Peters Hope

A nonprofit organization

$12,605 raised by 53 donors

50% complete

$25,000 Goal

Educating Children – Empowering Women

Support immediate needs by making a gift today to Peter’s Hope, a Minnesota-based partnership with a primary school and women's empowerment center in an impoverished community in Bamburi, Kenya.  In Bamburi, educational opportunities for the lowest income people are nearly non-existent.   Our mission is to provide immediate and sustained funding to the School and Center so they can continue educating the women and children of their community. 

When you give to Peter’s Hope, you invest in

The Elementary School, serving 147 children in grades K-6

- Fighting inflated food costs ($50 feeds a child for a school year) 

- Building rent ($400/month)

- Salaries for seven teachers ($1000/month)

The Women’s Empowerment Center, training 40+ women 

- Sewing center fabric ($30 buys 2.5 meters of fabric)

- Beauty school supplies ($50 average per month)

- Building rent ($100/month)

- Teacher instruction ($235/month)

With your help, we can reach our goal of $25,000.   Thanks to our generous donors, all gifts received on Give to the Max Day (or between Nov. 1 and Nov. 16) will be matched up to $7,000.  You can make a difference. Please give today.

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Our partnership is with two programs in Bamburi, Mombasa, Kenya, an impoverished community next to the Indian Ocean.  Our donors are the heart of our organization.  Our philosophy is that Peter’s Hope is a partner with Peter Ochieng, the programs’ director, in his efforts to educate the children and empower the women of Bamburi, Kenya.  We provide a stable monthly income that Peter can count on to advance both of his programs.  Peter collects tuition to the extent he can from women at the Women’s Center and the parents of his schoolchildren.

Together, Peter’s Hope, Peter, the children’s parents, the women…all of us are working together to educate and empower children and women who will have a brighter future because of our work!


Peter’s Message to our donors:

“Carolyn left an indelible mark in my heart. Her kind and caring heart will forever live in my heart. She came to Bamburi and her love was felt with everyone she came across—to me she is a mother. The day before she died, she called me and struggled to talk to me, just encouraged me not to give up because she is leaving Peter’s Hope in the right hands of the board. I've experienced her last words to her son from Africa through the commitment of Peter's Hope.”

-Peter Ochieng, Partner/Director of St. Peter's Mountain Children's Center

Our Board Chair's Message to our donors:

You are invited to join us!   The founder of Peter’s Hope, Carolyn Tonneson, died unexpectedly in early December 2022.  Our board is dedicating all gifts received through Give to the Max Day 2023 as a tribute to her vision for Peter’s Hope.  You can help us sustain our support for the elementary school and women’s empowerment center in Bamburi, Mombasa, Kenya with your tribute gift.  Gratefully,

-Myrna Wells-Ulland, Board Chair


St. Peter’s Mountain

Children’s Center

Beginning with one student in 2007, Peter Ochieng now has over 147 children attending his school.  Education is the only hope for these children to move out of the cycle of intergenerational poverty and realize their potential.  With the help of Peter’s Hope, the school now has electricity, clean water, textbooks, technology, morning and noon meals, certified teachers and much more.

“One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world!” 

-Malala Yousafzai

Bamburi Women’s 
Empowerment Center  

Opening its doors in 2018, the Bamburi Women’s Empowerment Center offers education in sewing, beauty, and beading skills.  The goal is to teach marketable skills to women who have had few opportunities for education.  Many of these women are solely responsible for raising and educating their children or grandchildren, and deeply wish for a better life for those children.

“No country can ever truly flourish if it stifles the potential of its women and deprives itself of the contributions of half its citizens.”   

-Michelle Obama

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Organization name

Peters Hope

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Children & Family Community Economic Development

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