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Regional Director of Technology
Godliver is challenging gender stereotypes in the WASH sector by being a technology trainer with expertise in bricklaying, welding and other construction skills. She graduated as one of three women at the top of her class at the Uganda Rural Development Training Program where she was given a scholarship to attend. She soon went on to being #1 in her class again at St Joseph’s Technical Institute in Uganda – and incidentally, the ONLY WOMAN! Not only did Godliver receive top marks in Civil Engineering, on April 28, 2012, she gave the commencement speech attended by the Minister of Education, who soon after invited her to his office and offered her a job. She graciously declined because she has her sights on getting her degree and ultimately her PhD in Civil Engineering. Godliver is GWWIs Head Technology Trainer and will be training all the women graduates in appropriate water technologies in their villages. Read about her in a Reuters feature, “Female Engineer, Role Model, Empowers Other Ugandan Women”. Godliver and Hajra were also featured in an international campaign for Aveda and Global Greengrants Foundation.
Country Director, Kenya/Tanzania
Rose came to GWWI as a Fellow in 2011. Her background as a volunteer for an organization in Kisumu and her tireless dedication to women’s empowerment in the WASH sector made her a perfect candidate for the GWWI inaugural Fellows program. After attending the GWWI training programs to strengthen her skills as a WASH expert, she started her own organization Women in Water and Natural Resources Conservation (WWANC). Because of her stellar commitment to her GWWI grassroots teams she was assigned to coach and support for the year, she was hired by GWWI as our first regional Coordinator for Kenya/Tanzania and her organization WWANC is a GWWI East African Regional host partner. Rose was recently named as one of the '8 African WASH Women to Watch' alongside African Presidents Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia and Banda of Malawi by WASH Advocates in Washington, DC was selected for the prestigious IREX Community Solutions Fellow sponsored by the US State Department.
Hajra "Comfort" Mukasa
Country Director, Uganda
Comfort was selected amongst a highly competitive pool of East African women candidates to attend GWWIs inaugural Fellows Program. As a public health official and graduating 2nd in her class receiving her Master’s at Makare University School of Public Health, Comfort brought an impressive combination of academic rigor as well as field experience into GWWIs training program. Because of her incredible commitment to her GWWI teams and the strong trusting relationships she built with our trainees, she has since been hired as GWWIs first regional Coordinator for Uganda. Within a year with GWWI, she launched her own organization, Uganda Women’s Water Initiative (UWWI) inspired and informed by the work of GWWI. UWWI became a GWWI host partner in 2014 and is poised to take over GWWI operations in Uganda by 2018. Hajra was selected as a delegate for the Women in Public Service Institute "How Women Will Solve the Earth's Water Crisis". The program was launched by Hillary Clinton and sponsored by the US State Department. Hajra and Godliver were also featured in an international campaign for Aveda and Global Greengrants Foundation.
, has 25 years experience in community mobilization in the areas of agriculture, and more recently, water. Rosemary has conducted programs for institutions such as the Ministries of Agriculture Education and Gender and Social Services in Kenya, World Vision, Plan International, Concern Worldwide among others.
In addition, she has over five years of experience as a Trainer of Trainers in Participatory Community approaches among them Participatory Integrated Community Development (PICD) and Community Capacity Enhancement (CCE) as a tools for social transformation and was part of the core team that developed the Concern Trainer of Trainers Manual for community Conversations second edition. She has also developed several practical training manuals on Agriculture. She was awarded a certificate of recognition in the field of poverty reduction by Care Kenya international for exemplary contribution in community work.
Rosemary was recently featured in a 25-minute documentary series for "Women Make Change" for Aljazeera.
Gemma is a multi award-winning social entrepreneur and musician. Prior to stepping in as Director of GWWI, Gemma was the Founder/Executive Director of A Single Drop (USA) and the Founding Director of A Single Drop for Safe Water (Philippines), developing innovative programming that creates income-generating community-led water service organizations. For this innovation, Gemma received national and international social entrepreneur awards from Echoing Green, Ernst Young and Schwab Foundation, and is currently a Stanford Social Entrepreneur Fellow. Her programs also won accolades including the Tech Museum Tech EqualityAward and Warriors of the UN Millennium Goals, sponsored by Kodak Philippines. In 2011, she was recognized as one of the Most Influential Thought Leaders and Innovative Filipinas in the United States. In 2012, Reuter's named her one of the Top 10 Water Solutions Trailblazers in the World. Gemma is also an internationally renowned singer most well know for building The Million Voice Choir, a global peace mission to unite people around water through song. Read more about Gemma's incredible story and watch her TED talks here. She currently teaches students at Claremont McKenna College how to change the world as the Director of Social Innovation and Impact.