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 […]
What do we need to feel inspired to give? Does a child have to suffer to make the need urgent enough to forgo our shopping lists? Can we support children to reach for the dreams, not simply end their suffering? Can we give generously without attending a party complete with a linen tablecloth, a three course meal and a fancy dress? al·tru·ism ˈaltro͞oˌizəm/ – noun – the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others. Light Up Hope believes in the goodness of the human spirit. We believe altruism is alive and well. We believe in the individual’s desire to help those who need help, and to take a swing at structural poverty by standing up and saying “I can help and therefore I Will help”. This strong belief is why we are not holding an annual gala this year, and are instead holding a Stay at Home Gala/Annual Give. And our founders are willing to match every gift through October 15, 2015 up to $40,000 to show we believe our supporters will donate to heal and care for orphans without needing to receive a party in return. Are you in?
It is amazing what can be accomplished when people come together with open hearts for children in need. At the beginning of December we had hopes and prayers to be able to provide for the needs of the children at their new home in Kitale. By January 1, 2013 we had collected an additional $27,000 in donations for the care of the children. With the help of generous spirits we have provided new beds, sheets, blankets, school uniforms, school fees, water filters and a new home for the children we sponsor. We have also been able to send a grant to finalize the purchase of the land and to begin construction of two additional buildings: a girls dormitory and a building that will provide housing for additional caretakers, a study/dinning room and a new kitchen. They say a picture tells a thousand words, so check out this 4 minute video that shows the excitement our friends in Kenya are feeling over their new home and enjoy the photo gallery below with pictures from our most recent visit in December 2012. [wpvideo tY8he7aF]
We have our PayPal donation page all set up. Visit our Donate page to make a donation online. We are working towards achieving our first goal: $15,000 for a down payment on the land that will be purchased to build the new orphanage and provide income generating farming operations so Hands with Hope will be a self-sustaining orphanage.