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 & Team Leader,
Give a Goat Program
Moses is a businessman in Uganda and Founder of GoSmile Uganda. He 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.
Ponsiano Ndyabahika - Team Leader,
Ponsiano posseses over 20 years experience in the Financial Services sector in Africa where he has worked in several Commercial Banks and microfinance institutions. Among these are Barclays Bank, Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB), Equity Bank, Ecobank and FINCA International. Ponsiano has a rich experience in Strategy Formulation and Implementation, Operations and Business Development, Human Resources, establishment of Core Banking systems and ICT infrastructures, Financial Services expansion, Credit Management, Product Development, transformation of Microfinance Institutions into Deposit-Taking Institutions and Internal Audit Supervision. He has got great legal and corporate governance exposure gleaned from serving as a board member for FINCA Africa Shared Services Company Limited and DEPA group of Investments.
Recently he worked as the Executive Director at UGAFODE Microfinance Limited, NDP Consultants Limited and prior to that he worked as the Chief Executive officer at FINCA Malawi.
Ambrose OBI - Team Leader,
Finance & Administration
Ambrose is a strong Finance and Operations professional with passion to serve the vulnerable communities of the world affected by disease and poverty. Ambrose is currently the Team Leader Finance and Operation at GoSmile Uganda. He joins the team with wealth of experience having worked as Director of Finance and Administration, Country Finance and administration Manager senior Manager Finance and administration in Health and non Health programmes. Ambrose has experience managing multi millions dollar donor projects. He Holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from Makerere University, B.com Accounting from Makerere University, Certificate in Accounting and Budgeting from Michigan University School of public health USA, a Certificate in Executive leadership course Training on integrity leadership and quality management principlworkinges from INT. Ambrose is currently pursuing CPA and also registered as student of Masters of Science in project planning and management from Cavendish University.