Light Up Hope is a Christian, not for profit, global orphan initiative with the mission to provide healing orphan care and light a path out of poverty.
It is our vision to find creative solutions to offer a continuum of emotional, spiritual, physical and educational care for orphans and impoverished children and young adults in Kenya. Emotional and spiritual care includes entorship, counseling, professional guidance and life skills education. Physical support includes but is not limited to; residential care, foster care, family care environments, as well as adult transitional support. Educational care includes scholarship and sponsorship for primary, secondary, university and vocational education.
We work closely with orphans, vulnerable children, guardians and community members who care for orphans and impoverished children and young adults in Kenya. We are a small organization which gives us the capacity to know the beneficiaries by name, meet them in person, encourage them, and seek solutions for igniting individualized change in their lives. It is our belief that simply because a child’s life circumstances lead them to care outside their family of origin, doesn’t mean that their story has to end there. It is paramount to our relationship that these children know hope for their futures.
We believe in empowering Kenyan leadership in our organization. We acknowledge Kenyans know best the cultural, political and environmental background of their own country, and we believe they know the best solution to providing improvement in the lives of their children. We act as a partner who provides additional ideas, support and resources to refine Kenyan identified solutions to Kenyan identified problems.
In partnership with our Kenyan leadership we work closely with guardians and community members to find loving community based care for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC’s) who are under the age of 18, encouraging the communities in which we work to collaborate to find solutions to keep OVC’s in their community, connected to their families and living in healthy and safe homes. Residential placement is a last option when it is identified as the best option for a child.
Additionally, Light Up Hope is keenly aware that once an OVC reaches the age of 18 they continue to be in need of support to make the transition to adulthood without returning to a life of suffering. When an OVC turns 18, they are expected to leave the safety of the care environment they have known and join the Kenyan society. For many this means exiting a residential care environment such as a children’s home. In most cases, these young adults do not have the skills, knowledge, resources, or training to do this with success. Our transitional program exists to provide the opportunity for these young adults to gain life skills, resources and education so that they can become contributing members of the Kenyan society.
“Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.” Psalm 82:3