CCR Management Staff:
Mr. Oramire Stuart is the current Executive Director of Centre for Children’s Rights. Stuart is also a passionate Child Rights advocate. Previously Stuart worked with Jaguar group, a private holding company where he rose through the ranks to become the operations Manager.
He later resigned in 2009 to pursue Human Rights activism. In 2010, Stuart joined Agency for Transformation, a vibrant think and do tank working with Small holder farmers across East Africa starting as an Administrative Associate and rose through the ranks to become the Head of Finance and Administration in 2012. Stuart holds a degree in Arts (Philosophy and History) which he obtained in 2003, Makerere University. In 2010, Stuart obtained a Master’s degree in Public Administration and Management with a major in Human Resources and Financial Management (Makerere University).
After graduation in 2010, Stuart enroled for a Bachelor of Laws degree at Makerere University to pursue his life-long dream of becoming a human rights lawyer with a special focus on the Rights of Children. Stuart has since undertaken extensive research and wide publications on issues of Children’s Rights and the Law in Uganda. In 2012, Stuart won a prestigious prize from JusticeGeoffrey Kiryabwire, the then Head of Commercial court as one of the best writers for his Article in the Makerere law Journal titled, Child abuse and the Law in Uganda; what is the missing Link? Stuart is also a proactive defender of child rights through other fora like social media, main stream media and conferences. Stuart is also a member of various local and International Child rights related associations and is also an active member of State of the Nation Platform, an ACODE organised platform constituted by diverse young leaders from Government, Civil society and the private sector that meets every month to discuss various policy alternatives that influence key Government programs and policy proposals.
John Baptist Walugembe is our current Head of Programs at Centre for Children’s Rights. John has over 20 years of experience in development projects and has worked with several organisations including Buganda Cultural Development Foundation, Uganda National Farmers Federation, Meeting Point Hoima, Human Rights Concern (HURICO) and several others. He is an accomplished programmer, and has worked with Makerere University to design a comprehensive mobile app covering all aspects of the University programmes. Previously, he worked with Inter-Governmental Authority for Development (IGAD) and Uganda National Chamber of Commerce and Industry as an external consultant. John joined the Centre for Children’s Rights in 2014 and has since then worked to strengthen the Organisation’s programmatic areas so as to realise its mission. His major skills include writing, strategic planning, developing M&E systems, developing software solutions, and managing projects. He is also keen on Music and is a well-known pianist in the country.
Ahimbisibwe Justine is the current Communication/Advocacy officer at Centre for Children’s Rights. Justine graduated from Makerere University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree of Mass Communication .She also trained and was awarded certificates in broadcast presentation, editing and television production at Uganda Broadcasting Corporation TV, Leadership skills and a certificate in Public Speaking from Makerere University. Justine is also a Child Rights Advocate, Peer educator and Motivational speaker. Justine also hosts/ Presents a live children’s show on Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC WEST) Radio. This children’s show is an interactive program with a wide listenership which airs every Sunday from 1:15pm to 2:00pm. This program is meant to equip children with communication skills, confidence building, career guidance, counseling, children rights and responsibilities and how they can exercise them.
She scooped a 2014 western media award as the best children’s program presenter of the year. Her remarkable participation in children’s events and programs has won her popularity amongst children and parents who long to associate with her on air and outside the broadcast room.
Godwin Agaba is a psychosocial support specialist with eight years solid background working with youth and children in the counselling profession. He heads the counselling department at Centre for Children’s Rights (CCR). Agaba holds a degree in Guidance and Counselling from Kyambogo University, a Diploma in Secondary Education and certificates in Peer Health Education, counselling children of Addicts and another certificate in HIV/AIDS counselling from The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO).
He is an accomplished trainer especially on issues to do with highlighting children’s rights and their psychosocial wellbeing and he has previously facilitated at workshops organised by organisations like the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and MJAP. He is a reliable professional and his ability to stay calm and focused in stressful situations has helped him excel at building trusted relationships with colleagues he has worked with at the various organisations like at the African Child Foundation, and MJAP-Wakiso branch.
Currently, due to his other interests in promoting young sports talent, Agaba also offers part-time counselling services to young footballers at Pro-line Soccer Academy. Here Agaba has been instrumental in fostering young footballers’ cognitive and social growth as they progress in their sporting career paths. At CCR, Agaba works closely with Godfrey Okot and a small dedicated staff of counsellors that play a pivotal role in reshaping and advising both the children and their parents/guardians on issues to do with self-direction and helping them establish a structured environment.
Twenatwine Doreen is the Accounts/Administrative Officer at Centre for Children’s Rights. Doreen attended Kyambogo University where she graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounts and Finance.
Doreen possesses proficient skills in Microsoft office Applications, PowerPoint and Access and Accounting packages like Excel and Spread sheets, Pastel, Quick Books and Tally. She has previously worked as an Accounts Clerk at Difra Institute and until recently she was an Accounts Assistant at Fountain Publishers, the leading Publishing Company in Uganda.
Solomon Akenda is a Research Fellow-Legal at Centre for Children’s Rights.
Solomon enrolled at Makerere University in 2011 and attained a degree of Law. Solomon is also an active member of Justice For All-J4A, a not for profit Organisation engaged in Human rights advocacy.
At CCR, Solomon assists in Legal research, child rights case profiling and offering legal advice to children whose rights are infringed.
Geoffrey Okot is a research fellow and part-time Counsellor at Centre for Children’s Rights. Okot went to Gulu University where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education. He later enrolled for training in Information Technology and obtained an Advanced Certificate.
Okot is also a certified and active Counsellor having obtained an advanced Certificate in fundamental re-evaluation counselling on trauma-Level I and 11 from the Re-evaluation Counselling Community of Philadelphia, USA. Okot is also one of the founder members of Alliance for Community Support Organisation, a local initiative aimed at helping resettle people in northern Uganda after decades of a brutal war that claimed thousands of lives. Under this initiative, Okot leveraged his training to initiate trauma counselling sessions for former child combatants, assisting in advocacy for Girl child education and also in the resettlement of children displaced by decades of war in northern Uganda.
Okot has also written extensively in the field of education including, among others, his academic thesis on Traditional Marriages as practised by Acholi people of Northern Uganda; implications on family planning.
Kenneth Kipaalu is a research Fellow-Legal at Centre for Children’s Rights. Kenneth enroled at Makerere University in 2010and attained degree of Law. At CCR, Kenneth has assisted in profiling various cases of child rights violations and linking CCR to Organisations like Legal Aid Project, JLOS and PILAC that offer pro-bono legal services to some of the victims of child rights abuse.
At Makerere University, Kenneth excelled both as a student and as a leader. He was elected in 2011 as the President Makerere Law School. In June 2013 he won a prestigious academic prize to represent Makerere University in USA at the United States Institute of Students on Civic Engagement. Kenneth is also currently the President of Legal-World, a legal research organisation with a bias in Public Interest litigation, legal research and case law review and profiling.
Kembabazi Vanilla is currently an Office Assistant/ Secretary at Centre for Children’s Rights. She provides administrative support to the Organisation. Previously, Vanilla worked as an office Assistant at Social Protection, an organisation providing financial support to the elderly under the rubric of Ministry of Labour, Gender and Social Development. Vanilla holds a Diploma in Secretarial Studies and a certificate in office Management from YMCA education Institute, Kampala, Uganda.