Kristy Hitchings is the organization’s Executive Director. As the Executive Director, Kristy administers operational planning and management, builds alliances, and works as a liaison between international staff and the board of directors. Before joining the IYH-A team, Kristy worked in the international nonprofit sector by focusing on entrepreneurship opportunities through community leadership and education. She currently lives in Thornton, Colorado with her husband Aaron and her two furry canines: Emmitt and Jordy Jean. Kristy is an avid sports enthusiast especially when it comes to the Colorado State Rams. In addition to her love for her alma mater, Kristy enjoys gardening, cooking, and camping in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Kristy can be contacted by email at email@example.com.
Kankunda Angella joined the Into Your Hands-Africa team in August of 2015. Angella is self-driven, dedicated and result-oriented. As our Monitoring and Evaluation officer responsible for assessing our impact in the rural communities where we work, these skills and attributes are essential. Angella graduated from Kyambogo University with a Bachelor of Economics and Statistics and plans to continue challenging herself by doing a Masters degree in Monitoring and Evaluation. Angella is from Mbarara, but has spent the last few years in Gulu, up in the northern part of the country working for Africa Community Development Network, a USAID SCORE Project. We are thrilled to have her on board to guide the trajectory of Into Your Hands-Africa, advocating on behalf of our beneficiaries to ensure they receive the very best care and support possible.
Kyagaba Susanes (Suss) is Into Your Hands-Africa’s General Manager. He is hardworking, dedicated and passionate about working with youth and families to empower communities to engage in sustainable development. Suss graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Development Studies from Muteesa 1 Royal University in 2016. As the General Manager, Suss is responsible for organizational development, program implementation and financial management in Uganda.
Ssitenda Lydia is Into Your Hands-Africa’s Community Development Project Officer. Lydia recently graduated from the Institute of Accountants and Vocational School in Kyotera with a diploma counseling and guidance. Lydia is an alumni of the Into Your Hands-Africa Life Skills Scholarship She has a great passion for community development, particularly in working in the field and interacting with youths and their families. Lydia works to conduct workshops for community members that focus on business ideas, planning, inspiring groups to form a cooperative. She also works to implement community group businesses that focus on financial planning and micro savings and loans.
Nabukeera Justine is Into Your Hands-Enterprise Project Officer. She graduated from the Nsamizi Training Institute of Social Development with a Diploma in Social Work. Her extensive knowledge of the needs of the youth is an asset to the organization. Nabukeera Justine also works as the youth director Namabaale parish and at the at Deanery level. She is also works for a Namabaale SACCO and is the village enterprise secretary. As the Enterprise Project Officer, Justine is responsible for managing the enterprise programs including the Send a Piglet Home Program, the Send a Chicken Home Program, mango and coffee plantations.
Mukasa Mulindwa Richard (Mukasa, as we call him), is our most recent member of the Into Your Hands-Africa team! He joined us in August of 2015 as our Accountant and Administrative Officer. Mukasa is a fast learner and has a wonderful ability to relate with and empower our community members. Mukasa has a Bachelor in Adult and Community Education from Makerere University, and though he was hired as our accountant, he spends about half of his time in field working with our communities. Prior to joining Into Your Hand-Africa, Mukasa was working with the social welfare office in Masaka district.
Mugwanya Lawrence, Ssekalaala Gaudensio, and Jjemba Charles are the Community Field Officers for Into Your Hands-Africa. Each of them were elected by their communities to act as the representative to conduct home visits with hundreds of families annually. These three individuals are what allow the organization to grow through their commitment to acting as community leaders, model farmers, and upstanding citizens.