Peter Etabu – Country Director
Peter joined African Revival in July 2015, coming from Right To Play Uganda where he was the Country Manager since 2007. Peter has more than 20 years experience working with NGOs, including ActionAid International and Concern Worldwide. In his role at African Revival, Peter is responsible for further developing our Uganda programme, leading the implementation of current and future activities, whilst developing and managing relationships with international and national stakeholders, working towards the overall provision of quality education in northern Uganda. Peter is happy to return to work in the north and to be part the AR team committed to ensuring access to quality education. He spends his free time with his children whom he feels need more attention if they are to develop into their full potential.
Scovia Ekit Opuch – Programmes Manager
Scovia joined African Revival in 2011 after working with War Child Canada and comes with lots of experience of the challenges children face in education after decades of war, especially in northern Uganda. She loves to work with teachers, not only to improve girl’s retention but also to create an environment for them to have the same opportunities as boys. Meeting assertive and confident girls (primary beneficiaries of the girls’ sanitation projects) is what she looks forward to. Scovia works to document the progress and impact African Revival has achieved in schools and is very excited about the future. Outside of work, she is studying for a master’s degree at Gulu University.
Sam Lakor – Finance and Administration Manager
Sam is responsible for ensuring the smooth administration of our accounts. He joined the organisation in 2013 having worked for a number of other NGOs including Save the Children. He ensures all finances are approved and made available so projects can be delivered on time. Sam’s work to keep the finances in order helps with the efficient running of the organization and enables us to deliver projects on time and on budget.
Richard Ayella – Education Programme Coordinator
Richard joined us in 2006, and is one of the longest serving members of staff. Previously he has worked as a primary and secondary school teacher, giving him a great insight into the challenges Uganda’s schools face. He loves visiting the primary school communities we work with and seeing the progress African Revival is enabling. He is happy to see the region is recovering after many years of war and is excited by the future. In 2010 Richard visited the UK to meet many of our supporters and also to compare the UK and Uganda education systems. He hopes to return again in the future! Outside of African Revival Richard is a keen gardener and spends his weekends growing vegetables.
Phillip Oryema – Speeds Schools Coordinator
Phillip joined African Revival in March 2016 to support, train and supervise the facilitators who run our Speed School classes. He started his career as a teacher, becoming Deputy Head Teacher at a secondary school in Northern Uganda. He has a degree in Science Education (Sports Science) from Gulu University. This was sponsored by the local District Government and so before joining African Revival, Phillip spent two years as a volunteer with the local District Government Education Department to give something back, before moving back to paid work in his new role with African Revival.
Lucy Akello – Speed Schools Supervisor
Lucy joined African Revival in March 2016. She supervises our 15 facilitators who teach in Speed School. She also supports the parents groups at each Speed School, makes sure Speed Schools have learning materials, and collects data on pupils enrolled in Speed School. Before joining African Revival she worked at Watoto Baby Home, caring for children aged 0-3 years.
Thomas Kinyera – Phonics Officer
Thomas joined African Revival in November 2016. Thomas has a teaching background – he taught biology and P.E in Secondary schools, and trained teachers in Early childhood development. Thomas then went on to work for Save The Children Uganda as a research assistant in the learning programme. During this time Thomas realised that low literacy levels amongst primary pupils were due to the rote memorisation teaching method, which emphasises memorisation and cramming. Thomas then become interested in improving literacy as part of a team, and was trained in the phonics methodology. In his spare time Thomas likes playing and watching soccer, swimming, volleyball and track events.
Wellborn Loum – Office Assistant
Wellborn joined us in 2009 after three years’ service with SPRING. He is a valued staff member who ensures the office is opened in time and closed after work. Wellborn welcomes all visitors to the African Revival office. He always introduces himself and directs the visitors to the appropriate member of staff. He is happy to see African Revival expand its operations in the region and he hopes for a brighter future. Outside of work, Wellborn is a keen mechanic and carpenter, spending his weekends repairing motor bikes and making furniture.
Tonny Oyat – Driver
Tonny joined us in 2008 and is the second longest serving member of staff. Tonny previously worked for a member of parliament in Gulu Municipality. He has great experience driving on Northern Uganda roads and loves his job. In 2010 Tonny entered African Revival folklore whilst driving our founder and some trustees from Murchison Falls National Park to Pakuba Air Strip in record time to catch a flight they were running late for using his local knowledge. Outside of African Revival, Tonny normally takes his children to see his wife, a primary school teacher, who works 20km outside of Gulu.