The Founders

Co-Founder and Director

Born in Namibia, Ray Schöne completed a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Physics at the University KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He later trained as a naturopathic doctor in Berlin, Germany, focusing on acupuncture treatment and clinical rehabilitation.

Ray has over 20 years of experience of implementing and managing non-profit organisations, in Africa and Europe. For some years he was also the national spiritual director of a Buddhist tradition in Southern Africa.

From an early age he developed the desire to help the disadvantaged communities in their personal development.

Co-Founder and Director

US born Alexis Salaman is the co-founder of YOUPSA. She completed a B.A degree in Psychology at Oberlin College, USA. Alexis has over 16 years of experience of implementing and managing non-profit organisations, in the USA and Africa, including South Africa.

She was also the Director of primary school programming for the NGO “WISER Girls School” (Women’s Institute for Secondary Education and Research) in Muhuru Bay, on the shores of Lake Victoria in rural Kenya.

Alexis’ passion for learning with fun, art and reading, sparks transformative education in the rural schools.