Job Opening with Light Up Hope

Light Up Hope is currently seeking a part-time Communications Assistant Basic duties include planning and implementing a social media marketing plan Collection and creation of content to be used for distribution to our donor base through a variety of mediums including web, social media and print. Graphic design experience is appreciated but not mandatory. Applicant must be located in the greater Denver/Broomfield/Boulder area. If you are interested in applying for the job please contact Light Up Hope Executive Director, Kelly Little: Full Job Description Light Up Hope Communications Assistant: Paid role – $15/hour Time commitment – 2 hour staff meeting 2x per month (or 1 one-on-one meeting) plus 5-8 hours per week. Increased hours needed preceding annual fundraising gala Expectations: ‣ Be creative in finding solutions to challenges as they arise ‣ Flexible attitude, much of what we are working on is forging new ground and requires a patient and open mind. ‣ Attend staff meetings and participate in discussion and staff development activities ‣ Communicate on a regular basis with other Light Up Hope staff and volunteers as needed ‣ Uses a humble and respectful approach when interacting with our staff, international partners and donors Communications Assistant Job […]

One Picture, Three Chances

I never tire of giving someone a chance.  But investing in a person is risky, people are unpredictable, and in a community with high crime rates and high unemployment it is even riskier.  However, when the risk transforms into accomplishment the joy of watching another person forge a new life is worth the times when the risk becomes a failure. In this photo you see our lead social worker, Eliud, assisting a young man named Evans with the purchase of items to launch a small business making chips (french fries) and mandazi (fried bread) to support his family.  Together with Eliud and Evans are two young men we have also taken a chance on – Remi and Brian. Remi spent his teen years living in a children’s home and after high school was denied the opportunity to show his full potential as he was sent to work primarily as a farm overseer and errand runner for his previous mentor.  However his pay was well below a living wage and certainly below his potential. During this challenging time Remi was also a beneficiary of our Light Up Hope programs and received a scholarship to cover his college education in the skill of social […]

Donor Update 2017

Thank you: 2016 was a challenging year but we at Light Up Hope are happy to share with you we are stronger than ever in 2017.  We are grateful for your continued support, especially to our former child sponsors who have continued to support Light Up Hope as we have transitioned to new leadership and new programs in Kenya Going Strong: With the help of your monthly or individual donation our USA based staff and board members have worked hard to identify new leadership and establish Light Up Hope as an independent organization in Kenya.  We have hired Augustine Wanyama as the new Director of Kenya Operations, Eliud Kipkorir as Lead Social Worker, Remjues Kotiah as Assistant Social Worker, Lewis Iyad as Bookkeeper and have enlisted an external auditor in Kenya to oversee all of the funds and how they are being used.  The new Kenyan staff is eager to follow all of our auditor’s financial transparency requirements and they are building healthy and strong relationships with all of the children and young adults in our program.   EMPOWER & INSPIRE Your donation has helped to establish our young adult transitional program, Joseph’s House.  We now have 8 young adults […]

From the Sewer to the Kitchen

Before Clysa entered our program he was working a part time job cleaning up human and industrial sewage in Nairobi.  The job was a day labor job and often he would not be paid by the company after the work was finished.  Clysa initially started a small business selling clothes in the slums with a small business grant of $100 from Light Up Hope.  The business faced challenges of finding customers and at the same time harassment by the local tax collectors who would try to collect taxes even on days when he had made no sales.  After six  months of struggling he decided he wanted to return to school and was then able to apply for the Joseph’s House Program.  He is grateful for the help and is enjoying trade school this spring in food, beverage and catering. You can help support Clysa and other young adults with trade school or university education by donating today.  Monthly donations of $25 or more per month help stabilize the program and guarantee the resources are there to light a path out of poverty.  

Space for Learning, Space for Leadership, Space for Worship

High school is a demanding time for students in Kenya.  The curriculum is challenging and extra help at school is often hard to come by when a student is struggling in a particular subject.  At the end of every year students in the Light Up Hope High School Sponsorship Program leave their boarding schools to return to their guardians for Christmas break, and this year we found many of the students were struggling in the areas of math and chemistry.  During this 6 week break we are pleased to share with you that we were able to offer 5 weeks of tutoring at the new Light Up Hope Social Hall in Nairobi. A core value of our mission is to go beyond meeting basic needs and find the individual talents each of our program beneficiaries posses and give them opportunities to shine.  Ellis and Lewis are program beneficiaries in our adult transitional university program and Ellis also grew up in a children’s home alongside many of the students in our high school program.  These two young men are leading the tutoring sessions and are able to not only strengthen the students’s understanding of the high school subjects, but also mentor them and […]