RichardGrowing up in rural Uganda, Richard has first-hand experience of life in less developed communities. He was a young boy when the HIV/AIDs scourge swept across Uganda, in an area that is believed to be the epicentre of the disease in the world. His parents died when he was 11, leaving him to raise his younger siblings on his own.

Richard understands the critical importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty. He is committed to supporting young people, especially orphans, to acquire quality education coupled with values such as integrity, hard work, and service to others so that they can change the future for themselves and their community.

Richard lives in Uganda and is the Programs Director of African Children Today (ACT) Inc., a US non-profit dedicated to supporting women and children in the Rakai and Kyotera districts of Southern Uganda. The focus of their programs is to provide the highest level of academics with training in key values of leadership and service. ACT operates a primary school in Rakai with capacity for 1500 students and plans to open a secondary school in 2022. The high school will have a strong STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) focus and will encourage girls in particular to excel in the STEM fields. (To learn more, go to www.africanchildrentoday.org).

Richard holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and Management and a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. Before joining African Children Today, he worked for 8 years with Aga Khan Education Services at Aga Khan High School as a teacher and Coordinator of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. He has a wealth of experience working with children from all paths of life.

‘Uncle Richard’ as he is known in the community, is a husband, a biological father of 3 and model father for thousands. He believes every child should receive the education and encouragement needed to build a brighter future for themselves and their community.