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. That is why we sup­port sev­er­al local ini­tia­tives and give back to the beau­ti­ful com­mu­ni­ty of Lamu island! 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. 

OUR COVID-19 RESPONSE:

After the Lamu Yoga Fes­ti­val in begin­ning of March 2020, the tourism in Kenya, has com­plete­ly stopped due to the Coro­na virus cri­sis. Lamu island is 100% depend­ing on tourism and as the Covid-19 relat­ed mea­sures con­tin­ue, many peo­ple liv­ing at Lamu island have found them­selves job­less and thus with­out any source of income. At the same time, chil­dren and young peo­ple face the fact that their edu­ca­tion is inter­rupt­ed.

We take respon­si­bil­i­ty to help the local com­mu­ni­ty, espe­cial­ly young girls who are the most vul­ner­a­ble, to over­come these hard times. That is why we decid­ed to sup­port the Shela Bright Girls Sec­ondary school, based in Shela vil­lage.

Lamu Yoga Organ­i­sa­tion and Banana House have been part­ner­ing with this school for past 10 years, dur­ing that time we have sup­port­ed the school with new class­rooms, study mate­ri­als and equip­ment, and giv­ing yoga class­es and cre­at­ing aware­ness on health among the girls. At this point due to Coro­na virus pan­dem­ic the school is closed but the girls and their fam­i­lies need our sup­port now more than ever.

Here is what we’ve been doing since March 2020:

WE CREATED FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN and raised amaz­ing 6000 USD from peo­ple all over the world, Lamu Yoga Fes­ti­val par­tic­i­pants and Banana house guests!

WE DISTRIBUTED FOOD PACKAGES! Thanks to our suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing cam­paign we man­aged to dis­trib­ute essen­tial food sup­plies (such as flour, rice, maize, beans, oil, salt etc.) to all 300 stu­dents of the Shela Bright Girls Sec­ondary school and their fam­i­lies.

WE DISTRIBUTED REUSABLE SANITARY PADS! Each year Lamu Yoga Fes­ti­val also donates dis­pos­able san­i­tary pads to the school, as most of the girls can­not afford buy­ing them and there­fore lack afford­able and hygien­ic men­stru­al prod­ucts. This year we part­nered with Pad­Mad Social Enter­prise and we man­aged to sup­port all 300 girls with a pack­age of Reusable san­i­tary pads, to ensure that no girl miss­es the school dur­ing her peri­od. Pad­Mad Reusable pads are biodegrad­able, sus­tain­able and long-last­ing – up to 5 years! – and pro­duced local­ly in Kenya.

WE TALKED TO GIRLS who received the Reusable San­i­tary pads. One month after the dis­tri­b­u­tion, we organ­ised a focus group dis­cus­sion with stu­dents of the Shela Bright Girls Sec­ondary school to learn about their opin­ions. We chat­ted about girls’ expe­ri­ences with reusable pads and about Men­stru­al hygiene in gen­er­al. All girls were very sat­is­fied and said these pads are com­fort­able and ben­e­fi­cial. They gave us very valu­able and detailed insight that inspired us to con­tin­ue this project.

For more infor­ma­tion about our activ­i­ties and about how you can sup­port our com­mu­ni­ty projects, please send email to info@lamuyoga.org.

Asante sana! Thank you!

Lamu Yoga Festival supports

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

Anidan

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 Cen­ter & Hands 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 Partners