To provide immediate and sustained funding to ensure that St. Peter’s Mountain Children’s Center and Bamburi Women’s Empowerment Center, a primary school and women’s learning center in Mombasa, Kenya, are able to meet their short-term and longer-term financial commitments and are able to continue educating the children and women of their community.
Peter’s Hope began when a 72-year-old woman from St. Paul, Carolyn Tonneson, spent a month volunteering for a school and a women's center in the impoverished community of Bamburi, Kenya. The founder/director of both programs is Peter Ochieng. Carolyn became well acquainted with Peter’s 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), doing 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." The Women's Empowerment Center supports a beauty school and a sewing school where women can learn marketable skills. Their mission: To make women self reliable and independent. To equip women with knowledge and skills to be able to fight abject poverty.