Our Partners

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.

Since 2019, Luena Foundation has partnered with over one hundred community-based organizations in 20 countries around the world.

Cameroon

Cameroon is in the midst of a multi-faceted humanitarian crisis and it is estimated that more than 3.2 million children, many of whom are refugees, lack access to clean water, basic health services and education.

Uganda

After two years of COVID-related school closures, it is estimated that more than a third of Ugandan youth may not return to their classrooms, particularly those from poor, rural communities. Of this “Lost Generation”, adolescent girls are especially vulnerable, many of whom were exploited and became pregnant during the pandemic.

Madagascar

75% of the population of Madagascar lives on less than $1.90 per day and upwards of 80% of children under 18 experience the effects of extreme poverty, which include chronic malnutrition.

Kenya

Kenya faces several issues contributing to childhood poverty, including high unemployment rates, widespread inequality, and economic instability. Additionally, poor access to quality education and healthcare, rapid population growth, and the impacts of climate change, such as droughts and food insecurity, exacerbate the situation, leaving many children without essential resources and opportunities.

Tanzania

In Tanzania, limited access to quality education and healthcare affects over 60% of children who  live in poverty, of which nearly 34% experiencing stunted growth due to malnutrition.

Malawi

Childhood poverty in Malawi is exacerbated by widespread food insecurity, affecting over 70% of households, and limited access to quality education and healthcare, resulting in high child mortality and malnutrition rates.

South Sudan

In South Sudan, multiple shocks, including the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing regional conflict and violence, consecutive years of devastating floods, acute food insecurity, and continuing levels of human migration have threatened the livelihoods of 14.3 million people.

Zimbawe

Child poverty in Zimbabwe is primarily driven by high unemployment rates, with over 70% of the population working in informal jobs, and an economic crisis that has led to hyperinflation and a poverty rate exceeding 70%, severely limiting access to basic necessities and education for children.

Zambia

In 2018, rural poverty in Zambia was estimated at 80.5% compared to a 25% in urban areas. In rural communities, children often lack access to clean water, sanitation, adequate health facilities and early childhood education.

Bolivia

With close to 44% of its population under the age of 18, Bolivia struggles with the effects of multidimensional poverty which include a high infant mortality rate, child labor, limited access to education in rural areas, and the marginalization of indigenous groups.

Argentina

With the country’s inflation rate the highest its been in three decades, it is estimated Argentina’s child poverty rate has sky-rocketed to nearly 60%, an increase of nearly 20% over the last 36 months.

Nicaragua

One out of every two children in Nicaragua live in poverty. Lack of access to basic needs such as clean water, sanitation, health services and education, combined with chronic malnutrition are the reality for many, with statistics that are even more severe within indigenous populations.

Peru

Child poverty in Peru is primarily driven by factors such as high rates of unemployment and underemployment, as well as limited access to quality education and healthcare. According to the National Institute of Statistics and Informatics (INEI), approximately 26% of children in Peru live in poverty, reflecting these systemic challenges.

Chile

Driven primarily by vast income inequality and inadequate access to quality education, childhood poverty in Chile affects approximately 20.7% of children as of 2021, and has been exacerbated by the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic .

Ukraine

Living conditions in Ukraine have significantly worsened, with UNICEF reporting that two-thirds of children are now living in poverty due to the ongoing war, which has devastated families and disrupted essential services and livelihoods.

India

Of the currently 356 million children living in extreme poverty worldwide, 30% reside in India, where conditions have worsened in the last 18 months on account of the COVID-19 crisis. A child in India is twice as likely to experience multidimensional poverty than an adult, with undernourishment, infant and maternal mortality, limited access to clean water, and illiteracy being some of leading indicators.

Turkey

Children in Turkey affected by the earthquake in 2020 face various challenges, including displacement, loss of their homes, and disruptions to their education and healthcare access. Additionally, psychological trauma, inadequate shelter, and limited access to clean water and sanitation further compound their vulnerability.

Syria

Child poverty in Syria remains a critical issue, with over 90% of children requiring humanitarian assistance and more than 6.5 million children living in extreme poverty due to the ongoing conflict and economic instability.

Democratic Republic of Congo

Congolese children, particularly those separated from their families and/or orphaned by violence, are extremely vulnerable to hunger, disease, sexual violence, and forced recruitment by non-state armed groups.

Spain

Children in Spain are particularly affected in regions with higher unemployment rates and lower socioeconomic status, such as parts of Andalusia, Extremadura, and the Canary Islands. These areas often struggle with inadequate infrastructure and limited resources, exacerbating the impact of poverty on children’s well-being.

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