Gilbert Mfitundinda - Compassion International

Gilbert Mfitundinda

Topics: Child Advocacy, Child Sponsorship, Children's Ministry, Compassion Alumni, Education, Highly Vulnerable Children, Leadership Development, Poverty, Youth and Young Adults

Gilbert Mfitundinda is currently pursuing a master’s degree in organizational Leadership at Eastern University in Pennsylvania. Gilbert is also a fellow with Urban Promise International and serves in their after school programs in Camden New Jersey. He also serves as the Project Manager and Social Marketing Strategist for Maelearn, an online platform that preserves and shares academic material for free, making education resources globally accessible.

Gilbert Mfitundinda

Gilbert came to the USA in 2016 to work as an Alumni Fellow with Compassion International. He served as a quality assurance specialist for a year and, later, transferred into Compassion’s IT department where he worked as a database administrator for six months. He had earlier served as a Ministry Sponsorship Coordinator for Christ’s Hope International Uganda, an organization that provides holistic care for families affected by HIV/AIDS.

Gilbert is the Founder of Love Restoration, a community-based organization that provides education, nutrition, and healthcare to less privileged children aged 3-16 years in South Western Uganda.

Gilbert’s personal drive toward advocacy and social entrepreneurship stems from his own childhood experiences. For him, the youngest of eight children raised in a remote region of southwestern Uganda, survival was a daily struggle. His father had passed away, his mother’s work as a peasant farmer barely kept the family fed, and his older siblings apart from one of his brothers, all dropped out of school.

When Gilbert was 7 years old, he was invited by his local church and community leaders to participate in Compassion’s child development program. Compassion’s sponsorship provided him with nutritious meals, healthcare, schooling, and, eventually, the opportunity to pursue higher education. Gilbert received his Bachelor of Science in Information Technology from Uganda Christian University, the first of his family to graduate from college.

Gilbert remains passionate about using his experiences and career path to advocate for those less fortunate and to provide transformative development resources to communities in need. He is a poignant and gifted communicator who enjoys speaking about the life-changing power of love, the plight of vulnerable children, effective solutions to poverty, excellence and servant hood in leadership, and turning selfishness into selflessness.

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