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Lasallian Women of Hope

Lasallian Women of Hope (LWH) fosters educational access, empowers girls and women, and creates sustainable change. 

The mission of Lasallian Women of Hope is to ensure girls and women enjoy full access to Lasallian education. A project of the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools’ Solidarity and Development Secretariat, LWH began as a small project providing grassroots female empowerment while developing sustainable solutions to mitigate obstacles impeding educational access. Through its grants, LWH delivers creative, effective and durable solutions to educational inequities for girls and women.  

LWH started in 2016 with the Pad Project at Mwangaza College in Nakuru, Kenya. It resulted from the discovery that young women would engage in “situational prostitution” to purchase personal hygiene products needed to attend classes during their menstrual periods. “Period poverty” is one of many gender-specific obstacles girls and young women confront in accessing quality education. 

Virtual Global Celebration

Watch the global celebration of Lasallian Women of Hope. The virtual celebration, themed “Streams of Hope: Creating New Pathways,” was held October 1, 2022, hosted at various locations throughout the world, including Chicago, Illinois; Nairobi, Kenya; New York, New York; Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea; Oxford, England; Rome, Italy; and San Francisco, California.

Read More about LWH

Lasallian Women of Hope Printable Flyer
“Lasallian Women of Hope: Removing Obstacles to Education,” De La Salle Today, Spring-Autumn 2020

Fundraising Partnership with FairTrade Caravans

A fundraising partnership with FairTrade Caravans will help support projects of Lasallian Women of Hope (LWH) around the world. Beginning in October 2021, LWH is one of three projects to receive 25% of proceeds from FairTrade Caravans product sales. Fair-trade products such as jewelry, coffee, chocolate and more are available online. Learn more and shop >

Current and Planned Projects 

Mwangaza College, Nakuru, Kenya
Pad Project • Programming for the Advancement of Women
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Lasallian Family of Papua New Guinea
Pad Project • Hygiene Hampers • 2022 Women’s Symposium • Lasallian Women Advocates for Change
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Tumba Community, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Pad Project • Programming for the Advancement of Women
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Lwanga District, Africa
Expansion of Pad Project • Programming for the Advancement of Women 

Tsholofelo Community, Rustenburg, South Africa
Pad Project • Menstrual and Hygiene Education
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Collège Saint Jean Baptist de La Salle, Port au Prince, Haiti
Pad Project • Menstrual and Hygiene Education
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Puthu Vasantham Girls Village, Dindigul, India
Health Awareness CampPad ProjectNaturopathy TreatmentsMedical Check-UpsGuest Speakers on Health and Well-being
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Get in Touch! 

Online: La Salle International Foundation
Facebook: @LasallianWomenofHope