Change begins with me

We hold the simple belief that all children should have the basic human right to a happy, healthy, secure childhood and a future full of promise.

How can we make this happen?

We believe that the people most affected by poverty and social injustice are the ones who should have both the power and resources to lead the decision-making processes that impact their communities. So we search for the local leaders – the individuals and organizations that have the indigenous knowledge and local capacity to elicit sustainable development from the inside out. By seeking out and strengthening these community-based local actors, we are changing the paradigm on poverty reduction to one of:

Our Focus Areas

Luena Foundation works with with native experts to support community-based organizations (CBOs) that focus on the following areas

Food Security

Health & Wellness

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (W.A.S.H) (1)

Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (W.A.S.H)

Education & Arts

Education & Arts

Empowering Women & Girls

Empowering Women & Girls

Maternity & Early Childhood Care

Maternity & Early Childhood Care


Youth Leadership & Changemakers

Safe Spaces & Social Inclusion

Safe Spaces & Social Inclusion

Our Global Impact

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Today, more that 335 million children are experiencing extreme, multi-dimensional poverty.

Every day, children across the globe face unimaginable hardships, from hunger and poverty, to lack of access to education and healthcare. Amidst the backdrop of war and displacement; dreams, aspirations, and futures hang in the balance, and many children are forced to focus on little more than the basic keys to their own survival.

Power to the Grassroots

Luena Foundation helps to build up critical infrastructure around our partners to make them strong and successful in their endeavors. We realize the importance of engaging all members of communities, and we always prioritize projects that put the voices and needs of women, children, and families FIRST.

Become part of a #LegacyOfLove

Your donation is invested 100% in young people and their futures. Whether it’s providing access to equitable education, helping youth access skills, promoting sexual and reproductive health, or energizing new generations of local changemakers, our partnerships help catalyze sustainable development, from the bottom up, and from the inside out.

Our Programs

A Focus on What Matters

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Transparency & Direct Investment

100% of our funding goes directly to the local communities where we work. That way, the donations we receive have the most impact where it truly matters.
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Community Involvement

By incorporating the community in identifying, planning and implementing projects, we have found that long-term outcomes are always better. We require a 25% mutual community investment (in-kind or financial) for all projects that we fund.
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Cultivating Local Capacity

Within every one of us, and within every community that we work with, there exists the capacity to regenerate, to improve, to grow stronger. We believe that a community’s resilience is reflected in the leaders it puts forward, and with a little bit of support, together we can help them put their children first.

A #LegacyofLove Begins with You

At Luena Foundation, we believe in empowering generations of youth to become their own agents of change, but we need your help. Your donation has the power to transform lives by giving young people the tools to escape the cycle of suffering and embrace the promise of a brighter tomorrow.

100% of your donation goes directly to projects and programs, invigorating change around the world. We invest 100% locally in partnership with grassroots community leaders. Read about our commitment to incur zero administrative costs, the volunteers who empower our organization, and our annual impact reports here.

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