In 2000, Victoria Nalongo Namusisi began Bright Kids Orphanage in hopes of making the lives better for children in Uganda. Victoria’s background prepared her for a life of service. She was born to a peasant fisherman and early in her media career she served as a presidential and parliamentary reporter up to 1991 when the president of Uganda appointed her Resident District Commissioner; she later became Head of Administration and Logistics for the President of Uganda’s Office. It wasn’t until 2000 when she was serving as Chief Commissioner for Scouts in Uganda when through taking scouting to the streets of Kampala she came face to face with the reality that actually most street kids longed for what they would call HOME and loving arms to run into. Victoria saw that her role could be more effective if she began her own orphanage to care for the children of Uganda and as a result she started Bright Kids Uganda, then called Sunrise Children’s Village, in April 2000.
Awards and Accomplishments:
2008- Woman Achiever’s of the Year for community work with vulnerable children
2006- Awarded Ford Fellowship and training for community Leadership in a changed World at Columbia University