Founder

ANNABELLE BRIGANDI FOUNDER

Hello! I’m Annabelle, and I have been living part time in Uganda since February of 2017. I originate from Southern California, USA. Back home in California and in my free time in Uganda I work with people with disabilities as a home aide and a volunteer teachers aide. I met the boys in Kisenyi in early 2018 and ever since then that’s where my heart belonged. I am a firm believer that it's a human right to have access to an education, food, clean water, medical and mental health care. In addition, everyone has a right to an equal amount of respect and dignity given to them, it's especially important to ensure these values while working in a vulnerable population. These boys continue to inspire me with their dedication, work ethics, and kindness to all. It’s been an honor to work with them! It’s a dream come true to share a passion for these boys with so many amazing people and be apart of ‘Streets To Success Foundation’. I hope you join me in this journey towards finding success for every boy.

Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers for your love and support. We couldn't have done this without you! Alexandra Shelton(USA), Jenna Shaffer (USA), Golnaz Bassam Thabar (New Zealand).

The Board

Jenna Shaffer

Board Member

Hi all! My name is Jenna Shaffer and I am from Boston, USA. I spent the first year of the organization living in Uganda, working both in the safe house and at outreach from August 2018 to 2019. I am a current undergraduate student at American University studying Public Health with a minor in Global Inequality and Development. I am extremely passionate about combining my personal knowledge and experience with my public health education to ensure the boys have the best opportunity for success. I truly believe where you live should not determine if you live, and that it is the human obligation to work to minimize the large gap of inequality across our world. I am an advocate for human rights and believe with your help this organization will be able to provide an adequate opportunity for the thousands of street kids living in Kisenyi. All of our staff is extremely dedicated and passionate about our work and we are so excited to have your support!

Alexandra Shelton

Board Member

Hello! I’m Alex Shelton and I have been working with the boys in Kisenyi since the summer of 2018. I originally came to Uganda in 2017 to work with a women’s empowerment organization, which I am still involved in. However, when I met the children in Kisenyi and saw the work being done I immediately felt called to join in the effort and have never looked back. I have been with Streets to Success Foundation since it’s creation and am so proud of the work being accomplished. I recently completed my Bachelor’s degree in Social Work with a minor in Sociology and I hope to one day have a Masters in Social Work with a focus on International Aid. During my time in school, I volunteered with both homeless shelters in Flagstaff and interned at a local youth shelter. Since graduation, I have continued working at group homes in the area and spend much of my free time continuing my personal education on social issues and sustainable solutions. Like the rest of the Streets To Success Foundation staff I am so passionate about helping these young boys and I hope you will join us in our efforts.

Esther Moon

Board Member

Hi there! My name is Esther Moon, and I am from Seattle, Washington. I first went to Uganda in March of 2018 after I graduated from the University of Washington with a degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental biology. Initially I worked with a local child care center and then returned again in 2019 to work exclusively with STSF after its creation. During my first trip, I found myself being drawn to the vibrant boys of Kisenyi, and have been involved with them ever since. You will never meet a more kind-hearted, strong-willed, and awe-inspiring bunch of boys. We all jumped into this crazy life together and I have not regretted a moment of it! I have since returned to the states to continue my education and pursue my dental degree at the University of California, San Francisco. I cannot wait to be able to go back and be able to (literally) brighten these boys smiles as much as they brighten up my life!! I am so proud to be a part of the Streets to Success Foundation and cannot wait to see where this journey takes us, and we hope you will be a part of it!

The Staff

Walusimbi Vicent

House Manager

Hello! My name is Walusimbi Vicent and I was born in Uganda. I grew up in the streets of Kampala and life was very hard. Many people misunderstood me and did not treat me well. I want to change this. I want to help my brothers who are still in the streets to live a better life. I have been with Streets to Success for 2 years. I am the House Manager and I make sure the boys I take care of are okay and that the safe house is running smoothly. I am an “Uncle” to 20 boys and I play many different roles. I’m like a father, big brother, and a friend to all of them and we are a family. I care about the boys very much and they make me happy. I counsel and give advice to the boys. I listen to them and make sure they have all they need and that we understand each other. I want all the boys to succeed and do well in school. I thank all of the supporters for all they have done for us. We are so thankful and we appreciate you so much.