Lwala Community Alliance
Lwala Community Alliance is a group of communities whose mission is to build the fundamental human capacity of the people of Lwala, Kenya; to advance their own comprehensive well being, including physical health, educational opportunity, economic freedom, cultural vitality and spiritual growth.
Lwala Community Alliance is different from the other stories you’ve heard about Africa. It’s not a top-down initiative by an enormous international development organization, it’s not a charity, and it’s not a government bureaucracy. It’s an African community facing its challenges and creating its own solutions. It’s a global network of friends coming alongside in solidarity to learn, to listen, to give, and to be changed. It’s a story of pride and responsibility on a continent where taking initiative is considered tempting fate. It’s a story of humility and respect in an international development culture where they’re all but absent. It’s a story about hope.
THE GOAL / / KEEPING GIRLS IN SCHOOL
THE LOCATION / / LWALA, KENYA
ON GROUND PARTNER / / LWALA COMMUNITY ALLIANCE
In January 2003, the Kenyan government introduced free primary education nationwide. For families who face the daily struggle to survive, this was a great triumph. However, one barrier remained: the expense of mandatory uniforms. Since that day, children whose families cannot meet that cost have continued on without an education. For this reason, Got Your Back has made a commitment to providing the girls of Lwala, Kenya with uniforms and the hope of possibility.
You might be asking, "Why girls?". In a country such as Kenya, education for girls is vital to creating sustainable change. In addition to economical benefits for the community, girls who receive an education are seven times less susceptible to HIV and their children are 40% more likely to survive. By removing one of the biggest financial barriers these girls face, you are helping to restore purpose in a country where women are the least likely to receive an education and you are providing a foundation for their children to be raised on.
In addition, every school uniform for this initiative will be produced in Kenya by women in a micro-enterprise sewing co-operative project and by local tailors. Got Your Back remains committed to bringing sustainable change whenever and wherever possible.