About Us

When three university students, Andrea, Leah, and Sally, traveled to Uganda for an internship, they did not know their lives and the lives of so many more would be changed forever.
the evolution of musana

Musana’s mantra over the years has become okusoma tekukoma, meaning “learning never ends” in Luganda, Uganda’s national language. The road that has led to where Musana is today has been full of challenges and learning curves. Our progress in so many ways has come from trial and error, being fearless of making changes when we have made mistakes. As a result, we have continuously learned the greatest needs of the community and how to work with the people to combat the barriers standing in the way of effective development. One of our first and greatest lessons was that the community did not need another orphanage or children’s home that would become a “drop-off” spot for parents and guardians who believed their children were better off in the hands of institutions linked to foreign aid.

In 2010, recognizing our impending action in creating Musana Children’s Home, we changed our name to Musana Community Development Organization (MCDO), a national NGO in Uganda and a 501(c)3 in the United States. The name change was aligned with our evolving mission and vision to tackle one of Uganda’s greatest challenges, the dependency mentality.

Our Team


Musana is not solely a group of people working to empower the people of Uganda. Our team is made up of 560+ Ugandan employees. These local leaders are igniting economic and social change by championing our core values of local leadership, sustainability, social entrepreneurship, and accountability.

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Haril Kazindra

Co-Founder & Executive Director

Carol Agasha

Technical Manager, Musana Health Center

Dr. Ivan Munigwa

Medical Officer

Dr. Jesse Naaya

Head Clinician/ Medical Officer

Edward Maganda

Social Worker

Esther Agwang

Head Teacher at Kamuli Nursery & Primary

Florence Nabaganzi

Social Worker

Harun Wansadha

Sol View Chef & Guesthouse Manager

Henry Ngobi

Head Teacher at Busei Nursery & Primary

Irene Nakagolo

Head of Nursery Section at Busei Primary Campus

Joash Paul Ndizaawa

Social Worker

John Mary Mungere

Financial Controller

Mike Nalugoda

Technical Manager, Primary Schools

Moses Ntawu

Principal at Kaliro Primary Campus
Jude Asiimwe Tadeo

Jude Asiimwe Tadeo

Sol View General Manager

Phillip Aine

Accounts Officer

Susan Akunu

Administrative Manager

Susan Kibodyo

Hospital Administrative Assistant

Yona Ibanda

Public Relations & Senior Advisor
Onesmus Owakabi

Onesmus Owakabi

Medical Officer

Joseph Opolot

Guest Relations Officer
Herbert Kyewuta

Herbert Kyewuta

Head Teacher at Bukona Nursery & Primary

Andrea Kazindra

Co-Founder/Executive Director

Erin Moser

Development Director

Cory Wolven

Communications & Marketing Director

Tami Hall

Operations Manager

Nicole Unger

Development Officer

Susie Knight

Community Engagement Coordinator

Monique Garcia-Carson

Merchandise Coordinator

Ellen Conner


Amy Kirschke

Community Engagement Coordinator

Paul Smith

UK Director
board of directors

Ugandan Local Board

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U.S. Funding Board

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U.K. Funding Board

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