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Laura is a Community Nutrition Specialist with Iowa State University-Uganda Program since September 2014, where she coordinates maternal and child nutrition programs in rural Kamuli. Before that Laura worked for CSRL/VEDCO since 2010 to July 2014. In the ISU-Uganda program, she is also in charge of improving nutrition among primary school going children through a school feeding and gardening program. She has to worked implemented School Feeding Programs in three rural schools (Namasagali, Nakanyonyi and Naluwoli), feeding a total of about 2000 school children. Through the 8 Community Nutrition Education Centers established, she is working to address good nutrition for children during the first 1000 days, school going children, pregnant and lactating mothers.
Service Learning & School Garden Projects Officer
Dennis Joined CSRL in 2010 April as research assistant working on grain amaranths research project in Kamuli district. In 2011 he worked as an administrative officer for CSRL and as research assistant on tomato project in Kamuli. In 2013 was appointed to work as project officer in charge of school gardens (service learning). He at present serves as the Service Learning School Garden Specialist in charge of planning for school gardens, making work plans and budgets and marketing the produce from the school gardens.
Johnson joined the CSRL program during 2007 as a driver for the Associate Director Field Operations. In 2014, he was taken onto the Uganda Program as the Fleet Manager and Security Specialist. He is responsible for safely transporting all Uganda program staff and ISU faculty, staff, students, and guests, as appropriate, to their respective destinations, serving new ISU staff and guests as “cultural attaché,” maintaining the fleet of vehicles in good working condition, and securing Uganda Program facilities through the supervision and guidance of the Uganda Program Security Officer and contracted security services.
Agronomy & Land Use Officer
Moureen graduated in January, 2014, from Makerere University with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Land use and Management. She is a former Service Learner 2012, and successfully completed service learning program internship at Iowa State University between September and November, 2013. She served as a student leader during 2013 and 2014 service learning program, and remained volunteering with Iowa State University - Uganda Program as the Agronomist, Land use and Management- Coordinator until January 2015. Thereafter she was appointed to serve as Agronomy and Land Use Specialist charged with the responsibility of identifying and disseminating innovations to improve crop yields, assist farmers to understand their farm’s crop production system in order to determine the best ways to plan, plant, control pests, harvest crops, and cultivate land to optimize productivity.
Martin is a Ugandan born in Masaka District on the western shores of lake Victoria. He graduated from Makerere University in January 2014 with honors in Agribusiness Management. Prior to joining the organization as a volunteer, Martin was part of the CSRL Service learning team as an intern in 2012. He returned as a student leader in June 2013 where he was also involved with the newly initiated Youth Entrepreneurship project at Namasagali College. He completed a 2 month internship at Iowa State University in November 2014 where he studied United States agricultural systems and business practices. Martin worked as a volunteer with the organization from 2013 until June 2015, involved with youth entrepreneurship. He was appointed in July 2015 in the position of Youth Entrepreneurship Specialist. He works with young people between 16 and 35 years. He is currently implementing poultry projects and crop input microfinance for the youth.
Yvette graduated from Busoga University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Health and Production. She did her internship with VEDCO and her dissertation was on the Assessment of the Contribution of Goats Rearing to the Livelihoods of Small Holder Farmers in VEDCO-kamuli District, Sustainable Rural Livelihood Project of CSRL. She served as a private practitioner among small scale dairy, pigs, goats and poultry farmers’ in Jinja and Buikwe districts of Uganda prior to joining the ISU-Uganda Program as a Livestock Extension Specialist in September 2015. Her major role is to integrate livestock production, health, and market access, training and technical support activities with other ISU-Uganda programs.
Simon is a Ugandan from Soroti district in Eastern region of Uganda. He is a father of one son. He started working with CSRL in 2011 and currently works with ISU-UP as the day security guard. He also works as the storekeeper and does the fumigation at the guesthouse. He keeps the keys of the guesthouse and operates the generator when electricity is off. Washes the vehicles at the guesthouse and also works as the office messenger.
Joshua is a Ugandan born in Eastern Uganda, in Kamuli District. He is married with 3 children. He worked as a temporary driver with ISU-UP during June 2014 and 2015 when Service learning started. During October 2015 he was contracted to serve as Groundskeeper charged with the responsibility of maintaining a clean, safe, and attractive environment in the ISU-UP compound and annexes. In addition, he provides support in the school gardening, acts as a reliever of the day security guard and logistics activities.
Beautrice is a Ugandan born in Kamuli district. She has been a widow for the past 19 years with two sons and three daughters. She attended school up to the secondary level, which is equivalent to high school. She has been working with CSRL since 2012 as a housekeeper for the girls’ house. She is currently responsible for the general cleanliness of the girls’ and boys’ house at the guesthouse, and the annex, and preparing morning tea for the staff at the guesthouse. She also prepares food in the field when community meetings are held with mothers.