibo Group while attending Rochester College. In 2012 he visited Jinja and really appreciated the work that he saw. He and his family moved to Jinja in 2014 when he took the position as Country Director. Henry is married to Sarah and they have two kids.

Henry Oyier

Henry is the Country Director and oversees all of Kibo Group Uganda's operations. Henry was first introduced to Kibo Group while attending Rochester College. In 2012 he visited Jinja and really appreciated the work that he saw. He and his family moved to Jinja in 2014 when he took the position as Country Director. Henry is married to Sarah and they have two kids.

  Abraham Mulongo   Abraham started working with Kibo in September 2006 when he and the late Adam Langford worked together to create the Mvule Project, which Abraham now oversees. He is married to Prossy, and they have three children, Ann Logose, Sean Mulongo, and Waiswa Jackson. Abraham serves at Jinja Church of Christ and is studying at Kampala University.

Abraham Mulongo

Abraham started working with Kibo in September 2006 when he and the late Adam Langford worked together to create the Mvule Project, which Abraham now oversees. He is married to Prossy, and they have three children, Ann Logose, Sean Mulongo, and Waiswa Jackson. Abraham serves at Jinja Church of Christ and is studying at Kampala University.

  Ida Bazonona   Ida is among the founding members of both The Source Cafe and Kibo Group. Along with several missionaries, she helped establish The Source Cafe in its earliest days. Currently she works in the Health and Spiritual Empowerment program, which involves traveling to villages in the surrounding area and teaching Bible and life skill classes to communities. Ida has six children. Her oldest son, Rogers, graduated from Rochester College in Michigan. Outside her work with Kibo Group, Ida farms, manages her house, and is a leader in Jinja Church of Christ.

Ida Bazonona

Ida is among the founding members of both The Source Cafe and Kibo Group. Along with several missionaries, she helped establish The Source Cafe in its earliest days. Currently she works in the Health and Spiritual Empowerment program, which involves traveling to villages in the surrounding area and teaching Bible and life skill classes to communities. Ida has six children. Her oldest son, Rogers, graduated from Rochester College in Michigan. Outside her work with Kibo Group, Ida farms, manages her house, and is a leader in Jinja Church of Christ.

  Roy Mwesigwa   Roy’s work with the Jinja mission team dates back to 1993 when he assisted the missionaries as a language and culture teacher. Roy now oversees administrative projects and ensures that Kibo Group complies with various government regulations. Roy is married to Faith, and they have five children. Roy’s oldest daughter, Priscilla, holds degrees from Rochester College in Michigan and Eastern College in Pennsylvania. In his volunteer capacities, Roy is a church elder and youth pastor.

Roy Mwesigwa

Roy’s work with the Jinja mission team dates back to 1993 when he assisted the missionaries as a language and culture teacher. Roy now oversees administrative projects and ensures that Kibo Group complies with various government regulations. Roy is married to Faith, and they have five children. Roy’s oldest daughter, Priscilla, holds degrees from Rochester College in Michigan and Eastern College in Pennsylvania. In his volunteer capacities, Roy is a church elder and youth pastor.

  Alex Walyomu   Alex works in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene program. After Alex finished his schooling, he started working for the Mvule Project and eventually moved over to the Water Source Project. Alex grew up in a big family of 13 children, and he says his role is to help everyone get along with each other. Alex is married to Miriam, has a son named Chris, and leads praise and worship at the Jinja Church of Christ on Sundays.

Alex Walyomu

Alex works in the Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene program. After Alex finished his schooling, he started working for the Mvule Project and eventually moved over to the Water Source Project. Alex grew up in a big family of 13 children, and he says his role is to help everyone get along with each other. Alex is married to Miriam, has a son named Chris, and leads praise and worship at the Jinja Church of Christ on Sundays.

  Tom Ngobi   Tom works in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), helping village communities develop strategies to improve health by building sanitation facilities. Tom came to work for Kibo Group after graduating from Rochester College. At the time, Kibo Group was just starting the CLTS program and needed someone to build it from the ground up. Tom was excited about the opportunity to serve in Uganda and contribute to making his country a better place. Tom is married to Irene, a nurse and midwife, and has a daughter named Becky.

Tom Ngobi

Tom works in Community-Led Total Sanitation (CLTS), helping village communities develop strategies to improve health by building sanitation facilities. Tom came to work for Kibo Group after graduating from Rochester College. At the time, Kibo Group was just starting the CLTS program and needed someone to build it from the ground up. Tom was excited about the opportunity to serve in Uganda and contribute to making his country a better place. Tom is married to Irene, a nurse and midwife, and has a daughter named Becky.

  Harriet Kefeza   Harriet focuses on monitoring and evaluating Kibo projects, particularly the Community Empowerment program. She was hired when Kibo Group needed someone to do research on the Water Source Project, and she stayed after that research was done and is currently working with the Healthy and Safe Kitchens Program. Harriet’s daughter, Tania, is in pre-school.

Harriet Kefeza

Harriet focuses on monitoring and evaluating Kibo projects, particularly the Community Empowerment program. She was hired when Kibo Group needed someone to do research on the Water Source Project, and she stayed after that research was done and is currently working with the Healthy and Safe Kitchens Program. Harriet’s daughter, Tania, is in pre-school.

  Steven Kambale   Steven works in the Water Rehabilitation project helping village communities repair wells that are not working. A critical part of his work is to guide people through the process of ensuring that there is a plan to save money for future well repairs. Along with his work at Kibo Group Steven is a talented wood carver. He carved many of the doors and signs around the Source Cafe.

Steven Kambale

Steven works in the Water Rehabilitation project helping village communities repair wells that are not working. A critical part of his work is to guide people through the process of ensuring that there is a plan to save money for future well repairs. Along with his work at Kibo Group Steven is a talented wood carver. He carved many of the doors and signs around the Source Cafe.

  Manuela Ongyera   Manuela works with the Life Skills Education Program. She started working for Kibo after the previous organization she was working shut down (Fount of Mercy). Manuela then asked Tom if there was a vacancy at Kibo who later talked to Henry who then asked her for her education and experience. She later got the job on 11/1/2016. She comes from a Christian family of two sisters and four brothers. Manuela is social and friendly. Outside Kibo she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Community Development.

Manuela Ongyera

Manuela works with the Life Skills Education Program. She started working for Kibo after the previous organization she was working shut down (Fount of Mercy). Manuela then asked Tom if there was a vacancy at Kibo who later talked to Henry who then asked her for her education and experience. She later got the job on 11/1/2016. She comes from a Christian family of two sisters and four brothers. Manuela is social and friendly. Outside Kibo she is pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Community Development.

  Enock Madoolo   Enock works with the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project. Prior to his work with Kibo Group, he worked at The Source Cafe. He started work with Kibo in the Water Rehabilitation project, and then moved to CLTS. Enock has a brother and two sisters.

Enock Madoolo

Enock works with the Community-led Total Sanitation (CLTS) project. Prior to his work with Kibo Group, he worked at The Source Cafe. He started work with Kibo in the Water Rehabilitation project, and then moved to CLTS. Enock has a brother and two sisters.

  David Balimunsi   David works in the Water Source project. He got his start in Kibo Group helping out as a caretaker for the apartment, and was eventually asked to work for Water Source. David is married to Daisy. They have five kids Elijah, Jemimah, Shalom, Jailah, and Jesse. Outside of his work at Kibo Group David is a small scale farmer, preacher, and sings at his church.

David Balimunsi

David works in the Water Source project. He got his start in Kibo Group helping out as a caretaker for the apartment, and was eventually asked to work for Water Source. David is married to Daisy. They have five kids Elijah, Jemimah, Shalom, Jailah, and Jesse. Outside of his work at Kibo Group David is a small scale farmer, preacher, and sings at his church.

  Alex Bamulumbye   Alex works in the Mvule Project, visiting village communities to help them succeed in their projects. This often includes resolving conflicts, teaching people how to care for trees, and making sure that the group understands the process of the Mvule Project. His first job with Kibo Group was checking on trees and wells in village projects, and in time, he began taking on significant roles with Mvule Project Groups.

Alex Bamulumbye

Alex works in the Mvule Project, visiting village communities to help them succeed in their projects. This often includes resolving conflicts, teaching people how to care for trees, and making sure that the group understands the process of the Mvule Project. His first job with Kibo Group was checking on trees and wells in village projects, and in time, he began taking on significant roles with Mvule Project Groups.

  Martin Kibuuka   Martin works in the Water Source and CLTS project. He initially learned about Kibo Group in 2012 when his home village was part of a Kibo well and sanitation project and his home had all that the project was working on with his home being the best in the village. After completion of the project, Martin came to work for Kibo Group full time. Martin comes from a dedicated Christian family, and he is a minister at Budhonga Church of Christ.

Martin Kibuuka

Martin works in the Water Source and CLTS project. He initially learned about Kibo Group in 2012 when his home village was part of a Kibo well and sanitation project and his home had all that the project was working on with his home being the best in the village. After completion of the project, Martin came to work for Kibo Group full time. Martin comes from a dedicated Christian family, and he is a minister at Budhonga Church of Christ.

  Lorna Katagara   In her job as Reports Manager for Kibo Group, Lorna partners with project staff to ensure that reports are submitted correctly and information can be accessed when needed. She came to work for Kibo Group after completing her university degree. She is the youngest of five children, and outside her job at Kibo Group, she participates in a choir and a band.

Lorna Katagara

In her job as Reports Manager for Kibo Group, Lorna partners with project staff to ensure that reports are submitted correctly and information can be accessed when needed. She came to work for Kibo Group after completing her university degree. She is the youngest of five children, and outside her job at Kibo Group, she participates in a choir and a band.

  Justine Nandera   As our Kibo Group accountant, Justine makes sure that money is spent properly and budgets are kept accurately. Before joining Kibo Group in 2011, she worked for The Source Cafe. Her son, Jeremiah, is five years old. Outside of her job at Kibo Group, Justine is continuing her education and is an active member of her church.

Justine Nandera

As our Kibo Group accountant, Justine makes sure that money is spent properly and budgets are kept accurately. Before joining Kibo Group in 2011, she worked for The Source Cafe. Her son, Jeremiah, is five years old. Outside of her job at Kibo Group, Justine is continuing her education and is an active member of her church.

Sarah Naguti

Sarah works as the cashier for Kibo Group and The Source Cafe. In this capacity, she makes sure that employees have the money they need for project expenses, and she ensures proper accounting. Sarah is the first born of five children.

 
  Jeska Nairuba   Jeska works for Women’s Empowerment, traveling to villages and teaching life skills and Bible lessons. She also teaches women how to build energy-efficient stoves. Jeska loves being a mother to her nine children. Outside her time at Kibo Group, she farms to support her family.

Jeska Nairuba

Jeska works for Women’s Empowerment, traveling to villages and teaching life skills and Bible lessons. She also teaches women how to build energy-efficient stoves. Jeska loves being a mother to her nine children. Outside her time at Kibo Group, she farms to support her family.

  Tape Bwana   Tape works for Women’s Empowerment, traveling to villages and teaching life skills and Bible lessons. She also teaches women how to build energy efficient stoves. Her three children are Alex, Dorcus, and Isaac. Outside of her time at Kibo Group. Tape farms to support her family and is going to school to improve her reading and writing skills.

Tape Bwana

Tape works for Women’s Empowerment, traveling to villages and teaching life skills and Bible lessons. She also teaches women how to build energy efficient stoves. Her three children are Alex, Dorcus, and Isaac. Outside of her time at Kibo Group. Tape farms to support her family and is going to school to improve her reading and writing skills.

  Suzan Keddi   Suzan is Kibo’s newest employee. She was brought onto the Healthy and Safe Kitchens staff this year for her social work expertise.

Suzan Keddi

Suzan is Kibo’s newest employee. She was brought onto the Healthy and Safe Kitchens staff this year for her social work expertise.

 

U.S.A.

  Larry Norman   Larry Norman is Executive Director for Kibo Group International. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1973, he taught at high school and junior high school in Illinois for 5 years. He then began a career in the insurance industry for the next 20 years, completing his MBA during this time. A semi-retirement move brought him to Rochester College for the next 14 years where he served as VP of admissions, VP of marketing, VP of career services and ended his full time tenure at RC as Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. Another semi-retirement brought him to Kibo Group in 2013. Larry and his wife Kay live in Shelby Township, Michigan. They have two adult sons and one granddaughter.

Larry Norman

Larry Norman is Executive Director for Kibo Group International. After graduating from Iowa State University in 1973, he taught at high school and junior high school in Illinois for 5 years. He then began a career in the insurance industry for the next 20 years, completing his MBA during this time. A semi-retirement move brought him to Rochester College for the next 14 years where he served as VP of admissions, VP of marketing, VP of career services and ended his full time tenure at RC as Dean of the School of Business and Professional Studies. Another semi-retirement brought him to Kibo Group in 2013. Larry and his wife Kay live in Shelby Township, Michigan. They have two adult sons and one granddaughter.

  Ben West   Ben West lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Beth and son Abraham. In his role as Communication Director Ben supports the mission of Kibo Group by helping donors and supporters understand our work. Ben is a 2005 graduate of John Brown University and has worked for several organizations including New Life Ranch and The Journey. Ben was introduced to Kibo Group when he and Beth visited Jinja in 2011.

Ben West

Ben West lives in Tulsa, OK with his wife Beth and son Abraham. In his role as Communication Director Ben supports the mission of Kibo Group by helping donors and supporters understand our work. Ben is a 2005 graduate of John Brown University and has worked for several organizations including New Life Ranch and The Journey. Ben was introduced to Kibo Group when he and Beth visited Jinja in 2011.

  Zachary Abney   Zachary serves as the Director of Development. He currently spends most of his time driving around the country to meet with supporters. He is the son of Brent and Heather Abney, and was raised in Jinja, Uganda on the team that founded Kibo Group. He has a younger brother (Josiah) and a younger sister (Avery-Kiira). He is engaged to Kacie Scherler.

Zachary Abney

Zachary serves as the Director of Development. He currently spends most of his time driving around the country to meet with supporters. He is the son of Brent and Heather Abney, and was raised in Jinja, Uganda on the team that founded Kibo Group. He has a younger brother (Josiah) and a younger sister (Avery-Kiira). He is engaged to Kacie Scherler.

  Sam Tomaschko   Samantha lives in Dryden, Michigan. She began working as Kibo's Accountant in 2013 after she graduated from Rochester College. Samantha was introduced to Kibo by our Executive Director Larry Norman. In her role as Kibo's accountant, she provides the board of directors with the necessary financial information to support Kibo Group's Mission.

Sam Tomaschko

Samantha lives in Dryden, Michigan. She began working as Kibo's Accountant in 2013 after she graduated from Rochester College. Samantha was introduced to Kibo by our Executive Director Larry Norman. In her role as Kibo's accountant, she provides the board of directors with the necessary financial information to support Kibo Group's Mission.

 
  Nate Barton   Nate is the Creative Director over Kibo's media and communications. He moved to Jinja with his wife, Falon, in June 2018 to create media content and strategize branding. Nate is the son of John and Sara Barton and grew up in Jinja as part of the original missionary team that helped found Kibo. After Jinja, he lived in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his parents and younger sister before attending Pepperdine University where he received BAs in English Literature and International Relations and an MA in Public Policy.

Nate Barton

Nate is the Creative Director over Kibo's media and communications. He moved to Jinja with his wife, Falon, in June 2018 to create media content and strategize branding. Nate is the son of John and Sara Barton and grew up in Jinja as part of the original missionary team that helped found Kibo. After Jinja, he lived in Rochester Hills, Michigan with his parents and younger sister before attending Pepperdine University where he received BAs in English Literature and International Relations and an MA in Public Policy.

  Falon Barton   Falon is the Executive Editor over Kibo's media and communications. She moved to Jinja with her husband, Nate, in June 2018. Falon writes and edits stories, takes photos and videos, and oversees Kibo's social media. Falon grew up in Riverside, California with her parents, older sister, and younger brother. Before moving to Uganda, she attended Pepperdine University for six years where she received BAs in Journalism and Hispanic Studies and an MA in Christian Thought and Ethics.

Falon Barton

Falon is the Executive Editor over Kibo's media and communications. She moved to Jinja with her husband, Nate, in June 2018. Falon writes and edits stories, takes photos and videos, and oversees Kibo's social media. Falon grew up in Riverside, California with her parents, older sister, and younger brother. Before moving to Uganda, she attended Pepperdine University for six years where she received BAs in Journalism and Hispanic Studies and an MA in Christian Thought and Ethics.