The founder of Uganda Vision Resource Centre (UVRC) Mr. Sabiiti Fenekansi is a trained teacher, researcher, counselor, social worker and a Human Rights defender. Born and raised in a rural community in Kamwenge Uganda, Sabiiti Fenekansi has been in Community Development and Humanitarian work for the last 11 years working for local and international NGOs and the Church. Now, Sabiiti is ready to take his rich experience in development work and use it to engage in poverty eradication in Kamwenge District and neighboring areas through his own innovative approach “the Vision 2040 Recourse Centre (UVRC)”.
Sabiiti’s childhood interests in education and development were boosted by his life experiences and working with various humanitarian organizations with a focus on families, and later his numerous participation in research on education, health and poverty in various parts of the country. His early interactions with various professionals in education, health, family life, peace building, poverty monitoring, human rights advocacy, church interventions and gender focused programs, interaction with poverty and disease infested families and communities lead to the formation of the UVRC.
Sabiiti started his Community Development career at the age of 18 as a student’s leader in High school and church youth leader in the local church. At 22 years, in his secondary school vacation he started volunteer work with community development projects in his home area. He was received and worked with National NGOs such as Parents Concern for Young People where he represented the young people to the BoD. He became active in Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health Programs, HIV/AIDS Programs, Peace building and conflict resolution, anticorruption and Poverty resource monitoring, and Human rights advocacy. He later joined Humanitarian service with International organizations like Samaritan’s Purse International Relief, until recent when he was called to work with the Diocese of East Ruwenzori Church of Uganda in the Planning and Development Department as a coordinator and also as the Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Person.
During his career, Sabiiti worked with and done consultancies with various organizations and programs including Uganda AIDS Commission, Samaritans Purse International Relief, Parents Concern for Young People, Toro Integrated Child Care, Ruwenzori Forum for Peace and Justice, Anti Corruption Coalition, Kabarole Research and Resource Centre, PIASCY, Uganda Human Rights Centre, Uganda Human Rights Commission, Uganda National NGO Forum, DENIVA, UWEZO, Uganda Joint Christian Council, Church of Uganda, among others.
Cooperatively and in collaboration with several mentioned and local agencies, Sabiiti helped many Community Based Organizations and families to realize their dreams including families with people living with life-long illnesses such as HIV/AIDS. He supported several local organizations to streamline their policy guidelines, governance structures and program areas, and get to strategic programming in their interventions. Sabiiti is a founding member and mentor of Kamwenge District Forum of People Living with HIV/AIDS Networks.
Sabiiti holds a Bachelors degree in Sciences with Education from MakerereUniversity in Uganda. He has received several professional certificates in conflict transformation and peace building, project planning and management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Preparedness and Humanitarian Response, Research and Human Rights approaches to development among others from various institutions.
Serving and living with the poverty infested communities, working with Development partners has made an overwhelming impact in Sabiiti’s life. By going out of the classroom and hearing about successes and failures of other development programs, Sabiiti is ready to apply the principles he has learned to his own culture as he brings forward new approaches to poverty eradication and social development, particularly for rural households.
Being a part of the multisectoral, multicultural programs have given Sabiiti the chance to see the country Uganda just sitting around the table of poverty and diseases. It is because of this experience that Sabiiti returns to Kamwenge district enriched and ready to persevere, trusting that God’s perfect timing in everything is sovereign, and so he waits for it to begin reaching Kamwenge, the Rwenzori region and beyond. “I have seen it all and I am ready to take up the challenge”.
Being able to make a difference in the lives of hurting people or families in our community is what inspired us to start UVRC and carry on –this is how we define success.