East Africa

Our East Africa group covers the following countries:  Burundi,  Eritrea,  Ethiopia,  Kenya,  Rwanda,  Somalia,  Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.

We’d like to invite you to meet some of the individuals who are working hard to to promote post-secondary education in this region through an innovative interest free micro-loan and scholarship program that connects students with micro-donors and community service organizations.

Let’s start with the person responsible for setting up a very dynamic team of interns working in the region.

Gilbert Bita, East Africa Coordinator

East Africa Coordinator

Before moving to the US, Gilbert was working closely with his community in Kenya holding voluntary leadership roles with several organizations.  He looks forward to continuing his service within his community in the US and in his homeland of East Africa.

As Community Trainer with Uweza Aid Foundation, he started their Peer Education program where he trained young boys ages 13-18 to train others in their informal settlement on HIV, stigma, and self-esteem.

With Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes, he acted as Community Health Worker doing Home Based Care for the Families Living with HIV/AIDS.  He also facilitated training sessions for their HIV/AIDS positive support group on positive living, hygiene, family planning, stigma, denial & discrimination, micro-finance and reproductive health in relation to HIV/AIDS. Local High Schools, Primary Schools and Elementary Schools also requested and attended his training sessions.

Gilbert is one of the founders of Muhoroni Focused Support Youth Group which is aimed to bring together youth, promote their talents, support education, care for the environment, and also promote peace.  The group served Family Health Options-Kenya and also worked closely with the APHIA 2 Nyanza project. His roles with these organizations included Community Health Worker, Peer Educator and Community Mobilizer.

He also enjoyed working in the hotel Industry back in Nairobi Kenya serving the Nairobi Java House for approximately 9 months.

Within 3 months of arriving in the US, Gilbert rose to the Street Outreach Team Leader as a volunteer with Stand Up for Kids.  He and his team assist homeless and at risk youth with counseling, meals, housing, education, employment and life skills support near Los Angeles, California.

As Iduka’s East African Coordinator, he has built a team of 9 Country Coordinators and is excited to be part of the project. The best way to contact Gilbert and is Team is to join his East Africa Students for Post-Secondary Education Facebook group.

Gilbert is responsible for the following teams:

Burundi’s Team

Eritrea’s Team

Ethiopia’s Team

Kenya’s Team

Rwanda’s Team

Somalia’s Team

Sudan’s Team

Tanzania’s Team

Uganda’s Team

Message from our team in East Africa: Help us protect and revitalize higher education in Africa by signing this online petition – Tell African leaders: stay the course of ensuring MDG 2 without de-funding higher education.

Make sure to post a link on your social media sites by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter buttons below. Click on “+ Share” to get to the Email button and then send this page to your friends, family members, and colleagues.

Thank you for your support!


19 Responses to “East Africa”

  1. Okeyo Lameck November 3, 2010 at 11:43 pm #

    Gilbert you are a role model and i wanna follow your footsteps for we begun doing this voluntary work together and we will carry on delivering to the society especially to the unfortunate. Gilbert i will do it for it is my passion!

    • Gilbert Bita November 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm #

      Am so humbled! And must say am honoured to work with you all! Thank you!

  2. rosemary November 3, 2010 at 11:50 pm #

    Together we shall succeeed!

  3. Silas Onyando November 3, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    Am a sociology student from Egerton University and would like to join and work with you. How can I?

    • idukamicroloans November 4, 2010 at 9:37 am #

      Thanks for your interest, Silas! We will be in touch via email shortly.

  4. Benn Kwach November 4, 2010 at 2:35 am #

    Big thumbs up to Gilbert and the whole IDUKA team of volunteers!

  5. Alinoor November 4, 2010 at 4:08 am #


  6. Nalubowa Judith November 4, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    Oh Gilbert, that is so motivating! May God bless you for the passion you developed for such children, and the under priviledged.

  7. Gitta Eric November 4, 2010 at 8:48 am #

    Good work!

  8. James November 5, 2010 at 2:22 am #


  9. Mathews Banda November 5, 2010 at 4:21 am #

    i really support the project and i appreciate it.

  10. Wanjiru November 5, 2010 at 5:18 am #

    very cool, keep up the good work

  11. chikumbutso chanamuna November 5, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    You are really doing great! Keep it up and let’s join our hands and fight together.

  12. Advocacy Through Filming and Screening Uganda (AFSU) November 6, 2010 at 10:42 am #

    We are very happy to see that Ugandan students are willing to move with you, still AFSU needs you to link grassroots vulnerable students who are outside major towns who can’t have access to internet, phone connection… only to mention but few. We shall be happy to see you on the ground in such a way.
    Mugambe K. Hussein

    • Gitta Eric November 8, 2010 at 1:44 am #

      Dear Mr. Hussein,

      Am very please and happy to have your comment on our Blog about Iduka’s Pilot Project and our activities in Uganda. The project is still new in Uganda. We are still mobilising community organisers to help us spread word about the project throughout the country, especially to the youths and students in post-secondary Institutions (universities and technical institutes). Our focus is on the underserved, underprivileged and underrepresented student, including those in rural areas. We believe that through the partnerships we are forming with local community service organizations, our efforts shall reach them soon.

      We are also looking to work in partnership with local community based organisations to recruit students to participate in our program. These field partners will help in monitoring and supervising our students. We will soon make this information available through this blog. In the meantime, you may find it by accessing our facebook group by clicking on the following link: http://bit.ly/EASigrp and then selecting the “Discussions” tab from the group’s menu.

      Please make sure to invite your friends, employees and volunteers to join our cause online, so they can learn more about our program and help us spread the word. Hope to hear from you soon!

      Eric Gitta
      Uganda Country Coordinator
      Email: gittaeric (at) yahoo (dot) com

      • David November 9, 2010 at 5:13 am #

        I have done voluntary work before and I would like to know if there is a way I can dedicate some of my free time on volunteer work through Iduka? Please notify me because I am interested in promoting this cause.

  13. Gilbert Bita November 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm #

    You can also follow us on twitter for more updates: http://www.twitter.com/iduka_org


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