In light of International Women’s Day this month, we thought it only right to kick off this mini-series of blogs by saying hello to one of the two incredible women who work for a little bit of HOPE (who also both happen to be called Grace!)…
My name is Grace and I’m the social worker for a little bit of HOPE (Uganda). My job involves coordinating a number of our projects, including OVC (Orphans & Vulnerable Children) sponsorship, vulnerable households, RUMPS (Re-Usable Menstrual Pads), and widow care. I have a BA in Social Sciences, which I really enjoy putting to use through my work in the communities of Butaleja, with a little bit of HOPE.
One of the things I love the most about working for a little bit of HOPE is that I get to see how people’s lives are impacted by the projects they take part in. Visiting the various projects around the district and hearing inspiring stories that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of, is amazing.
I’m really passionate about seeing the people we serve improve their livelihoods and wellbeing and always hope it continues.
Family really means a lot to me. I come from a family of seven children – I am the sixth born of three brothers and four sisters, who I still see each year at our annual family retreat, which is always a happy time. I am married to Paul, who is a veterinary officer, and we have two daughters, Jordanah and Zoe. I love my father (my mother passed away in 2014), my brothers and sisters, my husband and my beautiful daughters – they are all my life time gift.
During my free time outside of work I love spending time with my friends, as I am very sociable and outgoing, and I love to encourage and strengthen them in all situations. I also do a lot of guidance and counselling, particularly to women. I enjoy reading, watching movies, travelling and listening to music – especially gospel. I also engage in a lot of garden work, church work and have a small business of selling clothes.
In the future I aspire to be an inspirational development worker and also a prominent business woman so that I can donate resources to other needy people. I would also love to travel and work abroad.
Not only is Grace an amazing social worker, mother and friend to the community, she really helps hold things together at a little bit of HOPE Uganda. We are so grateful for the way she throws herself into her work and takes her smile to the families of Butaleja.