The Kamukama Foundation Story
In 2011, a Texas couple walking through Bwindi met Kamukama Jr., a young boy searching for his father. The boy could not attend school because his father had abandoned his family leaving his mother unable to afford tuition. In Uganda, a country without a quality public education system, students who cannot pay cannot attend school.
The couple arranged for the young boy’s school fees to be paid, and after returning home, were struck by a question: How many more children were there like Kamukama Jr. who did not have access to quality education? In that moment, the idea for the Kamukama Foundation was born.
Today, after that chance encounter, Kamukama is happy, healthy and thriving at Taibah International School in Kampala. The movement he sparked has grown, but the model remains the same: connect one sponsor with one student, and transform a child’s life through the power of education.
Kamukama Foundation Staff
Managing Director Uganda
Ian is a respected leader with a passion for helping his neighbors. He has been an active supporter of the local hospital, nursing school and orphan development center. In 2016, following his very successful career with Abercrombie and Kent’s, Ian joined the Foundation as Managing Director. Bwindi is a better place because of Ian, and the community continues to be blessed by his service.
Project Coordinator, Uganda
With an extensive background in education and community development, Peter is a great asset to the Kamukama Foundation. In his role as Project Coordinator, Peter will utilize his skills to nourish our students spiritually, mentally, physically, and emotionally. Peter is charged with overseeing the Foundations sponsorship program, project development and community relations.
Asst. Project Coordinator, Uganda
Robert joins the Kamukama Foundation with experience as a social worker for the Red Cross and Habitat for Humanity. In his role as Assistant Project Coordinator, he supports the Foundation’s sponsorship and community initiatives, including student database management and skill development programming for secondary students.
Chief Field Officer, Project Harvest, Uganda
Joshua joined the Foundation in June 2020 to lead our Project Harvest initiative.Joshua holds a Bachelor of Agriculture and Rural Innovation from Makerere University. In 2016, he was awarded a scholarship by the Ugandan government to study in Israel where he received an Applicable Agricultural and Animal Sciences diploma. We are grateful Johua has returned to his home village to lead our team and teach our families modernized agriculture.
Operations Manager, US
Shaela McCarley has been an important part of Kamukama Foundation since joining the team as Operations Manager in 2015. Shaela has been instrumental in supporting the Foundations’s growth as it expands to reach more students. She manages outreach efforts and is a critical part of our work to connect donors and sponsors with school communities in Uganda
Communications Director, US
Elizabeth Howden has served as Communications Director for the Kamukama Foundation since 2016. In this role, Elizabeth supports the development of sponsor outreach materials and marketing collateral. She also serves as an Advisor to the Board on digital messaging and crisis communications.