Aliguma Foundation Spread Wings Into America Via FOAF-USA

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Things are happening quickly, very quickly indeed at the Aliguma Foundation. If you snooze, you miss! We reckon, no one wants to be caught amongst the latter.


Launched: The newly designed logo for the Friends of Aliguma Foundation (FOAF) entity. (Logo Design/Saltray Lubega, Logo Concept/Florence Mugenyi)


In the aftermath of successfully lobbying and deservedly earning a second grant from UEFA Foundation For Children as part of the 65 humanitarian projects around the world that will benefit from an annual dispatch of more than €4.9m (an estimated UGX19.1 BILLION), the Foundation’s works behind the scenes to grow further have started to yield fruit.


On a monumental day, the US Thanksgiving Day 2022 - today, the Aliguma Foundation have spread their wings further in the land of opportunity by launching a new sister entity - Friends Of The Aliguma Foundation (FOAF) to help foster the Foundation’s interests in the US.

The FOAF is a U.S. based 501(c)3 organization incorporated in Boston, Massachusetts on October 4, 2022. Its purpose and mission is to support the work of The Aliguma Foundation (AF) in Uganda and overseas (primarily in the USA).


Elated: CEO Ritah Aliguma is happy that her dream and works at the Aliguma Foundation thus far have been appreciated by the friends in the U.S. (Photo/Aliguma Foudation Media)


“We are blessed to see that many people see, appreciate and what to associate with what we do,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ritah Aliguma, who is currently in the US, too.
“We are growing and hopefully we will be flying soon. We cannot do that without wings. FOAF is our first pair of wings abroad, we are looking forward to many other partners that want to make us shine and deliver to the less advantaged, privileged and vulnerable people and communities better.”

The seven-member strong Board of Directors consists of two ladies and five gentlemen. It boasts of diverse talent, background and professional expertise that equips FOAF with the ability to support the Aliguma Foundation from a different geographical setting.

A sneak peak at who’s who on the Seven-Member Strong Board;

1. Peter Sserwanga (Director):

Director: Peter Sserwanga is a trained journalist. (Photo/FOAF)


Peter Sserwanga has 15 years of media experience as a trained journalist. Peter is the founder of Metashield Technologies and Bearlynz Inc.

“I grew up in Mengo-Kisenyi, one of the ghetto (slum) suburbs of Kampala District. During our childhood days, we used to participate in boxing and soccer as a tool to bring about a change to our lives.


“Living in a slum comes with all negative influences such as drug abuse, anti-social activities, poverty, social alienation, and personal struggles. We believe engaging in any sport inherently offers a transferrable set of skills for social development through team building, acceptance and discipline. Hence reducing social transformation.”


Why be a part of FOAF:

"We rise by lifting others. When God lifts you up, don’t forget those you have left behind always find means and ways to help them out. When I read and saw what the Aliguma Foundation did in the slums of Kampala, I was inspired to contact them in order to add ‘a brick’ to whatever their goals were."

2. Morocco Omari (Executive Board Member):

Executive Director: Morocco Omari is a big brain in the entertainment industry. (Photo/FOAF)


Morocco Omari’s directing credits include: (Mis)Leading Man, Good intentions, Mission Mom Possible, Make A Name and the music videos Big City, and Kanyama.


In addition, Mr. Omari is the Executive Producer and writer of The Male Groupie which aired on HBO. Mr. Omari also produced two television pilots in Uganda: The Reporter, and Cultural Creations; and he’s also the Executive Producer of the Ugandan film, The Girl in The Yellow Jumper streaming on Netflix Africa.


Acting TV/Film credits include; Wendy Williams The Movie, 21 Bridges with Chadwick Boseman. Series regular roles include: P- Valley, and Empire. Recurring roles on 61st Street, Homeland, Chicago Fire, NCIS, and Joan of Arcadia. Guest star roles on FBI, Blue Bloods, Person of interest, The Good Wife, Prison Break, and 24.


Theater credits include; A Streetcar Named Desire, and A Time To Kill on Broadway, as well as performances at notable theaters such as Lincoln Center, Huntington, Steppenwolf, Goodman, Geffen, Denver Theatre Center, Congo Square, Pittsburgh Public, St. Louis Rep, Looking glass, and Virginia Stage.


Mr. Omari has taught acting in LA, Chicago, Atlanta, Minneapolis (USA), Gaborone (Botswana), Kigali (Rwanda), Nairobi (Kenya), Kampala (Uganda), Lagos (Nigeria), and Buea (Cameroon).


Why be a part of FOAF:

"I got involved with Friends of The Aliguma Foundation after meeting Rita Aliguma. She invited me to Acholi Quarters where I received a warm welcome. After Ritah telling me about her initiatives and how she was helping the people I was honoured to come on-board to help out where needed.”


3. Karen Jacobsen, Ph.D (Executive Board Member):

Executive Director: Prof. Karen Jacobsen is vastly knowledgeable when it comes to refugees, urban settlement and human security. (Photo/FOAF)


Prof. Karen Jacobsen Ph. D is the Associate Academic Dean, Research Director, Refugees in Towns at the Leir Institute for Migration and Human Security.


More recently she was the Henry J. Leir Professor in Global Migration at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University whilst directing Refugees in Towns Projects at the Leir Institute.

Jacobsen’s current research explores urban displacement and global migration, with a focus on the livelihoods and financial resilience of migrants and refugees, and on climate- and environment-related mobility.


In 2013-2014, she was on leave from Tufts, leading the Joint IDP Profiling Service (JIPS) at the United Nations in Geneva. From 2000-2005, she directed the Alchemy Project, which explored the use of micro-finance to support people in refugee camps and other displacement settings.


Prof. Jacobsen’s Ph.D. in Political Science is from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her areas of expertise include refugee and migration issues, humanitarian assistance in developing countries, urban impact, and climate change and migration. She is currently at work on a book that examines the impact of displacement on cities.


Her previous books include; A View from Below: Conducting Research in Conflict Zones (with Mazurana and Gale, Cambridge UP 2013 ); and The Economic Life of Refugees (Lynne Rienner, 2005), which is widely used in courses on forced migration.


She consults and works closely with UNHCR and other UN agencies and international NGOs. She is a citizen of both South Africa and the U.S.

(more: https://facultyprofiles.tufts.edu/karen-jacobsen)


Why be a part of FOAF:

Aliguma Foundation's CEO, Ritah Aliguma, was first introduced to Karen by the former UNHCR Country Representative in Uganda, Joel Boutroue. Karen was doing research on climate change in slums, so she visited the slums of Acholi Quarters with The Aliguma Foundation officials and volunteers twice, where she met with the women and children and also donated basic need items to the residents of the Acholi Quarters.


4. David-Ross Williamson, ESQ. (Ethics & Integrity Officer and Board Consultant):

Board Consultant: David-Ross Williamson is a former professional athlete and is into sports law. (Photo/FOAF)


David-Ross Williamson is a Attorney at Law (since 1085) and a licensed soccer agent (since 1986) and is based in Boston, Massachusetts - USA.

He is a founding partner of Williamson and Melendez, Attorneys At Law, and a founding partner of Wilmelsport, a Boston based sports agency.


Wilmelsport has continuously grown to where professional players, male and female, are represented both domestically and internationally. David has traveled in his soccer-agent work to Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe with a particular focus in the UK and Scandinavia.


He has represented National Team players in the U.S. and abroad, along with MLS first round draft picks! Throughout the year, David is active in the placement of players at combines, trials, and scouting professional players.


David has the good fortune to have grown up playing soccer throughout high school which led him to his collegiate playing days which included three (3) NCAA appearances, including one final four appearance. Thereafter, he enjoyed playing professionally in the LASA league.


David’s education background: Westfield State College (B.S. 1978) Alpha Pi Sigma; University of Salamanca, Spain (1977); UNAM / Mexico City, Univ. of San Diego Law School (1984). David is a 1985 graduate (cum laude) from Suffolk Law School in Boston, Ma.


He currently is in his 10th year as an Adjunct Professor at Suffolk University, where he has taught: “Business Ethics and Law”, “Business Ethics in the Sports Industry”, “Intro to Business Law and Ethics”.


In addition, he has lectured throughout the United States at many State Law Associations, Law and Undergraduate Universities, NCAA/MLS Coaches Conference-- all with a focus on Ethics in Sports. (more: https://www.wilmelsport.com/wilmelsportcom-bio)


David is a proud father of three (adult) children, he speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese.


Why be a part of FOAF:

David has had a wide exposure to different cultures and countries especially through his involvement with soccer/football and also through his line of work as an attorney, which makes him more aware of the socio- economic challenges faced by less privileged communities on a worldwide basis, and the impact of sports on these communities.


This aligns with Aliguma Foundation’s line of work and its vision, hence David's willingness to support it via serving on Friends of The Aliguma Foundation (FOAF) Board of Directors. David serves both as a 'consultant' to the Board and as the 'Ethics and Integrity' Officer.

5. Solomon S. Byaruhanga (Executive Board Member):

Executive Board Member: Solomon Byaruhanga is an HIV-AIDS global activist. (Photo/FOAF)


Solomon has worked as a project coordinator in support of several projects fighting HIV AIDS in Uganda. He is an author and a public speaker based in Maryland, USA.


Why be a part of FOAF:

"I decided to get involved with Aliguma Foundation because I saw the passion, dedication and the integrity in delivering services to the people and the purpose of what it represents, which is to support those that needed help in many communities . There’s no greater purpose than to serve those that need you and it’s exactly what the Aliguma Foundation represents. Service to its communities and align with that."


6. Jacob Sottak (Executive Board Member):

Executive Board Member: Jacob Sottak boasts of enviable passion for humanitarian aid ad climate justice. (Photo/Courtesy FOAF)


Jacob is an international development professional based in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. His passion for humanitarian aid and climate justice has guided his work for the United Nations Human Security Unit, as well as the Clean Cooking Alliance, where he works to improve global access to energy-efficient and health-forward cookstoves.


Why be a part of FOAF:

He decided to get involved with FOAF after a research trip to Kampala, where he was able to observe the tremendous impact that the foundation has had on some of the city’s most vulnerable populations.


7. Florence Mugenyi (President & CEO):

President & CEO: Florence Mugenyi is the brainchild behind FOAF in the US. (Photo/Courtesy FOAF)


Florence, the founder of Friends of The Aliguma Foundation (FOAF) has held administrative roles as Board Member of multiple organisations over a period of at least 12 years.


She has a great passion for sports, sports business, but also believes in the power of sports and their ability to intersect with other socio-economic elements of communities and economies to create irreversible micro or macro development in many anticipated and unanticipated ways.


Why be a part of FOAF:

“I did it solely to ‘make peace’, haha! My former secondary school (Mengo Senior School) and Ritah Aliguma’s (Lubiri Secondary School) had a deep-rooted sports rivalry, back in the day. I am way older than Ritah, but to me she still represents the “rival”. I’m, however, living up to my former school’s motto, “Akwana Akira Ayomba” (“Make Friends and Never Foes”). So Ritah, I come in peace!


On a serious note, the first time Ritah and I met was in 2019 via an introduction by a mutual friend. I didn’t know much about what she did, but something made me feel the prospect of meeting her worthwhile. The rest is history. Ritah is easy to work with because of her great work ethic, follow through, transparency and her obvious passion for the work she does with the Aliguma Foundation.”




EMAIL/CONTACT: Friendsofaligumafoundation@gmail.com

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