How funding a business can keep orphans in a home

Sure by now you know that Light Up Hope provides orphans with hope and opportunity, but did you know we also have programs that fight poverty and injustice through empowering the people in Kenya who are helping orphans every day?  People like Lawrence.

Lawrence and his wife outside their small home which provides shelter for 5 children of their own plus Lawrence's 4 orphaned nieces and nephews
Lawrence and his wife outside their small home which provides shelter for 5 children of their own plus Lawrence’s 4 orphaned nieces and nephews

Lawrence is a welder by trade living in a slum, in a tiny rental house. He is married with five kids and is guardian to his four orphaned nieces and nephews.  Lawrence cares greatly about all 9 of the children he is responsible for – and an orphan himself he believes it is God’s calling on his life to care for these children.  The problem is as a day laborer he only makes about $25 per week, barely enough money to get by – he is afraid that he is stuck in a life of poverty and may not be able to continue to provide for the burden of caring for four additional children on his small income.

Lawrence lives in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi where it is tough to find work on a regular basis
Lawrence lives in a slum on the outskirts of Nairobi where it is tough to find work on a regular basis

On our last trip to Kenya we met with Lawrence, heard his story and encouraged him and asked him how we could help.  He told us that he was skilled in welding but didn’t make enough money to buy any of the tools he would need to start his own business so he could have a greater income.  We told him if he would send us a business plan we would give him the financial assistance he needs to start his own welding business.

Lawrence pictured inside his small rental house which is home to two adults and 9 children
Lawrence pictured inside his small rental house which is home to two adults and 9 children

This summer Lawrence did so and is on the path of starting his business, pulling his family out of poverty, providing for orphans and continuing to be a positive influence in his community.

If you would like to help people like Lawrence and the orphans we support in Kenya make a donation or read about how you can get involved.  We also have our annual fundraiser coming on Saturday October 4th in Broomfield, Colorado. More information on the fundraiser will be available soon.  We hope to see you all there!

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