Get to Know The Kimbra Foundation
Meet Co-Founder Barbara Kimbugwe – Miss Uganda, 2004-2005
“I’ve been giving the opportunity to stand up and be the light … to be the hope.”
Kimbra Co-Founder Barbara Kimbugwe is passionate about nurturing and providing opportunity for the underserved children of Africa. As a child growing up in Kampala, Uganda, Ms. Kimbugwe was blessed to have what she considers the essentials … a loving family, food, shelter, clothing and education. Because of this her childhood, while humble, was a happy one! But living in such a small country, she was acutely aware that you didn’t have to travel far to find those who were much less fortunate … to find extreme poverty. This was reinforced during her reign as Miss Uganda 2004-2005 when she had the opportunity to visit villages throughout her country and see first-hand the needs of each. What she found in most cases was a desperate need for even the most basic human necessities such as food, shelter and clothing. She witnessed the malnutrition, illiteracy, disease and squalid surroundings in so many communities. And she saw that the precious children were the most underserved of all. These experiences further fueled her passion to reach out and help her country. Ms. Kimbugwe currently resides in the United States where she works and has continued her education. But her heart has always belonged to Uganda, and she has never forgotten the poverty and desperate need she saw in so many villages. Because of Ms. Kimbugwe’s deep love of her country and its people, and her strong commitment to helping the children of Uganda, the Kimbra Foundation was born. “I want to give back to Uganda … by the knowledge I’ve received … to be able to share it back home so that other people will be able to stand on their own two feet,” Ms. Kimbugwe says. To this day, Ms. Kimbugwe works tirelessly to increase awareness of the plight of African children — her KIMBRA KIDS! In her travels, she spreads a message of hope and support designed to increase their self-confidence and help nurture Uganda’s future leaders. Through the Kimbra Foundation Ms. Kimbugwe strives to provide children in Uganda the same opportunities of education and support that she has had in her life. Founded in 2013, the Kimbra Foundation offers guidance, mentorship and supportive services designed to enrich the lives of the youth through both physical and mental enriched programs and services. Providing for the family’s basic needs allows KIMBRA KIDS to focus on their education which improves their chances for a brighter future.
Meet Al Sears, M.D., Kimbra Co-Founder
Dr. Sears has traveled to Africa many times on behalf of the Kimbra Foundation and has been instrumental in assisting with the medical care of the villagers and working closely with the physicians there to help establish the best protocols for care and treatment. He is passionate about helping people achieve optimal health and is dedicating his time and talent through the Kimbra Foundation, to improve the health and longevity of children and their families in Uganda. Dr. Sears is board certified in anti-aging medicine and as a clinical nutrition specialist. He owns and operates a successful integrative medicine and anti-aging clinic in Royal Palm Beach, FL. His cutting-edge therapies and reputation for solving some of the most difficult-to-diagnose cases attracts patients from around the world. Since graduating from medical school and internship over 20 years ago, Dr. Sears has worked hard to develop a different kind of practice. Instead of just treating diseases, he’s been researching and striving to restore the vigorous, robust and disease-free state of health that nature intended. Dr. Sears graduated from the University of South Florida College of Medicine and is board-certified as a clinical nutrition specialist and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American College fro the Advancement in Medicine (ACAM), the American Medical Association (AMA), the Southern Medical Association (SMA), the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (A4M), and the Herb Research Foundation (HRF). Dr. Sears is also an ACE-certified fitness trainer. Dr. Sears is an avid lecturer who regularly speaks at conferences sponsored by the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, the Age Management Medicine Group, and the Society for Anti-Aging, Aesthetic and Regenerative Medicine in Malaysia.