About us

Lightup impact is an online community of 100 early-stage locally led non-profits, also known as grassroots organizations,  in gender & health in East Africa. We support our member organizations with networking, trust-based partnerships and skills development to increase their visibility and long-term sustainability.

The Challenges we face

Community-based organizations (CBOs) are locally led, non-profit organizations that create local initiatives and programs that aim to solve problems at the community level (Patel 2019). They play a crucial role in promoting rural and urban development to tackle poverty, and access to healthcare, water, and education through locally-led programs (Wanjohi 2010, 2013).

There are around 57,000 registered CBOs in Kenya (NCBOC 2022) and more so in the whole of East Africa. However, CBOs are often not acknowledged due to a lack of integration into national and regional development policies and they lack 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 (Barasa et al. 2021; Hoerner 2012; Mutalemwa 2019).

 

After conducting two Focus Group Discussions with a total of 27 founders of CBOs and NGOs in gender & 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.

Vision

We envision a society where grassroots organizations are empowered and sustainable

Mission

To build a support network and empower early-stage grassroots organizations in gender & health in East Africa with know-how and experience to increase their visibility and impact

Values

  • Empathic leadership
  • Passion for social impact
  • Courage and can-do attitude
  • Collaboration over competition
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Our Activity

What We Do

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Pure Water

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Education

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Our Team

Valeria

Founder & Co-Director

valeria.santoro@lightupimpact.com

Eeva

Co-Director

eeva.makinen@lightupimpact.com

Jenifer

Communications Manager & Customer Scouting

jeniffer.muganda@lightupimpact.com

Pedro

Community & Social Media Manager.

pedro.bessa@lightupimpact.com

Volunteers

Nicole

Content Editor

Hrvoje

Carla

Graphic Designer

Join us!

We increase the visibility and impact of grassroots organizations with a focus on women´s health and gender equality in East Africa. Would you like to join our network as a grassroots member of our community or as a partner? Then visit our join us page!

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