HOPE Now, Inc is a non-profit organization helping Lake Eyasi Girls Vocational Training Center, Lake Eyasi – Tanzania – Africa


Growing up, Lightness had to work part time jobs in the neighborhood selling ripe bananas and other fruits to subsidize in family and school needs.  After primary school, Lightness joined the Montessori teachers training and became a kindergarten teacher.

Lightness is married to Mr. Modest H Bayo and they have three children; Raymond, Janet and Ryan.

In 2005, Bayo and Lightness opened a primary school, Tumaini Junior School, in their home starting with 17 nursery students.  It has grown to over 550 students in pre-primary through primary level 7 (equivalent to 8th grad in the U.S.)

In 2009, Lightness discussed with her husband, Modest, how to provide a better life for the needy and disadvantaged girls from her home village in Lake Eyasi.  These girls had dropped out from school following early pregnancy and lost all hope of a brighter, future life.

Lightness experienced this despair first hand in her own home, while she was growing up.  Her older sister had become pregnant before she completed her primary school education and was subsequently abandoned by her partner.  In the lake Eyasi village, under-age school girls becoming pregnant is very alarming since the majority of them and their families have no health education, leaving them vulnerable, and in some cases, alone.

Lake Eyasi Girls Vocational Training Center came into operation in 2011 to help the young girls who have dropped from primary and secondary school due to pregnancy and lack of sufficient funds for school fees and uniforms. A building was rented until January 2015 when they moved into their newly constructed school building.  A dormitory was completed March of 2016. The school and dormitory were built because of very generous donors.

In addition to learning sewing and knitting at the school, the girls can study QT Class which is for a Qualifying Test as a second chance for Secondary School.  The girls have planted trees near the school and are keeping bees and processing and selling honey around the Lake Eyasi area.

Since 2009, Lightness has worked with and touched the hearts of over 150 young mothers.

Because of…

The love, commitment and dedication Lightness has to the Lake Eyasi young ladies

The desire the young ladies have to learn anything and everything to better themselves

The ability we have to give the Lake Eyasi young children hope with an education H.O.P.E. Now, Inc. was born!

We ARE Helping Other People Excel

H.O.P.E. Board of Directors

Don and Cindy Vawter…

Don is a retired banker and Cindy is a para-educator at an elementary school in Kingman, AZ. They traveled to Tanzania in 2006, 2009 and in 2012. Don met Modest Bayo in 2006 and has stayed in contact with him ever since. It was during the 2012 trip when Don and Cindy visited the Lake Eyasi Girls School and immediately felt they wanted to be active in helping the girls achieve an education because of their desire to learn a trade and complete their education.

Paul Mackesey and Jackie Kinard

Met and married in Ithaca, NY where she was a nurse practitioner, and he was a partner in a general contracting firm.  In 1990, after their youngest child had entered college, they left their positions in NY to join the Peace Corps.  They served in Haiti and Jamaica.  After the Peace Corps, they moved to Las Vegas, NV, until retirement and now live in Pine Lake, AZ. Paul and Jackie first visited Tanzania in 2010.

Rob & Cheryl Kelley…

Owned and operated hearing aid stores in Phoenix, AZ metro area for over 25 years.  They retired the business in 2012 and moved to Las Vegas where Rob is developing business projects with his family.  Rob, Cheryl and their two daughter’s Lauren and Caroline, traveled to Africa in 2007 and fell in love with the country and the people.  It was during this trip that they saw how few of the African children had the opportunity to attend school and it made them realize the importance of helping to support children.

H.O.P.E. Now, Inc. is registered with the State of AZ as a 501(c)(3)