Our highly experienced East African Country Project Leads (CPLs) are comprised of women located in Kenya and Uganda. All have a deep understanding of grassroots organizing, all have data collection and analysis capacity, and all are skilled trainers in water, sanitation, hygiene, sustainable agriculture and community development. Please learn more about our CPLs below.
Rosemary Atieno is the Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Community Mobilization for Positive Empowerment (COMPE) a local NGO in Kenya. She works with rural girls and women to help them develop sustainable micro- enterprises, build safe drinking water resources and complete their education.
Rosemary has significant experience in community engagement, water sanitation and hygiene (WASH) and food security, working with Ministry of Agriculture in Kenya, Care Kenya, KMET and later with Concern Worldwide in the arid and semi-arid areas of Marsabit, Samburu and Turkana. As the Executive Director, she has provided WASH technologies for several schools, including the construction of 8 water tanks and 6 bio sand filters in local schools and communities. As part of her focus, she leads positive living sessions among women living with HIV/AIDs on soap-making, bio intensive agriculture and menstrual management classes.
In 2017, she was elected to a seat on the Siaya county water steering committee and regularly consults with county water ministry and other development agencies on water issues. Rosemary received an award on poverty Alleviation from Care Kenya in 2013 and also featured in an award-winning series on Aljazeera in 2015 dubbed “Women Making Change”. Rosemary is a graduate of the Bukura Agricultural College in Horticulture Development and Extension specializing in Agriculture and community Engagement Issues and also Kenya Institute of management (KIM) in Project Planning and Management.
Godliver Businge is the founder and director of technology for the Uganda Women’s Water Initiative. Her specialty is designing and developing low cost appropriate Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) technologies that suit the needs of a grassroots woman. She not only develops the technologies but also passes on the same skills to grassroots women through hands on trainings across East Africa. Over the past six years Godliver has worked with women across East Africa to design and built low cost appropriate WASH technologies to enable them to solve their lack of access to safe WASH technologies.
Godliver has been recognized by the Thompson Reuters Foundation as a role model for empowering young girls through WASH technologies. In March 2014, she was recognized by the national newspaper of Uganda as one of the super women empowering grassroots girls and women through WASH technologies. Godliver was further recognized by UNESCO in July 2017 as one of the young women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Because of her success and enthusiasm in inspiring and supporting the grassroots women and girls, she was invited by an organization called Dare to Dream in partnership with Pick Your dream on 30th September 2017 to give an inspiration talk to the young girls.
Hajra Mukasa is the founder and Country Director for the Uganda Women’s Water Initiative (UWWI). Her role is to manage the development and implementation of all UWWI projects in Uganda. In addition, as a country director, it’s her responsibility to steer the organization in the direction of the sector objectives and coordinate the organization with the relevant line ministries, agencies, development partners and maintain a good donor relationship.
Prior to her role as a country director, Hajra was contracted as a public Health Specialist for Ministry of water and environment of the Government of Uganda from October 2012 to October 2015. Her role was to facilitate the empowerment and meaningful evolvement of communities in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs as a prerequisite for sustainable development in centralized administrative legal and policy framework. She performed this role while offering technical support to district officials in 10 districts of the Rwenzori region. During this period, Hajra led a team that produced a best operation practice for sanitation and hygiene promotion that featured in the Ministry of Water and Environment annual sector performance report of 2014.
Hajra also served as the district health inspector of Gomba district from July 2005 to October 2012. Her primary responsibility was to promote and protect public health using various approaches under Public Health Act of Uganda. During this period she led the team that produced the best model village in WASH in central Uganda using the community self-help initiative. In 2015, Hajira was recognized by the women in public service program of the Mills Institute that was started by Hillary Clinton when she was selected as a delegate of Ugandan women in water and public service under the theme “How Women Can Lead the World”.
Constance Okollet is the Chairperson for the Osukuru United Women’s Network (OWN) in the Tororo district of Eastern Uganda, and is a self-described peasant farmer and mother of seven.
As the chairperson for OWN, a consortium of approximately 1200 small women’s groups working on education, community health and nutrition, Constance was selected by Oxfam to attend a meeting in Kampala in which she learned about climate change. Deeply shocked, Constance began speaking and organizing the women in her network to explain climate change and the need for adaptation, particularly in their agricultural practices, to ensure community resilience.
Constance has spoken internationally at public events and high-level forums in company of Desmond Tutu, Mary Robinson, Connie Hedegaard and other high-ranking leaders with a mesmerizing storytelling ability that galvanized her listeners. In 2013, the European Climate Foundation tapped Constance to be the lead spokeswoman for a speaking tour in Poland that visited Catholic communities around the country, during the time of the COP, to raise the moral implications of inaction on climate change. Constance was invited to Kampala by the President of Uganda in 2016 to share her insights on community resilience at the grassroots level Constance was featured as one of The Weather Channel’s 25 Smartest Voices on Climate Change.
Through her international travel, Constance became acquainted with Nobel Prize winner Wangari Maathai and her Green Belt Movement. In 2016, Constance led 60 members of OWN to participate in a training at the Green Belt headquarters in Nairobi where the community mastered climate resilient practices such as planning kitchen gardens, making ‘clean’ briquettes and tree-planting, along with basic entrepreneurial skills. Most recently, Sierra Magazine wrote that “…Constance Okollet exemplifies the Sierra Club’s ideal of citizen advocacy.”