We are dedicated to providing innovative healthcare solutions in slums and stressed neighborhoods

 

A perfect storm in the making

​Every year more than 70 million people move to cities, often settling in slums that lack basic services and infrastructure. By 2030, the number of slum dwellers will cross 2 billion. Various factors, such as climate change, population growth, violence, and poverty drive this massive urban migration. This unparalleled growth in slums has a range of health and humanitarian consequences that women and children largely bear. Not enough groups are working on this issue.  A perfect storm is brewing just on the periphery of our vision.

Who we are

The Power of Love Foundation is a US non-profit organization founded in 2002 by three friends; Suresh Subramanian, Alka Subramanian, and Ellen Furnari. The founders left their jobs in business and academia to build an innovative community-based approach to combat HIV and AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Since then, the work that began in the slums of Kenya and Zambia has expanded to India and, along with HIV, to the urgent issues of women’s health and responding to the devastating health impacts of climate change on slum residents.

Mission and Vision

Our Mission: 

To build strong and vibrant communities by delivering innovative healthcare solutions and empowering women 

Our Vision:  

In our vision, slums, and poor communities cease to be pockets of neglect; they transform into vibrant, resilient communities. We see a world where Health Flourishes, Safe Spaces Emerge, Education Empowers, and Maternal and Child Well-Being Prevail. 

In our envisioned community, women stand at the heart of progress. We see a future where women are not just participants; they are economic architects, and every woman has access to resources, training, and mentorship to build her future. 

In this vision, slums cease to be forgotten corners; they emerge as vibrant ecosystems where health, safety, and women’s rights intersect.

Our comprehensive community-based approach

From the start of our work in Kenya and Zambia over 20 years ago, we have taken a community-based approach to our programs. We do not go into a community unless invited. All our staff are residents of the communities we serve, and local community participation is key to the design of all our programs. This has allowed us to build deep trust within the community even through difficult times (the AIDS epidemic) and on sensitive topics (the health of infants and children). Taking a comprehensive view has allowed us to address more of the factors influencing the problem in the community and become proactive to changes that occur over time.

What we are learning

Through our 20+ years of community-based work, we have learned a few lessons that we carry into our approach:

  • Believe in the wisdom in the slum communities
  • Partner readily with local government clinics - they are key to sustainability
  • Collaborate readily and transparently
  • Design programs to keep feedback loops short
  • Create networks of learning within communities
  • Engage the private sector wherever feasible