About us

A small charity with a big impact

Link to Progress (LTP) is a Dutch founded development organization registered in Uganda and has been in operation since 2008 serving vulnerable communities through the provision of safe water, hygiene and sanitation, and other services such as education quality improvement, health, economic empowerment.

LTP is registered with the Government of Uganda (Reg. No: S.5914/7996) as an independent non-governmental organization. The organization was founded in 2008 by The Good Shepard Foundation (TGS Netherlands) and Stichting Africa Projection (SAP Netherlands). In 2016, Femi Foundation (Foundation to Earth, Mankind through inspiration and Initiative) took over the legal rights on LTP from TGS Netherland and SAP Netherlands.

LTP believes in an integrated approach to development with interventions applied simultaneously and across multiple sectors. We implement programs wherever we can initiate by and together with the communities to improve basic infrastructure, access to quality education, health, and increased earned income. LTP provides overall program management and coordination across interventions and partner organizations through the dedicated staff who are empowered to restore hope and bring about a positive change to thousands of communities throughout Uganda.

Link to Progress - team

The team of Link to Progress

The beneficiaries Background

Northern and Eastern Uganda, the LTP area of operation, is the poorest region with the largest depth of poverty and worst inequality. This is attributed to the 2 decades of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) insurgencies that forced the largest part of the population to live in internally displaced people’s (IDP) camps.

The war led to the loss of lives, increased physical disability, destroyed infrastructures, and affected productivity. The high need for social services such as safe and clean water supply, basic quality education, health services, and food security among others is enormous in this region.

Although the majority of the population has returned to their villages, most of the infrastructures including water supplies, sanitation facilities, schools, and health facilities were destroyed. Reconstruction and rehabilitation of the region call for collective efforts by both government, private sector, civil society, and non-governmental organization to contribute and complement each other, this provides an open door for LTPs WASH and other integrated programming.

Link to Progress_Lack of safe water. There is still need for safe water sources in Uganda, over 23 million people still have no access to safe water

Our vision

Our vision

A Uganda with improved access to basic services and free from absolute poverty, ignorance and preventable diseases.

Mission statement

To empower and transform the lives of vulnerable populations in Uganda by improving access to sustainable water supplies, education, and other services through effective collaboration and partnerships.

Goal

To contribute towards improved community Health and wellbeing of the most vulnerable population of Uganda through increased access to safe water and other basic services.

Objectives

To contribute to a reduction in the prevalence of water-related diseases through increased access to safe water, hygiene and sanitation facilities to the rural community and disaster-prone areas. 

To contribute towards improved education standards especially quality learning environment for children in vulnerable communities of Uganda.

To improve the livelihood resilience of smallholder farmers, women, youth, and people with disabilities.

To contribute to improved conservation and protection of natural resources and the environment in disaster-prone areas of Uganda.

Core values

Transparency

In all our business or governance processes, we are honest and open. Our processes and practices are easy to understand and the results of our activities are easy to be verified by all key stakeholders including target beneficiaries.

Integrity

We aspire never to compromise our reputation and always act in the best interest of our target beneficiaries by living to the highest standard of personal honesty and behavior.

Accountability

We take personal responsibility for using our resources efficiently to achieve measurable results as well as to be accountable to our supporters and beneficiaries.

Teamwork

We work together cohesively, towards a common goal, creating a positive working atmosphere, and supporting each other to combine individual strengths to enhance team performance.

Efficiency & Effectiveness

We produce the highest amount of outputs optimally with real value for money. Besides, we do the right task, completing activities, and achieving goals within the shortest possible time.

Equity

We practice fairness and impartiality in all our processes and decisionsWe intentionally commit to strategic priorities and resource allocation with respect and dignity and all our decisions and actions are geared towards achieving equality for all.

Our board

Liesbeth Nagelkerke

Chairperson

Mrs. Liesbeth Nagelkerke has a degree in Dutch law from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. After having served wealthy clients on their investment portfolios, she set up the charity desk at Rabobank. Nowadays she advises (family) foundations in structuring their strategy and how to manage their grants in (mainly) development countries. In this job she travels to many projects in different countries. Her ambition is to connect people and organizations where useful so that they can improve cooperation, share knowledge and experiences. In her role as director of Femi Foundation she is also the chair for LTP. 

Hilde Klok
Hilde Klok

Chairperson

Mrs. Hilde Klok has a degree as an occupational therapist from the HVA in the Netherlands. After working as such in elderly homes, as a product manager at Arjo and sales manager she started working as the director for the Koornzaayer Foundation in 2007. Since then she has been involved in various network positions to promote foundations in working together in sharing knowledge and network to make the work we all do together having a bigger impact.  In the board of Link to Progress she currently holds the positions as vice-chairperson.

John Justin Otai

Board member

Following over 30 years of service in the Ugandan Ministry of Health and the implementation of the Uganda Sanitation Fund in target districts, Otai has served as a WASH consultant with various partners, NGOs, and CSOs, including UNICEF, and has worked for the past four years as a Senior WASH Advisor with International Lifeline Fund. In this time, he has taken a leading role in the oversight and implementation of WASH projects in Apac District, including project planning, monitoring, and management, designing human resource capacity development strategies, and overall program implementation modalities. He is highly respected as a community leader and in community organization, mobilization, and motivation for action.

Mr. Otai brings a wealth of knowledge in WASH capacity building, coordination with financial institutions to introduce community O&M models, stakeholder and government engagement, WASH community participatory approaches (PHAST, CLTS, SLTS, CHAST), and public health systems engineering in rural and peri-urban settings.

Mr. Oyoo Samson Otukene

LTP Board member

Mr. Oyoo Samson Otukene holds a master of science. (Accounting and Finance) degree of Makerere University, B.Ed (Business Studies) of Makerere University and Dip. Educ (Business Studies) of ITEK. Currently, he is serving as a Part-time Lecturer in the Faculty of Education and Humanities, Gulu University

Christine - Link to Progress
Nabacwa Christine Wobusobozi

LTP Board member

Christine has twenty years of experience in the Uganda WASH sector. Has been extensively involved in planning, designing, and construction supervision of community-based water supply and sanitation systems, in small towns and rural growth centers. All interventions were implemented in conjunction with the respective local governments and with donor funding plus the requisite of multi-stakeholder networks.