June 2018 Monthly Updates

June 2018 Monthly Updates

June School Updates V-Academy V-Academy arrives at LOH The girls at LOH are having fun with an interactive new software that provides e-learning with or with-out internet access. This required program through the Kenyan government provides lessons in history, geography, science, math and language arts. Have fun, girls! “When we think of you, we think of God for bringing you into our lives.” – Anonymous LOH Student Zippy Presents Farm Equipment Zippy Participates as a Presenter at Local Conference We are so proud that Zippy was chosen to be a presenter at a regional agriculture conference this past month! Zippy presented information on farm equipment to visitors, and was able […]

2018 Light of Hope Gala

Thank You to our Supporters! Boni and Sandy Karanja at the 2018 Minneapolis Gala 2018 Gala’s Were A Success Thank you to all of our friends and supporters of Light of Hope for all of your support over the last year! We are incredibly blessed to have all of you in our lives, and appreciate each one of you, whether you are volunteering, offering financial support or sending prayers for the girls of Light of Hope! The 2018 Shine a Light of Hope Gala was held on Saturday, April 21 and was a huge success! We raised nearly $150K for the girls of Light of Hope and were blessed with […]

2017 Wrap-Up and Impact Statement

2017 Wrap-Up and Impact Statement Dear Friends – As Co-Founders, we would like to thank you for your support of Light of Hope over the last 12 months! Nineteen years ago, God brought us together to serve His purpose by giving us each a vision, which has lead us to where we are today. Over the years we have faced many challenges, and have witnessed His faithfulness, as Light of Hope continues to grow and transform so many young lives. This has been a true labor of love, not only for the benefit of girls at Light of Hope, but also all those who have joined hands with us. We […]

November 2017 Monthly Newsletter

November Newsletter Featuring Mary Sera Meet Mary Sera Mary Sera is a sweet, confident, and social 7th grader that is poised to be a positive influence in the world. She looks to the future with a hopeful eye, and plans to follow in her sister Jane’s footsteps by attending high-school and then college. Although she has many interests and talents, her current goal is to become a writer, and make a difference through communication. Like many at LOH, Mary Sera and Jane were abandoned at an early age, first by their father, and then their mother. Their mother, jobless and poverty stricken, had struggled for years with illness and lack […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Looking for the perfect holiday giving idea?

Looking for the perfect holiday giving idea? No matter who you’re shopping for — your mom who believes in random acts of kindness, your nephew who’s eyeing the Peace Corps, or a close friend who’s just returned from a mission trip to Africa — hope is the meaningful Christmas gift they’ll never forget. And, when you include our Room to Hope campaign in your holiday giving plans and, better yet, give on behalf of someone you care about, you’ll give girls in desperate need just that — hope. How will our Room to Hope campaign help Kenya’s girls in need? Girls in Kenya come to Light of Hope Home and [...]

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later…

As Dr. Seuss has famously stated: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened”. This is how I am approaching leaving Light of Hope (LOH) and Kenya after this amazing, inspirational and life changing trip. Given my extended time at the school, I was able to experience two other groups leave the girls before me – those goodbyes are filled with tears, tears and some more tears. Some of these girls do not show full emotion while you are there – probably given their non-emotional upbringing – but it all comes out when goodbyes need to be said. The other Christa – Christa B – who was visiting the […]

Thank You !

Thank you to all who made this year's Shine a Light of Hope Gala the most successful ever!!  Over $120,000 was raised in support of Light of Hope's annual operating budget. A very special thanks to Dr. Verna Price and Tonia Hughes for their time and talent for the evenings' festivities. See Gala Photos