Lutino Adunu • Uganda
Shilla Adyero is a human rights advocate born, raised, and educated in Gulu, Northern Uganda; a place characterized by a protracted two-decade conflict. Shilla holds a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Development from SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont – USA, alongside other degrees from Makerere University and Western Washington University. She is also the founder and director of Lutino Adunu, a community-based organization established to promote learning through the provision of community libraries services, sponsorship for selected beneficiaries and the establishment of a school to re-build the lives of children in post war northern Uganda. Shilla holds over 7 years of experience in project planning and implementation with a focus on addressing the struggles of marginalized and vulnerable people, particularly children and women, through multi-level and diversely oriented advocacy, and research. The two-decade war shaped Shilla’s commitment to service above self. Her community was traumatized by the gross human rights violations of the Lord’s Resistance Army as many children were abducted on their way to schools, recruited as child soldiers or used as sex slaves by the rebel fighters. She counts herself lucky to have been able to pursue her studies despite the violence that surrounded her. Shilla has dedicated her life to rebuild the lives of people in Northern Uganda.