Meet the Team

Jo Cooper:
Founding Director / Tour Leader

Since finishing school in 2008 I continued to study game ranging and field guiding. Since then, I have been working as a field and overland guide all over Southern and Eastern Africa.
I have always been very compassionate about people, and helping those in need.. Travelling around this continent exposed me to some of the worst poverty I could imagine. Getting to know so many of the local people in these struggling, rural villages really opened my eyes to how much help is needed in Africa. From the smallest things such as a plate of food to something as big as a school or a hospital. After staying in Uganda, one of the poorest countries in the world, I realised I couldn’t wait any longer, action needed to be taken. This is when I started Footsteps Through Africa.

Gordon Akampurira:
General Manager – Uganda

Gordy is a local from Rubuguri. Since finishing school, he continued to get involved in tour guiding around the area of Bwindi forest and Rubuguri. He is also head coach and trainer of the schools athletics club and has a great passion for helping the students in Rubuguri. When Jo started FTA in the village, he immediately jumped on board to help however he could. As well as managing all of our projects in the area, he is also the head of the Footsteps through Africa Volunteers that stay in Rubuguri, and will always make sure you feel at home in the village.

Benadi Byekwaso:
On the ground – Rubuguri, Uganda

Ben is born and bred in Rubuguri (Uganda) and is a member of the Omukiga tribe.

Since finishing school in 2006 he has played an active role in the community. He is a founding member of the Nkuringo Cultural Centre (NCC) where he educates tourists and the local community about the heritage and background of the conservation of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. He is also a member of the town council.

When Ben heard about Footsteps Through Africa he was really enthusiastic about all of our ideas. He has been absolutely amazing in helping out with all of our projects.

Chloe Cooper:
Social Media & Marketing

Chloë is Jo’s elder sister and has always shared her brother’s passion for travel and nature. She is a proud South African having grown up in Cape Town, before moving to the small town of Hoedspruit on the border of the Kruger National Park. Chloë is a writer by trade and became Jo’s port of call when it came to conceptualising Footsteps Through Africa on paper, which very soon lead to an enthusiastic involvement with marketing the organisation. Upon visiting Uganda in 2017, Chloë saw for herself what all the fuss was about and sure enough fell deeply in love with the country and its people. Now, she looks forward to every opportunity to join the Footsteps team all over Africa!

People of The World:
Making it all possible

Without the amazing, caring and generous people of the world, none of what we accomplish here at Footsteps would be possible. From student sponsors, to school builders, to fund raisers, or even just ‘liking’ a facebook post, you are contributing to the success of Footsteps Through Africa, and immensely bettering the lives of countless needy people here in Africa. You will all always be part of the Footsteps family!

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