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
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 benefiting from the program. Each participant receives support of school fees (for university or trade school), housing, food, mentorship and participation in a leadership group to develop life skills and self reliance. We are proud to say we have three university students and five trade school students working hard every month to see their dreams become reality through your generosity.
PROTECT & PROVIDE
With your donation we have been able to begin reestablishing our outreach to primary school aged orphans and impoverished children. Three of our previously sponsored children were able to continue their sponsorship after breaking ties with Hope Children’s Home. Siblings, Jeffry and Mary Grace, were reunited with their grandmother in Nairobi and Milicent was reunited with her mother in western Kenya. By reunifying these children with their parent or guardian they are able to experience the love of their family members while under the monthly financial support of Light Up Hope for food, education and healthcare. With the oversight and guidance of our two social workers, we hope to relaunch our LIFT program by the end of 2017 – keeping orphans and vulnerable children united with their families and with the support and care of our Kenya staff.
EDUCATE & MENTOR
With the help of your donation we were able to retain 12 of our previous 18 high school students in our high school sponsorship program and also take on an additional 4 new students. Our high school sponsorship donors have provided everything the students need to be comfortable at their schools and our monthly general fund donors have enabled us to treat the students to 5 weeks of tutoring during their long Christmas break as well as attending a leadership seminar and cultural field trip during their mid term break in late February. With the help of your donation we are also planning for a week long leadership camp for the high schoolers to attend during their August break of this year.
SAVE THE DATE
Tuungane! Community Dinner at the DoubleTree hotel in Westminster, CO. The evening will feature a catered dinner, live music, live auction and keynote speaker, Edward Mwangi from Kenya. Edward grew up in a slum of Nairobi and was a beneficiary of Light Up Hope’s programs to assist impoverished children. Edward will share his story of what it was like to be a child growing up passing through separation from his family, child labor in the slums and ultimate redemption through the assistance he received from Light Up Hope. Tickets are $25 per person and go on sale March 20th. LEARN MORE & GET TICKETS