• Social Impact Nomads is an initiative from Stella, Susan and Aidah, who are the founders and project managers at 22STARS

    The 22STARS foundation empowers families in Uganda

  • Social Impact Nomads & The 22STARS Foundation

    Together we make a difference!

    22STARS is a social enterprise empowering families in Uganda through product sales that finance their social programs on the ground. It is founded by Stella Airoldi, Susan Laker and Aidah Wafula in 2012 and in 2016 they started additionally the 22STARS Foundation which solely runs on donations in order to execute their social programs on a bigger scale. Since Stella is only part of the year in Uganda, and spends the rest of the year nomading around the world with "Digital Nomads" she started to call herself a "Social Nomad" who makes an impact. Stella started Social Nomads in 2016 with the idea to share her know-how with people who wish to start similar projects in countries all over the world!

  • Why A Social Workation & Impact Trip With us ?

    Stella started the Social Workations end of 2016 with co-hosts Susan and Aidah, as she spent several months a year in Uganda and was missing a group of friends to share her experiences with. As Stella has many friends in the Digital Nomad Scene, she started wondering why not more people came to Uganda to work from there. She found out that many people knew just a little about Uganda. And not just that, without having a translator and someone that can show you around and introduce you to local communities, you will pretty much end up on a standard safari tour holiday. So Stella started organizing the first impact Workations as she knew best what her western friends were looking for on a trip to Uganda, and Susan and Aidah knoe best what would benefit the local communities they work and live in most. As with every workation/trip we raised so much additional money for the 22STARS Foundation and they were a lot of fun doing, we decided to host at least 2 trips a year.

    What is the difference between a Workation or a Trip?

    Our Social Impact Workations are run by Stella, Aidah and Susan (from the 22STARS Foundation) and are for Digital Nomads / Location Independent Entrepreneurs / Freelancers who speak English (Germans are welcome as long as they stick to English). During the Workation we have Masterminds focusing on your work and making a social impact and we have scheduled in "Laptop Hours", in which you can either work on your own things, help us out at the 22STARS projects or take the time to reflect and relax at the swimming pool!


    Our Social Impact Trips are organised by Stella, Aidah and Susan ( from the 22STARS Foundation) with special co-host Stefanie Oeffner (from Die geilste Lücke im Lebenslauf - 6 Jahre Weltreise). Our Impact Trips are for German speakers only and focus on people who want to have a holiday experience while making a difference! Steffi has been part of one of the Social Workations herself in 2018, which has changed her life. Many people saw Steffis shining eyes on stage and hence asked her to please take them along on another trip to Uganda. And hence in addition to the Social Workations the Impact Trips were born!

  • The 22STARS Foundation

    Join us empowering families in Uganda!

    Our mission

    We are registred in Uganda as a Grassroot / CBO organisation (with only Ugandans in the board and team) and in the Netherlands we are registred as an ANBI Foundation (public benefit organisation) with unpaid board members who are donate regulary themselves and follow the advice of our Ugandan team. We are founded, because of the friendship of Susan Laker (Ugandan), Aidah Wafula (Ugandan) and Stella Airoldi (Dutch/German) who met in 2009 for the first time and stayed friends ever since and united their powers to start 22STARS.


    We're on a mission to empower families in Uganda to rise above poverty through and local leadership, education and entrepreneurship. We believe that economic development and education, along with fostering a strong sense of community, are key to helping communities break free of poverty. Our projects use an integrated approach to community development - focusing on the development of economic, social, natural, human, and cultural capital. Our programs and projects empower Ugandan people to preserve their culture, environment, and society.


    We work with communities in the capital Kampala, and in the Jinja region, who live in extreme poverty after having fled conflict zones in Northern Uganda. Many children have lost their parents and those who still have parents, cannot afford to attend school. As we believe that education is the key to fight poverty and diseases we created a Sponsorship Project to match sponsors with children in need. So far we have created long-term sponsorships for 375+ children and run additional community development programs to make sure they reach their full potential! Our long-term vision is to have our own education center for both children and adults.

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