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.
Judith’s oldest sister, Grace 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.