To empower vulnerable & abused children and youths, with a focus on young women and girls and provide them with love, education & hope for a better future that is full of light.
To strive towards achieving long lasting influence among the vulnerable children, young women and girls within Kisumu City slums in order for them realize their full potential in the society.
About 42% of girls below 18 years in Kisumu county drop out of school every year. Out of this 30% are found within Kisumu City and specifically in the slums areas of Manyatta , Obunga and Nyallenda. According to latest statistics, about 33.3% of girls have dropped out of school in the last 2 years & found themselves in child prostitution or living in severe Poverty.
Our website page will be updated with the work we carry out, so please visit us regularly or if you would like to be a part of the service we provide or would simple like to donate, please email the chairlady Emmily Akech: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emmily Akech: Chairlady, Co-ordinator & Co-Creator of Universall Light House. Pharmacist
(1st on the left)
Nancy Otieno: Head of Counselling & Assistant Chairlady of Universall Light House, Teacher, Life Skills trainer & Community Lawyer
(2nd from the left)
Rachel Salthouse: Life Coach & Co-Creator of Universall Light House (3rd from left)
Silvia Otieno: Counsellor on Gender Based Violence (in the centre)
Joyce Nyambaso: Hairdresser & Beauty Therapist (3rd from the right)
Dr Peter Otieno Phd: Treasurer of Universall Light House (2nd from the right)
Rose Juma: Secretary of Universall Light House, HTS counsellor and business woman
(1st from the right - in pink)
Joseph Arango: Counsellor HIV/AIDS & Child Protection (not in picture)
Teresa Ogado: Counsellor on Reproductive Health (1st picture in photo gallery, below)
* Restoring hope to the sexually abused.
* Adolescent Reproductive health awareness & training.
* Engaging learning on life skills and living values.
* Supporting Teenage pregnancy and school drop out.
* Vocational training (Tailoring, hairdressing, food and beverages)
* Entrepreneurship skills training
* Computer literacy
MAKINI SCHOOL - INQUISITIVE GIRLS
Nancy's was invited to talk on Sunday 19th May 2019 at Makini School. Encouraging the school girls to get out of there comfort zone and strive to achieve there best through acquiring knowledge, skills, values, and adopting good attitudes, that when translated into actions, enables a person to make effective decisions that enhances development.
See pictures 6 & 7 in gallery.
KIBUYE MIXED SCHOOL - CHOICES FOR GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT
Eager Girls learning on how better choices will help them improve, grow and develop there lives. With the support and tutoring of Emmily & Nancy. Saturday, 25th May 2019.
See Pictures 8 - 11 in gallery.
On the 28th June 2019 girls in classes 7 & 8 were introduced to Cynthia, a ULH warrior, sharing her bitter past regarding her sexual relationships and how she was abandoned when pregnant. Also sharing her stories on how to deal with Peer Pressure and the importance of valuing & respecting yourself!
See Pictures 25 & 26 in gallery
Rose our secretary of ULH, educated the girls, on the dangers of abortions and on what safety precautions to take, confirming the best medicine is saying No!
See Pictures 27 & 28 in gallery
JOYLAND SPECIAL SCHOOL- JOURNEY TO LOVE & JOY
Young girls with special needs and or disabilities take keen interest in learning the ways to a more joyful life by interacting and engaging in the wonderful teachings of Nancy & Emmily, the Journey of Love & Joy on 4th June.
See Pictures 12 - 17 in gallery.
OLASI PRIMARY - 30KM FROM KISUMU CENTRE
A long journey to reach out and engage with young girls in Nyakach constituency. Class 6, 7 & 8 a total of 92 girls learning on living values, skills and understanding on saying No, to sex & to have a positive attitude and relationship with there bodies. Food (rice & green grams) were served by Hope (in our good news story) Nancy & Emmily. This day brought loving values, hope and joy to these girls, a beautiful & rewarding day. The girls leave there counselling wishes with the members and there parents share there gratitude by requesting a speedy return of the ULH members. 6th June 2019. See Pictures 18-24 in gallery.
LUTHERAN SPECIAL SCHOOL - TEACHING & LISTENING TO THE CHILDREN
Teachings on reproduction health, in how to keep healthy and to avoid HIV / AIDS. Life skills & knowledge was essential to help these children, to cope with difficult experiences. During the visit the children shared there very sad stories, in how they are suffering with living conditions, in being subject to abuse of all kinds. The school has requested ULH members to return, to educate the parents of the children suffering with extreme special needs.
11th of June 2019.
See Pictures 25 - 28 in gallery.
XAVARIAN SECONDARY SCHOOL - REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH AWARENESS
Emmily, Nancy and a school teacher, provided advice and guidance to 70 students round the health risks of unsafe sex and that using contraceptives is about being sensible and responsible. Re-enforcing good values, skills & attitudes in becoming independent and responsible adults. 2nd July 2019.
See pictures 29 - 35 in gallery.
OKAGO PRIMARY SCHOOL IN KOLWA EAST - OUTREACH SERVICE
Three members, provided advice & guidance, to 33 girls that managed to get to school. 59 could not attend, due to having to work with their single parents or for themselves to gain basic needs (food). Those who could not afford hygiene products, stay at home, due to the embarrassment. Food (a meal) green grams and rice were served to bring hope to these girls, they really appreciated the love & support. July 2019.
See Pictures 36 - 43 in gallery
ONDIEK PRIMARY SCHOOL - LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
Ondiek primary school is a public primary school in Kisumu west constituency in Kisumu county. Majority of the pupils learning there come from the semi urban area, Manyatta and Nyalenda. The head teacher requested our presence there to talk to the girls as they were about to close for the long holiday where a number of girls normally come back when pregnant and end up dropping out of school while others don't report back, because they either get into early marriage, or get employed as house girls. Members, Emmily, Nancy & Rose provided supportive and much needed life skills, advise & guidance, to encourage the girls to come back to school, in the new year. January 2020. Visit on the 22nd October 2019.
See Pictures 47 - 54 on gallery
FUTURE PLANS TO DELIVER MORE LIFE SKILLS TRAINING
Pictures 2-4 in gallery of building at Kibuye mixed school, to be used for Life Skills training & Reproductive Health Awareness, some classrooms to be renovated.
FUTURE PLANS FOR FURTHER SUPPORT IN THE SCHOOLS & COMMUNITY
The need to set up an office, is essential, for referrals and support of the community. To increase our support network, we need to increase our partnerships with organizations that can provide additional services, to deliver this needed support to more children & youths in the schools of Kisumu & surrounding slum areas.
FUTURE PLANS FOR OUTREACH
The common cause for teenage pregnancies and drop out of school, is poverty, in the rural areas, there is a large amount living in severe poverty. The girls parents cannot afford basic female hygiene products and the girls are having sex in exchange for such goodies.
Our mission is to educate these girls on saying NO and loving themselves. In providing rice and green grams (a meal) brings joy to there lives. We want to help supply, some personal hygiene goodies, which will encourage these girls to say NO ! Please support us in donating, so we can provide some joy and sanitary goodies for these young girls.
The demand and requests for educating all children & youths and supporting their parents, is increasing every visit. Therefore we need additional funds to meet the demands of outreach services.
SCHOOLS CLOSE FOR THE MONTH OF AUGUST 2019, WHEN RETURNING IN SEPTEMBER, THE SCHOOLS ARE PREPARING THE STUDENTS FOR FINAL YEAR END EXAMS. WHICH ARE TAKING PLACE OCTOBER 2019 & THEN BREAK UP FOR HOLIDAYS FROM NOVEMBER.
WE ARE STILL SERVING THE RURAL & SLUM AREAS IN THE COMMUNITY. TO REACH OUT TO THE VULNERABLE WOMAN & CHILDREN.
SO YOUR DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED. THANK YOU !
OUTREACH BEGINS IN RURAL AREAS' AS SCHOOLS PREPARE FOR END OF YEAR EXAMS (Sept & Oct 2019).
Eunice, a widow stays in Nyalenda slums with her family. She has a daughter 22 years of age called Mercy whom we were not able to meet as she was out doing laundry work in order to find food for the family and sibling. Eunice has been a sickling and is not able to do hard chores and so she was the one taking care of the 4 month old baby (Mercy's baby). See Pictures 44 & 45.
Mama Eunice's only wish is to find a small business that she can physically run, to support her family, as she can no longer walk long distance to look for menial jobs. Whatever Mercy brings home, sometimes, is too little to sustain the family and so many a times they are forced to sleep on an empty stomach. We reached out to Eunice & her grandchild, to offer some support. Also seeing to young girls, staying home, unable to go to school.
See Pictures 46. 5th September 2019
MAGADI ACTIVITY - OCTOBER 2019
Universall Lighthouse was invited by the priest of the Magadi catholic church and the rice was provided by the area member of parliament (MP). Some of the challenges these youths shared with us are:
1. Majority lack parental guidance/support
because they are either orphaned and are
staying under the care of relatives who
sometimes turn them to house helps.
2. They lack time to concentrate on their studies
since they are forced to fend for the family
and end up dropping out of school.
3. They lack proper food and other basic needs
which leads to engaging in early sex and
4. Most of them lack proper shelter as their
houses are so small/squeezed and in bad
5. Some are abused physically or sexually by
some of the relatives who are suppose to
take care of them.
ADVICE & GUIDANCE WAS PROVIDED ROUND
1. Self awareness,
2. Life skills
3. Behavior change.
See Pictures 55 - 58 in Gallery
LADY OF GRACE ACTIVITY
Another activity was carried out by Nancy at Our Lady of Grace from Nov. 27th - 29th. The participants were students from different schools who are sponsored by Our Lady of Grace, they boarded for those 2days. Topics discussed:
1. Career guidance
2. Self awareness
3. Goal settings
4. Purpose driven life
5. Behavior change.
See Pictures 59 - 61 in Gallery
ACTIVITY AT NYALENDA 12/12/2019
The activity was held at Nyalenda Community Hall with the help of the area chief. Our Brand Ambassador Miss. Cynthia helped in the mobilization of the girls and we had a total of 27 girls. We started at 11:20 am up to 5:30 pm. We expected the number to reach 40, however, due to the weather, some never showed up as they had promised. Another issue was, some were torn between attending the meeting and going to look for menial jobs because at the end of the day, they had to put something on the table, especially those with children. Never the less, the meeting was a success.
There was open sharing and the girls left feeling happy and looking forward to our next visit. We encouraged them to form a group so that we can take trainers to teach them on how to make door mats, bracelets and other skills, an initiative that focuses on development towards gainful and/or self-employment for sustainability. Already we have someone who is ready to help them learn, and will charge KShs. 100/- per person.
Some of the areas covered are:
- Self-awareness/personal development
- Goals toward successful life
- Importance of sharing experiences/experience sharing
See Pictures 62 - 83 in Gallery
Emmily Akech & Peter Otieno sponsoring a girl to start school.
See Pictures 84 - 86
APRIL 2020 (COVID-19 PANDEMIC)
MEMBERS, DELIVERING FOOD TO THE THOSE IN NEED!
See Pictures 87 - 93
ACTIVITES IN SCHOOLS & COMMUNITIES WERE RESTRICTED DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC (IN 2020) HOWEVER WE LOOK TO START SUPPORTING THE VULNERABLE IN 2021.
YOUR DONATIONS WILL BE MUCH APPRECIATED.
Two Good News stories, about 2 young woman, who have been supported by a member of Universall Light House, provided us with there life stories & would like to remain anonymous and therefore we have not used there real names & pictures.
For this story, the young lady has been named Hope.
Hope lived in a village called Homa Bay County, with her large family of 7 siblings, as Hope was the youngest child, with elderly parents, she had not been educated with the understanding of the “real” world, in regards to valuing herself and lacked knowledge of reproductive health issues.
For 8 years, Hope was abused by a much older man (27 years older) who would offer her gifts and a better life, in paying for her school. As Hope’s parents did not have the funds to pay for her schooling or pay for the basic personal hygiene items, Hope, continued to “please” this man. She had no one to talk to and could not share her worries, concerns and fears with her parents and family.
It reached a time when Hope was fed up with the kind of life she was leading. Then fortunately, one day as she was listening to one of our local Radio Stations – Lake Victoria, she heard Nancy a member of Universall Light House, who is a qualified teacher, counsellor and community lawyer speaking over the radio. Nancy shared on the radio how the girl child / young woman should be empowered. Hope took the contact details down and made contact with Nancy.
Hope eventually moved to Kisumu and met with Nancy who offered her one on one counselling and advice. Finally Hope was so happy to find someone who she could share with and listen to her. She found someone who gave her guidance and now she could see a more hopeful life. Over time, Hope accepted herself for the way she was and started seeing life in another way. Hope started doing menial jobs, to get money by doing domestic cleaning and selling banana and roasted ground nuts.
Hope managed to save some money so she could undertake some counselling training. Hope then obtained a Counselling Diploma, as she intends to empower young girls not to fall into the kind of life she led, so they can learn to love themselves. Hope’s next step is to gain more funding, to increase her education and future prospects, to offer her services professionally and would love to be a Mentor for Universall Light House CBO.
Hope’s final words, were: “Nancy was my Angel in my life, she saved me and helped me empower my life again!”
For this story, the young lady has been named Grace.
Grace lived with 6 siblings and her parents in Nyalenda and felt very insecure and concerned with her family life as she witnessed her mum and dad in an abusive relationship. Grace was scared and had no confidence in herself and didn’t trust easily and therefore could not talk to anyone about her fears and worries.
At the age of 17 years old, Grace felt pregnant whilst in School and had to drop out of school for a year, so that she may bring up her baby. With Nancy of Universall Light House, who was her teacher and counsellor by then intervened and spoke to Grace’s mum, they made an arrangement to support Grace, to finish her schooling while giving her counselling and guidance support.
Grace felt so guilty and believed she had put so much shame on her family and struggled with the life in general. She would speak with Nancy, which helped her get through a very difficult time of her life, as the father of her baby left her to looked after the baby on her own. Grace went back to school, to complete her high school education. She finished her schooling at 20 years of age, and at 21 years is now working by assisting woman in washing and cleaning.
Grace also helps her mum by selling vegetables at the stores, this is so she may pay her way and for her child’s future and education. Grace wished that she knew what life was really about and was made aware of how to love herself and be educated on reproductive health issues.
Grace still has a dream to be an accountant one day, however there is a lack of funds to further her education. She will continue to work and try raise as much funds as she can. When asking Grace how she would describe the help she received from Nancy of Universall Light House she said: “Nancy was my Light, taking me out of my darkness”.