Many Hopes was founded in 2009 by British journalist Thomas Keown and Kenyan journalist Anthony Mulongo. Originally launched as One Home Many Hopes it has grown into a global community of local staff, volunteers, sponsors and investors.
Many Hopes is a long-term strategic solution to the corruption and poverty that exploits the most vulnerable girls and boys. When the poorest children in the world have education and confidence and network they will be free from governments that exploit them and free to make their own choices. They will not need charity.
They will be the solution to the poverty and corruption that hurts their country and exploited them. If we stand with them now.
Many Hopes staff, donors and volunteers are bold, aspirational and relentless. We know real impact takes time and we are committed to it. We will show you childhoods redeemed, young girls excelling in school, and young women desiring and able to defeat the causes of what they endured. And we will invite you into the joy of partnering with them as they fulfill their potential.
It’s a long and patient road. Join us and make it shorter.
100% of your investment (unless you select otherwise) will go directly to mission. Email us to find out how we fund our fundraising and administrative costs, or to the join ‘The Foundation’ and be part of this special group.
We set out promising to be be fully self-sustaining within 10 years. Our revenue generating school will see us achieve this goal by 2019. If you help us get there now.
Our Executive Team
Anthony Mulongo was selected by the Kenyan government as one of the brightest students of his generation and fast-tracked into an intensive journalism course where a lucrative career in broadcasting beckoned.
His plans and his heart changed when he encountered a group of children surviving on the streets of Mombasa.
One 6-year old girl, Gift, had lost her mother to AIDS and, with her 10-month old brother strapped to her back, scavenged the dumps for food – not realizing that the little one was already dead. Anthony took her into his home, enrolled her in school, and raised her as his own.
More girls followed and this gave birth to our first home known as Mudzini Kwetu. After sacrificing his career as a journalist Anthony was recruited to open the International Justice Mission (IJM) office in Kenya, before devoting himself fulltime to Mudzini Kwetu.
He has since founded a network uniting child welfare organizations in coastal Kenya. Anthony manages our housing and schooling operations in Kenya, casts the vision, leads our staff teams, and is involved in fundraising and sharing our story with international audiences.
Former columnist and media professional Thomas Keown was a self-confessed skeptic about the value of supporting orphanages. His worldview was rocked by a trip to Kenya where he met Anthony Mulongo who introduced him to children living on the streets of Mombasa.
Thomas realized it wasn’t just about building homes or schools but about raising a generation of principled, educated leaders to break the cycle of poverty and corruption that afflicted so many for so long.
That challenge captured his imagination and resonated with his Christian faith. As a result he wrote an article about his Kenyan experience for newspapers in New York, Boston and Philadelphia, which generated such an overwhelming response that he launched One Home Many Hopes which evolved into Many Hopes.
Thomas serves as Executive Director internationally championing our work and vision and overseeing all areas of fundraising, volunteering and operations. A graduate of Queens’ University in Belfast, the Northern Irishman travels extensively to speak across the UK and US.
Senior Kenya Team
Girls come to us severely traumatized and bearing deep and unseen emotional scars in addition to the obvious physical ones. Healing and recovery becomes possible when they are able to face and overcome what they have been through. In Catherine’s own words, “My job is to help the girls talk about the things that are difficult for them to talk about.”
Charles Randall Plummer
Headmaster, Mudzini International School
Randy Plummer has been in education for over 40 years and was the Head of prestigious independent schools in the eastern USA for 31 years. His style is deeply personal and hands on with a keen understanding of school culture, characterized by energy, fostering connections, and nurturance.
He believes that an exemplary educational environment is concerned with nurturing the whole child – intellectual growth, physical growth, social growth and spiritual growth. Attending to the whole learner requires a developmentally appropriate and rigorous curriculum with opportunities for academic growth, artistic growth, physical development and social development.
Maximum transparency and maximum value for every dollar is foundational for us. Eunice makes sure both happen.
Director of Operations and Development
Boston native Jen Hopcroft joined our U.S-based staff in August 2012 having previously served as a Board Member, Board President, Development Chair and Boston Chapter Director since 2008.
A professional non-profit fundraiser, Jen has worked for big and small non-profits and works a lot of unseen magic behind the scenes. She is a graduate of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and began working with us after hearing about Anthony Mulongo’s life-changing work with children in Kenya. Her first visit to Mudzini Kwetu was in April 2011.
Director of Networks and Campaigns
In many ways, Denver-native Levi Johnsen's life has prepared him to work with Many Hopes.
With a background in nonprofit management and political consulting, Levi managed community-based nonprofits and grassroots political campaigns, giving him the organizing and fundraising skills needed to help Many Hopes grow as the Director of Networks & Campaigns. He has a passion for empowering youth by giving them the tools needed to fight extreme poverty and injustice, and his life has been devoted to awakening the dawn in others. He has a hunger for asset-based development and deeply believes that the Many Hopes Justice Framework will change the world.
He has traveled to Kenya eight times in the last decade, leading nonprofit teams and political delegations. Levi and his wife Jess live in Brooklyn, NY where they are active members of their community.
With a background in arts administration and event production, Sarah has a passion for live art and justice. She's been a long-standing Many Hopes volunteer and first visited Kenya in 2010. She is overjoyed to have joined the team as the development associate and currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband, son and pup. Sarah keeps our fundraising and our ED organized. Very, very organized.
USA Board of Directors
Senior Vice President Growth, Bionic Solution
Maxine has over 17 years of strategic partnerships, business development and marketing experience at agency, startup and Fortune 500 companies. She currently leads Talent and Business Development for Bionic, an innovation and entrepreneurial practice helping the world’s largest companies launch new businesses. For five years, Maxine was Vice President of Partnerships at Clickable, where she was a part of the founding management team. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from California State Polytechnic University and an MBA from both Columbia University and London Business School and began her career at Cunningham Communication, a Silicon-Valley branding/PR agency, where she built and managed holistic communications programs for some of the largest technology brands - including, Oracle, Motorola and eSchwab (Charles Schwab).
Maxine, her husband, and two children live in the Meatpacking in NYC.
Staffing Channels Team Lead/Manager, Google
Daniel graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is currently Director of Non-Profit Alliances at Teach for America, based in new York City. With his experience serving under-privileged children in South Africa and Namibia, Daniel launched our New York Chapter and served as Regional Director for our first year in the city. Daniel first visited Mudzini Kwetu in 2009 and fell in love with our vision for long term transformative change through the lives of the girls he met there.
Kathy Tunsley MBE
Board - Treasurer
Kathy was the first to join our board back in 2007 after meeting Thomas through his work with the Irish International Immigrant Center in Boston. Kathy served as British Vice-Consul in Boston for many years and was awarded an MBE for her services to Britons abroad. Her background in management and accounting was a valuable asset as our organization quickly grew. Kathy visited Mudzini Kwetu in December 2009 with her husband Roger and plays a key part in the transparancy of our financial management.
Board - PR Chair / Boston Chapter Director
Founder, Broad PR
Tracy has worked at the forefront of the high tech industry for over 20 years. As the President and co-founder of BroadPR she manages public relations for enterprise, consumer, OEM and channels organizations. She has made numerous TV appearances on CNN, ABC, NBC and Bloombergamong others and has been quoted in USA Today and other publications. Tracy heads up our public relations and social communications activities. With a team of online volunteers who blog, manage facebook and twitter, she’s dedicated to raising awareness and broadening the Many hopes global community.
Criminal Defense Lawyer, Brafman & Associates
Alex Spiro is a graduate of Harvard Law School. He worked for the CIA and then joined the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Currently, Mr. Spiro works with Benjamin Brafman as a criminal defense attorney handling cases in both state and federal court. His notable clients include Mick Jagger, Dinesh D’Souza, Thomas Gilbert Jr., Jeff Tweedy, Thabo Sefolosha, Chris Copeland, Peter Beard, and various public officials. Mr. Spiro serves on the faculty of Harvard’s Trial Advocacy Program and has received several academic and professional citations, including the Albert Imlah writing award and the ACC Northeast Ethics Lawyering award.
President, John Hancock Financial Services
CEO, New York Life Retirement Plan Services
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Patrick has spent the past 25 years in the financial services industry helping companies and their employees achieve financial security. He is currently the President of John Hancock Retirement Plan Services. Pat has also spent significant personal time as a coach and mentor, helping young people realize their potential on and off the athletic fields. He became a believer in the Many Hopes mission after meeting Thomas for lunch in 2012. He was a private donor and helped with fundraising before joining the board.
Board - Clerk
Director of Financial Analysis, Liberty Mutual
Sue joined the board as clerk after volunteering with the Boston Many Hopes chapter for several years. She studied Business Administration at the University of Vermont and has an MBA from Boston College. She works as a Director of Financial Analysis at Liberty Mutual in Boston. Sue visited Many Hopes in Kenya and was thrilled to meet the girls and see the impact in person.