Suzy Benson is the founder and former director of African Promise Foundation, a partner organization that employs women in Uganda and pays school fees for vulnerable children. In 2015 she formed African Promise Expeditions (A.P.E.) as an offshoot of African Promise Foundation. A.P.E. provides opportunities for individuals and teams to work side by side Ugandans, form relationships, experience adventure and do personal development. In addition to A.P.E., Suzy is a certified professional coach with a strong background in helping develop leaders. She also personally trained with Dr. Brené Brown and is a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator. Suzy uses her gifts of kindness and authenticity to facilitate personal growth that transforms A.P.E. participants, leaders, and teams. Suzy has been to Uganda countless times and is well connected with other NGO's that help partner with her when choosing projects. There are few people as well connected in Uganda as Suzy and she prides herself in leading safe, fun, and transformative expeditions.
FREDRICK OCAYA BESE
Fredrick Ocaya Bese is President & CEO of Engineers in Green Actions-Africa, a Non-Governmental Organisation started in Gulu, Uganda and is devoted in Climate Change mitigation, Adaptation and Research in Africa. Mr. Ocaya is widely acclaimed by circles of friends and professional persons for his leadership, hopes, and extensive contribution, experience in humanitarian interventions in the fields of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Construction in the Internally Displaced People’s Camps/villages during war or insurgencies in Northern Uganda, Sudan and Ethiopia.
Frederick, as most of our participants call him, has a knowledge and enthusiasm for the Acholi culture that is infectious. He has managed the African Promise Foundation school fees program for 6 years, facilitating and paying school fees for disadvantaged children. His heart for the children in the Gulu region often leads him to give others the shirt off of his back. Frederick shares his enthusiasm with A.P.E. participants when they visit Gulu. He is like a personal tour guide and storyteller and definitely enhances the volunteers experience! Frederick has been known to invite participants into his family home for an authentic Acholi meal and great conversation!
Mr. Ocaya Bese is an author, story teller, speaker in water, sanitation & hygiene, construction, environment, business, and social issues. He is socially blessed and well travelled globally: China, UAE, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium, USA, UK, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, and The Netherlands. In his free time, he is active in aerobics, yoga, dance, swimming , jogging and camping. Caution: His enthusiasm, hopes and drive to get things done can be contagious!