The Full-time Team
These 4 women and 2 men are busy for the Foundation from within Uganda and abroad seven days a week!
in Kampala Uganda
Susan is a phenomenal woman, who proves that nothing is impossible. Susan is a survivor of cancer and tuberculosis, and is HIV positive. At the age of 13, Susan became pregnant. But these obstacles did not stop her! When she became too weak to crush stones in the quarry with her children, she started making jewellery. Aidah and Stella (together with Susan they tun 22STARS) became back in 2009 her first customers. With the money Susan earned, she went back to school! Susan learned English and when she met Stella again in 2012 she told her to help her set up a webshop for her jewelry (22stars) to sell abroad. A couple of years later we started the foundation of which Susan is the project manager in Kampala and helps many more women and children. Susan has three children, aged 19,21 and 23. Susan loves cooking, dancing and making jokes.
Founder & Executive Director Remote and partly in Uganda
Stella was born in Germany, but grew up in the Netherlands, where she studied International Law. Stella went on to receive an advanced master's degree in Human Rights and Democracy. Through Stella’s experience and education, she gained a clear understanding of the importance to improve developmental aid in order to maximise the benefits seen in local communities. This is how 22STARS was born. Stella rents out her home in Europe, leading a basic nomad lifestyle, thereby devoting her time to helping people in need. Stella spends about 5 months of a year in Uganda. Stella loves sleeping under the stars and calls herself a Social Impact Nomad.
in Jinja Uganda
In 2009, Aidah was working in an AIDS Information Center, where she met Stella. Aidah introduced Stella to Susan, and translated for the two ladies, until Susan became fluent in English. Aidah is the Project Manager at our Jinja location, in one of the most impoverished areas, called Danida. Aidah and her family were born in Danida, but Aidah was able to escape poverty and went to school as a child. Now she has a deep urge to help others in need, who were less fortunate than herself. Aidah is married to David Wafula, who also works for 22STARS. Aidah has four children, and enjoys singing, dancing, and making jewellery and clothes.
Remote since 2018
Francesca is a Italian change-maker. She grew up in Milan, Italy, where she obtained a Bachelor degree in Literature and History. After traveling to SouthEast Asia, she decided to help people out of poverty. Leading her to earn her master’s degree in International Relations, with a focus on child protection. She then started working for various NGOs and UN agencies across the globe, namely Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia and Nepal. After falling in love with South America during her travels in 2017, Francesca decided to become a digital nomad, and she has been working since January 2018 for the Foundation 22Stars, mostly located in Central and South America.
Small Business Trainer in Uganda since 2017
Basalirwa Nicholas was born in Uganda. He is the Founder and Business Growth and Strategist Manager of Entrepreneurs Hand Uganda (EHU), and Ask Nicholas Tours and Travel, respectively. Since 2017, Nicholas has worked at both locations of the Foundation. He is currently helping us with our Economic Development Program for our families, and handles the Micro Loans and our Small Business Trainings. Nicholas’ strong passion for entrepreneurship and it’s potential for positive social and community impacts pushed him to enroll for his bachelor's in Business Administration. Nicholas loves football, cricket, dancing, volleyball, climbing, hiking, and travelling.
Assisting Project Manager in Uganda since 2020
Since the beginning of 22STARS, Pastor David Wafula has been our prime mover, helping to connect us all during our early stages. Pastor David Wafula earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a master's degree in Organizational Leadership and Management, and is the husband of our Project Manager, Aidah Wafula. Since April 2020, David joined our team, assisting our project managers in both Kampala and Jinja. We are very happy to have David with us, and we look forward to the positive impacts his expertise will bring to 22STARS! In David’s free time, he enjoys singing and making people laugh. Location: Jinja.
Staff in Uganda '20'-'21
Without these wonderful people on the ground we would not be able to manage all our projects and kids!
Peace is sponsored and in S-4 boarding school. She is a very enthusiastic and outgoing person, who enjoys helping us with after school activities during her holidays. She loves to dance and sing. Location: Kampala.
Derrick is sponsored and in S-2 adult school. Derrick helps us out with all things technical and our after-school project. He loves football. Location: Kampala.
Beatrice helps with coordinating our nutrition project. Every Sunday, she cooks for all 200 kids, and travels purchase the food for them. She loves cooking. Location: Kampala.
Sekate is a motor-taxi driver who regularly travels to town to buy things for our projects. He loves to sing and play football. Location: Kampala.
Richard has two medical degrees, and owns a small pharmacy in Acholi Quarters. Richard helps treat our children when they are ill. Location: Kampala.
Every Sunday, Lilian enjoys cooking for our children in Kampala. She also loves meeting with the visitors. Location: Kampala.
Masika is sponsored and goes to S-2 boarding school. On her holidays, she helps out by washing dishes and cooking for us. Masika is always smiling and enjoys reading a lot. Location: Kampala.
Nearly everyday, Alice dedicates time to assist at our Kampala location. Alice enjoys helping with the kids on Sundays, she is very passionate about teaching hygiene, and always makes sure the children have clean clothes to wear. We are very lucky to have Alice with us. Location: Kampala.
Margret is a member of our Small Business Training Team and our Kampala community mobiliser. On Sundays, Margret enjoys cooking for the children. She is a very outgoing person, and she loves dancing to welcome any visitors. Location: Kampala.
Aboo Norah is a teacher, by profession. She dedicates her time to counsel the children at our Jinja location. We are very lucky to have her with us. She likes to sing and dance, and one day hopes to build her own school. Location: Jinja.
Irene is our Jinja Community Mobiliser. Irene’s children attend school at our Jinja location. Having never attended school herself, Irene is very grateful that her children have this opportunity. She is a very passionate person, who dreams about building a day-care and helping other children in need. Location: Jinja.
Ruth is one of our chefs in Jinja, who cooks for the children on Saturdays. Ruth is a very outgoing and talkative person, that enjoys spending time with her friends, running, and playing netball. Location: Jinja.
Lukia is another chef in Jinja, helping to cook for the children on Saturdays. Additionally, Lukia helps with janitorial work in Jinja office. She enjoys dancing and having fun with her friends. Location: Jinja.
Doreen assists the children after school, by helping them with their homework and ensuring that they succeed in school. Doreen enjoys singing and dancing. Location: Jinja.
Ambassadors '20/ '21
Many of our ambassadors are also our business partners, selling our jewellery, sponsoring children, and/or were a participant in our trips to Uganda! Thanks to these amazing people, 22STARS is where it is today: sending over 400 children to school and empowering their whole community!
Steffi was born in Germany. She enjoys traveling and loves to help people. She heard about 22STARS at a retreat for Digital Nomads back in 2017, which she was organizing and were 22STARS Founder Stella gave a talk about 22STARS. Steffi started sponsoring a child and joined one of the Workations for Digital Nomads of Stella, Susan and Aidah in March 2018 and fell in love with the country. Her passion for Uganda is so contagious that her community also wanted to come to Uganda. Hence since 2019 Steffi is hosting alongside
Stella, Susan and Aidah Social Impact Trips to Uganda twice a year. Needless to say that she got us many new sponsors for the children in and endless of extra donations for our programs!
Nick was born in Germany, and is the boyfriend of Stefanie Oeffner. He loves traveling as much as she does, and hosted a show around Germany called "6 Jahre Weltreise, die geilste luecke im Lebenslauf". On this show, Stefanie was able to come on stage and to talk about Uganda and the foundation, which enabled us to reach a significant amount of new sponsors and supporters for 22STARS!
George has been assisting with our project since its inception. He is a dance artist, yogi, acro-yogi, skate instructor and enjoys photography. George wants to inspire young people, by showing the children how to do hip-hop dance moves, giving yoga classes to the children, and taking amazing pictures!
Bastian is originally from Germany, and has been traveling the world the past couple of years. Bastian was one of our first visitors to Uganda, in 2016. Upon this visit many people in his community were inspired to support the foundation and sponsored a child. Bastian is a big supporter for us, and we thank him for his consistent love!
Timo und Sascha
Timo and Sascha heard about 22STARS through several people from the Digital Nomad community. Soon after, they interviewed 22STARS on their podcast and donated large amounts to the children in Uganda!
Ruediger heard for the first time about 22STARS during a Podcast from his son Daniel Walzer. Not much later his wife was selling the 22STARS jewellery in their optical shop and Ruediger decided to come together with his sons to Uganda to help out on the eye program. He started his own foundation called "WirHelfenSehen" to help us out even more!
Van Data was born in Uganda and has supported the 22STARS foundation since the beginning. Van Data enjoys visiting our project to dance, sing, and play soccer with the children. Van Data is a musician who loves to inspire and educate the young generation so that they have more of a chance at a bright future!
Lisa Wilhelm joined the Social Impact Trip to Uganda that was hosted by Stella and Steffi, in May 2019. Lisa decided to return to Uganda 10 months later for her second Social Impact Trip. Additionally, Lisa has been selling tons of 22STARS jewellery to her friends and colleagues, and continues to help us out wherever she can! We love you, Lisa!
Lisa Praxmarer is a kindergarten teacher originally from Austria. In January of 2020, Lisa visited us in Uganda on a Social Impact Trip, hosted by Stella and Steffi. Lisa also set up a fundraiser for the 22STARS at her kindergarten, and started selling our jewellery as well! We are so thankful for her support and cannot imagine being without her! :)
For some years now, Regina has been sponsoring one of our kids in Uganda. In September 2019, Regina also came to visit us! Regina has since started throwing regular fundraising campaigns for the children in Uganda! Thank you so much for your big heart Regina!
Ed is a photographer who lives in Uganda. Ed has been with 22STARS since the beginning, when we had just 20 kids sponsored and has been with our foundation ever since. Ed enjoys visiting the children, bringing them extra food, and sometimes coming with his friends. Thank you so much Ed for bringing people to our project and helping to spread the word about the work we do at 22STARS!
Angelika is from Poland, and enjoys exploring the globe and immersing herself in other cultures. She currently works as a Business Coordinator, at Metropolitan Housing Trust, in England. Angelika enjoys photography, has been a vegetarian for almost 6 years, and yogini for 2 years. She believes that everyone can make a difference by introducing little changes in their daily life.
Upon Lisa Bauer’s first visit to Uganda in 2019, she fell in love with the people of Uganda and also with the paper beaded jewellery made by our artisans. Lisa has given jewellery workshops in Germany where she shared our story and raised funds for our cause. Lisa is a creative soul herself and loves being outside. We are very thankful for Lisa, and for all she continues to do for us.
For a few years now, Anja Greszik, together with her friend Ani, has been sponsoring our twins in Kampala. She also visited us in Uganda and has been promoting us all around Germany. Last winter, Anja sold our 22STARS jewellery, in the freezing cold, at a winter market in Hamburg! Anja is a journalist, social media poet & consultant, and loves music and going to festivals.
Lianne Schulte is a model at Maxmodel. When Lianne’s friend, Stella, told her about 22STARS, Lianne was so enthusiastic that she offered the use of her fashion network to help with the first photoshoots, and hence becoming the first 22STARS model. In November 2012, Stella invited Lianne to join her on a trip to Uganda, where she fell in love with the country and its people. Lianne loves being on the waves on a sunny day.
In November 2017, Anne came to Uganda to visit our projects and meet the children she had been sponsoring for a few years now. Anne is a very sporty person and in the summer months she loves to go hiking, and swimming in the sea, and during the winter months you can find her on skis, in the Swiss Alps.
Alexander is originally from Russia, and currently lives in Germany. In 2017, Alexander visited us in Uganda, on a Social Impact Workation. Afterwards he set up a group called "Teller Fuer Teller" to help us to get monthly donations that are used to feed our children in Kampala and Jinja. Without our wonderful ambassadors, like Alexander, 22STARS would not be able to provide such necessities as food to our children.
In 2019, Lars visited us during a Social Impact Workation and fell in love with the country. Lars has set up several fundraisers for us, which helped us to get essentials for the children, such as bags, mattresses, and furniture! We are proud and very thankful to have such hardworking and selfless ambassadors, such as Lars, who help us provide for our children.
Online Volunteers '20'-'21
Many of our online volunteers also sponsor a child and participated in our trips to Uganda! Thanks to these people 22STARS is up and running and can keep it operational costs low!
Anita is sponsoring already a child from 22STARS since years. In 2019 she then finally came to Uganda for the first time, September second time and beginning of 2020 it was already her third time. You can say she fell in love with Uganda! Ani is helping us out with our copy and translations!
Lucy volunteered for us in Uganda for 3 months and since then she helps us out online for our Eye Program. She has been send by our partner WirHelfenSehen to Uganda to help us out at our Eye Program and accompany our team to the eye hospital! Lucy did an apprenticeship as an optician before he studies and wanted to gain new experiences in her practical semester. She first started her internship with Walzer Optik in Germany and then joined a Social Impact Workation with Stella in Uganda to be fully prepared for her time in Uganda at the project.
Jessica was born in Austria. With her open mind and heart, she likes to explore foreign countries and learn from their cultures. Besides traveling, music plays an essential role in her life as she is a huge fan of live concerts. After finishing her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, she started working as a Team Assistant in an IT company. She likes to dedicate her time to bring joy into this world with the mission to support people in need.
Marlo comes from California and is currently living in Germany. When she heard about 22STARS foundation from Steffi, she knew that she had to check it out and immediately signed up for the social impact trip in February 2020. Visiting Uganda was a great reminder to stay curious and she cannot wait to visit again.
Andreia is Portuguese and lives near Lisbon. She has a master's degree in work psychology, human resources and organizations and is a consultant. She was a girl scout from 9 to 22 and always participated in several volunteer actions in her life. She loves to help and feel useful in the smallest things.
Inês is Portuguese and she lives in Lisbon. She strongly believes that everything is better when you live by the sea. She is a designer and loves everything crafty. She has been a designer volunteer for a while now and it really brings her joy to help make an impact with her work. She believes that all of us could play an important part of each others lives everyday if we treat each others rightfully and respectfully.
Alisa is an American living in The Netherlands. She moved with work originally and decided to stay. Living in Europe makes traveling much easier which is something she loves! She is delighted to be supporting the 22Stars Foundation and enjoys that warm fuzzy feeling of being a part of such a good cause.
Emilija is from North Macedonia and lived and worked in its capital, Skopje, as a lawyer for 12 years after graduating from the local university. She is passionate about discovering new cultures and cuisines,and she enjoys nature, exercising and traveling. Recently, she moved to Amsterdam with her partner, and she is excited about exploring new opportunities as she likes to challenge and develop herself. She has faith in small changes, as they can make a big difference, and she believes that every individual contribution makes the world a better place.
Elena is an Architect and she was born in Italy. Nomad inside, she first moved to Germany and then to Austria (Vienna), to work in the field of sustainable and affordable buildings. Besides her passion for Art, she likes dancing, being in contact with Nature and travelling. She is always looking for ways to help make the world a better place for everyone. She is very enthusiast about volunteering online, because she can support such a beautiful cause while doing something she enjoys (graphic design). Her dream is to travel outside Europe and to combine her vacation with volunteering abroad.
At age 6 Jenny and her family left Canada for the highlands of Papua New Guinea; for 5 years she experienced a completely different way of life and gained a broad worldview. It is her goal to help others live healthily and with dignity, and she would like to help facilitate access to environmental (and other) education for local people in developing countries. Jenny loves nature and works as an Environmental Project Manager, and hopes to complete a Masters in International Development in the future. She greatly enjoys travelling in Europe (trying all of the good food and learning new languages!) and practicing her wildlife photography in Africa.
Licia comes from Portugal.She loves sports, languages and to connect with people coming from all over the world. Her first volunteer experience was to work with refugees in Switzerland, and she has never stopped making a difference since, to help create a more equal world.
Claudio comes from Peru. He loves learning languages and getting into new experiences. He loves volunteering and helping people in need to help improve their livelihood and well-being
Jamie is originally from California, and currently lives in the Netherlands. Jamie has a longstanding history of volunteer and service work, aiding communities both locally and globally. At a very young age, she developed a passion to help and advocate for marginalized populations. This passion led her to earned a master’s degree in Sociology, focusing on public policy interventions for social issues and international human trafficking.
Karin Van Mierlo
Karin met 22STARS founder on the Nomad Cruise in 2016 and has since then been sponsoring Angel Anek. In 2018 Karin joined the social workation in Uganda and that made it even more tangible for her. She got to meet Angel and her family which was a wonderful experience for both. Education is the birthright of every kid on the planet. Karin made amazing pictures during this trip which you find all over our website!
İdil Çok (IG: _idilcok_) is a high school student from Adana, Turkey. She decided that she wanted to volunteer using her passion for art and design to help change the world and have an impact on others’ lives.
Cynthia Paola Ortiz García
Cynthia is currently living in Monterrey, Mexico. She loves reading and traveling to get to know other cultures and places. This has been one of her first volunteering experiences and she really enjoyed it. She strongly believes that if each one of us tries to do small things to support admirable causes, we can all make a difference in this world.
All board members have been to Uganda to visit 22STARS at their own costs, are volunteering for the organisation, sponsor several children and make regular donations.
The board follows the advice from our Ugandan Team on the ground and makes sure that it matches our budget.
Why we don't have Ugandans in our board? That is because our board members do not get anything paid, which is by Dutch Law governing Public Benefit Institutions is illegal. We cannot pay our board for their tasks.
Our Ugandan team however does get paid for the work they are doing and they are obvioulsy the ones telling us what they need.
Klaus Friedhelm Muller
Klaus F. Müller is a German dentist and European pioneer of modern dental implantology. Privately, he is concerned with the art and architecture of historicism and he is an avid ultralight pilot. Klaus was supporting 22STARS from the beginning and was the first to support two boys with school fees, after hearing their stories. Klaus visited 22STARS in Uganda in November 2017.
Daniel comes from South of Germany and has a passion for traveling and helping people. He is sponsoring a child since October 2016 and came to Uganda in March 2018 and June 2019 to visit the projects of 22STARS. Together with his father he started also the WirHelfenSehen Foundation to help people with their eye side.
Romana is living in the Netherlands but comes from German/Italian parents. Romana loves to bring people together. She loves kids and even published her own book for children called Pipke and Popke. She is a big fan of 22STARS from the very first second she was also among the first people to start sponsoring children. Romana visited the 22STARS projects herself in March 2016.
Stella has a background in International Law, but changed her career after she fell in love with Uganda. Stella rents out her apartment in Holland and lives a basic nomad lifestyle since 5 years. Stella is about 5 months a year in Uganda and the other 7 months she spends all over the world: frequently speaking at conferences about making a Social Impact and working remotely. Stella loves sleeping under the stars and calls herself a Social Impact Nomad.