Sandy Gannon is co-founder and director of Kisoboka Uganda, Inc., and missionary to Uganda. Her first trip to Uganda was in 2008, when she witnessed hundreds of children suffering from treatable diseases and severe malnutrition. The average education level in the village is fourth grade, a village that, at that time, had no hope anything would ever change. She made a promise to God and the children, that she would work faithfully to change their lives. In 2009 she began a sponsorship program. Today this program provides education for 460 primary school children and 100 high school children. All the children and their families receive free healthcare, eliminating cases of jiggers and worms, and reducing the cases of malaria.
Stephen Martin is CEO and President of Kisoboka Uganda, Inc. and an active member and former chair of Trinity Covenant Church where he currently chairs the Ministry Support Team. He is vice president of global sales and marketing for Atollic, a software tools company.
Todd Klipp is co-founder, of Kisoboka Uganda, Inc., a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing the Ugandan people hope and a future. He has been involved in this work since 2006. Believing in the transformative power of education, Todd concentrates his efforts on helping young Ugandans obtain an education and/or practical skills training. He also started a micro-finance program which provides small grants to assist people in starting or expanding their own small businesses. Both programs have helped many Ugandan people support themselves and their families. Todd has spent most of his professional career as a lawyer and has worked at Boston University for over 32 years.
The Reverend Christopher Haydon
The Rev. Christopher Haydon is Senior Pastor of Trinity Covenant Church in Lexington, MA, the church that first launched this mission to Uganda in 2006 and continues in active support of Kisoboka and its efforts to serve the needs of our neighbors. Pastor Chris has been involved with this work since his first visit to Uganda in 2012 stirred his passion for the faithful, loving, hard-working, hopeful, and hurting people he met.
Stephen Kakaira is a director of Kisoboka Uganda, Inc. He was born and raised in Uganda where he both witnessed and experienced much of the suffering and inadequate resources that are prevalent in poor communities. Under the sponsorship of a predecessor organization to Kisoboka, Stephen received his bachelor’s degree in community leadership and development from Uganda Christian University and later his master’s from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Boston, Massachusetts. Stephen is passionate about community development, raising up leaders in underprivileged communities, and transforming other people’s lives through education. He has devoted significant time to World Vision, community-based organizations, and churches to achieve these goals. Stephen and his wife, Judith, are the founders of Shalom Restoration Academy in Mukono. He also serves as Youth Pastor at New Life International Christian Center in Medford, Massachusetts.
Kalibbala Hope is Chairman, Board of Directors, Kisoboka Initiative for Progress. Hope was born in Kampala, studied in Masaka, went to St. Charles Lwanga Senior Secondary School, then to Old Kampala secondary school for his high school education. Hope Studied at Mukono Christian University and attained a degree in Community Leadership and Development.
Using the knowledge and skills attained, Hope continued working in the community of Bakka village in Wakiso district and in Kampala, where he had been working for over four years before joining university, dedicating himself to service in Kisoboka Initiative for Progress. The combination of passion for the children and knowledge in Community leadership and a desire to see transformation in people’s lives was what gave him the drive to work hard as a projects manager in the various projects under the umbrella of Kisoboka Initiative for progress. It has been Hope’s joy seeing many school dropouts get back to school and attaining degrees and certificates, orphaned and needy children that had lost hope for education receiving quality education and dreaming to become doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, ministers in government, extra. Hope has been privileged to be part of the work that causes such transformations.
Patrice (Paddy) Walakira
Loving a Village One Child at a Time
Patrice (Paddy) Walikira, Treasurer for Kisoboka Initiative for Progress, Uganda. Paddy is the last born of 22 children. He was raised in the village of Katwe, a ghetto of Kampala. Paddy graduated from Kyambogo University with a diploma in Building and Civil Engineering. Later with the sponsorship of Hearts and Hands (now Kisoboka Uganda, Inc.) he graduated from Auckland Park Theological Seminary South Africa with a degree in Theology.