Lighthouse Ministries International of Africa

Mission Statement

Vision: To provide Refuge, Restoration and Redirection for marginalized girls of Kenya. Mission: Upholding a loving Christian environment, providing quality education, developing self-sustainability and positively impacting our community.

Impact and Programs

Accomplishments Light of Hope Kenya served over 130 girls and young women in 2018. We graduated 12 students and brought in 12 students. All girls are welcomed back even after they launch back to their communities, as the school is essentially their home. In 2018 we added solar power to heat water for our dining hall and for showers. We also added a commercial grade washing machine, greatly reducing the manual labor required to keep clothing fresh for 130 girls. We completed our fourth year of Leadership Development training and added a cell tower to boost the productivity in our computer lab and for our staff and visitors.
Current Goals In 2019 we are celebrating the opening of our on-site medical and dental clinic. This will enable our students and staff to receive the health care services they need to be healthy, active and confident. Some of the girls with interest in medical or dental vocations will work part time at the clinic, interacting with doctors and dentists from the community and mission trip travelers to our school, boosting their knowledge and interaction with visitors. We are also working well under Kenya's recently enacted changes to education standards. The new teaching is based on practical, hands-on learning rather than the old system which focused on memorization and rote learning. Competencies such as problem solving, creativity, adaptability, and resilience will be in focus, preparing our girls for their futures based on the individual gifting of each student. We are also expanding the reach of our clubs, activities and sports teams.
Community or Constituency Served Previously orphaned, abandoned, abused or neglected girls and young women aged pre-school to college/university/trade school graduate in Kenya, Africa.
Geographic Area Served Kenya, Africa. The school is in Naivasha, about one hour from Nairobi. Our girls are from many counties in Kenya.

Reports & Finances

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Major Program Expenses
Light of Hope:
$388,720
3 Year Average Expenses
Program Services
$438,456
89.9%
Management
$36,716
7.5%
Fundraising
$12,654
2.6%
Unrestricted Net Assets
End of Year:
Beginning of Year:
Difference:
2018
$76,112
$84,936
($8,824)
2017
$84,936
$159,154
($74,218)
2016
$159,154
$241,869
($82,715)

Notes from the Council

Organization Last Reviewed on 01/24/2020

This date is representative of when we completed our initial Accountability Wizard® nonprofit review, and provided the organization with their results. This review is good for three years from the date provided
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Address:
PO Box 41010
Plymouth, MN 55442
Phone: 7635598688

General Information

Alternative Name: Light of Hope Kenya, Light of Hope Home and School for Girls
EIN: 71-0886289
Principal Staff: Sandy Karanja
Number of Full-Time Equivalents (FTE): 26
Volunteer Opportunities: Yes
Number of Clients: 136
Ruling Year: 2004

Board

Board Chair: Jeff Balagna
Number of Board Members: 6
Board Meetings with Quorum: 15
Average Member Attendance: 5.6

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