The Zuri Project Uganda was co-founded in 2015 by Ross Young and Martin Hewell. After meeting in Uganda, Ross and Martin saw an opportunity to do things slightly differently, and developed an approach to development that puts people at the centre. They set out not to 'do development', but to learn about people's lives and discover if there was a way of collaborating with talented, creative and inspired Ugandans to deliver locally led projects that could facilitate positive change in impoverished communities in rural south-western Uganda.
In the years that have followed, The Zuri Project has funded a variety of development projects in SW Uganda that are led by talented Ugandans, through grassroots organistions in the village of Kihembe.
Meet our UK Team.
Co-founder & Director
Ross is co-founder of The Zuri Project and director of Solihull based social enterprise Bora Coffee Co. He has an MSc with distinction in International Development and has also worked as an International Development Manager for the HSA Foundation, managing projects in Kerala, India. He continues to spend lots of time in Uganda with our operational team.
Trustee & Head of Fundraising
In one way or another, Joe has been involved with helping the charity since the very start. His fundraising efforts have always been a huge success and his organisation skills are an asset to the charity. Joe has also spent time in Uganda, in order to develop relationships with our partners and to see firsthand the projects that our organisation supports.
Greig has more than forty years of experience in the business world and he adds an alternative dimension to the organisation. Greig supports the charity with financial matters and accounts, and he also approaches businesses to discuss fundraising ideas and opportunities.
Trustee & Treasurer
Kate has been involved in fundraising for The Zuri Project and has become very passionate about the work we support in Uganda. We're delighted that she has joined our team as her skills and experience will support our organisation to progress and develop. As part of her role, Kate will be in charge of Financial aspects as well as the administration of the charity.
Our way of working.
It's all about collaboration.
As well as setting up our UK registered charity, both Ross and Martin worked tirelessly with our Ugandan friends to register a Ugandan based NGO that could be run and managed by Ugandan people from the communities in which our projects take place. As a result, Opportunity Africa Organisation was registered as an NGO in Kanungu district, South-Western Uganda.
Led by Monica Agaba, Opportuntiy Africa currently has a team of five project managers and officers who are responsible for delivering all of the projects that The Zuri Project financially supports. All of the work we support is delivered by Ugandan people and this is something that we are immensely proud of.
Since the tragic passing of our dear friend Herbert early in 2017, Monica has been leading the projects that we support in Kihembe.
Words from our supporters.
As well as being extremely proud of the relationships that we've developed in Uganda, we are also extremely grateful for the love and support that we are given by our dedicated supporters and donors in the UK. Below you can read what three of our supporters think about collaborating with The Zuri Project.
The accomplishments that The Zuri Project has achieved over the past couple of years has had a tremendously positive influence on people's lives. I believe that this has been possible due to the unique way in which the organisation is run and the overall culture of the organisation.
When visiting Uganda last year, I was overwhelmed by the appreciation that was shown to Ross, Danielle and the rest of the team by the residents of Kihembe. Seeing the projects first hand made me realise just what an impact our fundraising has and how The Zuri Project utilise every penny they earn.
I have had some wonderful [and sometimes difficult] times raising money for the charity, which I am very proud to be associated with. I'm also very excited by where The Zuri Project is heading and i'm looking forward to seeing it go from strength to strength as the projects continue to develop.
Joe Matthews, Voluntary Fundraiser.
We have been supporters of the projects being delivered in this small community since the very start, and since being introduced to the organisation by Martin, it has been amazing and inspiring to see the results of our small contributions. We receive regular updates from The Zuri Project team, with photos from the projects and information about how our donation is being spent.
We are delighted to be able to help such fantastic locally led projects, albeit through a small contribution and it really has been inspiring to see the organisation evolve and develop over the past few years.
Jeff and Sarah Balmer, Donors and Supporters.
When the moon is not full, the stars shine brighter.
Proverb, Baganda people of Uganda.
Where do we work?
Our Projects are based in the village of Kihembe, located in Kanungu district, South Western Uganda. Use the map below to find out our exact location.