Bonnie Bzdok, Founder

Bonnie has been traveling the globe, experiencing new cultures, foods and making many great friends since she finished her six year commitment with the Army National Guard in 2000.  Along the way, she fell in love with Uganda and its people.  She made the decision to live and volunteer in the Southwest corner, a little town called Kisoro. She spent fourteen months teaching English and working at a children’s home.  While doing this volunteer work, she realized that more resources were needed so with the financial help of friends and family she was able to build water tanks and provide local schools with some much needed resources.  From this overwhelming support, Resilient Uganda was born – a realization that people want to continue to help and support the people of Uganda.  Bonnie will return in 2015 with plans to build more water tanks and establish self-sufficiency within families by establishing craft co-ops.  She feels incredibly blessed to be called to help wherever she can in this great big world. 
                                                                         
Jennifer Basch, Director

Jennifer has been friends with Bonnie for 20+ years (gulp!).  Together they have taken some great adventures.  Their first being the Minnesota Army National Guard at 17, their senior year of high school.  With this adventure they learned about being “buddies” and relying on one another.  It’s only natural that 20 years later, they join forces to try and make the world a better place by helping those in need. 
When Jennifer approached Bonnie about continuing her work in Uganda, a motivating factor for her was her two young sons Ethan and Oliver.  She wants to teach them about giving back when life has blessed you and that the world is a very big place, encouraging them to explore and love others with understanding and compassion.  Jennifer is married to an incredibly supportive man, Doug. He has supported her through many life journeys from becoming a yoga teacher to now helping others across the world.  He knows helping is a part of who she is.  Jennifer has a degree in Gerontology from the University of Northern Colorado and has worked for non-profits in roles from board member to volunteer coordinator. She’s also worked in nursing homes and as a Geriatric Care Manager.  She’s honored to be the Director of Resilient Uganda. 
 
Partner Organization H.E.L.P. International

HELP International is a Colorado based non-profit that identifies, collects, and distributes food, clothing, medical, humanitarian aid, education, and training - helping individuals, communities, and countries become self-sustainable through a combination of humanitarian aid and education.
For more information go to www.helpint.org

Sam Ndagije, Local Manager

Sam was born in Kisoro and continues to work hard to make Resilient Uganda a successful and self sufficient organization. Here is learning to repair the machines that provide the women with work. Sam is a trained teacher and enjoys the outdoors as well as spending time with his daughter.