Lighting the Way

“If you educate a boy, you educate an individual. If you educate a girl, you educate a nation”—African proverb


To ensure that girls in East Africa can both attend school and stay in school.

Mission Statement

Lighting the Way serves as a youth run non-profit campaign that works to mobilize East African diaspora youth both domestically and internationally to empower their counterparts in the Horn of Africa by making education more accessible—especially for adolescent girls.

Lighting the Way envisions a world where East African diaspora youth can unite in solving problems of civil strife and famine in their native countries, while advocating for universal education.

Why are we different?

Grass Roots

Grassroots Approach

We work with communities on the ground, making all projects a community effort.


Strength of Youth

Tap into the power of the largest generation of youth to encompass the earth.


Invest in girls

Creating a ripple effect. The education of a girl is like a educating a nation.

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