Founder and Director
Born on a tea plantation to Rwandan migrant workers and living in his later childhood years among the poorest conditions in Kampala, John Njendahayo has nurtured a passion to empower such communities and see them harness their resources in new and creative ways.
He was partly educated in Uganda but in 1992 John was given the opportunity to study at St David’s College in Llandudno, North Wales. John returned to Uganda as often as he could during his studies and each time made significant progress on the house he was building for himself and his friends. In 1997 John graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a degree in Human Geography and Economics.
Since then he has worked tirelessly for 20 years in Uganda to see his vision become a reality. He is excited by the progress in a number of communities across Uganda and is now enthusiastically blazing a new trail with his Biogas system. His passion for seeing young people share their lives across the North-South divide continues to be a key focus and he takes great pride in offering hospitality to teams of young and young-at-heart people at the Link Centre with his wife Sophie and team of hosts.
John feels in his element when training local Ugandans new skills in sustainable technology and when introducing young people from the UK to local Ugandan communities, making them feel at home building true friendships, and not simply being voluntourists.
John has a penchant for coffee growing and is excited about the power of poo!