Lightup Impact is a movement of over 100 young grassroots leaders across East Africa advocating for equality in health, gender, and opportunities. We foster unity and collaboration to transform the lives of vulnerable communities for a more equitable world.

Vision

We envision a society where young grassroots organizations in gender, health, and education in East Africa are empowered and sustainable

Mission

To create a mindset shift towards collaboration and use community-led approaches to provide know-how and guidance to scale the impact of young grassroots leaders

Values

Empathic leadership

Passion for social impact

Courage and a can-do attitude

Collaboration over competition

The Challenge

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are locally led, non-profit organizations that create local initiatives and programs to solve problems at the community level. They play a crucial role in promoting rural and urban development to tackle poverty; access to healthcare,  and water; and education through locally-led programs.

 

There are around 57 thousand registered CBOs in Kenya and even more across the whole of East Africa. Nevertheless, CBOs are often not acknowledged due to a lack of integration into national and regional development policies and a lack of support networks and credibility to secure seed funding.

 

 Through networking and training, CBOs can leverage collaboration with other development actors and be strategically positioned to tackle community problems and ensure their own survival.

 

After conducting two focus groups with 27 founders of CBOs and NGOs in gender and health in Kenya and Rwanda, we identified the following: early-stage grassroots organizations lack the experience, know-how, and support network needed to secure sustainable resources and influence their local political landscape to enable structural change in East Africa.

Our Approach

At Lightup Impact, we work with our grassroots members to generate and implement evidence-based solutions to increase the impact and sustainable development of their organizations.

 

We shift the power to young visionary leaders across Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, and Tanzania and support them with networking, trust-based partnerships, skills development, and guidance to increase their visibility and long-term success.

 

Learn more about our unique approach below:

Our Team

Valeria, PhD

Valeria, PhD

Founder & Director
Eldoret, Kenya
Jeniffer

Jeniffer

PR & Strategic Partnerships Manager
Eldoret, Kenya
Pedro

Pedro

Community & Social Media Manager
Remote work (Germany)
Nicole, PhD

Nicole, PhD

Content Editor
Remote (USA)
Peter

Peter

Finance Intern
Eldoret, Kenya
Jane

Jane

Communications Volunteer
Nairobi, Kenya
Alicia

Alicia

Bachelor Student
Eldoret, Kenya
Rayhab

Rayhab

Communications Volunteer
Nakuru, Kenya
Isabel

Isabel

Legal Intern
Remote (UK)

Board Members

Vincent

Vincent

Chair
Kenya
Valeria, PhD

Valeria, PhD

Secretary
Kenya
Anne Marie

Anne Marie

Treasurer
Austria
Nassir

Nassir

Board Member
Rwanda
Arinolah

Arinolah

Board Member
Kenya

Founder Advisory Board

Rogers

Rogers

Chair
Kenya
Jacqueline

Jacqueline

Secretary
Kenya
Dricile

Dricile

Vice Chair
Uganda
Harriet

Harriet

Vice Secretary
Uganda
Salim

Salim

Board Member
Kenya
Brenda

Brenda

Board Member
Kenya
Marcelina , PhD

Marcelina , PhD

Board Member
Tanzania
Noel

Noel

Board Member
Rwanda

Join Our Community!

We increase the visibility and impact of grassroots organizations with a focus on women’s health and gender equality in East Africa. 

 

If you’re a grassroots leader interested in joining our community, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Lightup Impact Community

Have a question?​

For all inquiries regarding the Lightup Impact Days 2023,
please contact us at:

conference@lightupimpact.com

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We increase the visibility and impact of social organizations with a focus on women’s health and gender equality in Kenya. We support the growth of our founders through tailored mentoring and networking opportunities