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
Megan Busch - US
Communications Director and Trip Coordinator
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 now lends her time and talents as our Office Administrator and Trip Coordinator.
Richard Welch - UG
Richard first set foot in Africa in 2004 and hasn’t been the same since. He is passionate about producing healthy transformation and growth in every sphere of life around him. Richard and his wife, Anna, live in Kampala with their 3 kids. He is our Operations Manager in Uganda, overseeing our day-to-day operations, finances, monitoring and evaluation, and networking. He also manages our website and other internal systems.
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/Site Lead
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
Small Business/Finance Specialist
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 also been instrumental in shaping the small business development models for the 2nd Steps program and has participated as a business person by helping to establish the Lutindo Beads project. He recently used his earnings from that business to complete and International Finance Program through and extension of Oxford University. Elijah hopes to help create new business opportunity for his generation and bring hope to his nation.
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!
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 an insider. She works full time as a Registered Nurse and has a heart for pairing healthcare and humanitarian aid.
Maddy Holtje - US
After volunteering at several UWP festival events, Maddy joined the UWP volunteer corps! She’s a faithful assistant in the office, helping with everything from data entry to festival prep. Maddy loves to travel, drink coffee, and discover new music.
Lauren Smith - US
Lauren became interested in UWP after traveling to Malawi in 2015 and seeing the on-the-ground efforts and needs of the communities there. She has plugged in here at the office, giving vital support to our staff each week.