Letter From The Founder
Dear fellow changemakers,
Thank you for your interest in the work of The Kikulu Foundation. I am so happy you’re here to join us.
The work we do is incredibly personal to me as it is a part of my journey of expanding my worldview. The students we help support are not any children, they are children who are part of my global extended family.
In 2004, I began traveling, living, working and volunteering in many parts of the world very different than my own. When I lived in Northern Chile near the border of Bolivia teaching English as a Second Language, my desire and enthusiasm to learn about the world were unleashed. Being lost in translation, out of my comfort zone, and seeing real issues in the world didn’t scare me. It challenged me.
It challenged me to see more, learn more, and do more.
In 2011, I spent two years volunteering around the world working and learning with various NGOs and nonprofit organizations doing work on the ground in Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, South Sudan, Uganda, India, and Indonesia. During this time, I gained a tremendous level of understanding about the hardships, the cultures, and the people in these communities. For me, it was about gaining an understanding that one cannot possibly have without actually standing on the same soil. The understanding I could not have without becoming part of lives, hearing stories, and connecting with people in the communities in which I worked.
Since launching the Kikulu Foundation in 2012, our team has focused on supporting education for kids in Uganda. Kids who are gifted and lack the opportunity and support, but possess intelligence, determination, and perseverance.
To date the Kikulu Foundation has invested more than $90,000 towards education initiatives for children in rural Uganda, giving hundreds of young students an opportunity to reach their potential.
Thank you for being a part of our movement to build a world where all children, regardless of where they live, have access to quality education!
With deep gratitude,
About The Founder
Alisha Stephens is an advocate, global citizen, and humanitarian who is inspired by the potential of people. Alisha started the Kikulu Foundation in 2012 after spending two years living and volunteering around the world working and learning with various NGOs and nonprofit organizations across seven countries and four continents. Alisha has 10+ years of experience in leadership, the nonprofit sector, and working with multilingual and multicultural communities. She believes in opportunities for children in underserved populations and is relentless in her search for solutions that create a more just and equal world.
In addition to spearheading the efforts of the Kikulu Foundation, Alisha works full-time in the biotechnology and health & wellness space. Without the dedication of her working Board of Directors, and people like you, the work of the Kikulu Foundation would not be able to impact so many students.