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Help Us Change a Life and Give a Child Hope

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BWINDI COMMUNITY PROGRAM (BCP) founders, Jim and Jan Tanis discovered Bwindi in 2007. To help the vulnerable children they met there, BCP was established as a 501c3 in 2010. The first group of sponsored children numbered 20. In 2015, the sponsored students had grown to 131 and were in Primary, Secondary, Vocational Schools and University. BCP now focuses mainly on Secondary education at Bishop Comboni College, Vocational Training and University. A new charity called Educate Bwindi now focuses on Bwindi Watoto Primary School.

Awards given to
Jim and Jan Tanis
for their work with BCP:

• National Association of Women   Business Owners
  Humanitarian Award, 2015
• Bishop Comboni College Kambuga
  Award for aiding the growth and   development of the school, 2015
• Michigan Technological University   Alumni Association
  Humanitarian Award, 2016

Jim And Jan Tanis
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James I. Tanis, President
PhD Geophysics, retired oil exploration geophysicist, ConocoPhilips Worldwide (21 years) and Shell Oil (8 years), extensive volunteer history.
Jim Tanis
Jan Tanis, Treasurer
Retired Controller, First Martin Corporation, commercial real estate development and management (20 years). Planning and Zoning Commission for City of Sedona (4 years), various volunteer board positions.
Jan Tanis
Akankwasah Barirega
PhD in Natural Resources and Environment Management. Visiting lecturer at Makerere University, Kampala in the Department of Wildlife and Animal Resources Management. Also, Assistant Commissioner in the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities working on Wildlife Conservation and related International Treaties. Born in a small village adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, he is committed to helping the children of Bwindi. Board member since 2010.
Akankwasah Barirega
Jan Anderson
Master of Theology and Master of Public Administration. Retired District Superintendent for California Parks and Recreation, managing law enforcement, natural resources, visitor interpretation and maintenance. Extensive volunteerism, including working with Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta, India. Board member since 2010.
Jan Anderson
Donald Scott Groves
EdD, Educational Administration, Communication and Psychology with Post Doctorate work at University of Oxford, Harvard University, Brown University and others. Don was Head of School at the International School of Uganda in Kampala, Uganda from 2004 to 2010. His experience and enthusiasm for education is a wonderful addition to the BCP Board. Board member
since 2015.
Donald Scott Groves
Janet Coyle Groves
M.A. in Integrated Sciences, B.A. Biology, with minor in Secondary Education. Jan’s experience at the International School of Uganda in Kampala included coordinating the partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education to provide on-line training and professional development of the staff. Her roles there as Dean of Studies, Admissions Director and University Counseling while also teaching Biology makes her an invaluable partner in the “Groves Team”. Board member since 2015.
Janet Coyle Groves
Susanna E. Richards
PhD Chemistry, M. B. A. in Finance, currently Assistant Dean of Finance and Administration, College of Education at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. She has twenty years of leadership and management experience in academic administration and international chemical manufacturing positions. Susan brings leadership, management and analytical skills with a history of supporting education in developing countries. Board member
since 2015.
Susanna E. Richards
Andrew Kasujja
"MBA Finance and Management, BCOM Marketing and Management. Currently, he is the Digital Financial Service Manager at Yo! Uganda, in Kampala. He consults in digital finance, telecommunications, marketing and management. Andrew is a member of the BCP Uganda Advisory Panel and is the liaison to this group. He is dedicated to improving the experience and opportunities for rural students. Board Member since 2016.
Andrew Kasujja

Uganda Advisory Panel
Bwindi Community Program has assembled a group in Kampala, Uganda to act as the “Uganda Advisory Panel”. We provide the students with broader career choices and learn even more about local employment opportunities with this group of volunteers residing in the country.

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