Founded in 2006, GoSmile Uganda started with one family; one child Ronald Nsamba aged 9 years at the time. Our founder Moses Kiiza met our first beneficiary at a construction site who was working to raise money for his school fees and food for his siblings after losing their both parents to aids at a very young tender age.
From this family, Moses saw a great need to help the impoverished families in Uganda who did not only need food but also healthcare and education for their young ones.
Together with friends from Germany, we began fundraising to enable poor children attend school. These poor families were not only in need of school fees assistance, but there was also a great need for medical and family support where we also support the families in our care with medical care and women with small funds to engage in agriculture and income generating projects.
Although we have been able to register tangible success over the past years, 60% of our donations to the families we support have been handouts. This therefore calls for more sustainability programs where poor communities are empowered and given a hand up to change their own lives and no handouts.
Moses Kiiza – Founder & General Manager
Moses is a visionary philanthropist and has been involved in charitable work for most of his life; he has a great passion in community development and empowerment. He also helped found Rays of Health Uganda (www.raysofhealthuganda.org), a healthcare program improving access to healthcare for the rural poor mothers and their families in rural Uganda.
His academic background is in International Business management from the University of Furtwangen, Germany (2003), Health for All Through Primary Health Care from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (https://www.coursera.org/signature/certificate/4AMR5HFTR8) and How to Change the World from Wesleyan University (2014)
(https://www.coursera.org/signature/certificate/GCDYPRAKEQ). His ultimate career goal is to be able to sustainably empower the vulnerable groups in Africa to get out the poverty circle.