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 […]

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 […]

Alphonse shares about the progress at Hope Children's Home

It is a joy to receive letters from the children! Recently we delighted in getting an update on Hope Children’s Home from Alphonse, one of the first year high school students whose high school education is paid for through empowerment programs. During the day Alphonse works hard at school and in the evenings he stays with the other children at Hope Children’s Home.   Dear Light Up Hope, How are you?  I hope you are fine.  Here in Kitale we are going on well as you left us when you were here last time.  The maize (corn) is now growing big and they have already removed the top head.  Other many things in the farm have grown big and we hope you will visit us one day and you will prove us right by seeing them with your eyes. Our animals are going on well.  At home we have the cows and they are becoming fat and fatter than they were previously, the sheep are also giving birth one after the other and that shows that they are totally healthy and receive the required amount of food. We also have some chickens which lay eggs and the eggs hatch.  Our […]

Alphonse shares about the progress at Hope Children’s Home

It is a joy to receive letters from the children! Recently we delighted in getting an update on Hope Children’s Home from Alphonse, one of the first year high school students whose high school education is paid for through empowerment programs. During the day Alphonse works hard at school and in the evenings he stays with the other children at Hope Children’s Home.   Dear Light Up Hope, How are you?  I hope you are fine.  Here in Kitale we are going on well as you left us when you were here last time.  The maize (corn) is now growing big and they have already removed the top head.  Other many things in the farm have grown big and we hope you will visit us one day and you will prove us right by seeing them with your eyes. Our animals are going on well.  At home we have the cows and they are becoming fat and fatter than they were previously, the sheep are also giving birth one after the other and that shows that they are totally healthy and receive the required amount of food. We also have some chickens which lay eggs and the eggs hatch.  Our […]

A Letter from Edward

We received a letter today from Edward, one of the older children at Hands with Hope Safe House.  He recently went on a visit to the land in Kitale that we are purchasing to relocate the safe house and below is the content of the letter he wrote to us.  Thank you each and every one of you for your support.  You can see from his letter that the donations to our cause are meant to change the lives of these children: Dear Light Up Hope, It is with great pleasure that I send my warm greetings to you through this letter.  I am very fine.  This might be the first time that I am writing to you this letter but through the help you have granted us, you are not new to me. My core aim of writing this letter is to thank you for giving us a new home.  For sure, we’ve been struggling each and every day to find a new place to settle.  We are children who have great potential in academics.  Finding us a new place to settle has boosted us since we will have enough time to concentrate on our books.  Some children had […]