Shine the Light Kenya... Helping make a brighter future for our children.
Shine the Light Kenya has a dedicated core group of leadership. They are always looking for more supporters to join their mission.
Friends gathered to
support Kenya's forgotten...
As far back as I can remember, I have always loved learning about other places and ideas through the people who come from those places and the stories they tell.
When I first heard about my Aunt Kathleen’s friend, Lizzie and the great work she was doing with Shine the Light Kenya, I wanted to know more about Kenya, its kids and how they attend school and learn. As I learned about the conditions they must work with, the challenges they face, and how they overcome them and remain so positive, I just knew I wanted to help however I could.
As the student outreach ambassador, I work with Shine the Light in finding high schools and colleges that will provide a forum for Lizzie to tell The Shine the Light Kenya story. I have also brought awareness in different communities here in the US with the Shine the Light Kenya t-shirts as I actively fundraise. It is very rewarding and I always look forward to meeting and involving others in our work!
After primary school education I could not continue with high school. At that time there was no one to pay my school fees. It was hard. I had to live with different relatives and friends, where there was much neglect and abuse.
I have always wanted to be a nurse. When attempting to gain entry into the school of nursing, I impressed my interviewers because they said I spoke English better than the other interviewees. This secured a place for me in college, where I passed with high marks.
As a mother, and while I worked in Kenya as a nurse, I was involved in charity work visiting the slums and helping my neighbors, a gift I inherited from my grandmother who was a village midwife , and a voluntary charity worker. Later I relocated to the United Kingdom where I managed to study, re-train to obtain a degree in nursing. I work with the British Red Cross as a First Aid Volunteer, Charity fund-raiser along-side my paid employment as a nurse in order to take care of my family.
Betsy Wagoner - Friend & Supporter of Shine the Light Kenya
While living overseas from 1994-1998, I had the great fortune to travel to Kenya. I was struck by the incredible beauty of this place, but even more by the people themselves. Despite the very modest living conditions and obvious struggles in their everyday lives, we couldn't help but be moved by the spirit of the people, especially the children, who lived there. Their smiles, generosity and optimism left an impression with me and a deep sense of need to help and hopefully someday return.
Life marched on and through my church I made a connection to a ministry that has provided medical care to the people of this region. Although I have not been able to join them in their work, that reminder of the great need in Kenya was again tugging at my heart. A few years ago, my cousin became a hospital chaplain and volunteer in Kenya. I have followed her work, listened to descriptions of the heartbreaks of everyday life there and found my thoughts and prayers reaching out to the Kenyan people. Then, through work, I met my new friend Lizzie Maina and learned of the wonderful work that she and Margaret Maina are doing for the school children of Kenya.
As a 26 year resident of the town of Hopkinton, I was well aware of the connection the town has with the Kenyan runners and knew that we had found one another for a specific purpose! I am immensely proud of the relationship between the runners and the school children and knew this would be another opportunity to further deepen this connection. It is with tremendous optimism and encouragement that I lend my support to Shine the Light Kenya, as they work to improve the lives of Kenyan children and families.
Pastor Brian G. Minnich - Friend & Supporter of Shine the Light Kenya
It is my pleasure to be the Pastor of First Assembly of God in Worcester, MA where Lizzie Maina is a member. Our church has members from 42 nations of the world and has a rich appreciation for global ministry. One of my first ministry experiences with Lizzie was in 2010 when our church sent a mission team to Mapela, South Africa.
We visited schools, preschools, churches and clinics in the name of Jesus. Since that time, we have sponsored after-school bible clubs and soccer teams in the village to provide healthy after-school activities.At the request of the education department we sent over scientists and established a school science lab and provided teacher training. Not only was Lizzie a member of our initial mission team to South Africa, it was while there that the Lord clearly put Shine the Light Kenya on her heart.
Lizzie is a passionate, faithful and capable leader who consistently puts her faith into action. My prayers and support are with her and her ministry.
I was brought up by a single parent, my mother. In 1970, she chose to leave her job in the Kenya Prisons Department so that her three children could learn in a stable environment. She invested in our education and the results were evident. At age forty, she went back to college and graduated as a secretary. She retired as the Assistant Secretary to the Town Clerk in Nakuru, Kenya. When I graduated from high school, my mother encouraged me to apply for nursing school. I graduated as a Registered Nurse and Midwife and worked in Kenya for fourteen years before relocating to the USA in 1995 where I reside with my family. This was the best decision I ever made, and I wish my mother was alive to enjoy the fruits of her labor.
I attended the Medical Training Center, Nairobi ,Kenya and graduated with a Diploma in Registered Nursing in 1981. In 1987, graduated with a Diploma in Registered Midwifery and welcomed hundreds of babies by conducting deliveries at the Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi. I also worked with women and children, educating women on health and nutrition. This was when I formed the Wokovu Womens' Self Help Group in the poverty stricken Mukuru Slums, Nairobi. I then worked with the area chief to obtain assistance for the group and initiate self-help programs. Through The Kaplan Educational Center, USA, I passed the NCLEX-RN exam and became a Registered Nurse in 1997. Presently working in a Long-Term Care Facility, I enjoy listening to the elderly as they share their life experiences with me.