The Director of Operations and Management at healthcare charity PACE in Uganda is Haggai leader Henry Semwanga Lule.The work he oversees includes clean water provision, HIV treatment programs, and medical support for women and children in a nation where 69 out of every thousand children die before the age of five.
Henry’s career has spanned 20 years, with 14 years spent in nonprofit management and public health at the managerial and executive levels.
He attended the Haggai Leader Experience in 2008. “The training,” he says, “changed my sense of urgency and convinced me of the need to influence my country’s young people.”
Seventy-seven percent of Ugandans are under 30 years of age. It is the youngest population in the world.
“What especially shifted my paradigm was the revelation that over 90 percent of the adults who are Christian had their conversion experience in their youth! Wow! That is an age that needs to be influenced for Christ!”
Henry returned to Uganda and started a youth leadership training center called U-Lead. He has taken training in coaching and is now coaching young people at the high school and university levels.
With 67 percent of Ugandans either poor or highly vulnerable to poverty (according to Uganda’s Directorate of Social Protection) the challenge is to fund programs for children whose parents are too poor to invest in their children’s education.
Furthermore, says Henry, 19.7 percent of young people aged 15-24 in Uganda are out of work. “Nevertheless, my dream is to impact the new generation of leadership of this country, in particular training 5,000 influential youth in leadership to follow the example of Jesus Christ.”
Haggai training, he adds, “started as a ripple but is causing waves in Uganda. Thank you for the vision of training locals to reach out to their own, in their own languages and contexts. Thank you – I am so glad you sponsored me!”