Plot 97, Mukalazi Road Bukoto-Kampala Uganda
Joyce Atimango Okker is a Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist with
a background in the Teaching Profession. She is currently the
Executive Director of Trailblazers Mentoring Foundation (TMF) a
non-profit Organisation she founded in 2013 and currently
implementing three projects in 20 districts of Uganda, Karamoja,
West Nile, Busoga, Northern , Eastern and Central Regions with
support from Plan International- Uganda, UNICEF, Irish Aid, UK
Natcom, and the Dutch government.
Joyce has over 15 years working in the area of Education, Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive
Health and Rights, Gender Based Violence, Economic Empowerment and Mentorship for
children and young people in Uganda. As a former child mother, who turned her negative
experiences into positive action, Joyce works with Government Development Partners, Civil
Society Organizations, Media, Schools, Communities, children in and out of school of all
categories in Uganda to advocate for rights protection and promotion.
As an advocate, mentor, teacher, champion of re-entry of child mother back to school, and as a
member of the Inter Sectoral Committee on Violence Against Children ( Ministry of Education
and Sports), Gender Technical Working group and Adolescent Health, she has demonstrated
impact in her contributions towards various policies and strategies notably the Gender In
Education Policy, National Strategy For Girls’ Education, National Strategy to End Child
Marriage and Teenage Pregnancy and in dissemination and monitoring implementation of all
relevant child protection laws and policies at the lowest levels.
She has directly impacted lives of children and young people in Uganda through her mentorship
programmes and well monitoring their implementation record in developing strategies and
through her Organization, over 17, 241 children and young people in and out of school in
Uganda have been empowered to speak out against rights violations and engaging at all levels
to advocate for issues that affect them. In addition, she has contributed to the return of 10,000
children back to school through the Go Back and Stay in school campaigns and advocated for
safe and supportive environment for children at family, school and community level for children
to thrive, learn and develop to their full potential as well as advocate for budgetary allocations
towards laws and policies that protect children.