Mound-Westonka Rotary

From left are Mound-Westonka Rotary Chair Craig Goodrich, Nan Peterson, Director of Service Learning at The Blake School (which has partnered with Light of Hope on projects), Light of Hope Founder Sandy Karanja, Mound-Westonka Rotary President Robin Pinegar, Light of Hope student Jan Wanja and Light of Hope Founder Boniface Karanja.

MINNETONKA BEACH — Members of the Mound-Westonka Rotary Club had a chance to meet the founders of Light of Hope Orphanage in Kenya, as well as one of its young residents at the end-of-the-year luncheon Tuesday, Dec. 12, at the Lafayette Club in Minnetonka Beach.

The Rotary helped dig a well at the orphanage in 2008.

In 2006, Light of Hope welcomed seven girls to its location in Naivasha, Kenya. Today it serves more than 80 girls and are continuing to grow. Its mission is to provide care, shelter, counseling and education to the orphaned, abandoned, abused and neglected Kenyan girls.

Its founders are local residents, and several churches, schools and organizations in the Lake Minnetonka area have supported it during its first decade, as it has built its network in the United States.