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Towards Equality: Our Battles Against Racial Discrimination


March 21, globally, is marked as the International Day for the Elimination of Racism. As we observe the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (declared by the United Nations), it’s essential to recognize the persistent challenges faced by communities worldwide. Racial discrimination, rooted in historical injustices like slavery and colonialism, continues to undermine the human rights and opportunities of millions of individuals. At ImpactHope, while our projects may not directly address racial discrimination, they are vital in advancing equality and justice for all.

Addressing Systemic Barriers

One of the primary ways ImpactHope contributes to eliminating racial discrimination is by addressing systemic barriers that disproportionately affect marginalized communities. Economic empowerment is a key pillar in the fight against racial discrimination.

  • Promoting Economic Empowerment: In Malawi, Pastor Moses and his team focus on providing crop and animal production and small-scale business training to poor widows, aged women, and Women with HIV/AIDS, many of whom are from marginalized communities. By equipping these women with the tools and resources they need to succeed, we are creating pathways to economic independence and breaking the cycle of poverty.
Goat Project in Malawi
Education at Shelter of Hope, Kenya
  • Empowering Youth Through Education: In Kenya, our partners at Shelter of Hope and KEDHAP tackle educational disparities faced by marginalized communities. By providing scholarships, educational resources, and mentorship programs, we empower students to pursue their academic dreams and overcome systemic barriers. Through initiatives like these, we are breaking down the barriers to education and fostering a more equitable future.
  • Addressing Healthcare Disparities: KEDHAP provides crucial support to communities affected by HIV/AIDS in Kenya. KEDHAP’s primary focus includes collaborating with HIV+ adolescents in 5 Comprehensive Care Clinics across Muhoroni and Tinderet Sub Counties. This partnership plays a vital role in monitoring HIV+ patients, ensuring the quality and continuity of HIV care, with special attention to children’s treatment. Through education, prevention programs, and access to life-saving treatment, KEDHAP empowers individuals to manage their health and well-being effectively. By tackling the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS on communities, KEDHAP contributes significantly to the broader goal of eliminating racial discrimination in healthcare.
KEDHAP provides economically disadvantaged students (especially girls and orphans) access to secondary education and facilitates access to Comprehensive Care Clinics (CCC) for PLWHAs.
Besides births at Casa Compasiva, the staff has also accompanied many women in their labour and deliveries in other hospitals, offering emotional and spiritual support every hour.
  • Though Casa Compasiva in Oaxaca, Mexico, was started to provide compassionate maternity care to indigenous Oaxacan women, it has since expanded its reach, providing a nurturing alternative for all women. Since its inception in 2011, Casa Compasiva has dedicated itself to delivering holistic and evidence-based care to mothers and babies from pregnancy to post-delivery.
  • Promoting Diversity and Inclusion: KEDHAP’s programs have always and will continue to consider the history and interests of all ethnic communities within the border area and actively involve community members in peacebuilding, integration, and cohesion, including the co-ownership of projects involving both ethnic communities.
Evelyne has benefitted from KEDHAP’s female empowerment program, which has enabled her to complete her schooling and master’s degrees!
Peacemaking initiatives in Kenya are important as they provide a platform for dialogue, reconciliation and healing for people affected by conflict and violence.

Together Towards Equality

As we reflect on the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, let us recommit ourselves to building a world where everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and equality. At ImpactHope, we remain steadfast in our mission to empower communities, break down barriers, and create a more just and inclusive society for all. Together, let’s continue working toward a future where racial discrimination is a thing of the past and every individual has the opportunity to thrive.

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