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Lasallian Women of Hope

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

Mission
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.  

History
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. 

Get Involved
During the 2020-2021 academic year, the Lasallian Region of North America (RELAN) highlights LWH as part of a worldwide effort to provide inclusive, equitable and quality education for all. The campaign, “Education: Let’s Build Our Future Together,” was developed by the Institute of the Brothers of the Christian Schools’ Solidarity and Development Secretariat network. The campaign encourages Lasallian schools to host classes, financially support and energetically promote the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4) to “ensure universal access to inclusive and equitable quality education.” 


Educational Resources

Poster >
Background Document >


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, Rustenberg, South Africa
Pad Project • Sewing Project • Early Childhood Development Program and Teacher Training
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Women and Children’s Health and Nutrition Center, Port au Prince, Haiti
Pad Project • Bread Baking Project to Address Food Insecurity 


Get in Touch! 

Online: La Salle International Foundation
Email: LasallianWomenofHope@gmail.com 
Facebook: @LasallianWomenofHope