OUR TEAM

FOUNDING DIRECTOR

DAVID
WAHLSTEDT

Is an entrepreneur, an educator, and the Lead Pastor of The Table Dallas – a church located in Lewisville, Texas. He has spent the past 17 years supporting religious and educational non-profits throughout Uganda. UGANDA SHOE TREES is the major project i for his graduate studies program in Ministry Entrepreneurship and Innovation at Tabor College.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
LET’S GO
GREEN INITIATIVE

ROBERT
MATOVU

Robert is a conservationist with a deep passion for East African wildlife and their natural habitat. In 2004, he earned a Diploma in Business from Uganda College of Commerce, Pakwach, West Nile with a major in Accounting. He is employed by Speke Uganda Holidays as a safari driver and guide, specializing in hosting German-speaking tourists in safaris throughout Uganda and Rwanda. In addition to his work at Speke, Robert serves as Student and Field Personnel Coordinator with Uganda Children’s Project. Robert is a Ruler Elder with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Kiwatule. He is married to Betty Nakabugo and together they have a daughter Samantha Abigail.

ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
BAREFOOT UGANDA INITIATIVE

PAUL
SSESANGA

Paul is a 2013 graduate of the College of Education and External Studies at Makerere University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education with a major in German. His childhood life in a village exposed him to the hardships that rural communities experience in providing education for their children. He is passionate about social-economic projects geared toward development of communities. When not leading a Safari for German-speaking tourists, Paul works diligently to develop business opportunities including expanding his own company that provides event services, photography, and videography. He is also a sought after motivational speaker for youth and children on attitude, behavioral change, relationships, and developing life and career skills.

PROJECT SECRETARY

DERRICK
MAKUMBI

Derrick is a tour guide who loves nature conservation and inspiring the next generation. His travels throughout the country have opened his eyes to the need for sustainable firewood resources, supporting educational entrepreneurs, and providing shoes to children walking many kilometers to school barefoot. The insights Derrick has gleaned through his travels inspired him to join the Shoe Tree Educational Support team.

GLOBAL AMBASSADORS
UGANDA SHOE TREES

DAVID & KYLIE
KNIGHT

David & Kylie are traveling illusionists that have the unique opportunity to share with audiences around the world about the power and potential of Uganda Shoe Trees. After falling in love with the program a few years back, they set out to find a way to support it. They developed an illusion to perform in their show to bring awareness to the project and began to direct their audiences to give generously in a bucket that is placed in a prime location on the merchandise table at their shows. They have talked about the program in multiple interviews and have worked tirelessly behind the scenes to do whatever they can to help UST flourish. Their merchandise table bucket has raised thousands of dollars for hundreds of shoes.