Annabelle Brigandi

Founder & Executive Director

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. I believe in connecting without judgment, holding spaces for all voices to be heard and allowing yourself to constantly to be educated. 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.

The Staff

Mugambwa Paul

Director & Social Worker

Paul is an integral part of STSF. With an education and history of social work and working in group homes / reunification he is the best man for this job! Paul has a heart of gold and cares so deeply about the boys and their families and only desires and works to do the best by them. He works within the house to counsel the boys and teach them how to grow up to be a responsible and respectful man. He helps them with how to regulate their emotions and prepare for their future as well as life skills tasks such as cooking and cleaning. He works to sensitize and prepare families for the reunification of their child.  And makes sure the reunification of boy and family goes smoothly and safely.

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.

Anna Nakyoobe

House Matron

Anna is a single mom of four kids with a humble, Christian based background. Although life hasn’t been easy for her, she has managed through hard work and dedication to work her way out and live a life she's proud of. Anna has always dreamed of working with disadvantaged youth, so working with ‘Streets To Success Foundation’ is a dream come true. Anna works tirelessly to ensure not only are the boys well cared for and growing up to be responsible and respectful men, but also works within administration work. Her dedication to the boys shows day to day as she is constantly working and growing to improving the boys, finding various ways to educate the boys and teach them new ways to become independent young men. Anna believes it’s not about your past or who you once were, but you are today and who you are dedicated to being in the future. She loves being able to work closely with their education and growth in all forms, making sure they’re attending their therapy, dance, and boxing classes as well as helping with homework.

Mambo John

Care Staff

Mambo is the direct care staff for the sponsorship house for Streets To Success Foundation. His day to day consists of overall care for the children and ensuring their safety and helping lead activities with them such as football and caring for the animals. Mambo has worked previously with children experiencing homelessness and has a passion for making sure these children can get off the streets and into a safe home and receive their education they need. His passion really shines through when he gets to connect with each individual boy and helps guide them with their future and dreams, he listens to their concerns and goals and helps them work through that. He relates and understands boys and uses his experience and life as a tool to help better these boys current and future life. 

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!