Our team is composed of both national employees and international volunteers working together to make a difference.
This is who we are. These are our people. We really do have the best ones.
Consultant for Justice and Advocacy. One of the original JENGA staff. Go-to guy for all issues relating to government, police and judicial systems. Married to Jennifer and father. Ensures security is 'tight'.
Project Officer of Primary Education and Children's Clubs, Girl’s Choice Progamme Mentor and Community Health Promoter. Home fellowship leader, mother, and prayer warrior. A hostess with the most-est.
Al & Christy Valentine
Alan: Ministry Advisor, Young Leaders Trainer. Associate Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church in Mooni. Dedicated to intentional discipleship. Married to the fantastic Christy. Christy: Uniquely gifted in Children's Ministry. Passionate about prayer and family. Lives life clothed in joy and pyjama bottoms.
Head of Apostolic Mountain Ministry. Discipling young church and community leaders. Recent Baptist seminary graduate. Husband and father. Half of Kamonkoli's resident 'power couple'.
Project Manager for Goat Projects, Secondary and Tertiary Education and Young Mum’s. Preacher and church/weekly fellowship leader at Bethel Baptist Church. Husband to the stunning Sarah and father to 3 wonderful children.
JENGA Master Chef, Office Assistant and Hospital Ministry. Serves as an usher and on the worship team at New Generation Church in Namatala. Married to Soferi and mother to the lovely Gloria. Ever joyful and loves to sing.
Finance Officer and Bible Club Teacher. Married to Pastor Kenneth and lives in Namatala. A great mum of 2. Loves to relax by creating masterpieces with her sewing machine. One day hopes to visit Chicago - the windy city.
Hospitality Officer – ready to meet and greet with a killer smile. Youth leader, Bible Club Teacher and Wise Choices for Life Trainer. Plays as a striker for Mutoto Red Stars football team.
Creator and Facilitator of Namatala Women’s Prayer group, AA facilitator and Education Department Assistant. Solely responsbile for the community-wide nickname of 'Auntie Bex' given to every white female. Can't get enough of either children or chocolate.
Accounts Assistant and Crafts Programme Manager. Worship Leader at Bethel Baptist Church. First ever university graduate of JENGA's 'Child Sposorship' programme. Married to the wonderful Ronald.
Assistant Health Worker and Qualified Social Worker. Supports Mbale Regional Hospital team by visiting and praying for patients. Well known for causing all sorts of trouble at Bethel Baptist Church.
Security Team Leader and long trusted night watchman. Brought to JENGA through a chance re-connection with Vincent Munyosi, 30 years after a teenage friendship. Mature in age and wisdom, but young in spirit. Fervent worshipper, sprightly dancer and resident silver fox.
Dave & Anna Bishop
Dave: Programme Development Manager. Passionate about income generating projects and Coffee, Coffee, Coffee. Voted 'best husband' by JENGA's women. Anna: Women’s Department Assistant. Curator of Crafts. Mentor to international female volunteers. Affectionately nicknamed “Mum” by girls too old to be her daughter. Parents to Grace, Joseph and Judah.
Finance Manager and Bible Club Teacher. Founder of Abba Bethel Academy Primary School. Can be found either leading at the front of Bethel Baptist Church or causing trouble at the back. Brings winds of happiness with her everywhere she goes.
Support Staff Assistant. Lover of music, dancing and dinners full of sautéed greens. Lives in Doko with her husband and 3 children and worships at Ebenezer Baptist Church. Dedicated to feeding the bottomless stomachs of the JENGA staff.
Project Officer for Prison Ministry. Barry White sounding Youth Pastor at Mustard Seed Church in Namatala. Avidly interested in international politics and would happily take on world leaders in a debate. Proud owner of the ‘Best JENGA Haircut’ award (self-proclaimed).
Finance Assistant. Coach of multi-award winning "Sky Sports" football teams. Prays from Bishop Wasikye Memorial Church Namatala. Considers himself the biggest Chelsea FC fan in East Uganda. Aka "Pep Gadiola".
Project Manager of Children’s Bible Clubs and Primary Education. Certified Practitioner of natural herbal medicine. Director of Good Hope Nursery School. Wife to Pastor Julian and loving mother to many. Phenomenal worship leader and South Sudanese Ambassador to JENGA. Affectionately known as "Chicky-boom".
Project Officer for Women’s Department, specialising in savings and loans schemes. Loves praising God and is known to literally cry with contagious laughter. Currently trying to emigrate to Texas.
Programme Coordinator overseeing Women, Health and Prayer Ministry. Involved in Maiden Ministry and Kingdom Builders. Married to Pastor Vinnie. Baker of the most delicious cakes and mother (and voice of reason) to many.
Assistant to Leadership. JENGA intern turned employee. Responsible for running, driving, picking and dropping anything and everything. Passionate guitar and accordion player. Based in Busamaga with his parents and five siblings, the Khaukha's (pronounced ha-oo-ha's) family name fantastically translates as 'insect'.
Health Project Manager. Hospital Ministry, Daughters of Naomi, Community Health and Primary Health. Registered Nurse. Studying Social Work and Social Administration. Member of Redeemed Church Maluku. Possesses enough ‘sass’ for the entire JENGA staff combined.
Finance Assistant. Former JENGA intern. Recent graduate of Ugandan Christian University in Business Administration. Known from the early days of children’s clubs at First Baptist Church. Loves Children’s Ministry, football and Manchester United football club.
Support Staff Assistant. Lives in Namatala with her family and worships from New Generation Church. Small in stature, but not in might. Has a smile that lights up the room and a deep, deep love for roasted sweet potatoes.
Youth Prison Programme Coordinator. Passionate about equipping young offenders with hope for the future. Cares deeply for the babies in the Malnutrition ward at Mbale's regional hospital. Has a heart that's sweet as pie. Well known for her perfectly coordinated outfits and "Museveni" hats.
Wings of Refuge Ambassador. Fearless Prayer Warrior and Intercessor. Finds “home” wherever she goes, from the American south to Iraq to the slums of Namatala. Passionate worshipper and seeker of freedom for all people. Known around Mbale for her crazy love of all things hot and spicy, including chilli pepper in her morning coffee.
Alpha & Discipleship Programme, Youth Prison, Street Children, Qualified Bible Lecturer and Pastor. Loves playing football and many have been on the receiving end of one of his firm tackles… A great supporter of Arsenal Football Club.
Alcoholic’s Anonymous group facilitator. Stubbornly passionate about seeing vulnerable people overcome addiction. Big lover of coffee, animals and a good game of penny poker. Boasts the best laugh and has the heart of a really big kid.
Logistics Officer and Zukuka Bora Coffee Supervisor. Actively involved in multiple church projects/plants on the mountain. Married to Judith and Father of 5. Relaxes by working in the garden in the short time he has off.
Operations and Administration Manager, Girl’s Choice Programme Coordinator, Kenyan Ambassador to JENGA. Women’s Ministry Leader at Redeemed of the Lord Church. Fierce Wise Choices for Life advocate and mother to Toby. JENGA’s go-to fashion fanatic. Undisputed queen of the selfie.
Young leaders programme manager, office and Goat’s Project Assistant. Associate Pastor at Victory Baptist Church. Proud husband and new father. Always ready with a big smile and a warm welcome.
Coordinator of Alpha Programme for Eastern Uganda and Manager of Street Children’s Project. Administrator at Prayer House Church Namatala. Married to Joy, father of 5 and mad Manchester United supporter. Possesses the biggest smile and loudest hand-clap known to man. Potentially the nicest guy in the world.
Grain Storage, Agriculture, Income Generating Consultant, Accountant. Active in ex IDP (Internally Displaced People’s) Camp in Amuria District. Skilled drummer. Married to the beautiful and talented Harriet.
Education Advisor. Teacher of 12 years in Northern Ireland. Passionate about equipping Ugandan teachers to enable children to reach their full potential. Best accent “to be sure” in the JENGA office and lover of chocolate and all things sweet.
Co-Founder and Executive Director. Ardent movie-quoter. Always comes back from overseas visits carrying an extra 20lb. Affectionately referred to as ‘Dad’ or ‘Fat Ghandi’. Specialises in shattering iPhones but otherwise impresses juggling thousands of jobs without dropping them. A great sufferer of Arsenal Football Club. Genuinely the world’s best boss.
Farming God’s Way, Coffee and Tree Projects. Worship Leader and Youth Pastor at Bethel Baptist Church, Mooni. Married to the wonderful Carol and earnestly praying for twins. Easily JENGA’s best dancer - his hips genuinely don’t lie.
Women’s Projects Leader, Bible Club Teacher, Girl’s Choice Programme Mentor and Worship Leader. Wife to James and surrogate mother to many with a house that’s always open and a kitchen that’s always cooking. International translator and jet setter.
JENGA Gardner. Formerly a JENGA secondary sponsored child. Hard working and compassionate with a big heart and steadfast character. Church youth worker and talented piano player. Long standing supporter of Manchester United Football Club.
Operations Assistant. Sunday School Teacher, Women’s group Leader, and Assistant Pastor at Tororo Christian Center. Mother of two and a lover of self-help books and reading the Bible. So cool and laid back she's horizontal.
Hospital Ministry and Women’s Health Coordinator. Qualified mental health nurse. Has a heart for reaching the mentally ill in a hospital setting. Loves children and making new friends. Believes in the power of hope. Closet poet with a beautiful laugh.
Co-Founder and Director of JENGA. Project Manager for everything on Wanale Mountain, Church Planter of 10 churches on the same mountain and Senior Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. Studying Christian Ministry at Livingstone International University. Gives better cuddles than your favourite stuffed panda and makes better pancakes than your Momma.
Yvonne van Meeuwen
Guest House Manager. Prison Ministry Assistant, Wise Choices for Life and Bible Teacher. Always looking for ways to bless the socks off visiting teams. More Dutch than a windmill in wooden clogs. Famous for her Tomato and Carrot Ginger soups.
Chairman of the board of UK trustees. Part of the JENGA family for more than 10 years. Pastoral Care Minister at St Paul's Church, St Albans. Sports the unfortunate title of "Robby's Best Mate". Husband to the wonderful Carly and father to Daniel. Worries that his increasing enjoyment of gardening does nothing for his image.
Contracted UK Programme Director, Writer and Editor for all things JENGA. Prayer guide and newsletter champion. Obsessed with all things sugar laden, addicted to adjectives. Holds a special place in her overly tender heart for cuddles from chubby babies (which doesn't include the two JENGA directors).
Contracted head of Web Development, IT Department Visionary and Founder. Affectionately known by the JENGA family as “Mulalu” (crazy). Previously one of the longest standing and most faithful international volunteers - like a bad rash, he just keeps coming back (but we wouldn’t have it any other way)!
One of JENGA's original trustees. Leader of the first ever team to Uganda. Long-time professional in the recorded music industry. Married to the talented Rachel. Blessed with 3 daughters and 3 granddaughters. Faithful member of JENGA partner church SMB, Canterbury. Lover of Indian food. Hopes there's curry in Heaven.
Long-time friend of JENGA, newly initiated JENGA UK Trustee. Married to our very own Mike Cooke, mama to five gorgeous chicks. Dedicated prayer warrior who loves a long walk and a good cup of tea (or coffee!). Songbird with a guitar and a deep, long-burning love for Uganda’s people.