If you open a dictionary, trust is defined as “the belief that someone or something is reliable, good, honest, and effective.” For All We Are, trust is working with partners in Uganda that are mutually aligned with our beliefs and goals. Take a second to think about that—we are working with people born and raised in Kampala, Uganda, who have almost nothing in common with us. But we all want the same things: a better Uganda, a better Africa and a better world.
In a country riddled with corruption, having people on the ground that are meticulous and trustworthy is a necessity. I met Brian Ddibya on my first trip to Kampala in 2011 and he has grown to be a good friend and trusted colleague.
Brian attended the New ABC Divine Primary School when he was younger, thanks to the support of an American sponsor, and later studied to be an electrician. Brian devotes much of his time to the school and helps train the school’s brass band. Last year, Brian was married, and he and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world. During my most recent trip to Uganda, I had the pleasure of meeting Brian’s baby daughter Kay. Brian always takes me around Kampala and is my guide to really understanding the culture (and he also makes sure I don’t get ripped off). With Brian waiting for me in Kampala, I can feel confident that I’m going to have a safe and meaningful trip whenever I visit.
Since All We Are is now dedicating our main focus to solar power, it only made sense to work with Brian. Brian currently works for the power company in Kampala and has in-depth knowledge of how solar works in Uganda. We decided to ask Brian to work with us on a part-time basis and he graciously agreed. We are not financially able to have Brian work for us full time, but by working part time he can maintain his current job while making some extra cash helping out All We Are.
In the past few months, All We Are has installed solar systems at four sites in Kampala. Brian has overseen each installation from start to finish. He goes to our solar supplier and negotiates the best prices for the components we need, oversees the transport to the site, and keeps all receipts and documents in place. We are extremely pleased with Brian’s work. He does a terrific job on the installs and has managed to complete every project under budget.
As a small organization, we understand the importance of creating a solid track record and being able to successfully work with the resources available. Perhaps a small budget may seem like a downfall into our success, but in reality it just makes us value each dollar so much more. By having a trustworthy partner on the ground overseeing our projects, we are confident that we will continue to have an exceptional success rate and be able to make a positive impact in Uganda.
– Nathan, Executive Director, All We Are