Peters Hope

A nonprofit organization

$3,543 Raised by 26 Donors

71% complete

$5,000 Goal

Peter's Hope:  Empowering women and children for a brighter future!

Peter's Hope exists to partner with a primary school and women's empowerment center in an impoverished community in Bamburi, Kenya, where 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 childen of their community. 

Our goal during GTMD 2021 is to raise $5000.  The emphasis this year is on the school's food program, which is often the only source of nourishment the children receive.  We hope to raise enough money to pay for 6 months of rice, beans, cabbage, lentils, flour, fruit, and porridge for 110 children and their teachers.  

To learn more about Peter's Hope, please read on:

Peter’s Hope had its beginnings in the fall of 2019 when a 72-year-old woman from St. Paul, Carolyn Tonneson, spent a month volunteering in the impoverished community of Bamburi, Kenya. Working in both the Bamburi Women’s Empowerment Center, and  St. Peter’s Mountain Children’s Centre, a primary school.   The founder and director of both programs is Peter Ochieng.    

Salome, Caleb, Ruth, Florence, Peter

 She became very well acquainted with Peter—his beliefs, values, dreams, etc.  and experienced him as a man of integrity, working/living in a community where everyone is poor, (including Peter and his family) and trying his best to educate children and women who have no other options for such an education.

Peter's vision for his primary school is  "To provide education to the vulnerable and orphan children in the community."  He believes in serving "children from poor background who have no hope to access education."  Such children "should be given opportunity to realize their talents."

Lunch time in the hallway

 When Carolyn was volunteering in September, 2019, the dilapidated school building had been Peter's location for many years.  It had no electricity or running water.  The only light came from a few windows and a large opening in the hall ceiling. Peter fed all 90 children a noon meal of rice and beans, which was the only food many of the children had in any given day. There were cockroaches and rats in the building, which was 'lovingly' called "the rat hole". 


One of Carolyn's main goals for the beginning of Peter's Hope was to move the children to better quarters.  By February 2020 that was accomplished with funds raised through presentations that Carolyn gave.  The children had just moved into the school when the pandemic closed all schools in Kenya for 9 months.  It was only through continued donations that Peter was able to continue to pay rent and keep the building ready for re-opening in January 2021.  Ongoing donations now help pay for teacher's salaries, textbooks, and the many other expenses incurred in education his now 110 children.  

Peter in one of his classrooms-2021


One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world.  -Malala Yousafzai


The Women's Empowerment Center opened in the fall of 2018 with a beauty school and a sewing school where women can learn marketable skills. Women practicing hair braiding

 Peter's vision/mission for the Women's Center is clear:  To make women self reliable and independent. To equip women with knowledge and skills to be able to fight abject poverty.


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

Carolyn returned in September, 2021, bringing along 2 friends.  All three spent time teaching in the schools, but their primary focus was on the Women's Center, with the goal of teaching the women new skills for products that could be sold here in the US.  In 2 1/2 weeks these talented, dedicated women produced 320 items that Carolyn brought back.  They are currently being sold at presentations, parties, and soon will be available online.  

The story of the friendship and partnership between this small and impoverished community in Kenya, and the community of donors that Peter's Hope has brought together in the US will continue to evolve and grow.  We invite others to join us as well at  Stay tuned! 

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