About Us

About Educate Bwindi

Educate Bwindi is an all-volunteer, 501c3 non-profit dedicated to educating the most vulnerable children of Bwindi, Uganda.  We work with the Bwindi Watoto School, a private school serving the most vulnerable children in the area. Support for the school comes from sponsorships and donations for books, supplies, infrastructure and training. We provide fiscal oversight of donations, strategic planning and engage with problem solving.

The Board

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Akankwasah Barirega – President

Akankwasah is Commissioner, Wildlife Conservation in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities where he works on Wildlife Conservation and related International Treaties. He holds a Doctorate in Natural Resources and Environment Management.  Born in a remote village near the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, he realized when very young that his only hope for a bright future was education.  He is committed to helping the children of Bwindi.

Jeremiah Schatt – Acting Treasurer

Jeremiah serves as Chief Financial Officer at AllCell Technologies where he leads the firm’s finance and human relations functions.  Jeremiah began his career with the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMF) where he managed the design and roll-out of public opinion surveys and oversaw a portion of the foundation’s grants making activities.

Jeremiah holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. He visited Bwindi in 2002.

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Gina Norgard – Sponsorship Coordinator

Gina has a background in psychology, property/staff management, freelance magazine work including crafting, cooking and photography.  Her volunteer experience includes work with children living in welfare hotels in New York City as well as teaching nutrition and life skills to formerly homeless mothers living in Harlem.  She is a founding member of Educate Bwindi and visits Bwindi twice per year.

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Lorna Gladstone – Vice President/Secretary and Sponsorships

Lorna has been working with the most vulnerable children in Bwindi since 2003 when she first visited and has been engaged with non- profit work with the children and the Bwindi Watoto School since 2011. Lorna is a founding member of Educate Bwindi.  She has a M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She returns annually to visit and work with the school.

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Tom Hudson – Assistant Treasurer

Tom Hudson is Vice President of News and Special Correspondent for WLRN (Public) Radio, Miami. He was the managing editor and co-anchored Nightly Business Report on Public Television, reporting on topics such as Federal Reserve interest rate policy and global trade. Tom writes a weekly column for the Miami Herald and for the McClatchy-Tribune News Service. He has received numerous broadcasting awards, including the 2012 Program of Excellence Award by American Public Television.

Donna Schatt – Director

Donna Schatt holds a M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a M.L.S. from Rutgers University. Her research and papers focus on how children learn to read and the place story-telling plays in cognitive development. She has visited Bwindi twice and plans to go again. Donna brings a wide range of knowledge in progressive education and experience in fundraising.

Board Advisors

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Cathy Mooney

As Educate Bwindi’s first Treasurer, Cathy worked tirelessly for several years to get the new non-profit up, going and stable.  She has now turned the reins over to a new Treasurer but continues as the Educate Bwindi Book Keeper and Advisor.

Elizabeth M Mills

Elizabeth is a nonprofit organizations and health care attorney.  She is in solo practice with Elizabeth M. Mills P.C.  She represents new and existing not-for-profits in a variety of areas, especially changes in activities or structure and with tax issues and works internationally. She also represents health care organizations, addressing their tax, regulatory and transactional issues.

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Susan Berman

Susan is a partner at the law firm of Patzik, Frank and Samotny LTD., in Chicago, in the firm’s Estate Planning Group. She also brings significant experience with the formation and administration of tax-exempt entities.