In 1994, when I was about 7 years old, my parents left the village to settle in the City due to the civil war unrest in Northern Uganda. From that time until 2010 when I returned home, I lived away from my home. While away, I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Information Technology from Nkumba University in Uganda. Once I had completed my degree, and with the spirit of volunteerism and compassion that I had towards life, I wanted to use my new knowledge and experiences gained in Information Communication Technology, leadership, debate, and sports to help my community.
So now I see myself at the forefront in helping my community recover from the destruction caused by the 23 years of civil war unrest in Northern and Uganda as a whole. This is specifically being done through formation of Community Based Organizations such as Northern Uganda Debate Society, Acholi Youths for Sustainable Development, and Kitgum Basketball Association – a basketball project for which I received a TPP grant.
In addition to my work with these organizations, I am a Pollination Project grantee, grant reviewer, an ambassador and The Uganda Hub team leader. By helping to guide and mentor groups and individuals to make good use of the available resources in their communities such as land and water, and by promoting ICT to bridge the information gap between them and the wider world, I hope to empower them in their own survival and development.
I see myself as one of the next generation of change makers and leaders that will help make the world a better place to live in. I hope to make good use of the The Pollination Project’s Hub program by identifying and mentoring individuals and groups who have the true hearts of change makers, and that will think, talk and act with compassion towards all forms of life.
To read more about Jimmy’s Pollination Project Grant, click here.