Many Hopes | About Us

We believe in a world where outside charities will no longer be needed.

Because children who survived injustice will be adults of influence preventing millions of others from suffering what they did.

OUR MISSION

Equipping children to become men and women who break cycles of injustice.

OUR VISION

We believe in a world where outside charities are no longer needed because children who survived injustice themselves are leading the fights for justice that prevent millions of other children from suffering what they did.

WHAT WE DO

We believe that lasting change comes from within. We believe that children born into poverty are not a problem to be solved, but a solution waiting to be unleashed. So we rescue children from injustice and equip them to be adults of influence.

HOW WE DO IT

We partner with high-impact local leaders and organizations to rescue and equip children to become changemakers in their communities and beyond. We walk with children through six stages of the arc from injustice to influence.

OUR MISSION

Equipping children to become men and women who break cycles of injustice

OUR VISION

We believe in a world where outside charities are no longer needed. Because children who survived injustice themselves are leading the fights for justice that prevent millions of other children suffering what they did.

WHAT WE DO

We believe that lasting change comes from within. We believe that children born into poverty are not a problem to be solved but a solution waiting to be unleashed. So we rescue children from injustice and equip them to be adults of influence.

HOW WE DO IT

We partner with high impact local leaders and organisations to rescue and equip children to become changemakers in their communities and beyond. We walk with children through six stages of the arc from injustice to influence.

OUR MISSION

Equipping children to become men and women who break cycles of injustice

OUR VISION

We believe in a world where outside charities are no longer needed. Because children who survived injustice themselves are leading the fights for justice that prevent millions of other children suffering what they did.

WHAT WE DO

We believe that lasting change comes from within. We believe that children born into poverty are not a problem to be solved but a solution waiting to be unleashed. So we rescue children from injustice and equip them to be adults of influence.

HOW WE DO IT

We partner with high impact local leaders and organisations to rescue and equip children to become changemakers in their communities and beyond. We walk with children through six stages of the arc from injustice to influence.

OUR STORY

OUR STORY

We exist because of a six year old girl in Kenya, and a story in America

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FINANCIALS

MEET OUR TEAM - SENIOR STAFF

Sarah Brown

Special Projects Manager

Sarah was first introduced to Many Hopes in 2008, became a volunteer, and joined as a staff member in 2015.  Having worn a few different hats for the organization, she now produces events and manages special projects for Many Hopes.  She strongly believes that is no greater work than fighting for children, and is grateful for the opportunity to do so.  When she isn’t working for Many Hopes, she produces events in Austin, TX. She also spends a great deal of time chasing after her young and carefree boys.

Cecily Allison

Development Director

Cecily has over ten years of experience in development and fundraising, working for top educational institutions in both the US and UK. She started her career with a passion in providing underprivileged children access to private school education, however, after meeting Thomas at an event in London and learning about the work of Many Hopes, she realized the importance of applying her background and experiences towards a greater global cause.

THOMAS KEOWN

Founder & CEO

Thomas founded Many Hopes after visiting East Africa for the first time in 2007 and thinking “If my friends back home could see what I’ve just seen they would want to help. So I’m going to show them.”

Born in Northern Ireland during “The Troubles,” he was educated at Queens University, Belfast, worked for one of the two Nobel prize-winning signatories of the Belfast Peace Agreement, and is a former columnist. His career has spanned the media, politics and for-purpose missions in the UK, USA, Africa and Latin America. His belief that seemingly intractable problems can be solved by bringing the right influences to bear on them stems from his Christian faith. He travels extensively speaking on issues of justice and has a very patient wife.  

Colin Hunter

Director of Strategy

Colin is an experienced brand strategist and serial entrepreneur.  He spent the first six years of his career at Bain and Company, consulting for Fortune 100 companies around the world.  He then went on to found and scale a number of companies across fashion, tech and consumer goods.  Colin was first introduced to Many Hopes 8 years ago and was moved by stories of redemption and the children’s desire to fight injustice and oppression. 

MEET OUR PARTNER LEADERS

BOLIVIA

Leader: Claudia Gonzales

Passion: Reversing the conditions of social, emotional, spiritual, and economic poverty of boys, girls, and families in high-risk situations.

“It is a life decision and a call from God.”

by stories of redemption and the children’s desire to fight injustice and oppression.

PERU

Leader: Maria Resurrección

Passion: Changing society by changing the lives of girls who have survived sexual abuse.

“Education of women and girls will change the minds of men because, right now, they don’t know anything else. Providing education will create culture away from violence and poverty. It will be a chain reaction i.e. they impact a small number and will teach that to the next and the next and they will grow up with that mind.”

GUATEMALA

Leader: Guadalupe Pos

Passion: Providing education, shelter, and healthcare to vulnerable children.

“I grew up as a farm worker. I had orphaned parents who suffered slavery. When I see children working in the streets, I feel the urge to make change. Kids who come through our programs will be leaders here. They will be active in society. They will be the ones who activate a chain reaction. We can break the mentality of ´things can’t be better.´ They can be better.”

KENYA

Leader: Alice Kinyua

Passion: Preserving justice for all children, youth, and those that have suffered violence and injustice regardless of age or gender.

“I want to give children an opportunity to raise above the suffering they have experienced and be in a position to influence and transform the environments that have made them suffer. When we raise up different leaders we won’t need to do what we’re doing.”

MALAWI

Leader: Anne Alaniz

Passion: If I had unlimited funds, I would get every kid as far in education as I could.

“Injustice to influence is my story. I grew up as a village kid. Now I am a surgeon. I grew up seeing only white people ‘saving us.’ I’ve been told to stop talking and listen to a white person. Yet I’ve seen kids here with so much creativity and invention to solve all sorts of problems but no opportunity to use it. People come and want to give them t-shirts but I say give them a scholarship fund!”

GHANA

Leader: James Kofi Annan

Passion: To reduce and prevent child trafficking, reduce child slavery, and promote children’s rights. Equipping the survivors of trafficking to become the solution.

“I was trafficked at the age of six. If you and I would commit to it and determine that we would end child slavery here, it is doable in the next 10 years.”

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NEW YORK BOARD

Haley Wright

Morrison & Foerster, Head of Strategic Communications and Content Marketing

Haley currently works in marketing and communications for the legal industry. She enjoys helping organizations craft the stories that show the world who they are. Outside of work, you can find her working to raise awareness of the ways that we can all get involved in caring for orphans and children in foster care. Haley is passionate about helping vulnerable children feel that they are wanted and belong.

MATT BECK

Beck Investment Group, CEO

Born and raised in Arizona and having lived on both coasts, Matt Beck has spent the last 20 years investing and rehabilitating commercial real estate. In addition to his passion for revitalizing distressed properties, he’s also devoted to giving his time and resources to various charities in Haiti, Brazil, South Africa, and Mexico. With a fortuitous introduction to the founder, team, and mission of Many Hopes, Matt was immediately dedicated to aide in their cause.

Scott Springfield

Citigroup, Vice President

Scott comes to New York by way of Atlanta, Georgia, where he studied engineering at The Georgia Institute of Technology and subsequently received an MBA from Emory University. Scott spent his early career in consulting for hospitals and clinics around the U.S., which led him to build and lead a volunteer-based nonprofit organization focused on raising money and awareness for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.

After moving to New York in 2013 to pursue a career in finance, Scott was introduced to Many Hopes and its mission to rescue, educate, and advocate for vulnerable children. Having lived abroad in India and witnessed first hand the plight of orphaned children on the streets of New Delhi, and the cycle of poverty, crime, and abuse in which they become trapped, he was immediately drawn to the importance of the Many Hopes mission and the impact it could create.

Bo Han (Co-Chair)

Buzzer, Founder and CEO

Before launching Buzzer in 2020, Bo spent 5 years with Microsoft in Global Content before 9 years with Twitter, most recently as the Director of Live Content. He is married to Emily and they live in New York City with their dog. They have visited Many Hopes first partnership in Kenya several times and Bo has run marathons for Many Hopes on multiple continents. A keen sports fan, the top three descriptors of Bo are Follower of Christ, immigrant, entrepreneur.

Vanessa Leong (Co-chair)

Deloitte, Senior Consultant

Vanessa has been part of Many Hopes since the very beginning and led our first online fundraising campaign in 2009. She was among the first group to visit our first partnership in Kenya several times and has been a volunteer leader in our Boston and New York chapters. Vanessa lived in Europe and Africa, where she spent 2 years in Lesotho working on HIV/AIDS service delivery for children before returning to the USA for a period in DC before moving to New York where she now lives. She is active in Church of the City and is a Chicago Bears fanatic.

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Nitin Gambhir

Tethys Technology, Founder

Nitin and is an expert in market microstructure and execution research. His work and vision has allowed Tethys to successfully expand our product offering globally and across multiple asset classes. Mr. Gambhir has a BS from the Indian Institute of Technology in New Delhi, India and an MBA in Business and an MS in Engineering from Yale University. Mr. Gambhir started his career as an Associate at JP Morgan where he spent 5 years, before joining Bear Stearns where he initially held the position of Vice President before being promoted to the position of Managing Director. Thereafter, Mr. Gambhir founded Tethys Capital, LLC in 1998 a hedge fund firm that managed capital for institutional investors, and a second hedge fund, Altus Asset Management, LLC in 2000.

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Christina Ware

Chrissy grew up in Western PA and moved to NYC after college to work in the fashion industry. After meeting Thomas through mutual friends and hearing his story, she became committed to Many Hopes and started fundraising and using her connections to help forward its mission. She has visited Kenya twice and looks forward to going back regularly in the future.