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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Asante sana! Thank you!
Lamu Yoga Festival supports
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lamu Community Yoga
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.