Uwezo Uplift Foundation was founded in 2006 by its current director, Roselyn Nangila. It started in a German Mission in Kenya known as Die Gute Nachricht fur Africa (DIGUNA), which is a German word meaning the Good News for Africa.
Having been brought up in the slum of Mt. Elgon, she has first-hand experience of living in poverty-stricken places. In her childhood, she was subjected to poor housing and insecurity and everything that come with like cycles of abuse and rejection, gangsterism, violence and crime.
Later, she volunteered at a church-run mission as an evangelist. The mission used to support people involved in the ministry work of spreading the Gospel. Some time later, she came upon a job opportunity which meant she could earn some money. So, she worked as a radio presenter at Bibilia Husema Radio Station which was affiliated to DIGUNA. She used to earn about Ksh 1500( 15 euros) per month. Out of instinct, she felt the need to help others than to rise alone. She decided to be setting aside Ksh 500(5 euros) to help the less fortunate. It was then that she realized that with the little she had, with the little effort and time, she could find means to help the needy in more far-reaching ways.
At first,she started a program to sponsor children from poor background to go to school and over time, it grew. Having gathered some support through talking to friends, most became interested in supporting more slum children in the sponsorship program. It being a sense of urgency to establish her vision, she resigned from her job in 2011, and decided to dedicate herself fully to the work.
Operational activities increased especially due to funding and association with DIGUNA so more needy children were enrolled. In effect, the program’s scope in terms of services offered could also be broadened. Therefore, it started offering psychological and physical care services on top of financial aid and spiritual nourishment. In 2016, the program had grown enough for it to be able to run smoothly as an independent organization, rather than run by DIGUNA. Thus, it was officially launched with the name Uwezo Uplift Foundation. However, DIGUNA remains to be in its leadership plus an outstanding partner, TS Care from Germany.