The overall decision-making body is the General Assembly comprising of founder members, the majority of whom are young people living within the slums of Kawmepe division and its neighbourhoods. The assembly later selects the National Coordinator and the Board of Directors who support the organization on strategic and accountability matters.
The Coordinating Body runs the day to day programs of the organisation and comprises of an administrative unit and a program unit. Youth are a major pillar in the management of the organisation being represented by a youth board.
The body includes founder members of Somero Uganda. The team sits every after five year to discuss the future of Somero, suggest members of the advisory board and elect the administrative unit.
The board advises and monitors Somero Uganda in strategic and operational questions.
Mr. Marten Treffers
Works with B.T.C on a project supporting Ministry of Education under teacher training. Marten is our Chief Technical Adviser with a specific task on international relations and donor communication.
Mrs. Margaret Kasekende
Has been the Director of Children of Uganda. She worked to support children for a number of years both with international, UN and local organisations. She recently retired to run her own consultancies. Margaret is our Chair person Board of Directors.
Mr. Michael Omeke
Lecturer at Kyambogo University. He has passion for children and youth. He has invited a lot in livelihood and has designed the micro-finance curriculum being used by Kyambogo university and has boosted most of the micro-finance institutions in Uganda. He is also a trainer of the child to child approach among other approaches, that the Ministry of education employs to teach children in Uganda.
Michael has been a member of the board since 2012 and now joins the new board as the Vice chairperson board of Directors.
Mr. Tom Kakaire
Grants Manager for infectious Disease institute. Tom has worked on a number of children and youth projects. He has a number of experience in proposal writing and fund raising. Tom is our Treasurer board of Directors.
Ms. Ssanyu Robinah
Lawyer running her own advocate. She has been a legal representative of Somero since 2012. Ssanyu joins the new board still holding the same responsibilities.
Mr. Arinaitwe Isaac
Programs officer of Platform for Labor Action. Isaac is working on a number of projects for children and young women. He has a lot of experience in project management. Isaac also joins the board as a board member.
THE COORDINATING BODY
Nsubuga Geofrey Simbwa
Deputy Executive Director
Geofrey holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Makerere University, a Diploma in Social Work and Social Communication and a Postgraduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Management Institute (UMI). He has a vast working experience with children and young people in Uganda and some parts of Africa. With his career, he has always been keen to promote human rights between different partners in society in order to reach a shared vision on development strategies, protection of children and young people. He has worked as a social worker and a community development trainer, and was involved in promoting education and children policies and gender issues. He has worked with national and international child and youth projects, including international labour organization (ILO-IPEC), Kyambogo University, Uganda Youth Development Link and Child to Child Uganda among others. About girl child education he says: “A woman, who sees no value in education, sees no value in educating her children. Educating girls therefore means education for all.”
Executive Director | Somero Kawempe Branch
Irene holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Additionally she has Certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation, Child Protection, Statistical Data Analysis, and a Certificate of TOT (Trainer of Trainers) in Adolescent Reproductive Health and E-Based Learning. She is currently pursuing a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Administration and Management at Ugandan Management Institute. Irene is as Global Health Corps alumni. The passion for empowering young women is the biggest motivation for her to work with Somero Uganda. According to Irene: “Girl child education is important because women are now taking on more responsibilities in most spheres of life, so they need support through education empowerment.”
Atim Annet Grace
Account Assistant | Somero Kawempe Branch
Grace earned her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in 2014, from the Uganda Christian University. In December 2016, Grace joined the Somero team for her love for working with people, especially youth. Her passion for helping others and strong work ethic perfectly translates into the progress Somero continues to make. “It is so important to educate a girl child, too many girls are discriminated, we need to compete and bring ourselves to the same level and be educated properly and well.”
Community & Youth Coordinator | Somero Kawempe Branch
Linda Nambuusi holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Ndejje University. Additionally she has acquired a Certificate in Monitoring and Evaluation and Statistical Data Analysis. She is passionate about harnessing the power of youth, she strongly believes in the empowerment of youths to cause fundamental change in the community. Linda has undertaken several trainings organized by different organizations in Uganda including Uganda Youth Development Link, Action for Community Development, Save the Children and Huyslink Uganda, which empower her not only with skills and information, but with experience beyond expertise in dealing with children, youths and the community.
Administrator | Somero Nakawa Branch
Sanyu holds a Bachelor’s degree in IT and holds a diploma in social work and social administration. She has been working with young people since 2007 and this has made her understand them better and even built a strong relationship to them. Ruth say, “The beauty about education is that it is a gift that cannot be taken away from by anyone and its also a passport to the future for tomorrow.”
Counselor | Somero Nakawa Branch
Peter is one of Somero Uganda’s Counsellors that works alongside our beneficiaries. Working on his degree in Arts and Social Sciences at Kyambogo University since 2015, Peter will be graduating this year, 2018. Peter first joined Somero as an intern, later he attended as a volunteer and was then contracted as a full time employee in July 2016. As a youth himself, Peter holds a passion for working and helping youth livelihood through the empowering qualities of vocational skills training. His goal is to, “Continue empowering youth, continue encouraging them to practice and perform their skills. Once our beneficiaries gain their skills, they are something that can’t be taken away from them, they can earn a living and live a good life.”
Counsellor | Somero Kawempe Branch
Joan holds a Bachelor's Degree in Guidance and Counselling. She joined the Somero Uganda team in July 2016, providing counselling services to our beneficiaries as well as contributing to the implementation of ongoing Somero projects. Joan is strongly convinced that Somero Uganda has a bright future due to the capabilities and efforts of it's people.
Nurse | Somero Nakawa Branch
Jesca graduated from the Public Health Nurses College in 2013 receiving her diploma as a Registered Nurse. Originally volunteering as a health educator at Somero, Jesca was hired on full time in October 2017. Jesca’s advocacy for people's wellbeing and focus on the importance of proper health education motivates her to participate in outreaches and provide medical services to local communities. Through bringing HIV services to clients in the comfort of their own homes, and through health education talks and sessions, Jesca wishes to bridge existing knowledge gaps people believe on the topic of health and safety. Jesca says, “Somero works to ensure safety to all of our beneficiaries, as well as promote good health and proper health education to our communities. The goal is to work towards healthy bodies and minds for all.”
Child Protection Officer | Somero Kawempe Branch
Molly holds a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work and Social Administration from Makerere University. Additionally she holds a Certificate in HIV Counseling & Management along with a Certificate in Basic First Aid Management. Following her passion of working with young people, Molly started volunteering with Somero Uganda in 2015. Molly became permanently employed by Somero Uganda in 2016 as Health Programs Coordinator, she now holds the position of Child Protection Officer. When asked what motivates her to work for Somero Uganda, Molly says, "seeing the lives of young people improving day by day with the projects that we implement."
Administrator | Somero Kawempe Branch
Muhammad holds a Bachelor's Degree in Population Studies from Makerere University. He also completed advanced courses in Education, and has a Uganda Certificate of Education and a Certificate in Computer Applications. Muhammad is passionate about community work, giving his hand where and when needed. This is the main reason he started working for Somero Uganda as a Trainer of Computer Maintenance. When asked about Somero, Muhammad says, “Somero is filled with good people, from beneficiaries to staff we have our own community. Through my skills training courses, I am not only teaching my students, they are also teaching me. And through the sharing of our ideas we all work together to develop our community.”
Counselor | Somero Nakawa Branch
Winnie received her Bachelor's in Guidance and Counseling from Kyambogo University, in December 2017. She originally began her work with Somero as an intern in 2015, then was fully hired on in 2017. Winnie is passionate about working with youth inside and outside of Somero. She loves the work she does as she is able to build a level of confidence and openness within the lives of the people she works with, building connections and helping others achieve their goals. “Somero wishes to be there to support those who are vulnerable and at risk. With many different resources offered and the willingness of our beneficiaries we are able to build relationships and more importantly build a community to all grow alongside one another.”
Akello Esther Faith
Nurse | Somero Kawempe Branch
Faith is one of our registered nurses at Somero Uganda. She received her enrollment in Nursing from the Mengo School of Nursing and Midwifery from 2013-2016. Faith loves to work with young people and really wanted to help the vulnerable children in her local community. In October 2017, Faith joined the Somero team to provide educational resources on reproductive health and development outreaches to the center’s and surrounding communities youth. From a health perspective, proper education and resources being provided to our local people, is a solid foundation to a strong and progressive community. She believes deeply that, “In everything you do, you must put god first. Don’t be afraid, don’t hide, its important to express yourself and find your freedom, to which Somero Uganda is that safe space where people are able to find that.”
Program Manager | Somero Kawempe Branch
Joel received graduated in Project Planning and Management from Makerere University in January 2018. First joining Somero as an intern in April 2017, and later as a volunteer, Joel began his full time employment as Program Manager in October 2017. With his love for working and interacting with youth, Joel works hard to make a difference in local communities through outreach programs, such as his role as Project Coordinator for the Kampala Region HIV Project. Joel says, “Somero helps to change the mindset of the youth through mentorship and skills training, helping them to transform their lives on their own. Anything for us, without us, is not for us. Therefore, if the youth are to create sustainability, they need to do it by themselves, so the skills training helps them to achieve that.”
Volunteers are members or former beneficiaries of the organization.
Youth Mentor & Graphics Trainer | Somero Kawempe Branch
Gilbert has a Certificate in Graphics Designing. He holds a Bachelor's Degree of Arts in Social Sciences from Makerere University. He was inspired to work with Somero Uganda because of the organization's positive goals and objectives for the slum girls of Bwaise, Kawempe and Kampala as a whole. Gilbert started working with Somero Uganda as an intern in 2015 and later as a volunteer. After the Business Unit had been set up, he was recruited in 2016 as a permanent trainer for Basic Computer Skills, Graphic Design and as a Social Worker. For Gilbert "education is a spotlight for success".
Hairdressing Trainer/Youth Mentor | Somero Kawempe Branch
Viola was a former beneficiary of Somero Uganda, she graduated in 2016 with a certificate in Hairdressing. In November 2017, she began working full time as our Hairdressing trainer. In returning to Somero, Viola wished to help her fellows, to give them the ability to learn and grow as she once did. Somero helped her when she was most vulnerable, they helped her when she most needed it and now she is proudly earning a sustainable living for her and her child. “Somero is a wonderful place because when I came here they gave me hope to live in a sustainable life and I hope to do the same for the women I teach.”
Tailoring Trainer | Somero Kawempe Branch
Claire is a former beneficiary of Somero Uganda, she was previously on a Scholarship Program provided by Somero from 2009 to her graduation in March 2018. Claire gained a degree in Fashion and Interior design from Uganda Matyrs University. Finishing her schooling and internship, she returned to the positive and welcoming environment of Somero in 2017 to become a teacher herself. Educating beneficiaries as she was once taught, Claire wishes to give back to the organization and help her fellow girls to achieve what she was able to achieve. Claire says, “One thing I know in developing skills, once you have skills in your life you will never starve and you can take care of yourself and your family. You become a strong and independent woman, a boss of your own self.”
Kasozi Juliet Nabadda
Video & Photography Trainer | Somero Kawempe Branch
Juliet was a former beneficiary of Somero Uganda and holds Certificates in Tailoring as well in Video and Photography. After successful graduation from Somero Uganda, she started training other young people on the skills she had gained. She considers herself as a young person, at the same level with other beneficiaries from her own community. Cooperative work with her young counterparts is the biggest encouragement for Juliet.
Secretarial Skills Trainer | Somero Kawempe Branch
Claudine holds a Certificate in General Secretary Skills. She strongly identifies herself with the vision of Somero Uganda to empower youth from vulnerable communities. She is very happy about being able to have the opportunity to contribute to the positive change of young peoples' lives.
Receptionist | Somero Kawempe Branch
Rashidah is a beneficiary of Somero Uganda and will be gaining her official Certificate in Secretarial Studies with our August 2018 graduating class. Finishing her internship at a local office, Rashidah rejoined the Somero team as a front desk receptionist, working on administrative and public relations duties. She returned to our centre to continue expanding upon her education and to aid in the progress Somero continues to make. In Rashidah’s eyes, “Educating young women is important because once they have gained skills they are able to gain self-esteem, which helps them to break away from the damaging issues of poverty, abuse and stigmatization.”