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FCDE Staff

Kathy Lynch

Executive Director

Kathy works at the intersection of education, international development, and social entrepreneurship, blending her skills and experience to generate sustainable long-term development. Kathy's international education experience includes study in Ireland, Germany, and the UK, all of which have informed her work in education abroad management positions at the University of Kentucky and Colorado State University. Her experience with sustainable international development began when she served in the Peace Corps in Mali. For two years, she lived in the village of N’Kourala in southern Mali where she worked in the agriculture sector, integrating her support of food production with water, forestry, and health sector programs to advance community development through Peace Corps’ African Food Systems Initiative (AFSI). Through a World Bank ruralization program, Kathy introduced agricultural and appropriate technology techniques to elementary and high school students which led to the inclusion of women and farmers in the innovative agriculture and health programs offered at the school.

After Peace Corps, Kathy worked on the Cochran Fellowship Program’s Poland and Hungary desk at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. She coordinated in-country adult education programs and U.S. study-tours targeted to private agribusiness professionals, bankers, farmers, cooperatives, and other clients focused on the business skills necessary to work effectively in the new market economy. Next, she served as the Country Director of ACDI/VOCA’s Agribusiness Exchange Program, resident in Warsaw, Poland. As her family began to expand, Kathy shifted gears and earned her certification as a Montessori teacher. She went on to serve in a variety of positions, including teacher, mentor, board member, and eventually Director - with schools in Bulgaria, Kosovo, and the United States.

In 2007, Kathy founded Isla, marrying her interests in education and international development. Over a two-year period, she steered Isla towards a merger with FCDE, expanding both the learning and development outcomes. She is delighted to return to this work and to provide leadership and growth at an important stage of the organization’s evolution. Kathy holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and an international teaching diploma from Montessori Center International in London, U.K. You may reach Kathy at kathy.lynch@fcde-isla.org.

Rebecca Raymond

International Program Director

Rebecca has more than 12 years of experience working in youth and community development, most recently as the US Program Director for the Asante Africa Foundation in Kenya and Tanzania and as the Director of the Indian Education Center at the American Indian Child Resource Center (AICRC) in Oakland, California. She has developed a robust understanding of issues and community needs across nonprofit and development sectors: As a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Kingdom of Tonga, in the Native community in Oakland, and with local CBOs (community based organizations) in Kenya and Uganda, she facilitated needs assessments in communities, convened focus groups, researched best practices in the field, and utilized findings to create comprehensive, multi-faceted programs to address community-identified needs and solutions.

She has successfully written funding proposals at local, state, and federal levels and served as a technical trainer producing educational materials and procedural guidelines for the United States Peace Corps, Asante Africa staff, FSD in-country teams, and AICRC youth workers. Her education and clinical training includes master’s degrees in Counseling Psychology and International Social Development, both of which have focused on cultivating meaningful partnerships across organizations and cultures. Rebecca may be reached at rebecca.raymond@fcde-isla.org.

Aulone Kadriu

Program Coordinator

Aulone has a Bachelor’s degree in political science and is currently enrolled in a Master’s degree program in international politics at the University of Prishtina, Kosovo. Aulonë started volunteering at a young age for organizations in Kosovo whose focus is on civil society. As the Peer Care project coordinator for Peer Educator’s Network (PEN), a local NGO in Prishtina, Aulonë was responsible for outreach to youth from rural areas and minority groups regarding HIV/AIDS awareness, sexual health and family planning, and gender-based violence.
Through her work, she created and empowered a large network of volunteers to become positive change agents in their communities. Moreover, Aulonë worked as an advocate of sexual health education in the local school curricula. After the Peer Care project ended, she was engaged as a web platform and social media moderator in a project that engaged youth in the political and electoral processes in Kosovo. Prior to joining FCDE, she was working at Career Academy Kosovo, where she provided guidance to young Kosovars regarding their career goals and necessary skills to complete successful international university and job applications.

Aulonë’s interest in gender equality, healthy lifestyles, and society’s well being, with a special emphasis on minority communities, drives her work and keeps her always motivated. She wants to be a part of building an inclusive society where diversity is embraced as a core value. As a long-time peer educator she insists that knowledge should never be isolated, because as she says “our knowledge and skills are only meaningful when shared with others and when utilized for our society’s well-being”. In addition to Aulonë’s passion for work, she loves reading, drawing portraits, swimming, and writing poetry. She has been part of many international conferences and trainings and meeting new people and exploring new cultures are among her favorite activities. Aulone may be reached at aulone.kadriu@fcde-isla.org.

Staff - FCDE Kasese, Uganda

Esther Kabugho

Kasese, Uganda - Program Director

Esther holds a Master of Arts in Human Rights and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Geography. Her career objective is to work with and for the marginalized communities towards human rights realization through capacity building, advocacy and management of community initiated development programs.

Prior to joining FCDE, Esther worked as a Program Manager with Agency for Capacity Building (ACB), a non-government organization (NGO) that provides services geared towards sustainable development in poor and vulnerable communities. She also worked with Concern Worldwide in the Kampala Community Empowerment Project (KCEP) as a Community Development Worker and later as a Project Officer where she built the capacity of partner organizations and coordinated advocacy activities at project level and among partner organizations. She has 10 years of experience in project cycle management, capacity building, advocacy and research. She has leadership and management skills including project planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning, organizational policies and systems development, public private partnerships (PPP), and networking. She has used her expertise in designing, managing, and coordinating regional and district level capacity building programs in areas of human rights based approach to programming, gender, and HIV/AIDS mainstreaming and advocacy.

Esther is a native of Kasese district in Uganda, and after working in different parts of Uganda for a long time, she is excited to spearhead FCDE’s development of the Kasese program. She is looking forward towards empowering communities through her work with FCDE. You can reach Esther at esther.kabugho@fcde-isla.org.

Charles Mwesigye

Kasese, Uganda - Program Coordinator

Charles holds a Bachelor of Social Work and Social Administration (BSWASA) and holds a Master in Public Health (MPH). He has over 5 years’ experience working with communities in the Rwenzori region and Kasese district in particular. Before joining FCDE as a programs coordinator, Charles worked with Young and Powerful Initiative (YAPI) of south Rwenzori Diocese as a program coordinator overseeing activities that were supported by different development partners. Charles coordinated the implementation of the Integrated Child Rights Program (CRIP) that targeted children and youth who experienced violation of various child rights, the Accelerated Learning program (ALP) in Katwe Kabatoro town council and Lake Katwe Sub County targeting out of school youth and mobilized them into universal primary education and vocational skills training, and the HIV/AIDS project in the diocese that supports orphans and other vulnerable children in Kasese district.

Charles has been active in writing proposals for funding in YAPI to support social and economic empowerment of youth in Kasese, Bundibugyo, Ntoroko and Kabarole districts. He was instrumental in building the capacity of diocesan staff (clergy) in proposal writing and fundraising.

Charles joins FCDE with strong self-motivation and interpersonal skills. He is result-oriented, self-motivated and easily adapts to new career dynamics and challenges. He has an enthusiastic attitude for learning to build self-capacity and keep focus on achieving an organization’s strategic objectives and values. You can reach Charles at
charles.mwesigye@fcde-isla.org.

Robert Baluku

Kasese, Uganda - Resource Center Manager

Robert holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Information Technology. His career objective is to equip local institutions and non-governmental organizations with skills and knowledge in information communication technology. He has three years working experience in the field of community development in Uganda. Prior to joining FCDE, Robert worked as a Project Secretary and Data Entry Officer on a joint research project by DANIDA in partnership with Uganda Non-Communicable Disease Alliance (UNCDA). He was in charge of data entry and management of logistics on the 12-month regional baseline survey on Risk factors for Non-Communicable Diseases (cancer, diabetes, and heart disease) in Kasese District in 2011. He was also a data enumerator and entrant on eight major surveys conducted by Save the Children in the Western Region of Uganda. Robert worked as a Volunteer Information Communication Officer with South Rwenzori Diocese, Kasese District. He volunteered as a Peer Educator with Program for Accessible Health Communication and Education (PACE) Uganda. Robert currently works as a Resource Centre Monitor (RCM) with the Foundation for Community Development and Empowerment (FCDE), a position he has held since 2014. Robert is looking forward to contributing towards empowering local partner organizations to increase their use of information communication technologies for sustainable communication and development. Contact Robert at robert.baluku@fcde-isla.org.

Jacqueline Anena

Kasese, Uganda - Global Health Corps Fellow - Project Officer, Monitoring and Evaluation & Grants

Jacqueline hails from Northern Uganda. She holds a Master of Science degree in public health from the International Health Sciences University and a Bachelor degree in environmental health science from Makerere University. Most recently Jacqueline worked with World Vision Uganda in a growth health and governance program where she provided program planning, budgeting, supervision, monitoring and coordination. She has used different approaches and methodologies such as peer-to-peer education, mother care group model, and community/school led sanitation transformation approaches, among others, in promoting behavior change. Prior to joining World Vision, Jacqueline conducted various health-related research projects with a malaria consortium and AH Consulting Limited. Jacqueline is passionate about maternal and child health. She is a jolly person and loves traveling. You may reach Jacqueline at jacqueline.anene@fcde-isla.org.

Hanna Homestead

Kasese, Uganda - Global Health Corps Fellow - Project Officer, Communications, Marketing, & Advocacy

Hanna was raised in the state of New York in the United States. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she studied political science and international studies with a focus on global economics. Hanna is passionate about advancing human rights and has worked with a variety of research, advocacy, and grass-roots social justice organizations both internationally and in the U.S. As a student, Hanna interned with the Indian Institute of Rural Management in Jaipur, India, where she helped conduct research in Hindi on the effectiveness of poverty reduction programs. She also completed an internship with the Malawi Human Rights Resource Centre where she helped finalize training materials for paralegals working to strengthen the Malawian justice system and assisted in widespread awareness campaigns aimed at ending gender-based violence. Prior to joining FCDE, Hanna worked for U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, most recently serving as a grants and special projects coordinator. In her free time, Hanna loves to read, travel, and spend time with friends in nature. You may reach Hanna at hanna.homestead@fcde-isla.org.

Wilfred Baluku

Kasese, Uganda Community - Program Volunteer

Wilfred holds a Bachelor degree in development studies and has received certificates in project planning and management, public administration and computer applications. Prior to joining FCDE in 2015, Wilfred volunteered with Community Peace Volunteers and Rwenzori Development Foundation and has developed practical basic skills, knowledge and hands-on working experience for over three years in the field of community development in Uganda. Wilfred’s specialty skills include interpersonal relations, communications, community mobilization, counseling, facilitation, problem and conflict resolution, monitoring and evaluation, proposal and report writing, working with communities in hard to reach areas, working with vulnerable groups, time management, advocacy and lobbying, negotiations, data collection, financial management, networking with different structures, and customer care services.

Wilfred was very influential in mobilizing communities in Kasese district towards collective community response to HIV/AIDS prevention, child care, nutrition and women’s empowerment, community health education, peer educator training, empowering village health teams with skills and knowledge related to HIV/AIDS, nutrition, VSLA (village savings and loan association) methodology and IGAs (intergovernmental agreements). His mission in life is to help people make a positive change in their own communities. Wilford looks forward towards empowering and contributing to the sustainable development of NGOs and CBOs (community-based organizations) in Uganda through his work with FCDE. Wilfred can be reached at wilfred.baluku@fcde-isla.org

Robert Mubunga

Kasese, Uganda - Finance and Administrative Assistant

Robert grew up in the Kasese district. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in business administration, specializing in accounting and finance. Prior to joining FCDE, Robert worked with Caritas Kasese as a project accountant. His project with Caritas strengthened local governance in natural resources management in partnership with CARE International. Robert also worked as a data collection with Save the Children in Uganda. Robert sees himself as very adaptive and enjoys learning from his colleagues. Robert enjoys sports, watching music, dancing and outings during my leisure time. He can be reached at robert.mubunga@fcde-isla.org.

Staff - FCDE Rukungiri, Uganda

Sylvia Kabugho

Rukungiri, Uganda - Program Director

Sylvia holds a B.A (Honors) degree in Education. She has 10 years of work experience with community development projects in rural and urban settings in Uganda. Sylvia joined FCDE in 2011 and she has been working as a Program Coordinator. Sylvia has been instrumental in the assessment and capacity building of the 24 local partner organizations supported by FCDE in Kasese district. She has been active in supporting the partners through institutional self-assessments, workshops and trainings, one-on-one support, fundraising, strategic planning, organizational development systems and internships. This has enabled the partner organizations to improve the quality of services they provide, increase their service areas, access more funds to support program implementation and use organization tools for efficacy.

Prior to joining FCDE, Sylvia worked with Samaritans Purse International Relief‘s Prescription for Hope as an area Program Supervisor and later as a Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator in Kamwenge District for MET (mobilizing, equipping, and training) program in Kamwenge. Sylvia also worked with USAID/Strengthening Democratic Linkages in Uganda (LINKAGES) Project as a Program officer. The LINKAGES project aimed at strengthening the relationship between Parliament, local governments and civil society organizations. Sylvia was central in coordinating the Review of the Uganda Police Force under the LINKAGES project.

Sylvia undertakes the responsibility of Program Director for Rukungiri site with strong skills in leadership, organizational development, resource mobilization and strategic planning. She looks forward to contributing to the sustainable development in Rukungiri through empowering grassroots organizations. Sylvia can be reached at sylvia.kabugho@fcde-isla.org.

Patience Ampumuza

Rukungiri, Uganda - Program Coordinator

Patience, a native of Rukungiri, holds a bachelor's in social work and social administration from Uganda Christian University-Bishop Barham Campus. She also has a post-graduate diploma in project planning and management from the Uganda Management Institute. Patience has additional training in administrative law from the Law Development Centre; leadership development training from SUNRISE; and guidance counseling, life skills and facilitation training from CARE International.

Patience’s career objective is transforming lives in vulnerable communities through capacity building. She has over 5 years of practical experience in community development projects. Prior to joining FCDE, Patience worked for USAID-Sustainable Comprehensive Responses for Orphans and other Vulnerable Children (SCORE) in Rukungiri. She also worked as a volunteer with Compassion Assisted Projects under North Kigezi Diocese and Kisiizi Hope Ministries. These work placements provided an opportunity to widen her knowledge and skills. She is a flexible social worker with strong communication, networking, interpersonal and team building skills.

Patience joins FCDE to utilize her different skills, knowledge and attributes to empower grassroots organizations to effectively champion sustainable development in the communities where they operate. You may reach Patience at patience.ampumuza@fcde-isla.org.

Esther Nahabwe

Rukungiri, Uganda - Community Program Coordinator

Esther Nahabwe holds a Bachelor Degree in Social Work and Social Administration (BSWSA) and a certificate of gender, pre-counseling and charity activities. She worked with the Probation and Social Welfare Office at Rukungiri District Local Government and Agape Nyakibale for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and People with Disabilities as an intern. Through the internship Esther was engaged in community-based mobilization, workshop facilitation, counseling, and monitoring & evaluating of community based projects. Esther is computer literate and knowledgeable on human rights approach for programming. She is so excited to be part of the team that is empowering local organizations in Rukungiri District for sustainable community development. You may reach Esther at esther.nahabwe@fcde-isla.org.

Judith Fleming

Rukungiri, Uganda - Community Agribusiness Specialist - U.S. Peace Corps

Judith received a BA in social studies and education from Edgewood College, Madison, Wisconsin and her MBA from Clark University, Worcester Massachusetts. She has over twenty years in leadership roles at Allmerica Financial as Vice President of Corporate Services and Human Resources, responsible for all aspects of HR including employment, employee relations, payroll and benefits, and incentive compensation plans. She managed a court ordered $40 million class action litigation on insurance sales practices.

Judith was also Adjunct Faculty for over twenty years at Assumption College, where she designed and delivered both undergraduate and graduate courses in business and management. She received the President’s Award and was named outstanding teacher by the Division of Continuing Education.

Judith has always been involved at the community level and served as board member, volunteer and fundraiser for Girls, Inc.; was an annual campaign manager and fundraiser for United Way of Central Mass.; and served formerly in the Peace Corps in Tonga and Western Samoa. You may reach Judith at judith.fleming@fcde-isla.org.