2015 Shine a Light of Hope Gala Fun!

2015 Shine a Light of Hope Gala Fun!

Join the fun at the Shine a Light of Hope Gala by playing Mystery Boxes and Heads or Tails to win fabulous prizes! Mystery Boxes are $25 each Pick a box Turn it in to the Mystery Box table Find out what you have won! Each Mystery Box contains prizes such as: One week stay at any Westgate Resort Tickets to major sporting events Lifetime Fitness Personal Training Jewelry Target & Caribou gift cards Restaurant gift certificates Wine Play Head or Tails Get a chance to win an incredible Cabo San Lucas vacation by playing Heads or Tails at the Gala. New in 2015 - purchase up to 3 Pendants to increase your [...]

Thank you! Party with a Purpose 2015

Thank you to everyone who helped make this year's Party with a Purpose a great success.   In one night, we raised over $14,000 for Light of Hope Home and School for Girls! Read more

A Path Appears, January 26

A Path Appears premieres on Independent Lens this January 26th. Check your local PBS station for details. Watch for the upcoming January 2015 documentary based upon a new book, A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.  The book tells about people who are making the world a better place.  It describes real ways that others can change the world too, whether  with their time, by capitalizing on their skills, or by using the resources of their businesses. Their first book, Half the Sky , opened the eyes of the world to the dire plight of women in developing countries.   Through their powerful true stories, the authors [...]

Ten Surprising Things – Mission Trip

Ten Surprises  on Light of Hope Mission Trip. Joanne Esser went on a summer 2014 mission trip to Light of Hope.  She wrote about ten things that might surprise visitors to Kenya and Light of Hope: 1.  It is not hot and it is colder than you might think. 2.  Small girls can eat an amazing amount of food! 3.  The girls' favorite game is soccer (football). 4.  It is dark at night by 6:30 p.m. and light in the morning about 6:30 a.m. year round - dinner by candle and lantern light! 5.  The road to Light of Hope turns from a solid dirt road to slippery “muck” after a few [...]

Peanut butter and jelly – Light of Hope

Peanut butter and jelly - Light of Hope. Christa Zambordino, a 2012 fundraiser for and visitor to Light of Hope writes, I only hope that after you read this, you will think twice then next time you eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and appreciate the fact that you can enjoy this more often than many others...  The conversation turned into a discussion about the food that the girls eat at the school on a daily basis. Read her article, published in the Huffington Post, "Peanut Butter and Jelly".

Carol Naro excels on KCPE exams

Carol Naro excels on KCPE exams at Light of Hope. In December of 2014, 14-year-old Light of Hope student and resident, Carol Naro, sat for her KCPE exams.  Her score of 409 was an exceptional performance - one that merited a column in the newspaper and a highlight on the national news. Carol is now attending one of the best high schools in Kenya, St. Brigid’s Girls High School Kiminini. She dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon in the future. Caroline (Carol) Katiko Naro was born on September 10, 1999, as the third of four children.  Tragically, both of her parents passed away in 2006 leaving the children in their aunt's [...]

Why educate girls?

Why educate girls? Megan Foo, a high school senior in Hong Kong and advocate for women and girls, writes about educating girls. Megan points out that, in developing communities, three issues prevent a girl from her right to education:  1) her gender, 2) her zip code, and 3) her economic condition. She writes that girls’ education is … a fundamental right that warrants universal access. a catalyst for gender equality. the key to poverty alleviation within less economically developed countries. instrumental in bringing about economic growth. essential for reducing the number of child marriages. a successful formula for individual empowerment. a proven cause of lowered maternal and infant mortality rates. [...]