Innocent Mucunguzi is the Founder and CEO of Progressive Ministries Uganda, a community-based organization that provides care for vulnerable children and orphans. The ministry supplies nutritious meals, holistic education, and compassionate care for over 170 children, and has constructed 40 rain water tanks in rural communities without access to clean water.
For very personal reasons, Innocent is passionate about advocating for the rights of the disadvantaged and marginalized. Raised with his eleven older siblings in abject poverty, Innocent is no stranger to struggle. His father, a truck driver, was routinely absent—both physically and emotionally.
When Innocent's father passed away suddenly, the family lost their sole source of income. The older children were forced to drop out of school and seek employment; food was scarce and hunger pains were constant.
Two years later, Innocent was invited by his local church to participate in Compassion’s child development program. From that point on, his school fees, healthcare, clothing, and food were paid for through his sponsorship, and his entire family was affected as a result.
For the first time, Innocent began dreaming about his future; he knew then that he wanted to start a ministry to care for children in need.
When he completed high school, he received a college scholarship through Compassion’s Leadership Development Program, and graduated from Uganda Christian University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He went on to receive a Diploma in Human Rights from Uganda Law Center.
In addition to running his ministry, Innocent is an active member of the Uganda Civil Society and a radio program host, educating local leaders, government officials, and community members about equality and human rights.
He also speaks in churches, colleges, and conferences, sharing from his own experiences about the consequences of poverty, the power of helping, the transformative work of hope, and how helping sometime hurts.
Innocent lives in the Kabale District of Uganda with his wife, Karungi Perth, and their young son, Mucunguzi Blair.