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Ponny Bukenya | HVU-Program Director/Founder
Ponny cares deeply about the causes of human suffering and his work is dedicated to creating conditions in which humans can flourish. Before Founding Healthcare Volunteer Uganda (HVU) in 2007, Ponny volunteered for three years with Rakai Community Based Organization (RACOBAP). To date, he still functions as the Program Director for HVU.
He is a social worker with a degree in Social Sciences and specializes in Administration.
Ponny’s professional history demonstrates a dedication to his community. This is exemplified by the fact that he uses his birthdays and Chris-mass days to reach out to vulnerable households with lots of gifts for support. He has done this since 2011.
Ponny was hired by Kassanda Cornerstone Foundation to co-ordinate two projects which I implemented successfully i.e; Partnering for Positive Livelihood Program (PPLP) for 2 years and financed, Well-share International/USAID, and Scaling Up Comprehensive Evidence- Based HIV Prevention through Community Engagement in Mubende district – for 2 years and financed by Civil Society Fund.
Ponny has 15 years’ experience in community diagnosis and sustainable solutions to development challenges such as food security, women’s empowerment, access to affordable and adequate health care, education and enterprise development. Additionally, Ponny has extensive experience developing and implementing practitioner-friendly monitoring and evaluation systems and has demonstrated success using Participatory Rural Appraisal - PRA.
In 2009 up to 2011, Ponny coordinated and successfully implemented these two projects for the Kassanda Cornerstone Foundation:
1. Partnering for Positive Livelihood Program (PPLP) for 2 years and financed, Well-share International/USAID, and
2. Scaling Up Comprehensive Evidence- Based HIV Prevention through Community Engagement in Mubende district – for 2 years and financed by Civil Society Fund.
Ponny's interests include empowering women through Village Savings and Loans Association (VSLAs), promoting community development, and supporting organizations in Mubende District Uganda to develop sustainable community projects. Mubende - Kassanda is a community 100 kms from the capital city of Kampala that is affected by a high rate of poverty and HIV/AIDS. Ponny is driven by a desire to change the system and create opportunities for children and their mothers so they can reach their fullest potential.
Projects Director: Dick Kasozi
Dick is a social and behavioral scientist with a particular focus on behavioral change communication and qualitative and community-based participatory research approaches. Dickhold a Bachelor’s degree in Adult and Community Education (BACE Hons) from Makerere University, Kampala and a Master of Social Science degree in “Health and Society” [MSS (Health and Society)]; from Linköpings University, Sweden. Dick boast of ten years of experience in qualitativeand community-based participatory research approaches. Dick has invaluable knowledge and skills in program identification and design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He has vast experience supervising community projects, conducting community mobilization and mentoring community-based volunteer with sound knowledge of principles of adult learning. Dick also has experience in developing education materials for behavioral change communication targeting diverse audiences. Dick hasdemonstrated potential to easily acquire competitive analytical skills and writing for scientific publication and presentation to diverse audiences.
Accounts Officer: Betty Nakimuli
Betty is a new breed in the HVU family with demonstrated interest and commitment to work with community based programs with passion for women empowerment programs. Betty has a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from MakerereUniversity Kampala, Uganda. She has previously worked in local government programs and has experience dealing with local government authorities and government institutional partners that HVU does much her work with. Betty is has of late received training in identifying and implementing OVC programs and is currently a key player in all the health and education projects being implemented by HVU. Her work is not only limited to managing finances, but also does more routine mentoring to HVU’s program volunteer.