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Equality for All

Equality is a fundamental human right for all to enjoy. It have been given special importance in the UN Human Rights Charter and is present in the Sustainable Development goals with regards to access to education, clean water, health and socio-economic growth. The term ‘equality’ blankets a lot of the basic principles needed in global communities. 

Lighthouse Africa embarks on another project after ‘Stories of Kisumu’ to bring to light the voices of hope and inspiration from the youth of the African subcontinent. ‘Equality for All’ brings together those changemakers who wish to see true progress in their communities for all aspects of equality: socio-economic, gender-based, political, generational, and more!

Equality for All brings audiences a chance to delve into the mindsets of the younger generation first hand and hear their side of the narrative. What does equality mean to them? How would they like to see equal growth in their society and what drives them to keep working for a better tomorrow? Find out their stories through special podcast episodes, audio stories and video readings all revolving around the theme of equality.

The rise in much needed activism and international awareness for the importance of acknowledging the prejudice present in society is the first step in many that lead us towards a united future. It is not enough to think of the cause for the few, but to accept that discrimination and injustices impact the lives of many across the globe. So engage in this campaign and share your stories no matter where you are in the world!
“Since our childhood, we’ve heard about ‘Equality of Opportunity’ as a must-have for global communities to thrive. But what happens when that equality is not a given, as a function of where we are born, our background, race, or gender? Or any other factor that is beyond our control? Equality is not only a fundamental human right, but also is a necessary foundation for a peaceful, prosperous and sustainable world. With our campaign, we travel across the majestic African subcontinent – one story at a time, we unravel the dire realities of socio-economic, gender, political, social, and other forms of inequality in the lives of the everyday people of Africa. Those of us at Lighthouse might not be experts on the matter, but we are allies in this movement, and we want to add our voice to the larger conversation around improving access and leveling the playing field across the globe.” – Ashitha Nayak, Founder.
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The Melton Foundation is a 501-3c non-profit aimed at promoting collaborative projects and fellowship programmes for global citizenship. They enable it as a way for individuals and organizations to work together across boundaries for a more interconnected word.
As the parent organization for Lighthouse, the Melton Foundation provides funding, new avenues for collaboration, outreach and engagement for our campaigns. Melton Fellows and community members also participate as guests and supporters for Lighthouse campaigns, and we are grateful to the organization for enabling us to make our projects and campaigns a reality.
Dr. Steffen Bethmann

Dr. Steffen Bethmann

Executive Director, Melton Foundation

“The Melton Foundation aims to empower, connect and transform people to become true Global Citizens. This means that they are aware of what is going on around them and the wider context, that they develop a sense of responsibility for the planet and its people, as well as to actively participate in the societal transformation towards a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world. One way of doing so is through the power of stories. There are endless possibilities of smithing words into phrases. To develop stories, short or long, that express hopes and aspirations and let us feel the underlying struggles for more equality is art. The team at Lighthouse masters this art by taking us on an emotional journey where few words can capture the whole world. I invite you to reserve some calm minutes to listen, read, watch, and let the power of these stories touch you. Maybe they even trigger a feeling of responsibility and action in you!”

Audio Stories

Hear short stories on equality narrated by Raymond!

Video Stories

Watch Cristine’s narration of inspiring stories on the theme of equality.

George Floyd by Elodie James

The World That’s Full of Inequalities by Olivia Daniels

The Good Crocodile by Stephany Gabriela

Inequality by Wistful Wanderer

Twitter Spaces

Engage in interactive activities happening around the camapign in twitter space events.

Demystifying Economic Equality and its Effects on society

How have opportunities for only some groups become the causes of the spread of economic equality? What can be done for more recognition, aid and development for working women to support themselves? Join Patrick from Lighthouse and special guest Faridah Ally on their talk of personal experiences and views on economic equality.

Faridah Ally

Faridah Ally is a community social worker by profession, passionate about education and a vlogger. She is the founder of Elimu Care, a community-based organization championing educational development by addressing issues of GBV and gender equity. She is a trained trauma healing counsellor, a mentor, and a value-based education trainer. She owns a business Elbravo Mavazi where she sells and design outfits made of African Fabrics. She believes in one owning their stories and her mission is to see a Kenya where every Kenyan child can access quality education regardless of their social-economic status.

Photo Series

A photographer from Nairobi shares images that incite equally in his view.

NGONG HILLS- Kenya

Equality is ever present in the world around us, easily identifiable within the freedom and unity of nature. In this photo series, Young Kysh shares images from the Ngong Hills in Nairobi, Kenya, showcasing a moment in time where one could sit back, take it all in and have an escape from the daily struggles amongst the rolling lands.

The photos depict the landscape and setting of the picturesque site; complete with shots of towering wind turbines– a symbol of progress and the utilization of nature’s energy. The natural equality depicted in the scene is down to the preservation of the hills by KWS, making it one of the best sites in Kenya which is free from man-made obstructions.

An aspect of social equality also comes into play when we see these photos as no matter the social class, the hills are open and welcoming of all. You can see cars or people on foot in the background as proof of frequent visits, the interaction with nature with them all a unified cause.

The hills also contribute to the promotion of economic equality because it is relatively cheap and affordable to visit. The entrance fee is 250 shillings (roughly 2 USD) which means it is very accessible to the common people. The locals take this opportunity of tourism to sell artifacts and crafts, generating income they can then use to pay for schooling and to support their families. This interaction also opens up the opportunity for the guests to learn more about the Maasai culture.

Through this photo series, the photographer chose to capture a place where equality is truly shown. A message that is reiterated with an overhead shot of the hills showing the town below, covered in the clouds which mask the differences and show only a collective population.

Muchiri Munene Waitte

Also Known as Young Kysh, he is a self taught Visual Artist, Photographer, Videographer and Music Curator from Kenya. Photography for Young Kysh is a way to escape and express himself.

Written Stories

Break the Bias

Break the Bias

Chapter 1   Gender inequality doesn't make sense on any level and how it's ultimately termed as women's issues. Moreover, how feminism has become synonymous to man-hating still doesn't sit right with me. Why has the word become such an uncomfortable one?  ...

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Equality for All

Equality for All

In the spirit of our motherland, Africa Has taught us to always embrace others  As it has always embraced each one of us,  No matter who we are,  Before our beloved motherland we are All equal! And yet time and time again Our women have been treated As the lesser...

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End Inequalities, End AIDs

End Inequalities, End AIDs

COVID-19 has brought these inequalities to the forefront, exposed them and forcefully, demanded accountability and resolutions. The HIV response addresses inequalities that drastically affect the key populations and priority populations such the LGBT community, and...

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Scaling Up Women’s Empowerment

Scaling Up Women’s Empowerment

Women in Kenya face high levels of unemployment, particularly amid a weakened economy over the COVID-19 period, the situation is even worse for young women who risk domestic violence, trafficking, rape, depression, and inability to care for themselves and their...

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The Shopkeeper and Other Stakeholders

The Shopkeeper and Other Stakeholders

Like other prejudices, gender bias can be subtle, so much so that you may fail to notice. You may fail to notice, for example, that the shopkeeper swiftly turns their attention from you to a new male customer, leaving you standing there awkwardly. Or that your male...

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The Unseen

The Unseen

Poverty has a way of making you invisible, as if the very atoms of your being become air. People pass you by, avoiding eye contact, as though a look in the eye could actually spring you to life. And like Pinocchio, you could finally become a real boy. Eventually, you...

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Meet the Team

Brenda Nyamichaba

Vivian Kagwiria

Raymond Kigai

Patrick Mbugua

Sara Hassan

Cristine Lui

Our Partners

Melton Foundation