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.  

Meet One of Our Trade School Students

I am John Biboh from Kenya. I am 20 years old and in life I have quite a number of things to achieve. One of my biggest dream in life is to be one of the best engineers in mechanical engineering, I want be like an inventor of a kind. Also I would like to have a big garage so that I can also create employment for other mechanics and also function as a school for the youths who would like to join the mechanical engineering field.  About my schooling, I would like to thank Light Up Hope for paying my fee and for the support towards my school. All the dreams I have are useless if not sharpened. My going to school of mechanical engineering will really help a lot and act as a stepping stone for my journey to the brighter future. With my knowledge on mechanical engineering, it will be easier for me to open a garage that can serve people and also educate the young stars in the same field. When I am done with the schooling, it will be easier for me to get a job with the papers and at least have some money […]

We All need a Village

I recently read an article and viewed a TED talk called Everything You Know about Addiction is Wrong” by Johann Harri, in which he states, “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety. The opposite of addiction is connection.” I found this statement so profound and interesting. There are numerous studies into why addiction happens; some say it comes from depression, others say a traumatic event is the cause and some say addiction is a disease and those who find themselves caught in the never ending cycle cannot help themselves. In fact, when we find someone who his caught up in addiction often the treatment involves isolation and detox, very contradictory to Mr. Harri’s statement. Evidence has shown how essential healthy relationships and love are for brain development. A General Theory of Love, by Thomas Lewis, Fari Amini and Richard Lannon, psychiatry professors at the University of California, San Francisco examines this idea more. Their findings indicated the limbic systems of our brain are deeply affected by those closest to us. Our brain development (the way we use our pre-frontal cortex in decision making) is impacted deeply by the way connections are made from relationships at a very young age and continue […]

Relationship and generosity turn sorrow into joy

By Founder and Executive Director, Kelly Little It is true that God makes beauty out of pain and miracles are performed every day through God’s interconnection of people. In November 2009 I met a very sweet 8th grader named Edward in a classroom in a small school in Nairobi, Kenya. Over the years I have grown to love him as my own son as I have watched him navigate life, graduate high school and soon to head off to University. When I was in Kenya in October I was able to spend time with him and see a plot of land he owned but did not have the means to build a house. While I was in Kenya my beloved mother-in-law passed away suddenly and we were all devastated. This same boy – now a man – was there for me, praying strength for me, as I waited to return home and in the very dark days after. It was decided by my father-in-law, Dave, that the memorial funds for Marilyn should go to Light Up Hope. Through the generosity of all the funeral attenders we were able to raise enough funds to help Edward and his younger brother, Joseph construct a house on […]

Enter the Fight for Love Challenge

Every child deserves love.  Every. Single. Child.  Children in the U.S. and children in Africa, every child around the world.  But for many children this love is taken from them. Taken by disease and tragedy, taken by abuse, taken by poverty.  Children find themselves alone in life without a family, without support for their hopes and dreams and feeling a deep hole in their hearts that should be filled with love. Every day at Light Up Hope we fight to provide love for these children.  We fight to keep families together through our LIFT program, we fight to bring healing to their fragile hearts through counseling, we fight to keep their hopes and dreams alive through education and empowerment programs.  We do this because we love them, and they deserve to know though life has taken so much love from them; we are in their corner, fighting to bring love back in. Love isn’t something you find. Love is something that finds you ~ Loretta Young For the next four weeks we are issuing a challenge, a challenge to spread more love to the people around you.  Maybe you want to stand with us and help fuel our programs to […]