A hopeful future on the rise.

Kupanda is a community of refugee children and local mentors on a mission to support literacy, education, and a better future for families in San Diego.

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About Kupanda

We are guided by the principle of Ubuntu, an African term meaning feeling connected to universal humanity. It is often translated as "I am because we are," or "humanity towards others," but is often used in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity." We believe in a more connected way to live that finds value in deep relationships and community success.

Better Grades

Kupanda students are supported in their social and emotional development and see increased grades and test scores by 11 points.

Higher Income

Kupanda strives for all of its girls to graduate high school, increasing their lifetime incomes by more than 500%.

Greater Success

Kupanda students are more likely to reach the 10th grade on time and on track, becoming 3x more likely to graduate high school.

Our Stories

Tutoring has been a really eye-opening experience for me so far. I've gotten to know the kids on a personal level and it's been amazing to watch them become more open and excited to learn. They're eager and bright individuals, and I think that having a peer instead of a teacher to explain assignments or ask questions to is really beneficial to these students.

Elizabeth SahKupanda Tutor

I spend about an hour each week with Amani (8 years old) and Mamsi (12 years old) and I look forward to that hour every Sunday! Both are steadily becoming more confident in their skills, such as English pronunciation and new math concepts. Tutoring sessions are fun and high energy, while still holding a focused and productive tone!

Amanda ChenKupanda Tutor

The opportunity to mentor these kind, respectful, and amazing kids and observing their growth has been enlightening. Being able to create a personal connection with them has been a valuable experience like no other, and is something I will cherish in the future.

Audrey ShaoKupanda Tutor

100% of your contribution goes towards the benefit of refugee children. No portion of your donation goes to administration cost. We are an all-volunteer organization.

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Become a mentor for Kupanda today and help deliver on a promise of a better world for our kids, and show them that they are loved and capable of loving.

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Let us know if you have any questions about member enrollment or becoming a mentor.