Ellie Moodey


About Ellie Moodey

Ellie is the 2016 Mbarara Project Manager. She was a Project Worker at Shuuku Vocational Secondary School in 2014 and coordinated in Kisii and Kakamega in 2015. She has recently graduated from Oxford where she studied Classics and hopes to start a masters at LSE in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies. This summer she hopes to learn to cook.


10 things I learned from being Project Manager

I’ve just arrived back in the UK after 6 weeks as Project Manager in Mbarara. I’m very sad to have left Uganda, but now that I’m back home, I’ve had a chance to reflect on some of the things I learned this summer…  1. Our model works As a Project Worker, it’s hard to get a sense of the impact of what you’re doing – you don’t know if your projects will have the intended effect or if they […]

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What do we look for in our partner schools?

Whenever we visit a potential partner school, we begin our conversation with the headteacher by explaining what EPAfrica does, how our application process works, and what we look for in a potential partner school. “We are looking for three things,” I always explain. “We are looking for a school where our investments will have impact; a school where our investments will be sustainable; and a school where our Project Workers will have a good experience.”   The […]


Reflections on power and privilege

It’s the Second Week Meeting in Mbarara, and the Project Workers are standing in a line in the middle of the room. “Take a step forward for every time someone’s done your washing for you in the last two weeks.” A few PWs step forward. “Take a step forward for every time someone’s cooked dinner for you.” This time all the PWs take several steps forward. “Take a step back for every time you haven’t been […]

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Amanda, Corina and Miko outside their accommodation.

Project Workers settle into their schools in Mbarara

After a busy training week in Mbarara (read what our Project Workers thought here and here), last weekend the PWs were finally ready to spread their wings and fly the nest. They’ve now spent a full week living and working in their schools, and for me and my fellow coordinator Anna, the week was spent visiting them in their schools to see how they’re settling in. St Benedict’s Technical Institute – Amanda, Corina and Mikolaj Isingiro Secondary School – […]