Letter From Our Founder


TRAVELING AROUND THE WORLD WORKING WITH NONPROFIT TEAMS IN DEVELOPING COUNTRIES ALISHA SAW THE EFFECTS OF WAR AND POVERY FIRSTHAND. KNOWING THAT EDUCATION PLAYS A KEY ROLE IN REBUILDING COMMUNITIES, SHE CAME BACK TO THE UNITED STATES ON A MISSION.

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Dear Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the work of The Kikulu Foundation. I am so happy you’re here.

The work we do is so 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, being out of the comforts of western society, 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 learning from 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 had without becoming a 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 and creating opportunity for women and children. Women and children 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,

Alisha Robertson-Stephens


In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.

The Kikulu Foundation was founded by Alisha Robertson-Stephens, a global citizen and education advocate. In addition to leading the work of the Kikulu Foundation, Alisha works full-time in the biotechnology and health & wellness space. Without the dedication of her working Board of Directors, the work of the Kikulu Foundation would not be able to impact so many students.