Founder & Ugandan Ministry Director Fred Ojok became a father to 23 street boys when SGU was founded in 2007. At the time he was only 22 years old. A former street child himself, Fred can relate to the children SGU serves in a way that few can. He oversees all of the workings of the ministry and has the final say in every decision that is made from Uganda. Much of the ministry’s success can be credited to his fearless leadership. Fred has a diploma in Gender and Social Development and also serves as an honorary youth pastor at the church most SGU staff attend, Truth Fountain.
Ministry First Lady Kosta fills many roles in the ministry in Lira, Uganda. She is a prayer warrior, Bible teacher, and encourager as well as friend and mother-figure to the children who live at Uncle Fred's House and those still living on the streets. She is married to Uncle Fred and together they have three precious daughters named Valerie, Suzanne, and Maya and one son named Josiah. Kosta has a certificate in social work and is fluent in five languages. She is an incredible gift to Saving Grace in Uganda.
Children's Village Director Quinto Opio joined the staff of Saving Grace in Uganda within of a year of its founding. Quinto oversees the children's village and helps with the daily challenges of running a street children's program. He also provides medical care to the children and helps handle several logistical projects including the street children feedings on Saturdays. He is married to Florence who works in the accounting department at Saving Grace Primary School. Together they have one son.
Child Sponsorship Officer Leonard oversees the legal acquisition process and retention of all of our children. He helps to identify children living on the streets who are in the greatest need by learning their stories and works alongside the American staff to maintain the relationship between each child and their sponsor. He is an advocate for children through tough family situations and a parent to those who have none. Leonard’s persistence, organizational skills and heart for children make him incredibly valuable to Saving Grace. Leonard was the first member of his entire family to become educated at any level, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in social sciences. He is married and has one child with his beautiful wife.
Discipleship Officer Christopher is responsible for discipling our children and seeing that they continue to develop spiritually and grow in their knowledge of the Lord. He inspires, instills and motivates our children into spiritual boldness and maturity. On a daily basis he leads devotions, prayer programs and worship times at the village. His heart is fully devoted to God and to children. Christopher is fluent in 3 languages and has a bachelor’s degree in Physics and Mathematics from Makerere University, the most prestigious school in all of Uganda. In his free time he loves to play soccer and listen to Nigerian gospel music.
Street Children Field Officer Francis serves as a liaison between current street children and Saving Grace in Uganda. He works to build relationships with them and meet their need physical and emotional needs whenever possible. This is an important role because Francis helps these children to see that even though they are still living on the streets, they are not forgotten and are still valued and loved. Francis’ cheerful and outgoing personality makes him a perfect fit for this role. He has a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He is one of the best players on the Saving Grace staff soccer team and also enjoys American worship music.
Accountant Joy is one of Saving Grace in Uganda’s longest serving employees and has overseen all of the finances for the Ugandan side Saving Grace since near it’s beginning. She is honest, reliable and organized, skills that are essential for developing budgets, spending money wisely and keeping record of all expenditures. Joy has a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She is married to Uncle Fred’s brother, Christopher, and has four children, all of whom attend Saving Grace Primary School.
Human Resource Manager Sarah’s caring demeanor is essential in making sure the staff is informed, encouraged and empowered to complete the tasks at hand. She guides the administrative tasks of the organization, managing the 50+ Ugandan staff members. She is highly respected around Lira and is often requested to speak at community events. Sarah is a kindhearted wife and mother to three children. She has a bachelor’s degree in social work and social administration.
School Headmaster Peter is the headmaster of Saving Grace Primary School, ranked the best school in Lira and one of the best schools in all of Northern Uganda. He oversees the 30+ teachers at the school and honorably represents the school in the community of Lira, Uganda. Peter has an undeniable and unmatched love for children, desiring to see them learn, excel and achieve their life goals. His heart is not just for children but also for their families. He spends much of his spare time investing in the lives of the families of children at Saving Grace Primary School. Peter has a bachelor’s degree in public administration. He is happily married and has two children.
Chaplain Jasper’s main role is to provide spiritual oversight to both children and staff at the school and village. He provides counseling and feeds our those at the Saving Grace Village spiritually by teaching and preaching God’s Word on a regular basis. He works closely with the discipleship officer to see that our children are always growing spiritually. He also serves as the lead pastor of the church that meets at Saving Grace Nursery and Primary School. Jasper has a certificate in education and is currently pursuing his bachelor’s degree in theology. Jasper and his wife take care of several underprivileged children in their home, in addition to their five biological children. He bikes one hour to work each day and loves to play volleyball in his free time.