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Hellen Lunkuse Waiswa

Executive Director, Rape Hurts Foundation

Hellen is from Uganda.

Hellen is a 2008 graduate of Environmental Management from Makerere University Kampala, she holds a Masters of Arts in Gender and Community Development (Busoga University Uganda), a Post Graduate Diploma in Economic Planning & Policy Management (Busoga University), Diploma in Law (Law Development Center‐Makerere University Kampala), Certificate in Public Administration & Expenditure Monitoring (Iganga Business College), Certificate in Development Evaluation (Iganga Business College),Certificate in Policy Analysis and Advocacy (Iganga Business College), Certificate in Project Planning and Management (Busoga University Uganda), Certificate in Computer Skills (Ms Office &Social Media) (Makerere University Kampala), Certificate in Administrative Law (Law Development Center–Makerere University)

Hellen is asocio‐economist and a professionally trained community development social worker, human rights defender, gender activist and evaluator with over12 years of experience in community service and development practice. Her experience involves advocacy & lobbying, open campaigns, designing programmes, reviewing and evaluating different programmes with a goal of community development and improving the lives of the marginalized especially women and children. Her ability ranges from developing programs and evaluating programmes that have constraints of information,political sensitivities, and limited resources to interventions that are time constrained. Her roles revolve around designing projects, implementing programs and facilitating evaluation processes.

Hellen Waiswa Lunkuse has been a lead person for five development interventions, some of which are holistic in nature implemented in Uganda. She has also designed and facilitated Monitoring and Evaluation capacity building for organisations. She designed strategies to prevent “fake” companies which are involved in human trafficking girls from Uganda to U.A.E from doing it under the disguise of getting them jobs.

In 2016 the Uganda police moved to close down such companies. Several traffickers are being tried in different courts and others still being investigated.