James Harrington - US
James started laying the foundation for the Ugandan Water Project in 2007 after crashing a barbecue and meeting a man from Uganda. The first water projects were installed in 2008 and the organization now works in over 300 communities across Uganda. A contagious communicator, he speaks on topics surrounding international development, non-profit leadership and values-driven poverty alleviation across diverse demographics. He loves helping people see their own potential to change the world. James is passionate about helping to identify sustainable solutions for communities in crisis by leveraging the power of relationships. James and his wife, Christy, are raising 3 beautiful daughters in Bloomfield, NY where they are active in their church and committed as a family to connecting with people to produce change in the world around them.
James is available for speaking/teaching engagements on a variety of topics focused around international development, Uganda, mobilizing communities for a cause and the global water crisis. He also provides consultation and coaching to organizations at various stages of growth. For more information or booking inquiries, please email email@example.com
Shaun Fowler - US
Director of Operations
Years ago, Shaun fell in love with UWP’s passion for connecting local communities to the water crisis impacting communities in Uganda. He first connected to the UWP Tribe as a donor, giving both financially and providing wine from his former employer, Constellation Brands, for fundraising events. In 2017, he jumped at the opportunity to increase his involvement and joined the staff as the Director of Operations. Drawing from over ten years of experience leading international teams, Shaun guides both the US and UG offices in the areas of project and financial management. Whether he’s working with staff to build operational capacity or our board of directors to fine tune the financials, he’s driven to see communities in Uganda flourish with clean water.
Marina Cull - US
Communications Director & Trip Coordinator
Marina first learned about UWP through a couple of friends from college who had traveled to Uganda with the organization on volunteer trips. With her love for East Africa and her degrees in International Development and Communications from Houghton College, Marina jumped at the opportunity to join UWP’s team as the Communications Director in 2018. Marina is passionate about telling stories and building relationships with donors and volunteers that lead people to see the dignity in and hope for the communities where UWP works.
Maddy Holtje - US
Personal Assistant to the Executive Director
After volunteering at several UWP festival events, Maddy began as a regular office volunteer in 2015. In July 2017, we welcomed Maddy to the staff as Personal Assistant, bringing needed support and adding bandwith the the capacity of our US office. Her work focuses on grant writing, research, and a multitude of unique projects. The office staff love benefiting from Maddy’s love of baking and the addition of her fun personality to the office environment.
Collins Alinaitwe - UG
Collins remembers what it is like to walk long distances as a child to get water, which was never clean. He is passionate about impacting communities with access to safe and clean drinking water because he understands the important role that clean water has in breaking the cycle of poverty and increasing educational opportunities for children. The value of clean water provides a better life and brighter future for his country.
A Ugandan national, Collins serves as an important liaison between our organization and our partner communities, working alongside our installation crew and training local community leaders on maintaining water sources and WASH education. He enjoys working with the UWP team to build each other and the organization to provide sustainable solutions and being a part of the team that sees the work being done on the ground; seeing people’s smiles at the end is priceless!
Jessica Alinaitwe - UG
Jess’s introduction to UWP began after contracting a water-borne disease from a distant, murky water source while living in rural Uganda. That experience now gives Jess a respect and appreciation for the practical needs that are met through the work of the Ugandan Water Project. Her personal drive to pair knowledge of local culture with experience and insight offers a great foundation to visitors and UWP teams.
With a unique perspective, Jess helps to host and equip team members as they experience Uganda for themselves. She desires for each person to leave with a deeper understanding of his or her role in impacting the lives of others in sustainable ways. Along with her husband Collins and their children, Jess sees UWP’s approach as valuing input and fostering relationship between the US and Uganda that is truly unique among organizations.
Lwere Joseph - UG
Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Joseph first learned about the Ugandan Water Project through mutual friends Collins & Jess Alinaitwe, following the work of the project through Facebook. Through these connections, he began to learn the UWP story: Give water, give life.
Joining our Ugandan staff in 2016, Joseph’s passion for details and data drive his motivation as he works with the organization’s team. He finds motivation in providing solutions to the problem of scarcity and unsafe water and in changing lives to be healthier and growing the nation of Uganda.
Elijah Sebalamu - UG
Elijah Sebalamu represents the next generation of young leaders in Uganda. He has served as translator and cultural liason for the Ugandan Water Project since the very first trip in August 2008. Elijah has been instrumental in shaping small business development models and establishing personal businesses. He has completed the International Finance Program through an extension of Oxford University. Currently, he serves as UWP’s Operations Manager, providing leadership in finances, compliance, and monitoring and evaluation.
Nante Doroth - UG
Ugandan Office Secretary
Doroth was raised in a remote village near Masaka and has first-hand experience of walking miles for water. She has been an integral part of the Ugandan UWP staff since 2012 where her cross-cultural communication and organizational skills truly shine. Doroth enjoys tracking records for projects and following up on the use of donor funds to ensure that each coin fulfills its purpose: to provide clean water and change lives. She values that UWP is not only about the work, but also about learning and transparency in order to grow as an organization.
Muwanguzi Susan - UG
Susie is an energetic young lady who is always on the go! She has seen many of her fellow Ugandans suffering from water-related illnesses, sharing water with livestock, and struggling with lack of access to clean water. You will always find a smile on Susan’s face even after a long ride on a boda boda (motorcycle)!
Susie loves serving the people of Uganda through her work and seeing how people’s lives have been changed and improved by receiving clean and safe water. As field secretary, she travels across Uganda visiting our community partners to assess the impact of UWP water projects, identifying locations and evaluating their water needs, and collecting data. Her knowledge of each of the organization’s water project locations is a valuable asset to our team!
Scott Cranfill - US
Website Management Volunteer
Scott first met James Harrington through a mutual friend about a decade ago, shortly after the Ugandan Water Project was founded. Since then, he’s followed the work of the UWP, participated in a number of different fundraisers for it, and become good friends with James and others in the crew. Scott works as a web developer for a government agency, and when the opportunity to help support the UWP website came around In early 2018, he jumped at the chance to support the organization in a new way. When not working on web stuff, Scott enjoys playing games with his wife and friends, watching TV and movies, and going to concerts.
Lizza Irvine - US
Lizza has been connected to UWP for many years, traveling on volunteer teams since 2011 including work on her Master’s Thesis. In addition, she has championed her community to raise funds for clean water in Uganda, including events with students at her school. She has worked with students of all levels for more than 10 years. Currently, Lizza teaches middle school music at McDonogh School in Baltimore, MD where she has launched and continued a partnership with UWP using content-related lessons to connect education with the water crisis in Uganda. Her passion for UWP runs deep; Lizza serves on UWP’s Curriculum Development Team, helping connect students with their potential to change the world.
Jessica LaLiberte - US
Jessica was first introduced to UWP through a one-day educational event at her school, Saint Andrew’s School in Boca Raton, FL. After catching the fire for the potential within the lessons to raise awareness, connect classroom content with a real-world problem, and provide an opportunity for students to become the solution, Jess jumped on board as part of the UWP Curriculum Development Team. With experience teaching in grades K-12 for more than 18 years, a focus in Education Leadership, and professional development and training including Columbia University Teacher’s College and Harvard’s ProjectZero Summer Institute, Jess currently serves as a Grade 6 English Teacher and Team Lead Administrator at Saint Andrew’s Middle School. Jess’s passion for curriculum design and service-learning adds a valuable perspective to the team.
Susan Douglass - US
Susan has been connected to UWP since 2011 and has been on three volunteer teams over the years. Susan’s presence in the office has given her the opportunity to work on special projects, become an expert with our handmade crafts and jewelry, and offer valuable insight as a UWP Insider. She works full time as a Registered Nurse and has a heart for pairing healthcare and humanitarian aid.
Natalie Foglia - US
Originally from Buffalo, NY, Natalie is a faithful volunteer, coming in to assist with projects, ongoing work, and data entry on a weekly basis to our US office. She loves working with people, especially children, reading, attending concerts, and any water-related activity, which works out well for the organization! Natalie enjoys being able to work with the Ugandan Water Project and their focus on meeting practical needs.
Megan began her relationship with UWP as an event volunteer and team member in 2012. While she has resided in Rochester, NY for her entire life, once stepping foot in Uganda, her love for the country and its people has only grown. With a background in event coordination, photography, and secondary English education, she eventually came on as our Communications Director and Trip Coordinator in 2013, a position she held for five years. After getting married and moving abroad with her husband, Megan now lends her talents to UWP as a volunteer working on our Curriculum Development Team in the creation and implementation of UWP’s service-learning program.