KAMPALA TEAM BIOGRAPHIES //

 

Steve Davis, (Voluntary) Director || Kampala, Uganda

Steve grew up in Geneva, a western suburbs of Chicago. He joined SWB Uganda as a Team Leader in 2015, where he served as a financial advisor and assistant coach for the under-10 and under-23 football teams. After completing his year in this role, he stayed in Kampala and to take over as the Program Director. He graduated from the University of Illinois with bachelor’s degrees in Accountancy, Business Process Management and Information Systems/Information Technology. Upon graduation, he worked at a mid-size public accounting firm in the Chicago area for two years where he specialized in working with non-profit clients. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and soccer, traveling, hiking and mountain biking. He is an avid supporter of Arsenal and dislikes anything associated with cheese.

 

Jeremiah Lukeka, Program Coordinator ll Kampala, Uganda

Jeremiah was raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He moved to Uganda in 2008 at 16 years old. As a teenage refugee, he faced many challenges, such as using a new language and missing his friends. He became involved with Soccer Without Borders, as a participant, as a way to help overcome these challenges. As the program developed, he joined SWB as a staff member where he has continuously worked to improve his interpersonal, communication and management skills. Prior to becoming the Program Coordinator, he has held various positions at SWB including youth teacher, coach and Head Instructor. He currently serves as the head coach of the under-16 football team as well. He really enjoys working with youth in the local community and has founded and is involved in several other local organizations. He enjoys working with SWB because it allows him to help youth overcome the same challenges that he faced.

 

Catherine "Mina" Kabanayana, Girls Coordinator  ll Kampala, Uganda

Catherine, more commonly known as Mina or Coach Mina, grew up in Kampala. Over the years, she has developed a passion for humanitarian work, especially working with marginalized women and girls in the community. It is through this passion that she found her way to Soccer Without Borders. She originally joined SWB in 2015 as a part time Craft Instructor for the new Girls Empowerment Program (GEP). She was critical to the expansion and success of the GEP during this time, eventually expanding her role from once per week to twice per week and beyond, in a volunteer capacity. After completing her degree in Ethics and Human Rights from Uganda’s top university, Makerere, she joined SWB full-time in the newly created role of Girls Coordinator. In this new position, she works actively to recruit female participants to the program, coach the girls football team, supervise the GEP, and engage SWB’s female participants to ensure their overall well-being in the program. In her free time, Mina loves to watch movies, dance, travel and experiment with cooking.

 

Jules Mayele, Teacher & Coach ll Kampala, Uganda

Jules, the youngest of SWB’s staff members, grew up in Bukavu, DRC. Due to increases in tribal violence in his community, culminating in the killing of his grandfather, his family was forced to leave home and flee to Uganda in 2011. Upon arrival in his new country, he was faced with the great challenge of not understanding any of the languages. He soon began attending Amani English Center (which later merged with a local football team to become SWB) where he was a quick study in English. After briefly leaving to attend high school, he came back to SWB in 2012 as a volunteer teacher in its Adult classes. He became an official staff member in 2013 and now teaches Level 3 (advanced English) classes for youth, Level 2 (intermediate English) classes for adults and is the co-head coach of the girls football team.

 

Laura Amabange, Teacher & Coach ll Kampala, Uganda

Laura is a refugee from Bunia, DRC currently living in Kampala. She has been living in Uganda since 2010. Laura began volunteering with SWB near the end of 2015 as a teacher in the Level 1 (Beginner English) youth class and was soon after hired to teach the same class again. She also serves as an assistant coach for the girls football team and is the leader of the weekly Girls Empowerment Program.

 

Faraja Bisoka Jackson, Center Manager  ll Kampala, Uganda

Faraja first moved to Uganda in 2011 from his hometown of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has been working with SWB since 2012 as the Facilities Manager and Baby Class Instructor. He has also become the co-coach of the SWB under-10 boys football team. Faraja has a passion for helping children attain an education and experience a brighter future. He is inspired to work with SWB, because it allows him to help influence positive change within the local community.

 

Chris Akili, Youth Class Instructor  ll Kampala, Uganda

Chris Akili Lungu joined SWB Kampala as a Youth Instructor in 2018. Originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo; Chris joined Soccer Without Borders in 2016 as an English learner. As his passion for teaching developed, Chris began teaching refugees, both children and adults, basic computer skills. In 2017, he became an English instructor and started working with refugees from Congo, Sudan and Burundi. When he is not glued to a computer screen and learning coding, Chris enjoys spending time reading books, learning to shoot pictures, and trying not to be the worst checkers player. Chris is currently working on his bachelor’s degree in computer science and information technology at Kampala University.

 

Rebecca Abio, Youth Class Instructor  ll Kampala, Uganda

Rebecca, joined SWB in 2018 as a Youth Class Instructor. A Ugandan by nationality, Rebecca was born in the little known Kaberamaido District in the Eastern part of Uganda. It is there that she spent her early childhood until violence in the Teso sub-region forced the displacement of thousands, including Rebecca and her family who were placed into protection camps. Though she faced many obstacles in pursuing her education, Rebecca’s passion for education led her to the Forum of African Women Educationalists (FAWE) an NGO that supports young girls and women in completing their studies. Rebecca later went on to Mt. St. Mary’s College Namugunga and Iganga Girls School for secondary school. In 2012, Rebecca began pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Education, Majoring in English Language and Literature and later graduated in 2015 from Muteesa 1 Royal University. Before working with SWB, Rebecca’s passion for working with underserved youth led her to Northern Uganda where she began working with refugees from South Sudan at the Human Technical Development Institute, teaching English language and life skills courses. When she’s not at SWB, Rebecca can be found acting at the Theatre Technology house and running youth-facing radio series. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiance Justin and her two children as well as singing, reading, travelling, and making new friends.

 

Immaculate "Immy" Kabagahe, Youth Class Instructor  ll Kampala, Uganda

Kabayahe Immaculate, also known as Immy, joined SWB in 2018. Immy was born in the Kampala District, the Central Region of Uganda. Immy’s education began at Mother Care Primary School and later St Peter’s Primary School for the upper classes. In 2012, Immy went on to St Peter’s Secondary School for the ‘O’ and ‘A’ Levels. After completing her own education, Immay worked as a primary level Class Teacher at Pride Nursery and Primary School where she taught English Language and Literacy. Now in her role as a Youth Class Instructor at Soccer Without Borders, Immy teaches both Morning and Afternoon Youth Level 1 Classes. Outside of SWB, Immy can be found swimming, reaching, and meeting new people. In the future she hopes to use her passion for serving youth to start up an orphanage.

 

Delphin Bahaya, Coach  ll Kampala, Uganda

Coach Delphin is a refugee who fled to Uganda in 2013 due to the instability in his home city of Bukavu in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is the second born in his family of 3 boys and 2 girls. Delphin first joined Soccer Without Borders in 2013 as a participant. Professionally, Delphin's dream is to become an inspirational soccer player and become a mechanic after his soccer career. ​In his spare time, Delphin enjoys watching TV shows and comedies.

 

Espoire Ramos, Coach  ll Kampala, Uganda

Espoire is a refugee from D.R.Congo who fled to Uganda in December 2013. He first joined SWB in January 2014 as an English language learner and a player on the U-14 team. As a player, Espoire is especially known for his goalkeeping skills and now continues to play for the Nsambya Community Team. In the future, Espoire aspires to play and coach soccer professionally. When not at SWB, you can find Coach Ramos playing soccer and watching action movies.

Barnabas Ssengooba, Teacher  ll Kampala, Uganda
 

Barnabas joined the SWB Uganda as an English Instructor in 2019. Barnabas grew up and attended primary school in the Kampala area and Wakiso district completing the O-level at St. Augustine’s College and A-level at Caltec Academy Makerere. He later went on to obtain a Bachelors of Adult and Community Education at Makerere University Kampala. After graduating, Barnabas went on to work for various education-based NGO’s in Kampala, serving as an English language and literacy instructor for both adults and youth. graduating in February 2017. In his free time, Barnabas is engaged in many other community development activities within Kampala. When he’s not at the office Barnabas enjoys music, movies, and games his favorite of which are scrabble, Sudoku, and chess.

Cedric Zibika, Coach  ll Kampala, Uganda


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Yannick Mapesa, Coach  ll Kampala, Uganda


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Amsi Malu, Coach  ll Kampala, Uganda


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Lauren Zarefoss, Women's Sports Corps Fellow  ll Kampala, Uganda


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