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, provides holistic education and compassionate care for over 200 children, and has constructed 100 rain water tanks in rural communities without access to clean water. This has helped in reduction of water borne diseases,
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 died when Innocent was 4 years old, as the last born, life became tough for the family, there was no food, education and health care for the family. His mother resorted to small scale farming to raise food for the family, worst case scenario crop yields was poor due to prolonged drought or over flooding.
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 Now is a graduate of diploma in Human Rights and Law, Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) and Masters of Business of Administration (MBA)
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, Mucunguzi Karungi Peruth, and their two sons, Mucunguzi Blair and Mucunguzi Messiah