Our history


At Mama Alice, we are about permanent, sustainable change. Ultimately, we want to reach a self-sufficient, thriving Peru – one in which our charity will no longer need to exist.


This ambitious vision, fueled by a passion for working with children, has been a driving force for our founder, Frederique Kallen, and her growing team over the years.

Since the age of 12, Frederique had dreams of starting an orphanage or shelter to help disadvantaged children. After a short detour studying Music therapy, she decided to travel and work in children’s homes and shelters in Latin America and Africa. She was deeply moved by the difficult situation in which many children find themselves, and knew she had the energy and determination to effect change.

Frederique grew up in a warm, supportive family. Her mother, Alice Kallen-Frijns, was a generous and loving woman who provided attention and care to everyone around her. When Alice died of ALS in 2004, Frederique made the decision to follow her heart and start a foundation in her mother’s honor. And so Mama Alice was born – embodying the limitless love she gave. We want every child we work with to feel that love.