Meet the Seeds team!
We are a small team that packs a big punch! In the UK, Alison and Penny both have full time jobs and run Seeds for Development in their spare time and Sue tirelessly promotes our work and raises funds. In Uganda we pay one person and are supported by amazing friends and volunteers who all have busy jobs and lives.
We are passionate about what we do and endeavour to always go about it with a smile!
Alison Hall MBE is the Founder of Seeds for Development. She started it all off after hearing about the plight of farmers in Uganda during a conference in 2007. She has visited Uganda more than 30 times since 2008 and has fallen in love with the country and its people. Every time she visits, Alison returns with new projects and ideas of how to help improve the lives of the people we are helping. Luckily the team below keep her on her toes and almost realistic in what can be achieved!
She firmly believes in small steps and big dreams. From the idea to help one farmer in 2007 and kick poverty out of northern Uganda, she has taken many small steps towards achieving her dream!
Alison was appointed MBE for services to Victims of War in northern Uganda in the 2019 New Year Honours list.
Devon Onen is an outstanding farmer and business man. He is one of the founding farmers in our projects.
Devon was abducted during the war and forced to be a rebel soldier. Now he is determined to make his life a success and put the war firmly behind him and the rest of his community. He works tirelessly on our behalf, travelling from farm to farm, educating and supporting the farmers. He is very knowledgeable and is always happy to share his expertise with others less fortunate than him. Alison met Devon in 2008 and is so proud that he calls her his sister. Devon has one of the dirtiest laughs in the world!
Elly Nkalubo takes great care of us during our visits. He is, in our opinion, the best driver on mud roads in the whole world! This is probably because he used to be one of the top drivers for the US Embassy in Kampala! Elly is also the Local Village Councillor in Mukono, making him the most important person in his community and also a wonderful source of knowledge and expertise on community relations. Alison met Elly in 2012 and since then they have spent days, if not weeks, together on long journeys and adventures. The farmers have come to respect and admire Elly and are so grateful that he returns from the south of the country to visit and support them.
Pamela Anyeko is our Project Manager and the only paid person on the Seeds for Development team.
Pamela is nothing other than a miracle worker with the transformation of the child mothers being largely down to her leadership and support. Pamela used to work as and Extension Worker for Send a Cow Uganda, which is when Alison met her in 2009. When they had to let her go, we begged her to join us!
Pamela travels from group to group, village to village on her Seeds motorbike. She lives in Gulu, with her husband and children and we are so lucky to have her with us.
Penny Peters is a trustee of Seeds for Development. Penny worked at Guildford Cathedral for many years where she managed everything to do with music and huge events such as the Queen visiting - most people say that Penny ran the whole cathedral - and we believe them! She is now School and Music Secretary at Lanesborough School in Guildford.
Having followed the adventures and progress of Seeds since its conception in 2007, we were delighted to welcome Penny as a trustee in 2014. Penny drives the fundraising, updates the website, keeps on top of social media and keeps us all on our toes. Penny visited Uganda for the first time in March 2016, she returned to visit our projects in November 2017 and again in April 2019.
Sue Howland is a trustee of Seeds for Development. Sue has tirelessly supported Seeds for many years, helping find donors, sponsors and promoting our cause. Amongst many things, Sue runs Guildford Cathedral Fairtrade and sells our coffee, beads and other crafts made by the beneficiaries in Uganda. With some of their annual profit Guildford Cathedral Fairtrade sponsor Gladys, from Putuke near Kitgum, to attend Susan's Mukono Boarding Primary School.
Sue officially joined the Seeds for Development team as a trustee in August 2019 and we are so excited to have her energy, commitment and common sense on board.
We are hoping and planning that Sue will soon come to Uganda and see the difference she has made and meet the people who feel like they have met her already.
Susan Wamala is an outstanding head teacher! Voted as one of the top 40 influential people in primary education in Uganda we are so grateful and proud that she supports us with all of the Ugandan administration and accounts for our projects – ensuring that we are totally transparent and all the money is traceable.
Susan built her school – Mukono Boarding Primary School from a run down shell with one light-bulb to the best performing state school in the district! I met Susan in 2009 and since then I have benefitted from her wisdom and the experience she brings to all of our school ideas and projects.
Our sponsored children attend her school.
Timothy Njakasi has been voted one of the top 50 farmers in Uganda! He runs an organic agricultural training centre where he trains farmers from all over Uganda and neighbouring countries as well as volunteers from the UK and USA. His work for Send a Cow Uganda means he brings a vast extent of knowledge on community development, sustainable and organic agriculture and all the farmers adore him!
Timothy was the first person Alison met when she first went to Uganda in 2008. As well as becoming a great friend, Timothy is her conscience and chief advisor in Uganda! The great thing about Timothy is he doesn’t hold back when he thinks what you are doing is not going to work – and he is nearly always right!