About Us

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About Light of Hope.

Throughout the developing world, a girl may suffer from a litany of injustices that arise out of gender inequality. Child marriage, denial of education, gender-based violence – they limit her choices and trap her in the cycle of poverty.

That’s why we’re committed to empowering Kenyan girls and, in doing so, contributing to the global effort to end intergenerational poverty.

We do that by providing care, shelter, counseling, and education to the orphaned, abandoned, abused, and neglected Kenyan girls we serve.  More importantly, we instill in them the belief that they have value, foster confidence in their leadership abilities, and give them the tools they need to reach their fullest potential.

In 2006, we welcomed seven girls to Light of Hope Home & School in Naivasha, Kenya.

Today, we serve more than 80 – and we’re continuing to grow.

Our mission:

Light of Hope is a home and school that provides refuge, restoration, and redirection for the abandoned, impoverished, or abused girls in Kenya. We provide shelter, quality education, training, and counseling in a supportive Christian family environment in order to enable them to live independently and emerge as leaders to the community.

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The problem: Global poverty.

The deck is stacked against girls in the developing world.

Today, 41 million girls are still refused a primary education.  So, it should come as no surprise that two thirds of the world’s illiterate are women.

Throughout poorer nations, a girl will instead cook and clean for her family and care for her younger siblings. She’ll also be less likely to receive medical care than her brothers.

The consequence?

She will likely marry younger, bear more children, and struggle against a stunted earning capacity; factors that trap her in extreme poverty. Multiplied by tens of millions of girls and the problem can feel insurmountable.

It isn’t.

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The solution: Invest in girls.

If you wish to drive economic development in the world’s poorest regions, you must educate her girls.

Consider this: In developing countries, you realize seven times greater return on investment when you invest in girls as opposed to boys.

Why is that?

According to the World Food Programme, girls and women invest 90% of their income in their families, whereas men invest between 30 and 40%.

That investment in family is compounded when girls receive an education. For each additional year of primary school, a girl’s wages increase by 10 to 20%. And, for every year of secondary school, her income rises 15 to 25%.

This investment in a girl’s education profoundly impacts her life in other ways, as well. Girls who attend school for at least seven years delay marriage by an average four years and have two fewer children than those who are denied education.

The end result?

Strong, healthy communities with the tools and resources to rise out of poverty.

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Our contribution to girl empowerment.

We provide much more than a girl’s basic needs and all-important education; we offer a loving, family environment that allows each girl to heal and grow.

Furthermore, we advance our work toward strong, confident girls through a focus on ethical leadership.

Our girls participate in community service projects in and around Naivasha, as well as here at Light of Hope Home & School, learning the importance of engaged citizenship.

When each girl strikes out into the world after her education here is complete, she will have the tools she needs to become a change agent in her own community, Kenya, Africa, and beyond.

It’s humbling. I have seen you take their hands; embrace them like one of your own. You have shown them limitless possibility, that hope is not lost.”

 

~ Pauline Aketch, Maseno University (Kenya) graduate & Light of Hope intern

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Trusted to make a difference.

With the continued support of our generous donors and fundraisers, we’ll expand our services and the number of girls we’re able to support.

By the end of 2015:

  • Phase one of our new dorm will be completed, allowing us to accommodate 100 girls.
  • We’ll develop robust leadership program goals and curriculum with the intent to implement the program in 2015.

In five years:

  • Phase two of our dorm will be complete, allowing us to open Light of Hope’s doors to 160 residents.
  • Including day scholars, we’ll expand our capacity to serve 200 girls.
  • Our medical clinic will be established as an approved facility or in the approval process.

We are a responsible charity with a serious plan for the future – and some of the most respected philanthropic organizations agree.

Our generous supporters include the Margaret Cargill Foundation, Carlson Foundation, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, C. Charles Jackson Foundation, and the Mound Westonka Rotary Club.