Name: Kalema Joseph.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgWebsite: http://www.facebook.com/villageinnovatedevelopmenthubBirthday: November 28, 1983
Education: Bachelor of Information Technology
Occupation: Training and project Manager/ Founder, VIDHUB
Please describe your vision of a world that works for everyone.
My vision of a world that works for everyone is a world where am proud to see that everyone’s rights is respected, equal opportunities without discrimination or racism, sex and everyone living in peaceful harmony in the society and people empowered with the right skills to change the mindset especially the “ Lost Generation” which is Global Concern.
What do you see as the most pressing problems facing the world today?
The greater challenge is the increasingly growing number of lost generation: youth unemployment which is a Global Concern especially in the developing Nations, Poverty, especially caused by inequitable distribution of resources, selfishness, corruption, Environment degradation and lack of access to better education which doesn’t empower people to solve the above challenges, because this type of education discourages personal creativity and initiative and make people get lost in the crowd.
Facts:The population of Uganda is currently growing at an annual rate of 3.2 per cent and is estimated to be 33 million, 2nd youngest Population in the World, 3rd most rural Population in the World, 78% of Uganda’s population is under 35 yrs, 49% of Uganda’s Population is under 15 years, 80% unemployment among 15-24 year old by Restless Development in Uganda and (UDHS 2011)findings. According to Government of Uganda official statistics of 2012, Graduate unemployment and underemployment is on increase where an average of 390,000 people join the labor market every year. More than 8,000 of these are graduates from Universities and Tertiary Institutions alone. On the other hand, only 8,120 new jobs are created per year. Where the rest Go? . Like most developing countries, Uganda is no exception to the multiple challenges its youth face ranging from poverty, unemployment, ill health, violence and delinquency. In addition to these, they experience weak infrastructure and poor economic development that impede their development.
How do you feel these problems could best be solved?
By creating awareness among the general citizen, and by empowering people to take action within their current Education System through discovering their inner most talents to create jobs instead of being job seekers to embrace sustainable social and economical development to create better world. As one Writer said” You can’t change your Destiny overnight, but you can change your direction over night” Means, your choice make you.
Environment degradation by finding the right solution to prevent further damage to the environment (Global Warming) by planting more trees and sensitize the people how to handle the biodervisty, as well as working in collaboration with the private sector, NGOs, Civil Society Organizations’, schools and the government to promote Environmental degradation.
Winston Churchill said, “You make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give.”
My name is Kalema Joseph, born the first from a mother of seven and one died; she was beautiful girl, now we are three boys and three girls. We are only two who have graduated from University me (Bachelor of Information Technology) and my sister (Bachelor in Law) and the rest are still on their Journey and as you know when you the first born at home, you are the bread winner and you take the responsibility since my parents now can’t push the rest of the children to better schools. I was born to hard working peasant farmer in Eastern Uganda 30 years a go; I grew and attended school in two different regions in Uganda. Both primary and secondary education I attained it in Mbale District, Mbale Municipality and Namutumba District, which belonged to Iganga District by then before breaking away. I graduated at K.I.U University in November 2011.
My ambition as young person shortly after graduation was to be a great IT and System Administrator, the dream became true. I worked at Fertile IT World Co. Ltd, ICTLABS Ltd, Masterlinks (U) Ltd as IT trainer in different packages and Before graduation I was enrolled at New Horizon as University student coordinator as Marketing and sales person
I am the founder and Executive Director of Village Innovate Development Hub, Social Enterprise, Not-for-profit organization. It was incorporated in September 2013, as Company limited by guarantee. The social enterprise focuses on empowering and nurturing the communities, young people and Women by providing them with ICT training, Leadership, Business startup Mentoring and Entrepreneurship development skills in Eastern Uganda so as to uplift them and change their mindsets towards self development. We connect young people and women with successful Business entrepreneurs who educate and nurture their dreams to ignite them with entrepreneurship spirit. We bring together young people without distinction of race, sex, religion, tribe, level of education or any other form of discrimination.
I believe that leadership potential exists within every individual, and can be developed and harnessed by exploring that hidden talent. While volunteering with the Hebrew Immigration Aid Society (HIAS) 2012 -2013, I helped change the mindset of some Refugees, to think about starting a new life by setting up small businesses to survive, rather than always focusing on resettlement in the USA and Canada. Some started small businesses with very little money, for example, a ladies boutique, barber shop, knitting caps for kids and women, ladies salon, and joining women micro soft loan groups with low interest rates that was turning point to develop the ideas of social enterprise.
I obtained, a certificate in Voluntary Counseling and Testing and is Counselor, Certificate in Consultancy Development Skills and Business Entrepreneurship.
My commitment to community work, started in secondary school and University life. I worked as Volunteer with Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society organization in Kampala with Central urban Refugee communities by conducting Counseling, Client Home Visit, School visits for awareness on Gender Based Violence issue and Child Rights, lead the Peer to peer group discussion and community trauma therapy discussion and handling one –on –one Business Mentoring. I work with RAIN-UGANDA as part-time Social Voluntary Counseling and Testing Counselor and ICT Technical person from 2006 up to present that has enabled me to identify and analyze the challenges of Urban Refugees, People Living with HIV/AIDS livelihood in the grassroots communities in Central and Eastern Uganda.
My leadership journey started in early years when I was in primary school when I was selected to be Head prefect of Health at Namatala primary school, Head of Debate club group at Semei Kakungulu High School, and University level as Class Representative from Year 1 to year 3. Upon joining University, I was elected as Youth President to head Abayudaya Youth Associations, Executive committee member at Youth Inter-faith Network Uganda and Abayudaya Jewish Congregation under education department, University Coordinator of Young Achiever Mentoring program and in charge of Face book page, currently I am the Chairman of Marom Jewish Youth Group, and also the Executive Director of Village Innovate Development Hub.
I feel passionate about the underprivileged young people and women like me because we have a lot of potential which has not been fully realized especially when it comes to leadership and Entrepreneurship venture. Young people perhaps need to take more responsibility over their lives and take initiative to progress and create better society.
I am interested in Pursuing Master in Management Information System since it the core of organization decision making, working with underserved communities and business- entrepreneurial in general. The idea that more people are moving away from being employed to being self-employed is encouraging. Such business initiatives always boast a developing countries.
I enjoy reading Entrepreneurship and Leadership magazines, taking nature hikes, watching inspirational movies and greatest leaders in the World Biography. I enjoy reading motivational books; Robert T. Kiyosaki with his Rich Dad Poor Dad, Rich Dad’s Cash flow Quadrant, and books has inspired me to thrive for the best in life. Another book that inspired me is After University What Next?, The purpose of Drive Life by Pastor Rick Warren, When Bad things Happens to Good People by Harold S. Kushner, GOAL by Brian Tracy, Fireproof the Love Dare by Michael Catt, 7 strategies for wealth and Happiness by Jim Rohn, The Wealth Files by Moses Mukisa, and Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do! By Robert H. Schuller. I enjoy meeting new people with a dynamic outlook to life and I love doing research on Internet.
My dreams and goals right now to own Video production and Photography Studio, Business Incubation centre to be used by fresh graduate, unemployed youth who are not yet experienced Job Market and also practicing Farming at large scale.