The mission of The Light and Leadership Initiative is to respond to the needs of the women in the Ate-Vitarte district of Lima, Peru in their struggle out of poverty by improving the availability and quality of education offered to women and children.
Lara DeVries, founder of LLI, first went to Peru in 2007. After meeting with locals in Huaycan, Lara returned to the United States, graduated college, and began work on forming Light and Leadership. In 2008, LLI was officially formed and recognized as a US 501(c)3 nonprofit. In May of the following year, LLI began operating programs in Huaycan, Peru.
Through workshops and classes, women are empowered to better care for themselves and their families by improving both their physical and emotional well being, as well as advancing their skills in the workforce. Children are offered similar opportunities and learn the value of education and respect for one’s community. The organization’s core belief is that the women and children of the Ate-Vitarte district will become positive leaders for change through love, support, and education.