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Shine the Light Kenya... Helping make a brighter future for our children.
Our History
Honoring those who
came before us
Shine the Light Kenya has been inspired by three missionaries who came from Scotland, Minnie Cumming Watson, John William Arthur and Arthur Ruffell Barlow. They left their comfort zones and in doing so saved many lives and contributed tremendously towards forming an education system in Kenya. They settled in the Central Highlands of Kenya at Thogoto, Kikuyu, in early 1900.

Having high hopes for the country of Kenya, their dedication inspired young boys and girls. As these children became adults, they also became partners in this great venture. This changed the destiny of Kenya, through education. Among these young people was my late grandfather, Joseph Ngwaci and the late Musa Gitau. Following the missionaries' example, these men planted schools and churches after being ordained as church elders and commissioned by the missionaries in the Kikuyu District. This area became the center of education and the spreading of the Good News in Kenya.

Among the other young men who were inspired by these missionaries was the late Jomo Kenyatta who became the First President of Kenya in 1963. The majority of his cabinet consisted of young men who were educated at the Alliance High School, Kikuyu, which was built by these missionaries. This was under the auspices of the Alliance of Protestant Missions.

Shine The Light Kenya is proud to be associated with these hard working missionaries who gave up so much. They worked as a positive force against colonial oppression in Kenya before the county's independence from the British in 1963.

Read A Note from Founder Lizzie Maina
We are proud to carry on the legacy of our forefathers and ensure a bright future for our children.