Lightup Impact Days 2022

Sustainable development of CBOs/NGOs in gender and health in East Africa: way forward?

Our Event “Sustainable Development of CBOs and NGOs in gender and health in East Africa : way forward?” featured great sessions led by inspiring speakers and organizations. We wish to thank everyone who attended and participated in-person or remotely. It has been 12 months of hard work, and this is just the beginning of our journey as Lightup Impact. 

We enjoyed oursleves, exchanged knowledge, built connections, and, of course, had a lot of fun getting together with like-minded people. As Lightup Impact, we have our Community Members at the center of our decision-making, shaping our actions not only in your favor but also including you in our discussions.

When and Where: May 30-31st, 9:00 am-6:00 pm EAT (East African Time) 

Location: Chak Guest House & Conference Centre, Musa Gitau Rd Off Waiyaki Way – Nairobi and Zoom for live-streamed sessions

Organizer: Lightup Impact Community


Day 1, May 30th: Private event for Lightup Impact community members only. (Registration below includes both day 1-2 ) 

Day2, May 31st: Public event open to external members. Please register your attendance below.

Goal of the event

Welcome to the Changemakers event East Africa 2022 organized by the Lightup Impact Community!

The aim of the event is to foster exchange, networking and collaboration between the Lightup Impact community member organizations in East Africa and external partners in order to strengthen the organizational development of CBOs. 

The first day of the event, May 30th will be a private event for community members only. On May 31st, we welcome all external members (social entrepreneurs, corporates, foundations, development researchers and like-minded people) to join the Lightup Impact community.

The event will be a hybrid format: we welcome participants to attend the event in person in Nairobi at the CHAK guesthouse & conference center or online for dedicated live stream sessions. 


All event fees will be donated to the winning team of the open call on innovative ideas to support sustainable development of CBOs in East Africa: Christopher Nyambury and the Double Brand idea. More information on the ‘Double Brand’ idea as well as guidelines on registration can be found below.


Join our event, network and support a young founder and his idea with your donations to play an active role in influencing the landscape of CBOs/NGOs development in East Africa!


May 30th: Private event for members of Lightup Impact Community Members only

9:00-9:45: Welcome & Registration


9:45-10:00: Welcome & Introduction Lightup Impact Team

Valeria Santoro, Eeva Mäkinen, Ohiwa Jeniffer and Pedro Bessa 


10:00-11:30: Leadership is Key for Sustainability

Caren Wakoli, Founder & Executive Director of Emerging Leaders Foundation Africa


11:30-13:00: System Strengthening: Does organization life stages matter in our growth?

Arinolah-Elizabeth Nite Omollo, Organization Capacity Building Consultant; Warande Advisory Center


13:00-14:30: Lunch Break & Networking 


14:30-15:00 Local Expertise Matters- iMPACT direct

Martha Mwangi, iMPACT direct


15:00-16:00 Impact Stories from iMPACT direct

  • Dr Karambu Ringera, director International Peace Initiatives (IPI)- Food Forest
  • Stanley Kinyanjui, Program Director of COSDEP-Kenya-Small-scale Ecological Farming


16:00-17:30 Interactive Session: Find your impact station 


17:30-18:30: Team-building activity & Closing Remarks

Jovian Linda Kowido, Founder of Kisumu Social Inclusion Network 

May 31st: Public Event for both Lightup Impact Members and External Members

8:30-9:00 Welcome & Registration


9:00-9:45 Welcome & Introduction, Lightup Impact 

  • Valeria Santoro, Founder & Co-Director
  • Eeva Makinen, Co-Director


9:45-10:30: Impact Stories from Lightup Impact Community 

  • Cherelle Druppers & Francis Odhiambo, Co-Founders of Cheza Cheza
  • Vincent Ogallo Mwita, Founder & Director of Tunaweza Empowerment Organization
  • Francis Gikufu, Founder & Director at Mukuru Angaza Film Academy


10:30-11:00: Tea Break & Networking


11:00-11:30: Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, CAS Ministry of Public Service, Gender Senior Citizens Affairs and Special Programmes


11:30-13:00: Resource Mobilization: The what, why and where of resource mobilization

Arinolah-Elizabeth Nite Omollo, Organization Capacity Building Consultant; Warande Advisory Center


13:00-14:30 Lunch Break, Networking & Poster Session

She`s the first, Somo Africa, Zana Africa, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Center for Adolescent and Young Changemakers (CEFA.YCM)


14:30-15:00: Fariji Africa & Health Relief International


15:00-15:15: The Double Brand idea

Christopher Nyambury, Founder & Director of Lake Victoria Basin Talent Development and Adolescent Health (LVDAH-KENYA)


15:15-15:30: Online information bank for grassroots organizations

  • Harriet Kamashanyu, Founder & Executive Director of Rhythm of Life
  • Rogers Omollo, Founder & Executive Director of Activate Action


15:30-17:00: Interactive session: co-creation activity for the Double Brand idea & the online information bank for grassroots organizations


17:00-18:00: Closing remarks & celebration of Lightup Impact first anniversary

Pitching Founders from the Lightup Impact Community

Christopher Nyamburi and the Double Brand idea

Christopher Nyambury is a graduate from the University of Nairobi, BSc in Management of Agroecosystem and Environmental with rich background in theatre and performance arts. He is also the board chair and founder of Lake Victoria Basin Talent Development and Adolescent Health (LVDAH-KENYA), a leading national organization (NGO) committed to creating safe space where adolescents and youths’ talents are nurtured, their reproductive health and rights are recognized, provided for and respected. LVDAH is in the final stage to kick start its full operations in Homabay county. As a young and newly registered NGO, they have been taking part in supporting local groups and community activities.


Christopher is the winner of the open call: innovative ideas to support the sustainable development of CBOs/local NGOs in East Africa. His project idea, the Double Brand will be pitched during the second day of the live event and it will further workshopped with the event participants in an interactive session.

The Problem

Most organizations are unable to kick-start their projects and programs due to inadequate resources and financial constraints. This contributes to 60% failure and closure of most organizations as they cannot sustain their operations. 

The solution

The Double Brand concept allows nonprofits and CBOs and local NGOs to raise money through their brands in collaboration with companies and local businesses through merchandised brand product related to the organization.

With your attendance and donations you will directly support Christopher and the double brand idea, join us!

Harriet Kamashanyu & Rogers Omollo and the Online information bank for grassroot organizations

The Problem

Most CBOs in East Africa lack evidence-based research in conducting their work and managing their operations. They are often excluded from the current data ecosystem because of existing technological, technical, cognitive, and practical barriers they face due to high cost and skills

The Solution

Rhythm of Life and Activate Action plan to initiate an online information bank to serve the purpose of a database with the latest and reliable data regarding the target audiences we serve by liaising with our national research bureaus. This will enable our partner organization to assess information that will help in key decision-making concerning our intervention impacts and reference.

Harriet Kamashanyu

Harriet Kamashanyu

Harriet is a certified project management professional and a social entrepreneur who runs Rhythm of Life; a Not-for-profit making organization based in Uganda - East Africa. The organization exists to break the vicious cycle of mother-to-daughter prostitution in the red-light districts of Uganda.

Established in 2013, Rhythm of Life operates in two districts of Uganda using three pillars; economic empowerment, education, and health care accessibility to impact the lives of girls and women in these communities.

Rogers Omollo

Rogers Omollo

Rogers is the founder of Activate Action - a youth-led community-based organization working with young people living with HIV and disabilities.

"We engage them through mentorship, capacity building on HIV management, mental health, life skills, and advocacy to eliminate the stigma associated with HIV and disability, which is currently blocking them from accessing important services including health, education, and employment. The organization started in 2017 as a youth-friendly center to end the stigma faced by young people living with HIV and disabilities by increasing access to sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) information and services.

Guest Speakers

Martha Mwangi

Martha Mwangi

Representative East Africa, iMPACT direct

Martha affirms that every human deserves a valuable and dignified life. With a background in business and development finance, she contributes towards building capacity and getting rightful resources to the local communities at iMPACT direct for sustainable local solutions.

Topic: Local Expertise Matters

 Arinolah Elizabeth-Nite  Omollo

Arinolah Elizabeth-Nite Omollo

(Organization Capacity Building Consultant; Warande Advisory Center- Nairobi, Kenya)

She has a passion for policy document development, with a bias for strategic planning, resource mobilization, communications, and, project planning and management. Arinolah has worked with Development Partners and Civil Society Sector, drawing experience from Kenya, South Sudan, Somalia, and United Kingdom. Arinolah is a Rotary Peace Fellow, 2022 championing the role of a positive peace framework in achieving sustainable development

Topic: System Strengthening and resource Mobilization

Caren Wakoli

Caren Wakoli

Caren is a Certified leadership coach, transformational leadership trainer, and social entrepreneur who delights in mentoring young women and men to be able to achieve their greatest potential in life. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Emerging Leaders Foundation (ELF); an organization that nurtures the next generation ethical leaders for Africa’s transformation.

Caren has received several recognitions for her commitment to youth and women empowerment, democracy and good governance. In 2018, the 44th President of the United States of America President Barack Obama recognized her and the work of Emerging Leaders Foundation -of promoting dignity and ending poverty through raising youth leaders as positive agents of change in society. In 2018, she was awarded Most Influential Woman in Business and Government (Civil Society and welfare category) in East Africa by CEO Global.

Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, BA, EGH, Hon. PhD

Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo, BA, EGH, Hon. PhD

Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Ministry of Public Service and Gender, she supports the Cabinet Secretary in the coordination of the State Department for Gender Affairs programmes. Prior to the re-assignment Hon. Dr. Kilimo served as the Chief Administrative Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture Livestock & Fisheries since her appointment in January 2020. Hon. Dr. Linah Jebii Kilimo was appointed by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta to chair the newly formed Anti-Female Genital Board in December 2013. In March 2014, she represented Kenya at the 58th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women, United Nations Headquarters, New York, USA – speaking on “Accelerating efforts towards the abandonment of FGM – Keeping Girls in School”. She is the former MP for Marakwet East constituency from 2002 to 2012.


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About us

We are a dynamic and international team all driven by passion and determination to support the growth and development of our founders, and the lives of women and girls in East Africa. We care, we share and we learn together while being focused on achieving our goals as a team.

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