In March-June 2022, we journeyed through East Africa, on tour to meet our beloved founders.  From Kenya, through Uganda, and ending in Rwanda – we set out to do collaborative research, partner with local organizations on different projects in their communities, deliver donations to these organizations, and collect research data on their needs and challenges. 

 

 

The tour was a huge success, not only in achieving what we set out to do but also in generating new ideas and learning from our experiences. So, please join us as we take you on a virtual tour of this wonderful journey – sharing what we have learned and experienced in each of the inspiring communities we visited. This is our way of integrating you into our ambition to support the grassroots organizations that drive sustainable social change in our communities. 

Selected organizations

Kerio Rights Organization

Founder Tour activities with Kerio Rights Organisation; which seeks to address women's rights and health-related issues in Kapseret through education, research, capacity building, and advocacy.

Grown to Help

Transforming the lives of vulnerable families through access to quality education and economic empowerment.

Chadala

Lesbians, Bisexuals, and Queers (LBQ) in rural Nyanza Kenya face a lot of violence, stigma, and discrimination. To address this issue and to help amplify their voices of inclusion and equality as well as physical and mental health. CHADALA, In partnership with Lightup Impact, launched their Dance crew in solidarity with #JusticeForSheila and #ChanukaSasaOkoaDadaCampaign.

Rhythm of Life

Empowering sex workers in Uganda to break the vicious cycle of mother-to -daughter prostitution

Activate Action

A brave and safe space, that is putting young people at the center of change to create an empowered, stigma-free society

Nareto Latia

Promoting community togetherness in advocating for the fundamental rights of the most marginalized and undeserved members of the society who are mostly women and girls

What is the Founder Tour?

The Founder Tour Program was first launched in December 2021 and ran over a year together with the Lightup Impact Badge program. Only member organizations who have earned the Impact Badge were eligible for participation in the tour. In 2022, we shortlisted the top seven applicants from the Lightup Impact Badge program to take part in the tour. And guess what? The shortlisted candidates also participated in our end of the year fundraiser! 

What happened during the Founder Tour?

The Lightup Impact Team went on tour to visit the selected founders, spending 10-15 days with each organization in East Africa. The founders were welcome to join the Lightup Impact team in visiting other member organizations who were also part of the tour but at their own expenses.

What was the aim of the Founder Tour?

The aim of the tour was to initiate collaborative research and impactful projects between Lightup Impact and the selected member organizations, using the donations that were jointly raised during the crowdfunding campaign. With the material we collected and the research we conducted together we gave visibility to our founders while increasing the impact we create for vulnerable communities in East Africa.

How did we fund the Founder Tour?

Together with the seven organizations shortlisted for the Founder Tour we jointly raised over 4 000 Euro in one month. Each organization received 500 Euro in donations to support specific projects in Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda. To know more, please visit our fundraiser page.

Have a question?​

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

conference@lightupimpact.com

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