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 local initiatives and give back to the beautiful community of Lamu island! The initiatives we have supported are Ubunifu and Shela Bright Girls Secondary school, by offering them free yoga classes and we run together with PadMad, the re-usable sanitation pads project on the entire islands of Manda, Lamu and Pate and also on the mainland Mokowe, Hindi, Mpeketoni and Witu.
Each year Lamu Yoga Festival, private donors, and Banana House raise funds for the re-usable sanitation pads, as most of the girls in Lamu district, cannot afford buying pads and therefore lack affordable and hygienic menstrual products. Since 2020 we partnered with PadMad Social Enterprise and we managed to support more than 2000 girls in 2022 with a package of Reusable sanitary pads, to ensure that no girl misses school during her period. PadMad Reusable pads are biodegradable, sustainable and long-lasting – up to 5 years – and produced locally in Kenya.
This year, we aim on reaching out again to more than 2,000 girls by December 2023.
Lamu Yoga Community
We believe yoga should be accessible to everyone, so we are proud to support free community yoga classes. Africa Yoga Project teacher Beldine Anyango teaches yoga to local adults and children in Lamu Town and Shela.
To help sustain the project, the Lamu Yoga festival ticket contributes 250 KSH from each ticket toward supporting the teacher. With your help to donate 500 ksh, via the registration form, we hope to fund the initiative throughout the whole year.
You can also leave your mats after the festival, or bring an extra one for the young local upcoming yogis.
For more information about our initiatives and about how you can support them, please send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.