When an African Child is Loved Right!

Yesterday was World’s Day of the African Child and we at Light Up Hope could not help but reflect on the amazing journey we’ve been on with our current and past beneficiaries.  And while we have tens of heart-warming stories to mark this day, something about the growth and transformation of John Bibo, or Saleh as he is popularly known, tags at our hearts a tad tighter. Saleh joined LUH back when our organization was under a different name and administration, he was young and wounded in many ways. To start with, Bibo had grown up in a household where his father would beat his mother to the point of there being blood.  Seeing his mother suffer at the hands of his father was both hurtful and angering to young Bibo who could do nothing but watch in terror. Over the years, the constant fights between his parents saw the seed of anger in young Bibo’s consciousness which would deter his healthy development. The fact that his family was poor did nothing to alleviate the pressure and pains experienced by Saleh and even though LUH came and sponsored him through education, he would have to do a lot of personal […]

Love at First Sight – Welcome to Kitale

There is a dirt road in Kenya where the soil defines the color burnt sienna. Along this road is a glimpse into the simple life in the country, an agrarian peacefulness. There is a gentle breeze perfumed with eucalyptus, and the scent of the African sun bearing down on fertile ground. There is only the sound of the wind on the trees and a gentle movement of bare feet on the warm ground, followed quietly by curious voices of the neighboring children. Inside the branch and barb fencing a meadow opens in front of our eyes. A lazy brown cow grazes under the shade of an island of trees. A local boy and girl hold onto a palm tree and quietly watch as we navigate the barbed wire into a lush vegetable garden that even at the end of the dry season gives birth to a beautiful crop of arrowroot and kale, watered by a fresh stream that snakes through the property. We sit in the shade of the bordering forest and my excitement blooms as we discuss the future of this beautiful property. We walk along the bank of fish ponds that are ready to be stocked with a […]