Light of Africa Inc. is a 501(3)(c) tax exempt not-for-profit organization founded on the premise / belief that women in Togo and Africa are marginalized and need emancipation / empowerment through educational opportunities and access to healthcare. At Light of Africa we believe that educating girls and young women lays a strong and firm foundation for communities in Togo and Africa at large. The goal is to use education as a catalyst for empowerment of the most vulnerable girls and young women so they can create a sustainable future for themselves, for their communities, and for Africa.
A strong, resilient health system is the key to achieving sustainable improvements in health and health care in any country. A health system is made up of many layers of institutions and individuals that, together, contribute to the availability, quality and affordability of all health interventions, from disease control and prevention to maternal and child health. Light of Africa goal is to source healthcare equipment and supported integrated, holistic and sustainable health systems that increase access to quality health care in Togo and other developing countries in Africa. This involves working directly with national and local government entities and other key players to provide technical assistance and capacity building support to strengthen engagement, capability and investment at all levels of the health system. Light of Africa programs adopt and address the World Health Organization’s recommended six building blocks of health systems strengthening: improved health service delivery, health workforce development, information systems, access to essential medicines, health system financing, and leadership and governance.
The reality for girls and women in Togo and Africa in general is that education is not a priority and for many girls and young women going to school is merely a dream. Too often, sex trafficking, child marriage and forced prostitution become the tragic alternatives to education. The picture is that a woman is poor, as is her family, and other women in her community. She has five kids, for example, but also works in the fields throughout the day. At home, she’s also responsible for feeding her family. She cooks on an indoor charcoal stove, so her exhaustion, mixed with the fumes, are slowly killing her. Yet, she never feels like a victim due to cultural and traditional practices; she has a great idea for a business that will benefit families like hers. Lack of education creates all this difficult situation for women in Togo and in Africa in general.
Therefore, it is critical for us to understand the importance of education for girls and women as an essential step along the path to economic empowerment, gender equality and a catalyst for change in the lives of women, their families, communities and Africa.