Giving Back

We appre­ci­ate the pow­er of the com­mu­ni­ty that allows the Lamu Yoga Fes­ti­val to thrive — it would not be a suc­cess­ful project oth­er­wise. We strive to do our part, and we ask you, our par­tic­i­pants, to help. Please check out our four sup­port­ed local ini­tia­tives, pick one (or more!), and help us Give Back by either donat­ing direct­ly to the orga­ni­za­tion or when you fill out your reg­is­tra­tion form

Asante sana! Thank you!

Safari Doctors

Safari Doc­tors improves access to health­care for remote and mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties in Lamu Coun­ty. Every month, the ded­i­cat­ed team sets sail under a full moon on a boat loaded with med­i­cines. They trav­el to iso­lat­ed vil­lages, set­ting up mobile clin­ics and pro­vid­ing health ser­vices for hun­dreds of peo­ple who would strug­gle to access them. In 2017, the UN in Kenya award­ed the Safari Doc­tors team the Unit­ed Nations Per­son of the Year award, “for the out­stand­ing efforts and com­mend­able work pro­vid­ing med­ical care to mar­gin­al­ized com­mu­ni­ties in the far reach­ing areas of Lamu.” Please feel free to drop by their offices in Shela, vis­it their gift shop at the Sea Suq or join their #Jour­ney­For­Change by sup­port­ing a med­ical sail here.

Safari Doctors collaboration with Lamu Yoga FestivalSafari Doctors collaboration with Lamu Yoga FestivalSafari Doctors collaboration with Lamu Yoga Festival


Lamu Yoga Festival supports Anidan

Anidan is a non-gov­ern­men­tal devel­op­ment organ­i­sa­tion found­ed by Rafael Selas Col­orado to care for the needs of young chil­dren in Kenya. On the island of Lamu, off the north­ern coast, he has a Shel­ter where he hous­es over 140 chil­dren but feeds, dress­es, cares for and edu­cates around 250.

Since March 2008, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Pablo Horstmann Foun­da­tion, he runs a pedi­atric hos­pi­tal which sees more than 17,000 patients a year in the hos­pi­tal premis­es and thou­sands more in extend­ed san­i­tary cam­paigns.

After a decade, our main efforts are devot­ed to help­ing the most vul­ner­a­ble, the chil­dren. Being an indi­gent child, aban­doned or orphan, being exposed to mis­treat­ment or any ill­ness­es impos­si­ble to be cured in their own envi­ron­ment, is enough rea­son for being tak­en in by Anidan. The most threat­ened come direct­ly to our dor­mi­to­ries.

Most of the fund­ing for the orga­ni­za­tion comes from Anidan Spain and its part­ner orga­ni­za­tions: Pablo Horstmann Foun­da­tion and Anidan Italy.

We aim to ensure edu­ca­tion, from kinder­garten through sec­ondary, col­lege and supe­ri­or stud­ies.

Anidan also has a micro­cre­d­it project for women that has empow­ered poor and des­ti­tute women to sup­port them­selves and their chil­dren.

Lamu Yoga Festival supports Anidan

Bright Girls Secondary School

Lamu Yoga Festival supports Shela Bright Girls secondary schoolLamu Yoga Festival supports Shela Bright Girls secondary school

Bright Girls Sec­ondary School was estab­lished in Shela in 2010, with funds pro­vid­ed by the gov­ern­ment, the com­mu­ni­ty and oth­er donors.

The high pover­ty index in the region often leads stu­dents to drop out due to lack of fees, and girls face addi­tion­al chal­lenges to stay­ing in school, like ear­ly mar­riage.

In 2010 there were only eight stu­dents; by 2013, 135 girls sat for the nation­al exam­i­na­tions. There are cur­rent­ly over 150 stu­dents that num­ber is expect­ed to rise with grow­ing demand. Most of these girls come from pover­ty, often a dis­tance from where the school is.

Banana House and Well­ness Cen­terHands Up for Kids have pro­vid­ed the girls with san­i­tary pads and yoga lessons, help­ing them stay healthy and focused on their stud­ies.

To help, please bring san­i­tary pads to donate at the bazaar dur­ing the fes­ti­val, or choose to add 500 KSH to your invoice for Bright Girls Sec­ondary School dur­ing reg­is­tra­tion.

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Lamu Community Yoga

Lamu Yoga Festival supports Shela Bright Girls secondary school

We believe yoga should be acces­si­ble to every­one, so we are proud to sup­port free com­mu­ni­ty yoga class­es. Africa Yoga Project teacher Pas­ka Atim John teach­es yoga to local adults and chil­dren in Lamu Town and Shela.

To help sus­tain the effort, we are using 250 KSH from each tick­et toward sup­port­ing the teacher. With your help, we hope to fund the ini­tia­tive for a full year.

To sup­port, you can choose to donate 500 KHS (less than the price of one yoga class in Nairo­bi) on your reg­is­tra­tion form.

Lamu Yoga Festival partners