Fred is the wonderful Agricultural Expert at a little bit of HOPE (Uganda). He is 27 years old, was born in Butaleja District and is brother to seven siblings. Having attended Gulu University in Northern Uganda, Fred holds a BSc degree in Agriculture and has also received training from VSLA (Village Savings and Loans Associations). In his spare time Fred enjoys seeing his friends, watching films and science documentaries and listening to music and is an avid follower of the Premier League.
Fred, how did you begin to work for a little bit of HOPE (Uganda)? Well I applied for a job advertised by a little bit of HOPE as Agricultural Expert and by good luck I came up as the successful candidate after being interviewed by a very experienced and competitive panel. This was early February 2014 and since then I have never looked back and have no intentions of doing so right now!
What does your day-to-day role look like? Can you describe some of your daily activities? Making a daily personal to-do list. // Going through my files and making the necessary updates. // Visiting my project area (School Farms) to discover what their plans are for that week. I help them to make plans, whilst considering my annual work objectives. // Making any necessary arrangements to meet with the senior carpenters who are involved in our Carpentry Apprenticeship Scheme. I often visit them at their place of work to see how they are getting on with the junior carpenters. // Giving any required assistance to staff who might need some help. I work with Isaac on his projects, such as organising events for the Straight Talk Club. // Checking my email account, reading and replying to urgent messages. // Taking photos of the day’s activities for the purpose of documentation, uploading them and sending some to the team in the UK. I believe in the notion that “an event that is not documented has never happened”! // Discussing funding and budgets with the Office Administrator and making any requests to her.
What is your favourite thing about working for a little bit of HOPE (Uganda)? There is free sharing of ideas and the culture of nurturing talent by senior staff is something that could hardly be found in other organisations. There is also an aspect of recognising talents and skills in different areas, making sure the staff are striving for perfection. I find this very interesting!
What have you learnt whilst working for a little bit of HOPE (Uganda)? Accounting up to the last dot and making sure there is value for money!
What is your best memory from your time with a little bit of HOPE (Uganda) so far? When I went to facilitate and teach parents of students at a local Girls’ school career day. The parents showed me love, they gave me maximum attention and took what I presented seriously. They even asked for my contact details, so it was so special to know that these beneficiaries were appreciating the knowledge I was offering them. This gave me courage to think that we are adding something great to the community.
What are your hopes for the future of a little bit of HOPE? And what about hopes for your own future? I hope that we will always be an organisation built on a foundation of clear accountability, showing real value for money, whilst always nurturing our staff members. a little bit of HOPE has a bright future ahead and this is partly attributed to having clear stipulated sustainability strategies for the projects. For me, I wish to be an employee that can be relied upon and that the organisation does not wish to lose! I’ll always try to do what is expected of me, and more. I want to be the person I had wished to be in the future!