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Bakali Mukasa Founder Face of Hope International and a PhD Student At Walden University Wins Scholars of Change Award

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Posted November 25, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Charity ~ 8,050 views

     

Meet an inspirational social activist, Bakali Mukasa the Founder and President of Face of Hope International USA, winner of the Prestigious 2013 Scholars of Change Award, and a PhD. Student of Health Services – Public Health Policy at Walden University.

Born to an indigent family with 18 siblings in Katosi a remote village in central Uganda, Bakali lived and endured what he call a “miserable childhood’ but he was never distracted by circumstances that surrounded his early life from dreaming big about the future. He witnessed all his older siblings and other children on his village dropping out of school due to lack of tuition, yet he remained determined to do all it takes to continue with education believing it was the only door opener to a better future. At age nine, he resorted to child labor to raise money for tuition – including collecting water on his head for sale, working on farms, washing dishes at local restaurants and later as a minibus (kamunye) fare collection assistant. Bakali recounts that his endurance paid off when he became one of the best students in national high school exams – UACE and won a full government scholarship at Makerere University Kampala where he completed his undergraduate studies in 2004.

Inspired by his background, Bakali has committed his entire life to serving children and families from backgrounds similar to his, through Face of Hope International – a charity organization he founded in Uganda and United Stats that is committed to building hope of underprivileged population in his home country – Uganda.

Asked about the source of his social change inspirations, Bakali responds in a jolly mode confessing that “the dreams we have become the stories we live”, he counts his personal accomplishment and that of Face of Hope International to nothing but the special grace of God. He believes we all have an obligation to give back to communities no matter how small the contributions may be, because what is important is not how much we give but the motive behind our giving.

“I have seen many people working all their lives to accumulate riches only to die and leave it behind for those who never labored to enjoy! This is not my goal in life, instead I want to live a life that is not only relevant to my household and a few acquaintances, but one that offers practical solutions to challenges facing our communities”.

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In many ways, Bakali continues to view academic advancement as a through pass for him to advance his social change ambitions. “Joining Walden University for my PhD. Program was a great milestone towards realizing my lifelong dream of becoming a scholar practitioner”. Not having had the surety of even completing elementary level education, he doesn’t take it for granted and is always humbled by the opportunity that he is currently pursuing the highest education honor/level – PhD. “I attach utmost value to education for it is all what has transformed my life and indeed responsible for my social change achievements through Face of Hope international”, says Bakali.

When asked how he manages his time, a married father of a two year old son, the Founder and President of Face of Hope International, a full time employee at Shire HGT, and a full time PhD. student admits that it was a hard decision to add education to his to-do-list. However his motivation came from knowing that he is not doing it for himself alone, become the stories we live”, he counts his personal accomplishment and that of Face of Hope International to nothing but the special grace of God. He believes we all have an obligation to give back to communities no matter how small are contributions may be, because what is important is not how much we give but the motive behind our giving. “I have seen many people working all their lives to accumulate riches only to die and leave it behind for those who never labored to enjoy! This is not my goal in life, instead I want to live a life that is not only relevant to my household and a few acquaintances, but one that offers practical solutions to challenges facing our communities”.

In many ways, Bakali continues to view academic advancement as a through pass for him to advance his social change ambitions. “Joining Walden University for my PhD. Program was a great milestone towards realizing my lifelong dream of becoming a scholar practitioner”. Not having received  the opportunity of even completing elementary level education, he doesn’t take it for granted and is always humbled by the opportunity that he is currently pursuing the highest education honor/level – PhD.

“I attach utmost value to education for it is all what has transformed my life and indeed responsible for my social change achievements through Face of Hope international”, says Bakali.

When asked how he manages his time, a married father of a two year old son, the Founder and President of Face of Hope International, a fulltime employee at Shire HGT, and a fulltime PhD. student admits that it was a hard decision to add education to his to-do-list. However his motivation came from knowing that he is not doing it for himself alone, but also for the many that are touched and inspired by his story – “those my story have given a reason to have hope and confidence in themselves and eventually believe in a life of possibilities”.

Shortly after joining Walden University, Bakali has made his name and life goals – social change, known to both students and faculty members. In partnership with Walden University, Face of Hope International organized and led a successful Global Day of Service Project – Global Day of Service Fundraiser Walk to end malnutrition among orphaned children in Uganda that took place on October 5th, 2013 in Medford Massachusetts. The event attracted local residents from Medford and surrounding towns who participated in a fundraiser to feed malnourished HIV/AIDS orphaned children in Jinja-Uganda.

A month later, Walden University has recognized Bakali’s commitment to promoting social change by announcing him the winner of the highly contested 2013 Scholars of Change award. To land this prestigious prize, Bakali came top of 153 contestants who participated in this year’s competition by demonstrating to judges his social change achievements and goals through sharing his touching story of sacrificially living his life for children and families from background similar to his.

Asked how if felt about winning the scholars award, Bakali credits this achievement to dreaming big, hard work, self-confidence and not listening to naysayers, but above all he attributes this victory to the grace of God that has helped him get to the top. To the other participants and all those doing some good in society Bakali tells them not to give up on the good they are doing because at the end of the day, it is the aggregation of all our small individual efforts that make a difference.

To read and learn more about Bakali Mukasa’s work please see link below – http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/10/05/face-of-hope-international-usa-holds-a-global-day-of-service-fundraiser-walk-in-medford-ma/


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3 Comments


  1.  
    JBusulwa

    Congs and thank you for work well done; you are inspiring, God bless and best wishes in all your endeavours!! You make us proud




  2.  

    If you are, keep in mind that this may be something from a $2,000 scholarship up to a
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  3.  
    muwanguzi Rosemary

    its anyc one guys!!!!!! keep the fire burning,all d best.





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