Bright Hope News

Updates from Bright Hope and our partners around the world.

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.
 


Vocational Scholarship Allows Victor to Pursue His Dreams

Vocational Scholarship Allows Victor to Pursue His Dreams

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Nairobi, Kenya — Peter Otieno is a 23-year-old micro-savings group member who owns and manages a small business in a slum community selling cosmetics, shoes, nail art, and pedicure services. 


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. 
 


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.  


Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Indians Relief Pitcher Cody Allen Steps up to the plate in Cleveland to Support Feed Their Future 2014

Monday, August 04, 2014

Hoffman Estates, Illinois – Cody Allen, relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians, has joined with Bright Hope and Moody Radio Cleveland for Feed Their Future 2014. The summer campaign exists to provide meals and education to children in Mathare Valley, a slum in Nairobi, Kenya.  


Hope Spotlight: Pastor Collins Ochieng, Mathare Valley

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Nairobi, Kenya — Pastor Collins Ochieng came to the Mathare Valley slum of Nairobi, Kenya in 1991. He and his brother moved there because of the lack of money they had to live elsewhere. He made a living fixing shoes, but he felt his purpose was never fulfilled. He saw his friends killed, succumb to alcoholism and drugs, and fall off the grid. “Life in Mathare is hard,” he said. “To live, you need to live with your own power and no one else – or so I thought.” 


"Feed Their Future" Success! $37,000 Raised for Kenya Feeding Program

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Hoffman Estates, Illinois — Last month, the Mathare Valley School Feeding Program in Kenya was in danger of closing its doors due to lack of funding. Bright Hope appealed to our allies for help to feed and educate 1,400 orphans and vulnerable children through "Feed Their Future." $7,500 was needed immediately to keep the program operating.  


Bus Services to Generate Income for School and Teachers

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Nairobi, Kenya — March 6 was a special day for two Bright Hope partners – Outreach Community Church in Mathare Valley, Kenya, and Hope Church from Springfield, Illinois. 


New Classrooms Officially Opened After Fire

Monday, October 10, 2011

Nairobi, Kenya — Tuesday was a joyous day in the Mathare Valley Slums. Classrooms were recently destroyed in a devastating fire. But two classrooms were rebuilt thanks to funding from generous Bright Hope allies and were officially opened by the Mathare Community Outreach board chairman, Francis Namuya. 


Outreach Community Church Brings Hope to Daniel and Family

Friday, February 04, 2011

Nairobi, Kenya — Daniel Ochieng is a cobbler in the Mathare Valley slum who is trying to raise two boys on his own on a meager income while staying healthy as he battles HIV.