Have you heard of Elizabeth Smart, the girl who was kidnapped in Utah and abused for 9 months before being rescued? Our guests today help children in Uganda who have experienced similar abuses. These young men and women now hope to return to school and get the education they missed, in some cases because they were forced to become child soldiers or sex slaves.

Suzy Benson Gillies is the Founder and President of African Promise Foundation. She is the wife and mother of five children, but many children in Uganda also fondly call her mom.Uganda 2012- Suzy-415


Daina Crowell, an APF board member, is a stay at home mom with four kids. She first got involved with African Promise Foundation when asked to do product photos for the website. When studying about Uganda and its troubled history, she felt a call to action. She has been actively involved with APF ever since and recently traveled to Uganda to experience its beauty and struggles first-hand.


Jennifer Nuckols is also a board member. She has worked as a teacher in the South Bronx and East Harlem, and earned Masters degrees in Education and Social Work. She now works in the Seattle area as an adolescent therapist for a community mental health agency focusing on drug and alcohol abuse.

African Promise Foundation’s short profile video: