Brain has passion for helping people in need. His vision is to see a poverty free Uganda. He has helped so many students stay in School and given necessities to those in need. Here is his story.
- How would you describe yourself?
I am a very visionary young man who is always motivated by my own dreams. Always looking foword to be part of the history that will be read to the coming generations as one of them who contributed to the development of my own country. Am God fearing and may be for the sake of the public am single but not searching. Currently the Executive Director of PEM-Uganda.
- How did you develop the love to work for women and children?
This is the most asked question that people ask me, you know we have grown up seeing women fighting for other women so finding a young man like me with this passion makes it a unique case. It’s basically my background that greatly gave me this desire in me. Having been raised by my grandmother from the age of three made me develop a strong attachment for women the mothers of this nation. I came to realize that every woman has a potential that can only be exploited if given an opportunity. That’s why at PEM-Uganda we always look at providing such an opportunity to women and girls to have their potentials fully exploited.
- What exactly do you do?
Our focus is geared towards economic empowerment, reproductive health and gender empowerment for the girl child and women in the districts of Mayuge, Iganga, Kaliro, Namutumba & Kamuli. We work mainly on women and girl rights, sexual reproductive health, human resource development mainly in vocational skill development in girls and women, economic development through agriculture.
- How many people have touched and how?
Seriously am not sure if I can tell you the exact number of the lives we have impacted, but am pretty sure the number is impressing and we are still counting. We have seen many gender based violence cases solved in Mayuge with help of police, organized 6 medical camps around Mayuge and Kamuli, lobbed a medical ambulance for Mayuge through the partnership of our donors and our Patron Hon Mukoda Julie Zabwe, we have started up 14 women saving schemes, we have trained a number of young girls in vocational skills, we hold daily sexual reproductive meetings in schools, supplied over 20,000 reusable sanitary pads and much more. We are currently working with Girl Talk Foundation to produce a Girl Talk Newsletter addressing girl related issues.
- As a child what did aspire to become?
As I was growing up I always wanted to become an architecture being inspired by my uncle Waix Fred though along the way my desire for charity become stronger hence becoming what I am today.
- What has the PEM-Uganda journey been like?
I got a desire to start helping vulnerable women and girls when he joined Makerere University. I was sponsored by the government for all the 3 years at Makerere University Kampala, this sponsorship came with an allowance, which I always used to travel to the Villages of Mayuge district to sensitize the women and girls on their rights and also encourage them to stand for their rights. Towards his second year at campus he was joined by two of his friends Eramwe Sam and Hilda Mubugumwa who started working with him. He always solicited for funds from fellow students which funds he used to buy scholastic materials for girls in Mayuge. It’s out of this simple desire that gave birth to PEMU in 2014 on a core goal of empowering WOMEN and GIRLS affected by poverty. PEMU was later registered as a non-government organization currently having its head offices in Magamaga Town Council.
- Who do you owe your success?
My success is firstly owed to God then my family speared headed by my grandmother Ekibina Janet that choose to believe in me last but not least Hon Mukoda Julie Zabwe who is currently the patron to PEM-Uganda, she has been very fundamental in the success of me as an individual and the entire organization of PEM-Uganda.
- What challenges have you faced?
Like any other institution, being a young NGO we are always constrained by little finances which make the implementation of our programs a bit trying but we have been able to put up with self income generating projects to help us out. We also face the challenge of misconception from political leaders who usually look at our activities as political threats.
- What is your advice to the youth out there?
One is that they should believe in themselves and pursue their dreams when they seem impossible. Learn to seize opportunity and above all let them know that today’s choices we make will reflect in our tomorrow.