Who We Are

 

Executive Director - Uganda

Pastor John Paul Sewava

Pastor John Paul Sewava, fondly know as Pastor JP, is the founder and director of Solid Rock Christian School in Arua, Uganda and senior pastor at Arua Community Church. Before coming to Arua, Pastor JP co-founded Gaba Community Church, one of the largest non-denominational churches in Uganda, and Africa Renewal Ministries (ARM), the largest non-governmental organization in Uganda, to develop and equip generations of Christian leaders.  ARM grew through a network of affiliated churches to include a medical center, an orphanage, a university and over eight thousand students in sponsorship.  Pastor John Paul served as Missions Director where he coordinated the Fellowship of Community Churches, and as the Missions Pastor at Gaba Community Church. Pastor JP has served on the board of directors for Maranatha Christian School, Maranatha High School Wenzt Medical Center,  African Renewal Saving and Credit, and Africa Renewal Management.In 2011, Pastor JP heard God’s call and moved with his family to Arua.  Along with his wife Rose and their two children, they left friends and extended family and relocated to an area of Africa with a heartbreaking history and in desperate need of help.  

Our Ugandan Staff

 

David Ssemuvubi - Headteacher at Solid Rock Christian School
Principal David grew up in Southern Uganda, and from the start has had a passion for education. After graduating with top marks from high school, he went on to earn both a diploma (associates degree) and a degree (bachelor’s degree) in Education. He holds certificates in Monitoring and Evaluation, Project Planning and Management, and Leadership. He always felt called to work in Christian education, and after his degree, Principal David started teaching Social Sciences at a Christian school. He was promoted to deputy principal, and then Principal of the school. David served faithfully as Principal for 4 years, and then came to Solid Rock. Leading Solid Rock has been a challenge, as the students in Arua face large obstacles to learning. He often finds himself stepping in and filling the roles of parent and guardian as well as teacher to these children. A faithful leader, David also leads prayer meetings on Wednesdays at Arua Community church, and is known and loved by all members.

 

Richard Aguta - Director of Social Services
Richard Aguta was born and raised in Uganda, is the last born out of four children, and his parents have been married for over 50 years. He is a Christian who is passionate to serve humanity because it’s his profession. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration, a Diploma in Child Development, has completed short courses in disability, special education, computer basics, and the leadership training of John Maxwell. His parents paid his school fees through high school, but were unable to pay for the University. He prayed to God to give him a job so long as he could get money to educate himself. He thanks God who connected him with pastor Jeff Artherstone, the former Vice Chancellor of Africa Renewal University, who a gave him an opportunity to work in the University farm and attend University. During his subsequent internships before coming to Solid Rock Christian School, he worked in the Africa Renewal Ministries Child Development Project, and as a counselor in the Department of Child and Family Protection in the Uganda Police Force.

 

Prossy Aguta - Social Worker
Prossy Aguta is married to Richard Aguta, born again by God’s grace, and a third born of Micheal Turyasingura and Edisa Kyomuhangi of the Kabale District in Uganda. She obtained a bachelors degree in Child Development with the first class honors at Africa Renewal University, a Diploma in Information Technology with the second class honors at Uganda Institute of Information and communication Technology (UICT) and also a Certificate in Early Childhood Training. She is passionate about working with children of all ages in order to help them achieve their full potential and help them feel happier and better about themselves. She is grateful to God for giving her a job in Zozu project and above all being part of the Zozu team..

 

Julius Mukiibi - Spiritual Formation Director
Julius was born in Kampala, but his parents passed away when he was very little and he went to live with his grandparents. When he was of school age, Julius was sponsored through a ministry much like Zozu to attend elementary school, and he continued his education all the way through university. He obtained a bachelors degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in theology from African Renewal University, and knew that God was calling him to combine the two. He came to visit the original team that planted Arua Community Church, the church partner of Solid Rock, in 2013 but had no intention of staying permanently. However, he then did an internship at Arua Community Church in 2015. It took three years, in but when Pastor JP reached out to him in late 2018, he felt a heart for the people and children here. He felt that God was saying to him “there is a need there. Go and fill it.” So he moved to Arua in February of 2019 and has been fruitfully serving as the Spiritual Life Director of Solid Rock Christian School ever since.

 

Susan Nemwa - Accounts Assistant
Susan Nemwa was born into a family of 10, and therefore has always been a good team player. She holds a degree in Business Administration from Ndejje University in Kampala. In July of 2016, she left the comforts of the modern city to come to live in Arua, Uganda and serve the school as the Accounts Assistant. Her managers are continually impressed with her infallible bookkeeping. Susan is married to her husband who is also working in finance, and she also serves as a teacher at the Sunday school and Awana Programs at Arua Community Church. She is affectionatly known as Auntie Susan to many.

 

Our Uganda Team

We have the privilege of working with an amazing group of local leaders in Arua, Uganda.  With decades of experience in ministry, business, poverty alleviation, and in leadership training, they are our greatest resource.

 

Zozu Project supports over 30 fulltime Ugandan salaries including teachers, cooks, janitorial and medical staff. Their dedication, faith and love for the children of Arua make them our greatest resource. 


 

ZOZU PROJECT FOUNDERS

Elaine Remy Lebens M.D. and Mick Lebens M.D

 

Elaine and Mick's passion for other cultures lead them to Arua, Uganda, in 2013. They both felt an immediate connection to the people of Arua. Unable to shake the memories of the beautiful children they met in Arua, they organized a campaign to build Solid Rock School and subsequently founded the child sponsorship program through Zozu Project to provide ongoing support for the school and surrounding village. Elaine is privileged to work as a physician on California's central coast. Mick attended UCLA and then the University of Rochester School of Medicine, where he earned his medical degree. He currently is in private practice working as a Family Physician in Templeton. Elaine and Mick have three college-aged children who attend UCLA and Pepperdine; they couldn't be prouder!
 

Executive Director - United States

Katy Griffin

In November of 2020, Katy joined Zozu as our new Executive Director. She brings ten years of experience as a Missions Pastor; she has led teams throughout Central America and Africa. Katy served on the Zozu Project board for three years and traveled with the founders in 2019 to Arua to see firsthand the project's fantastic work. Katy is passionate about people and Jesus, coming alongside the Ugandan staff to effect change for future generations, and sharing the hope of Jesus Christ.

Katy and her husband Rick (middle school teacher) have two adult children in graduate school at GCU and MBU.


Our Board

Marci Miller

Marci grew up in San Luis Obispo, CA and now makes her home in Templeton, CA with her husband, daughter, and son. Marci graduated from Chapman University with a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and then attended the University of Laverne where she received her Masters in Business Administration with an emphasis in Leadership. She is currently working as the Chief Administrative Officer for Radiology Associates. Her work experience has been primarily in healthcare Administration and Finance. Marci enjoys spending time at her children’s activities and with family and friends, in home projects, and being outside. She has been a member of Templeton Presbyterian Church and has had the privilege of being a part of Zozu Project from the very beginning.

 

Sandy Lebens
Sandy’s life has been devoted to children and young adults.  She enjoys helping young people develop a passion for service within the community and around the world.  She obtained a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Nebraska and a master’s degree in Administrative Services from California Polytechnic State University.  In addition to working as a teacher and administrator for the Lucia Mar Unified School District, she coordinated curriculum for the district and provided leadership to the district’s K-12 mentor teachers.  She has also served in numerous capacities at her church including as a Stephen Minister, as co-leader of the Social Outreach team, and extensively in the child and youth programs.  As a board member, she is committed to the facilitation of God’s work in Africa and in other underserved areas of the world.

 

Doug Kruse

Doug lives in Templeton, California with his wife Sabrina. They have two grown children. He attended Kansas State University where he earned a Bachelors of Science degree. His professional career consisted of an animal feed manufacturing company and starting a winery in Templeton which he and Sabrina ran for 20 years until just recently selling. In 2010 Doug was a founding member of must! Charities which he still remains very involved with today. In 2019 Doug and Sabrina made their first trip to Arua, Uganda and were able to witness first hand the incredible work being done at Solid Rock Christian School through the support of the Zozu Project.

 

Sabrina Kruse

Sabrina’s passion is finding a community need and working with others to fulfill it. She (pictured here with two Solid Rock moms) lives in Templeton, CA with her husband Doug and has two children in college. She graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a degree in Behavioral Science and later helped build and run their family winery for 20 years. Sabrina helped establish two non-profits to benefit Templeton students, and in 2010 was a founding member of must! Charities, in which she is still active. She first learned of Zozu Project when local high school students chose the organization as a recipient of an on-campus campaign to raise funds and awareness of worldwide poverty. During a visit to Arua in 2019 with her husband, they saw firsthand the amazing work Zozu Project is doing in the lives of the students at Solid Rock Christian School. They have been even more passionate supporters ever since and joined the board in 2020.


 

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