The founders

Godfrey Tebandeke

Godfrey Tebandeke is a dual citizen of Uganda and the United Kingdom, currently living in the Netherlands. He is a UK trained plumber by profession. Godfrey has valuable experience in the field of education working as a teaching assistant in schools in England, i.e. The Bishop David Brown School. An arts performing secondary school where he excelled in his work according to his employers.

Godfrey’s experience working for and volunteering for bigger charities in Europe e.g. the British heart foundation ( Woking Branch ) and Compassion Netherlands, has given him great insight and understanding into the running of a modern day charity. Below is what he had to say about Tucheze International.

‘’I am not the type of person who likes to blow my own trumpet, but those who know me especially in the areas of Kamwokya and Bukoto in Kampala, will tell you that I have always been a giver. I started giving at about age five. I guess this is what I saw my dad do. Later on my oldest brother, who was a professional and international footballer both in Uganda and Asia, also carried on my dad’s legacy? I guess as humans we all can learn kindness and generosity.

I like to think I come from a generous and kind family, even though we had limited resources. It’s always been my prayer, to be able to sponsor and help needy children and youth by using sports as a tool to unite and reach them. Over the years, I have spent a lot of my own money on trying to help poor and needy families with school fees, and other basic human needs.

This fills me with too much joy and satisfaction. With the help of my friend Timm Barkam from Germany, we have since 2005 been able to distribute sportswear and equipment to so many children and youth.

I got to know Timm when Dr. Peter Kreysing and his wife Dr. Meggy and their four children hosted me in early 2005 during my first time in Europe. My dream is to see Tucheze International help change and transform the lives of many more people’’.

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Marlin den Boer

Already at the age of 12 I was often thinking about how I could contribute in a meaningful way to the world. Especially for the poor in Africa. Often I had ideas (or actually ‘dreams’), that one day I would own a big company that would provide employment and a future to the less fortunate people.

Eventually, I got my degree in Business Management and I ended up working for a company in the Food Production sector. One of my tasks as Project Manager Business Development is to develop the sustainability policy. An important aspect of this is the certification from a social point of view for the suppliers of fruit from developing countries. This includes Fair Trade certification of farms.

This means that my ‘dream’ has partly been fulfilled, as I can contriubute in a meaningfull way to the working situation of the employees of our suppliers in developing countries.Besides this, I really enjoy supporting initiatives that have my interest and that are meaningfull to the lives of fellow human beings. This is why Tucheze International is a perfect match! I love sports: football, running and actually most sports.

Sporting gives energy, makes someone happy, connects people, is healthy and in my eyes a perfect means to reach out to youth. Out of my dream to be of meaning to others, passion for sports and my work I am happy to support and contribute to Stichting ‘Tucheze International’ and I see a lot of opportunities to build something beautiful together. When I was approached to work on this initiative, I saw it as my chance to build on something that is close to my heart. And I believe in the process: just start and believe in it and build on it together, the rest will follow surely.

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Shiella Nakachwa

From a young age I loved sports and during my years in school I was actively involved in sports. Sports empowered me and it helped improve my social life too. That is why I am interested to support a charity that transforms the lives of young people in a positive way. I want to see people, especially disadvantaged youth who grow up in poverty without any chances is life and who feel rejected in life as a result of all sort of circumstances, get a chance too to be a part of something. In this case by being a part of sports thanks to Tucheze International.

Being successful in life is not about how much wealth one has, it is much more about the positive impact one can have on other people and about giving back to the community. It does not only result in joy in this community, but it also inspires the beneficiaries to do the same in the future and therefore results in even more development in society.

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Claudia van den Houten

From a young age I have had the desire to do mission or development work. Stories about people living in poverty really touched my heart and I have wanted to forsake the my comfortable life in Netherlands and pack my suitcases in order to contribute meaningfully to poorer people’s lives. That is why I specialised in ‘Mission’ during my course Religious and Pastoral Work. I got to know Elseline when I was a student as we were living in the same student house. Even though she moved away, the friendship stayed and we shared dreams of working together in development work and contribute to an improvement of the life circumstances of people. Through internship and further studies about mission work, I realised that living in another culture, being far away from my familiar surroundings and my character didn’t go together very well. That is why I decided to continue my studies in the direction of Social Work and I am currently employed in this sector. During this work I realised that I am still working with the kind of people that I always wanted to support through life, though in my own country and with different questions of life. It always spoke to my heart whenever Teba and Els told me about the work they were doing in Uganda. I was quite enthusiastic when they introduced me to their vision and explained what they aspire to achieve through the work of Tucheze International and asked me to join the charity. Clearly I said ‘yes’. I am happy to contribute to this cause!

Robert Mulerwa

Robert Mulerwa is a development worker with an academic background of a Bachelor of Development Studies and Master of Arts in Leadership and Human Relations Studies. The knowledge and experience acquired during my 19years of development work in Uganda and across Africa have rooted my understanding of organisational and community development dynamics. I have specialized skills and competences in; Organizational development processes, curriculum design and development, sport-in-development management, Livelihood and personal development skills, Adolescent sexual and Reproductive health, leadership skills, Primary Health Care, fundraising and resource mobilization, lobbying and advocacy, Human Resource planning and development, and projects planning, monitoring, evaluation.

Driven by the desire to contribute towards alleviation of suffering and poverty, Robert believes sustainable wellbeing of society hinges on the individuals and communities recognizing and nurturing their inherent abilities and assets.
Tucheze International is providing a platform to inspire young people in rural communities in Uganda to become anchors of their societies. When it comes to youth I have learned that peer-to-peer approaches provide sustained changes among groups since they facilitate a peer support mechanism. Hence, focus will be placed on formation of peer support groups.

Sport forms a strong pillar in mobilising, engaging and personally developing the young people. The program seeks to attain sporting and non-sporting outcomes among the beneficiaries. The project has already contributed to the success of fully fledged sporting professionals and I envision communities having productive farmers, responsible families, responsive leaders, healthy households and economically flourishing communities in the near future.
I am exceedingly enthusiastic about the gradual and sustainable change that Tucheze International aspires to facilitate in Uganda.

Dr. Allen Kabagenyi Mulerwa  

Dr. Allen Kabagenyi is a Demographer with a Ph.D in Population Studies with eight years working experience in the field of population and reproductive health. She is a lecturer, researcher, sampling statistician and trainer as evidenced in the different projects worked on.

Allen is a University Lecturer in the Department of Population Studies where her tasks involve mentoring, teaching and supervision of both undergraduates and graduate students in dissertations and field attachments. Allen in addition has been working as a consultant in developing indicators and tools for monitoring and evaluation with different institutions including; DHRH Project, Uganda Joint Christian Council (UJCC), CARE International and AMREF. Furthermore, She is a Survey Sampling Statistician and a KISH fellow under the University of Michigan –Survey methodology program.

She is a Demographic and Health Survey fellow under the USAID-DHS fellowship program as well as Population Communications Fellow, a position she attained from Population Reference Bureau fellowship program supported by USAID. Significant to the qualities mentioned, Allen is very hard working, highly motivated and has good interpersonal, communication and team building skills. As academician, Allen has great interests in community development with entrepreneurial skills and a focus on youths. She is a mentor, counselor, youth educator and with an interest in sports for development.

Timm Barkam

Timm finished his O levels (with a focus on commercial studies) at the Ludwig-Erhardt school in 2006. This ensured him of good prospects to employment.

After his community service at Stift Tilbeck GmbH, it was clear in which direction he wanted to go. He studied Pedagogy at the University of Münster, with a focus on the social side.

From 1990 till 2010 he played football at Nottuln. He played in all youth teams and then five seasons in the first seniors team. Since summer 2010 he plays at 1.FC Gievenbeck. ‘The results of the last few years have impacted me a lot. On the one hand I was happy to see the enormous generosity and on the other hand the gratitude of the children and youth in Uganda was overwhelming. I hope we can repeat the success of the last few years with the help of Dirk.’

Dirk Boinghoff

From 1995 to 1997, Dirk played in the first team of GW Nottuln and he was a member of the champion team 97, that rose to the national league. After holding various positions on the league, he helped out again this year with some players from Nottuln. With his background in the business of Football sponsorship and various CRS activities, he wants to further advance this project in Uganda.

‘I am pleased to be able to support Timm in this campaign. It really is a meaningful project where we can help many youth in Africa and contribute to their future perspective.’



Tucheze International is considered to Steun and thus has ANBI status. This makes your donations to the organisation tax deductible!

  • ANBI status (Netherlands Tax exemption status)
    RSIN/fiscal (identification) number: 8566 49 090.

Tucheze International ( Holland Address ):

Kobaltstraat 31
Apeldoorn, 7334AM



Tel: +31 657676399 ( Whatsapp number )

Address in Germany:

Niederstockumerweg 7a,      

48301 Nottuln


Tel: +4925027556 or +31 657676399 ( Whatsapp number )

Address in Uganda:

P.O.BOX 12882

Nalwoga Road,

Kulambiro, Tuba Zone,

Nakawa division.

Kampala Uganda.


Tel: +31 657676399 ( Whatsapp number )

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