YCVM is a community-based organization aimed at creating a better future for the orphans in Kumi, Uganda. Its governing board is derived from community leaders in Kumi, Uganda. YCVM is a fully registered Community Based Organization (CBO).
Churchill Ongole, Chairman
Churchill Ongole joined YCVM as the Chair of its Board in 2012, and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in managing and leading non-profit organizations. Most recently, he has been serving as the Uganda country director of RETRAK (www.retrak.org), an international Non Governmental Organization. In his work as the Uganda country director of Retrak, Churchill has been immersed in working with the most vulnerable children in the country, and has a passion for helping them get off the streets and become reintegrated into their communities.
Silver Omakenyi, Director
Silver Omakenyi is the founder, vision bearer, and director of YCVM. He is a gifted musician, composer, and a Ugandan national champion Adungu (Ugandan Traditional bow harp) player, and instrument maker, who has trained a band of traditional instruments. It was by making instruments and selling them that he was able to finance his own early education. In 2002, he came to study music in the Ugandan capital city, Kampala, at the Reformed Theological College, where he met Aeri Lee. While at RTC, Aeri got to visit Silver’s home village near Kumi, where she found out that Silver, a young single man, was struggling to raise 9 orphans. It was in the following couple of years that Silver and some of his fellow visioners shared their dream of caring for and raising up the vulnerable children in their community. A few years later, YCVM was born. Silver has been the tireless leader YCVM’s three-fold ministries: taking care of the sponsored children, going out on outreach ministries, and the on-going “Kumi Christian Visionary School” building project.
Katherine Tukei, has been a member of YCVM’s Board since its inception. Kathy runs “Hope Nursery, Primary, and Teacher Training School for Early Childhood Development” in Kumi, and serves as the regional coordinator for Early Childhood Development with the Uganda Ministry of Education. She has also served as a staff member for Youth With A Mission (YWAM), an international Christian mission organization for a number of years, and has visited Colorado Springs for YWAM training. Kathy’s field of expertise and her own heart’s calling has been and continues to be of great help to YCVM in navigating the practical and legal aspects of planning for the eventual opening of Kumi Christian Visionary School. Kathy is married to James Peter Tukei, and they have three children, Jonathan (13), Joseph (10), and Molly (4).
Inspector of Schools, Kumi region
Michael "Bob" Opio
"Bob" is one of the founding members of YCVM. He is a trained mechanic and professional driver at Law Development Centre in Kampala. Bob has been instrumental in leading the youth since 1995, and a composer of spiritual music. He has also served in many offices within YCVM, including music leader and coordinator. Bob is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in law at Uganda Pentecostal University, intending to start advocacy programs through YCVM for the poor.
Emily Lin is the Lead Pastor of Chinese Community United Methodist Church in Oakland, CA. Pastor Emily is a Bay Area transplant who hails from Taiwan via Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH and Gaza, Palestine. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University and later went on to study at the Pacific School of Religion where she earned a Masters of Theological Studies. Pastor Emily brings a thirst for learning together, an openness to making mistakes, and a deep commitment to cultivating a passionate and transformative life of faith with CCUMC.
Aeri Lee has served as friend and partner to the visioners of YCVM since its inception. She is the worship coordinator at Chinese Community UMC, Oakland, and Music Director at the Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley. She has been sent as a short term missionary to the Reformed Theological College in Kampala, Uganda since 1997 by her home congregation.