Little BIG Africa was founded and is directed by Bikie and Debs Isharaza.
Both Bikie and Debs have spent all of their careers, now totalling 34 years between them, working in development mainly in East Africa. Between them, they have trained and hosted thousands of local and international volunteers to work on development projects (and still training more!) and have worked with over two hundred local community committees.
Bikie has a BA in Development Studies from Mbarara University of Science and Technology and an MA in Development Studies from Nkozi University. He first began working with rural communitites at the tender age of 15 when he supported a women's group to find funding for their self help group. Since then he has worked for various international NGOs, both in Uganda and the UK, including VSO, VECO, Skillshare International and Restless Development. Bikie is a Trustee of LBA, currently working full time in Kampala, but lending most of his spare moments to voluntarily support the LBA team.
Debs has a BA in African Studies from the University of Birmingham, a MSc in Human Resource Management and Development in International Development from the University of Manchester, and a TESOL certificate. Debs first travelled to Africa as a volunteer in 2006, where she spent two years volunteering and coordinating a new volunteer programme in northern Tanzania. Since then she has spent most of her working life back in Africa, being fortunate enough to work in Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and The Gambia on a variety of projects including Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health, Water & Sanitation, Education, Microfinance, Health and the Environment. She has enjoyed travelling to a host of African countries including Malawi, Kenya, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Egypt, Ethiopia and South Africa, as well as Australia, USA, Thailand and Malaysia. Debs is currently the (voluntary) Chief Executive of LBA, managing the day to day running of all LBA activities both in Uganda and the UK.