Space for Learning, Space for Leadership, Space for Worship

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 […]

Christmas Shopping – a gift from our child sponsors

  We celebrated Christmas with our sponsored children a little bit differently this year. Thanks to the generosity of our child sponsors, the Colorado team who visited Hope Children’s Home in November was able to take the children shopping for their own Christmas Gifts. Here is a note from Renae Loring, Light Up Hope Board Member, about her experience taking the children shopping: Kids are kids and teens are teens no matter the language, country or culture.  We saw this so strongly the day we took the kids shopping… The kids all arrived at the same time to a Wal-Mart type store called Nakumatt- “You Need it.  We’ve Got it.”  The story building had a moving walk way to get to the 2nd floor where the clothes were.  Most of the kids had never experienced one.  You could really see the kid’s personalities come out.  The adventuresome ones jumped on with smiles while holding on tight.  The timid ones needed an older hand to grab to muster the courage to step on.  But then it was all smiles!  Funny how things we don’t even think about can become part of the fun.  The kids loved picking out their own clothes!  Most of the boys took a quick […]

Our first two graduates on track to attend university!

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 […]

Celebrating Two High School Graduates

This year we are happy to celebrate two additional high school graduates, Edward and Ellis.  Both boys are extremely smart and talented and true examples that life circumstances do not define who you were created to be.  This fall we are very proud of how hard each of the boys have worked to maintain high marks and we pray that the results of their final exams (results will be released in February) will be high enough to give both boys the opportunity for a University Education. Ellis came into the care of our Kenyan partners, Fred and Alice, in 2009 after the riots that ensued during the 2007 Kenyan Election Violence.  Edward started his life in the slums of Nairobi working odd jobs during the day and scrounging for food at night to help care for his younger brother, Joseph.  He wanted nothing more than to attend school.  Here is Edward’s story in his own words – Hi, my name is Edward. My parents are among the leading people who brought light into my life. This light almost went off when they divorced and my father fell into drinking. I joined school at an old age and I had no […]

New playground installed

We are so thankful for the amazing generosity of all who attended Light Up Hope’s annual fundraiser, Barn Fire and the generosity of two very special girls and their birthday party fundraiser.  Because of their generosity Hope Children’s Home now has a playground installed for the younger children!  Our Kenyan partner, Alice Afwai shared with us the reaction of the children to having the new playground, “They have been seeing them (playgrounds) on TV, and in papers, now they have one, God is real!” One of the children we were particularly thrilled to see enjoying the playground with a big smile on his face is Jeff.  We first met Jeff in April of 2014.  At the time he was living in a dire situation with his Grandmother in Nairobi.  After Jeff’s mother passed away and his father abandoned him and his sister, Mary Grace, they were left in the care of their elderly grandmother.   When we met with his grandmother she shared with us that she loves Jeff and Mary very much, but the burden she was bearing was too much for her.  Inside a small one room home on the outskirts of Nairobi the grandmother was responsible for […]