The Trustees are legally responsible for the running of KISS and for the distribution of KISS funds.
We work very closely with our Team and beneficiaries in Uganda to ensure that the help we provide is effectively tailored towards the needs of the communities we support. We maintain regular contact with Uganda and trustees visit twice a year to ensure the charity’s aims are being met.
The Trustees are Alan Ryan (Chair), Joe Hewitson, Kate Batterbury, Peter Goring and Helena Theakstone.
I have been a KISS Trustee since 2003 and I am absolutely delighted to continue to work for the charity. I have been to Uganda many times and once stayed there for nine months, living and working with the KISS community. I look forward to combining that experience of Uganda with my experience of fundraising in the UK as we at KISS look to the future and aim to implement the full extent of our vision.
I first went out to Uganda as a 6th form student in 2003. That visit completely turned my world on its head. I came away feel angered by the injustice I had witnessed but inspired by the people I met and the work that KISS was doing. I joined the board of trustees in 2005 and have since had the enormous privellege of spending 18 months with KISS in Uganda. I remain more determined than ever that the work that KISS is doing is both necessary and an enormous force for good – and long may it continue.
Being cousins with the Hewitsons has meant I’ve been aware of KISS and the work the charities does over the years. I’ve always had a keen interest in KISS and have helped to support fundraising iniatives in the past. Having worked at Cancer Research UK for 5 years I have a good understanding of charities, fundraising and marketing. I jumped at the chance to become a trustee for KISS and I’m looking forward to helping the charity grow and fulfill it’s potential. I also hope to visit the two sites in Uganda soon and gain a better understanding of the vision of the charity.
KISS is fortunate to have a fund raising committee who are dedicated to raising funds for KISS. The committee members are made up of people from all walks of life. Their activities cover everything from organising events like cake sales to diner dances, to applying to charitable trusts for funds.
If you would like to get involved in the fundraising committee please let us know through our contact page – all input is welcome.
The Fundraising committee is Elaine McCorriston (Chair), Helen Payne, Mary Hewitson (Secretary), Frank Nuttall, Mary Ryan, & Tom Hennessey.
None of what KISS does would be possible without our team in Uganda. Each day they work with the KISS community and deal with problems with a perpetual positive attitude – definitely glass half full people.
A former KISS kid himself, Julius now works as KISS’ area manager in Kasambya. This means that he is responsible for the day to day running of KISS in Kasambya. He works closely with schools and families to ensure that the children are receiving the best possible care and are able to make the most of the opportunities provided for them. Julius has extra responsibility for a number of families and young people whom KISS supports outside of the two main centres of Kasambya and Hoima which means that he spends a lot of time on the road.
Kasambya Area Manager
Julius works together with Mary Helen, our pastoral coordinator in Kasambya, to provide a full programme of after school, weekend and holiday activities for the children KISS supports. Julius is a keen sportsman with a particular love of football which he enjoys sharing with the children. He has plans to develop his own youth squad.
Asaba Julius is employed as the youth ministry coordinator for Hoima Catholic Diocese; a position which is funded by KISS. As part of this work, Julius also takes on the role of KISS’ pastoral coordinator in Hoima. A former KISS kid himself, he now works to provide a full programme of after school, weekend and holiday activities for the children we support as well as being there as a friendly face and listening ear to anyone in need of some help or advice. Julius is a talented musician and skilled dancer and performer. He puts his skills to excellent use in his work with the young people of the diocese, teaching children to sing, act, dance and play a variety of musical instruments!
Hoima Pastoral Coordinator
Lucy is the latest appointment to our team of talented staff in Uganda. Lucy graduated from Uganda’s prestigious Makerere University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in Community Psychology. Since joining the team in October 2010, Lucy has been working to provide a full programme of after school, weekend and holiday activities for the children we support as well as being there as a friendly face and listening ear to anyone in need of some help or advice. Originally from Kampala, Lucy has become a much loved figure in Kasambya over recent months. Lucy is fantastically creative and uses the few resources that she has available to her to make a huge difference to the lives of the children she works with. The office walls are never free from paintings, collages and colourful creations which Lucy works tirelessly with the children to create.
Kasambya Pastoral Coordinator
Dr. David is a good friend of KISS and works to offer the best possible medical care to children we support who become critically ill or who live with complicated medical conditions. Dr. David runs his own clinic in Kampala and has opened his doors to KISS on many a difficult occasion. We are incredibly grateful to Dr. David for his ongoing support and the special care he gives to the children we bring to his door.
Dr. David Nyenje