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Henry Katinda

Founder / CEO

As a child, I was fortunate enough to grow up in a loving and supportive family that valued education. However, as I grew older and began to interact with other children, I noticed that not everyone had the same opportunities as I did.

In my community, there were many children who came from vulnerable families and struggled to keep up in school. I saw firsthand how difficult it was for them to access resources like textbooks, tutoring, and even basic school supplies

It broke my heart to see these children fall behind in their education, and I knew that something needed to be done to help them. I started collecting old clothes and making efforts for getting school materials at local after-school programs and tutoring centers, but I soon realized that these efforts were not enough.

In 2020, I decided to take matters into my own hands and founded the Empathy Children Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing educational resources and support to children from low-income families. My father offered two rooms where we currently operate from.

Our organization works to ensure that 50 children have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed in school and in life, regardless of their family’s financial situation. This includes providing shelter to 7 orphaned children, food, clothes, school fees, sanitary pads for about 1000 teenage girls, and even basic school supplies like backpacks, notebooks, and pencils.

Through my work with the Empathy Children Initiative, I have seen firsthand how much of an impact our organization has had on the lives of these children. I have seen them go from struggling to keep up in school to excelling academically and dreaming of bright futures.

My passion for helping children and dedication to improving their access to education has led me to create a lasting legacy that will continue to make a difference in the lives of countless children for years to come.

Empathy Children Initiative also fosters empowering single mums to improve household incomes in their homes