Our first two graduates on track to attend university!

Light Up Hope Founder, Kelly Little, and Ellis on a visit in 2014

It is our great pleasure to announce we have our first two high school graduates who are on track to attend University!  Edward and Ellis  received the results of their final examination for high school graduation, these results determine eligibility for government University.  Both Edward and Ellis did very well, Ellis received an A and Edward received a B (in Kenya it is a requirement to receive above a C to be eligible for the Government Universities).  They are both thrilled that their hard work has paid off and both boys are working hard towards their applications to their University of choice!

Upon receiving the good news our Kenyan Partners, Fred and Alice, wrote “We are thankful for the support we received towards the high school education of the following children, Edward Mwangi, student at St. Ignatius Mukumu that scored a mean score of B and Ellis Liyala that came number one in their school with a mean score of A, also from St. Ignatius Mukumu boys.

As the bible says ‘Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.(1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV)

It’s our prayer for God to continually bless you as we trust Him for their university fees. Congratulations our dear sons, you have set a good example for your younger brothers and sisters still in high schools”.

Read below for a letter from Ellis…

 In life I have always aspired to excel, since I started school, prospering has been the sole recourse. I consider my studies as my most important and thereby always strive to perform better if not best. The 82 points, A grade, that I got in my KCSE results has brought an aspiration in my life. I have since wished to do medicine at the university and become a neurosurgeon and hope that with my results I will be able to achieve the dream.

My academic life has not been easy and was it not for various parties being involved; learning would have been a longing but not reality. I would like to thank Light up hope team for taking care if my basic needs and helping me through primary and high school. Were it not for the directors, Fred and Alice Afwai and their friends, I would not have been through school. They have always been an inspiration to me and encouraged me during my ups and downs. They were always at my back and call and I pray that they continue doing that with the other kids at the home.

The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation will always be at my heart for helping me during my high school life. They provided me with school fees and ensured that my fee arrears are cleared on time. They also advised me on always striving to bring out the best in me. My high school life has been comfortable, thanks to them.

My family too has always been encourager to go over the academic hurdles. They always strived in providing with some few materials, though experiencing hard economic conditions.

I would also like to thank my teachers for believing in me, correcting and encouraging me. While at school, they ensured I am on the right path always and that I’m focused on my dreams, may the Lord bless them.

Most of all, I would like to thank the almighty God for good life, health and for the nice results. I will always rely on Him even this next level where I promise to work harder towards my dream. May the Lord bless me.

Ellis Liyala

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