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
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.”
Deputy Executive Director | Somero head office
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.”
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.
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.”
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.”
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.”
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".
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.”