New Lightup Impact Members December 2023

Meet Our New Members – July 2023

Meet Our New Members – July 2023

We are happy to welcome five new changemakers from Kenya and Uganda into the Lightup Impact Community. 


These changemakers are leaders of grassroots organizations working in sexual reproductive health and rights, economic empowerment, mental health, malnutrition, gender-based violence, and eradication of harmful traditional cultural practices.


With every new addition to our changemaker community, we gain local insights and expertise and expand our ability to create a social impact. 


Thank you for choosing our community we are more than excited to have you on board!


Learn more about our newest members below:


Founder: Brenda Alwanyi

MyBody is a non-governmental organization that empowers marginalized women and girls to meaningfully participate in designing their own inclusive sexual reproductive health rights and gender-based violence prevention and response strategies, strengthening respect for human rights and body autonomy at the county and national levels.

Founder: Mohamed Dika

PACE-IN is a grassroots local community initiative, serving the marginalized nomadic pastoralist community of the Merti sub-county in northern Kenya. They transform and empower their community by prioritizing sustainable projects and strategies to eradicate socio-economic disparities and harmful traditional cultural beliefs and practices whose major victims are women and girls. 

Founder: Nelima Baraza

Paper Hearts is a community-based organization that raises awareness on issues surrounding mental health and connects people with affordable solutions. They also provide training and education on mental health,  supporting gender-responsive policies and programs. They have partnered with an organization that nurtures teen moms and offers therapy in addition to leading mental health topics in their programs.


Founder: Joyce Olana

At CHEE, they prevent malnutrition in children under five and those at risk of becoming malnourished and fight poverty in vulnerable communities by focusing on empowering women.

Founder: Maria Gorret Nakanwagi

Women in Action for Community Empowerment (W.A.C.E) is a grassroots, community-based organization improving the livelihood of women and girls, their households, and the entire community where they live. They do so by facilitating practical, financial, and entrepreneurial skills development.

We look forward to creating change together and amplifying our impact!


The Lightup Impact team

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