“I have learnt that good leaders must first become good servants”

We are delighted to welcome David Adoke as our new Country Director. Read about his journey at Child’s i Foundation, starting as a senior social work practitioner to his new role, and his ambitious plans for care reform in Uganda.

Tell us a little bit about yourself

I am a social work professional with over 15 years of experience in the field. child protection and safeguarding. I also have seven years of experience in project management and community development and nine years of experience in medical social work and community-led responses to ensure empowerment and resilience of vulnerable communities and families.

You have risen through the ranks at Child’s i, from being a Senior Practitioner, project manager in Tororo then to Makindye to being the Program Manager and now country Director, what has been your journey like?

This journey has been life-changing, humbling, and extraordinary. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with such passionate people and I am incredibly proud of the impact we have made together. Through this journey, I have come to understand the different challenges and opportunities that each role presents.

Every member of our team contributes significantly to our collective vision. Moving from being a practitioner to guiding and achieving through the team has been a rich experience that provides valuable insights into how we can improve as a team and what informs our best practices.

Who or what has influenced you the most in your life?

My life has been mostly influenced by the experiences I have had. I have learned to accept both positive and negative experiences and use them as lessons to grow. The sacrifices my parents made for me have also influenced the level of sacrifice I make for my family and the families we work with.

What have you learnt about yourself through this journey?

Through my experience, I have come to realise that working with families and making a positive impact on their lives brings me a great sense of fulfilment. I have learned to appreciate every positive impact that I make and to take each day as it comes. Additionally, I have learned that creating sustainable change requires a collective effort from everyone involved.

What is the best advice you have ever received or read anywhere?

Through every dark night, there is a bright day after that… So always remember that there is a brighter day after a dark night. You should be optimistic enough to think positively.

What do you do during your downtime?

I love listening to music, reading a good story and spending time with family.

What’s the most profound thing you have learnt recently?

I have learnt that good leaders must first become good servants.

Child’s i is about families, what are your best memories of growing up in a family?

I have fond memories of my childhood, especially the family gatherings we had during festive holidays. Our uncles, aunties, and their families were all a part of these celebrations. I also remember how every Sunday, my siblings and their families would come over after church to spend the afternoon with our parents. This tradition continues to this day and holds a special place in my heart.

What is your message to the Child’s i’s team, supporters, donors and partners?

I would like to thank all our supporters and donors who have made this work possible. Your contributions have a significant impact on the lives of the families and children we work with.

Our work is a positive force for future generations and helps heal the trauma experienced by some children and young people. We urge you to continue supporting families and children that need it most.

We are grateful to our government and civil society partners who collaborate with us, guide us, and ensure that we are making a meaningful impact. The Child’s i team is the most amazing, selfless, resilient, and dedicated team I have ever worked with.

Thank you and keep up the excellent work.   One day, every child will thrive in a safe   and loving family.