Founders Judith and Godfrey Ebil witnessed first-hand the negative effects to society caused by a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) in Northern Uganda. They spent over three years living and serving the people of Northern Uganda during those difficult times. Judith, having lost members of her own family and friends in the Rwanda Genocide has had a heart of service for the people of Uganda from a young age, specifically vulnerable women and those with HIV. Through hard work and discipline, Judith was able to attend Makerera University in Kampala, Uganda. Judith and Godfrey were later given the opportunity to go to graduate school in the US, where they now live. They feel incredibly blessed to have been given the opportunities that they have and want to use their training and exposure to give back to the people of Uganda-which is why they founded Empowering Nations.
Ammabel Rushaju is the local area director working with the women in Nangabo, Uganda. Judith and Amma have been friends since high school and have had the common passion to serve disadvantaged women in Uganda since they were young girls. They partner to bless these women by providing a variety of opportunities while maintaining sustainable practices and core values. Amma, her husband Brian and their four young boys have dedicated their lives to serving the women in this ministry and their surrounding community.
Judith’s oldest sister, Grace Ntege Nabagala is the third influential woman who makes this ministry possible. Grace has been driven since she was a young girl to rise above her current circumstances and make a difference in her country. She has been practicing leadership since childhood when she cared for her three younger sisters after the passing of her mother and father. After attending law school, Grace became a lawyer and is now one of the leading criminal prosecutors in Jinga. She is very business minded, determined and has a heart of gold. Grace is the owner of a farm in Luwero that doubles as a demonstration farm and a beneficial resource for the women in this program.