About Lift One Kin
Hello, we are John Joseph Kasirivu and Alex Petercuskie, founders of Lift One Kin. Lift One Kin began out of two main desires- a desire to build empathy, shared dignity and connection among people, and the desire to positively impact the lives of others, especially youth, so that they can lead healthy, fulfilling lives by reaching their God-given potential. Joseph is a Gospel/Reggae musician who grew up in Kampala, Uganda. By age 12, he lost both of his parents, and he is passionate about uplifting youth and single mothers. He emphasizes the importance of keeping families together, despite the many hardships they face. In past, he has performed at schools, churches and even prisons. Alex is a certified teacher from the United States. She has dedicated most of her career to working with students from lower socioeconomic backgrounds and immigrant children and families. She is passionate about building a strong educational foundation for all children and providing them with opportunities to be creative and think critically.
We hope you will join us by walking with love wherever you go. You can help us love one to lift one because by uplifting one individual or family, we are transforming communities, and by transforming communities, we are changing the world.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality...
if it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Romans 12:12- 18
Lift One Kin is a registered nonprofit that empowers individuals to become healthy, independent leaders in their communities through educational opportunities and environmental initiatives.
Each day we have the choice to walk with love and be a positive light to those around us. No matter where you live, what you have or who you are, you have the power to make a positive difference in the world. Being connected to others, we have a responsibility to make one another feel loved, capable and supported in order to reach our God-given joy and potential. Everyday provides the chance to uplift a soul, and at Lift One Kin, we are creating positive change through opportunity and adequate resources. We envision communities of healthy children and youth who have a greater chance to succeed as compassionate, innovative future leaders and entrepreneurs.
Over the last few years, founders of Lift One Kin and numerous donors have given more than 100 books and new school supplies to three rural schools in Uganda.
During the Covid19 pandemic, generous donors helped provide food packages to 50 families in Kampala. In May 2022, we conducted our first Urban Community Clean-Up Day and have distributed 33 washable (reusable) sanitary pads to young women. Last term (May 2022), more than 60 workbooks and required school materials were given out to families. Additionally, we have donated new t-shirts and toys, and collaborated with local community leaders and other non-profits. We look forward to our newest project- facilitating income-generating skills workshops for unemployed youth and young mothers.