Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

Elika Learns to Stand Out in the Slum

Elika Learns to Stand Out in the Slum

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Nairobi, Kenya – Elika is much like most 23-year-old women around the world. As a college graduate, she dreams of attaining a master’s degree, getting a job and moving into her own place so she can be independent.   


One Meal Leads to Big Dreams

One Meal Leads to Big Dreams

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nairobi, Kenya – Joy Primary School in Mathare Valley looks a lot like any school around the world at lunchtime. At exactly a quarter to one everyday, students line up tightly clutching their plates and spoons, eagerness clearly displayed across their faces. Class by class they are served and carefully make their way to join their friends to eat their hot nutritious meals as they chat away before the bell rings to get them back to class.  


Sabina: Single-Mother, Businesswoman, Leader

Sabina: Single-Mother, Businesswoman, Leader

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya – In the heart of the Mathare Valley slum, 40-year-old Sabina takes great pride in narrating her painstaking journey of resilience in the face of poverty as a struggling businesswoman. It has been a daunting task as a single mother to provide for her 5-year-old son; a responsibility she does not take lightly.
 


Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, One Student at a Time

Breaking the Cycle of Poverty, One Student at a Time

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya – Six hundred thousand people packed into one square mile. Rampant crime, prostitution and alcoholism permeate the narrow streets. Inhabitants struggle to find clean water and sanitation facilities, while access to medical care or a quality education remain a far off dream. This is the Mathare Valley Slum. In this harsh reality is where Dorothy was born, with countless obstacles in her path right from the start. 
 


Ally Spotlight: Major League Baseball Wives

Ally Spotlight: Major League Baseball Wives

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Hoffman Estates, Ill. – This past July, four wives of Major League Baseball players stepped out of their comfort zones and traveled with Bright Hope to Kenya and Uganda. They spent a week visiting partner churches, building relationships within the community and learning first-hand about interventions that make lasting change. We recently had the opportunity to sit down with each of them and hear about their experiences. 
 


Two Sacks of Potatoes and Renewed Hope: Jeniffer Aoko's Story in Nairobi, Kenya

Two Sacks of Potatoes and Renewed Hope: Jeniffer Aoko's Story in Nairobi, Kenya

Monday, May 23, 2016

Kariobangi, Kenya – At 28 years old, life was promising for Jeniffer Aoko, married and raising her four daughters in the family’s humble shelter in the Kariobangi neighborhood of Nairobi, Kenya. Nothing could have prepared her for the tragedy before her.
 


International Women's Day 2016

International Women's Day 2016

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Hoffman Estates, Ill. — In honor of International Women's Day, we want to celebrate inspiring women across the world who have been empowered through the local church! This Hope and transformation would not happen without the faithful support of our allies. Donate today to ensure women and their families have Hope for Today, Hope for Tomorrow, and Hope for Eternity.  


Peter Otieno: Once Alone, Now Empowered!

Peter Otieno: Once Alone, Now Empowered!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya – Left by his family at a young age, Peter Otieno knows the struggle of providing for himself in order to survive. 


Jane, a Single Mother with Hope for Tomorrow

Jane, a Single Mother with Hope for Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Nairobi, Kenya – “As a single parent in the slum, life has not been a bed of roses as I had imagined, so I have had to be the provider in my house,” shares Jane Adhiambo, a 45 year old widow living in Mathare Valley Slum. Her husband died in 2006, leaving her to raise their three daughters alone. 


Dennis Juma: Why He's Giving Back to Kids in Mathare Valley

Dennis Juma: Why He's Giving Back to Kids in Mathare Valley

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mathare Community Outreach, Kenya - Dennis Juma was born in Bondo, a rural village in Kenya. His father, the sole breadwinner for the family, died when Dennis was very young. After his father’s death, he, his mother, and his siblings went to live with his paternal grandparents until they kicked the entire family out. Having nowhere else to go his mother moved the family to Mathare Valley because this was the only place where living was affordable. During this time his mother worked domestic jobs in order to provide for Dennis and his siblings, but she was barely able to feed them.  


Stories of Transformation: Pastor Collins Ochieng, Kenya

Stories of Transformation: Pastor Collins Ochieng, Kenya

Monday, September 01, 2014

Collins Ochieng first came to the Mathare Valley slum in Nairobi, Kenya in 1991. To survive, he made a living as a cobbler, but he never had a sense of fulfillment. Without a sense of purpose or Hope, he resorted to alcohol and drugs to fill the void.  


Back to Mathare: How Francis Inspire's Hope

Back to Mathare: How Francis Inspire's Hope

Monday, September 01, 2014

An orphan at 12 years old, Francis quickly learned how to fend for himself in the Mathare Valley Slums. He was able to complete primary school, but could not afford secondary school. He and his sister had hoped that she would be able to send him to school, but her untimely death prevented that.