uganda-parliament Our President and CEO Wess Stafford understands both the purpose and the aspiration of the Leadership Development Program — to select the best and brightest Christian students from our Child Sponsorship Program and position them for major impact in their communities and nations.

“To overcome the plagues of our world today — poverty, disease, injustice — we need leaders who are fully equipped with a quality education, yet walk the path of Christ.”

A former Leadership Development Program student is, in fact, on track to do just that in Uganda.

Margaret Makhoha, a 2003 Leadership Development Program graduate, was recently elected as a member of the Ugandan Parliament and will serve a six-year term, representing her home district of Namayingo in the nation’s legislature.

Senator Makhoha won with 50 percent of the vote in a four-candidate race. Her campaign theme of “It is possible!” was born out of her personal experience of growing up in poverty. She saw the suffering of the women in her village and determined as a girl to someday make a difference in their lives.

Margaret’s vision is to bring services closer to the people of her rural district, where most make their living as subsistence farmers or fishermen.

“Few can understand the worsening plight of families in developing countries more than those who are rising above it,” says Wess Stafford.

“And who better to defeat these societal ills than those who have lived through it?”

The freshman legislator plans to work with the Ugandan government to improve roads, education and health services for her district.

She also is an advocate for the economic empowerment of her people, desiring to network with nongovernmental organizations to serve needy children and orphans so that they might be helped as she was through Compassion.

While she was an LDP student, Margaret received a bachelor’s degree in education from Makerere University, located in the capital city of Kampala. On her own, she later pursued a master’s degree at the same university.

Community service was a way of life before moving into politics, and Margaret served her community as Director of the Butema Child Development Center, run by the Butema Baptist Church on the rural plains west of Kampala.

Margaret stepped down from that position in order to enter the race for senator. A mother of three children, she is married to a pastor. Her strong Christian roots began in her childhood home, growing up with her pastor-father and mother.

The now Senator Makhoha sees challenges ahead for Uganda, including insufficient and poor quality social services. But she looks forward to the work with optimism.

She joins her colleagues next month, when the newly elected class of legislators will be sworn in.

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  1. Apr 18, 2011
    at 8:42 am

    This is awesome. The potential for Compassion graduates to start rising in the political arena is one of the things I’m most excited about. If Compassion produces honest leaders who govern with wisdom and integrity, it will truly make a change in the world.

    Congratulations to Margaret Makhoha on her election – she’s leading the way! It’s really great to hear that she has her sights set on improving social services in Uganda. Think of how children will benefit from that…

  2. Apr 19, 2011
    at 2:13 am

    This is fantastic! So proud of Margaret.

  3. Sheila
    Apr 19, 2011
    at 8:44 am

    Congratulations Margaret, I am so proud of you. Glory be to God.

  4. Apr 21, 2011
    at 10:57 am

    This is really neat. Ouma Willy, who is now one of the Moody Bible students grew up with her in the same project. They played together as children. :-)

  5. Humphreys Barasa
    Apr 22, 2011
    at 9:29 am

    Margaret you are a blessing to us the compassion alumni family.
    Your determination to become a Legislator encourages us and we can also say “COMPASSION YES WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN THIS COUNTRY (UGANDA) AND THE ENTIRE WORLD”.
    Congratulations Margaret and Glory be to the Almighty God.

  6. Humphreys Barasa
    Apr 22, 2011
    at 9:42 am

    Hon. Margaret,
    “A VISION BRINGS VICTORY” (Acts26:19-20). Be encouraged you will make.

  7. Apr 23, 2011
    at 10:28 pm

    Now that’s what I call breaking the cycle of poverty- and to know she will be in a position to do so much good is such and inspiring thing. Way to go Margaret!

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  9. Steven Lumonya
    Apr 28, 2011
    at 8:38 am

    Margaret we are indeed proud of you and we are glad to have been part of your journey in LDP.

  10. Dan Jalang'o
    May 9, 2011
    at 3:38 am

    How best to summarize it than in her own political motto:

    “It is possible”

    The Envisioned Future… possible!

  11. James Etuwat
    Jul 6, 2011
    at 9:03 am

    Congratulations to Senator Makhoha. As part of Butema team (PD) involved with the then incipient LPD youth programme (Esther, Japeth, Kwoba, Zikusooka, John, I rejoice and wish them the best.

    Greetings to the CDC members, the Pastors of Busoga Cluster (Pastor Benson Situma….) and Compassion Uganda especially Gilbert. Keep it up and even support more youth into LDP: the strategy works. (Psalms 126:6)

    Otherwise, Namibia is fine.

    God bless you all. Amen

  12. Jul 21, 2011
    at 4:00 am

    So exciting :)

  13. Efren Arieta
    Feb 13, 2012
    at 6:56 pm

    Very inspiring. BTW, I heard we had another senator from the LDP elected in Haiti. If anyone know about it can you make a post?

    • Jacquie Parella
      Feb 13, 2012
      at 7:59 pm

      Hi Efren! That is Beguens Thues. You can click here to see the post.

  14. Efren Arieta
    Feb 13, 2012
    at 8:01 pm

    Hi Efren! That is Beguens Thues. You can click here to see the post.


  15. serugo robert
    Jun 10, 2013
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  16. Ruataraka Joseph
    Oct 7, 2013
    at 2:58 am

    Thats my vision come 2016 ,am also an LDP student from uganda.
    congz my sister.

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