Elect the Lightup Impact Founder Advisory Board

Elect the Lightup Impact Founder Advisory Board

We are thrilled to announce that voting for the Lightup Impact Founder Advisory Board is now open!

 

In a true community-driven approach, we are asking you to choose the 8 Lightup Impact members from our community who will help shape our strategy, events, and programs moving forward.

 

Learn more about how the FAB will contribute here. 

The candidates

Thank you to everyone who showed interest in being part of the FAB. We received 24 applications from our community members: 14 from Kenya (14), Rwanda (1), Uganda (5),  and Tanzania (4).

 

The Lightup Impact team rigorously reviewed all the applications and shortlisted the best candidates for public voting according to their skill set, expertise, passion, and engagement with our team and the Lightup Impact Community. We’ve also ensured that the list of candidates is diverse, share our values, and have a sincere interest in advancing our goals.

 

As you will notice, Kenya has the most significant number of candidates shortlisted. This is due to the generally larger representation of founders from Kenya in our Lightup Impact Community. 

 

We are glad to propose the following candidates for public voting (please follow the links below to read their motivational statements and CVs):

Kenya

Brenda Alwanyi (Director and Founder of MY BODY MY BODY)

Brenda Alwanyi (Director and Founder of MY BODY MY BODY) is a compassionate gender and development enthusiast, sexual reproductive health and rights advocate, and sociologist.

Salim Ali Mazang’ang’a (Co-founder and Director of Path Youth Organization)

Salim Ali Mazang’ang’a (Co-founder and Director of Path Youth Organization) is committed to advancing the well-being of youth and vulnerable groups.

Nelima Baraza (Founder of Paper Hearts Community)

Nelima Baraza (Founder of Paper Hearts Community Based Organization) is a passionate advocate for mental health awareness.

Mohammed Abdi Muse (Founder of Solution Based Organization)

Mohammed Abdi Muse (Founder of Solution Based Organization) is passionate about youth leadership, community facilitation, and climate action outreach.

Jacquline Marwa (Founder of Forever Africa Dada Power)

Jacquline Marwa (Founder of Forever Africa Dada Power) is  Passionate about empowering adolescent girls and young women.

Marlene Kawira (Founder of Afrikala Art)

Marlene Kawira (Founder of Afrikala Arts) is a passionate advocate for sustainable change and mental health.

Rogers Omollo (Founder of Activate Action)

Rogers Omollo (Founder of Activate Action) is committed to empowering young individuals with HIV and disabilities.

Saraphina Ambale (Founder of Eagle Wings Organization)

Saraphina Ambale (Founder of Eagle Wings Organization) is committed to promoting human rights and advancing gender equality.

Kevin Kibore (Founder of Kilimani Buda CBO)

Kevin Kibore (Founder of Kilimani Buda CBO) is passionate about promoting community health and well-being and combatting discrimination in healthcare.

Jeronime Obwar (Founder of Youth Empowerment and Strategic Advocacy and Mentorship [YESAM])

Jeronime Obwar (Founder of Youth Empowerment and Strategic Advocacy and Mentorship [YESAM]) is a dedicated human rights defender, advocating for peace, youth empowerment, and equality in gender and health.

John Magati (Founder of U-Rise CBO)

John Magati (Founder of U-Rise CBO) is a passionate advocate for the rights and well-being of individuals living with epilepsy.

Uganda

Bernard Molho Bwambale (Founder of Usanii Village Africa)

Bernard Molho Bwambale (Co-Founder of Usanii Village Africa) is committed to improving the well-being of vulnerable groups, specifically in the realms of gender, health, and education.

Dricile Godfrey (Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Transformation Action West Nile [CEFTRA-WN])

Dricile Godfrey (Executive Director of Community Empowerment for Transformation Action West Nile [CEFTRA-WN]) is committed to community development and is a self-motivated advocate for women’s and girls’ rights.

Chiley Kapalakasa (Founder and Executive Director of Refugee Together for Social Transformation)

Chiley Kapalakasa (Founder and Executive Director of Refugee Together for Social Transformation) is dedicated to empowering refugees and host communities around the world.

Harriet Kamashanyu (Founder of Rhythm of Life)

Harriet Kamashanyu (Founder of Rhythm of Life) is committed to the empowerment of girls and women with a focus on education, health, human rights advocacy, modern farming, and economic empowerment.

Rwanda

Noel Mushinzimana (Founder of Nursing Research Club)

Noel Mushinzimana (Co-Founder of Nursing Research Club) is passionate about empowering youth and children by promoting education, health, and well-being.

Tanzania

Muganyizi Melchior (Founder and Director of PALES organization)

Muganyizi Melchior (Founder and Director of PALES organization) is motivated to bring positive change in wildlife management, environmental conservation, and agriculture.

Winnfridahope Mgalega (Founder of Winners of Hope)

Winnfridahope Mgalega (Founder of Winners of Hope) is passionate about sustainability, environmental conservation, and climate change.

Dixoni Emmanuel (Founder of Advancing Youth Opportunities Initiative [AYOI])

Dixoni Emmanuel (Founder of Advancing Youth Opportunities Initiative [AYOI]) is committed to improving the lives of marginalized youth groups.

Marcelina Biro (Founder of Kijana Jasiri-Resilience Organization)

Marcelina Biro (Founder of Kijana Jasiri-Resilience Organization)  is passionate about enhancing children’s and youth’s well-being.

How to vote

Please cast your vote by choosing 4 candidates for Kenya, 2 for Uganda, 1 for Tanzania, and 1 for Rwanda.

 

Please note: voting is open to Lightup Impact Community members only and will close on Friday, 1 March. 

 

Thank you for being part of this process and supporting Lightup Impact.

 

Best of luck to all the candidates! 

 

The Lightup Impact team

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