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Meet the Team

Jo Cooper:
Founder

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:
On the ground – Rubuguri, 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 I started FTA in the village, he immediately jumped on board to help however he could. As well as helping with 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.

Kirsten de Beer:
Social Media

For many years now I have volunteered and helped out with NGOs that support people living in poverty through basics such as sponsoring a daily meal or helping build houses. In 2016 I was fortunate enough to visit Uganda and help Footsteps Through Africa set up a community library, this kick started my passion to help those in need throughout this beautiful continent! I am truly honoured to be part of such an amazing project and have no doubt that it will keep growing and helping those who need the support most.

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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