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2017 International Day of the Girl Luncheon

IDOG Luncheon a Big Success

Light of Hope Volunteers at our annual IDOG Luncheon

Light of Hope’s International Day of the Girl Luncheon (IDOG) was held on October 13th at the International Market Square and was a great success! This wonderful event raised nearly 13K, and had over 120 guests present, with the majority of those learning about LOH for the first time.

Thank you to our guest speakers MN Senator Paul Anderson, and volunteer Kimberly Smithmoore, for helping us tell the story of LOH and the importance of educating girls to eradicate poverty and build better communities.

Finally, a big THANK YOU to Lynn Schroeder, our 2017 Chair, and to our fabulous sponsor Rob Robertson and MEDNET SOLUTIONS, who has generously sponsored this important event four years in a row! Jambo!

Speech by Brian Knight Reflecting on his visit to Light of Hope

Brian Knight, from Bullseye Marketing, shares his experiences after visiting the Light of Hope Home and School, in Naivasha, Kenya. Brian worked with his team to give you an inside look into the school and girls who call it home. See the link below to be taken on an inspiring journey, where hope and love give these incredible girls a second chance.

First and foremost I have to thank Sandy and Boni for granting Nick and I the opportunity to visit and document Light of Hope. Nick wanted to be here tonight and he sends his thanks and hello.

This was an enlightening experience. The goal with most filmmaking it is achieve subjectivity through objectivity. You have to pull and mold a message without being attached to any particular view.

This was impossible.

There is the consistent stereotype of helping the African child and family. From the dirt and hardship they wait for us to reach out and help them—to lift them up and reveal their true potential. And after we have done so they are still hurt for life—scarred by their past and remorseful of who they are and where they came from.

This is what we are trained to believe—that we are simply feeding and housing these people.

That is where Light of Hope stands out. There are number of different schools for girls in Kenya and probably thousands around the world—but something different is happening at Light of Hope.

These girls do not hold onto their pain or resent those that have wronged them. They do not blame others for their mistakes or wish to get back at the system that hurt them so badly.

Instead they fight with love, compassion, understanding and knowledge. If you think about that for a minute it is pretty incredible. I get upset when I miss a green light or don’t get enough chicken in my chipotle burrito (which, by the way, they should make the scoops bigger).

Instead of feeling anger—they feel love. In the place of anguish they project happiness, even if they separated from their family. How on earth do you stay subjective against those odds? The only thing you can do is hide behind your camera and hope they don’t come over and ask to hold it (which they did every day).

What sets Light of Hope apart is it’s ability to take the worst possible scenario and turn it into a blessing. They don’t look at rain and dirt and say “that’s mud”, they look down, with dirt and grime up to their shins and say “this is the place to plant grow our future….this watered, fertile ground is where we will turn our parched seeds into beautiful flowers.”

I was forever changed by my visit to Light of Hope and that is something I will remember for the rest of my life. Thank you very much and enjoy the film.

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2016 Shine A Light of Hope Gala is almost here!

The 14th Annual Shine A Light of Hope Gala 2016 is right around the corner!

There is still time to register for Light of Hope’s annual Gala on Saturday, April 16th at 6pm. This noteworthy event will be hosted at the Golden Valley Golf & Country Club. It will be an amazing opportunity to come together as a community to raise funds to support the girls who attend Light of Hope Home and School.

Throughout the night, guests will have the opportunity to participate in exciting games during the cocktail hour. A fan favorite, the Light of Hope Mystery Boxes will be back and this year each player will be a winner! Prizes include restaurant gift cards, golf outings at championship courses, sports tickets, wine and beer, themed boxes and so much more!

We are honored to have Tonia Hughes, a renowned gospel artist, who is back by popular demand to perform the role of master of ceremonies.

The game Heads or Tails is also back for 2016 and one of the winners will receive a one-week vacation to Vail, Colorado! The luxurious package includes a stay for four at Vail Village this summer, along with airfare and rental car voucher.

The memorable evening doesn’t end there! For the first time, there will be a Gala After Party following the main event. Get ready to enjoy the soulful tunes of Power Tap, an 11-piece band, and take pictures with friends in our photo booth.

Don’t miss the opportunity to spend the evening making memories with the community and having the chance to better lives around the globe.

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