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School of Hope Foundation was formed in 2017 to provide fundraising and operational support in the US for St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School for AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children in Nairobi, Kenya. 

St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School exists to offer quality education in a caring environment to bright orphans and the needy youth of Kibera, through scholarships and enriched programs for character formation. St. Aloysius Gonzaga strives to be a center for excellence that provides holistic and transformative education rooted in Christian values. The school’s motto is “To Learn, To Love and To Serve” based on St. Ignatius Loyola’s saying “in all things, to love and serve.”

St. Aloysius was founded in 2004 by Fr. Terry Charlton, SJ and Christian Life Communities with 56 students in a rustic school building in the Kibera slum. Beginning in 2005, St. Aloysius accepted 70 Freshman each year, and by 2008 reached our current capacity of 280 students from Kibera on scholarship. In 2010, St. Aloysius opened a new school building with classrooms for up to 480 students with science and computer labs. 

St. Aloysius now has over 600 graduates, and is currently sponsoring 250 graduates to continue their studies in university, diploma or certificate programs.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is tasked with raising all of the funds for operational support for St. Al's as well as a capital campaign for the construction of residence halls for all of the students.

 
 Rev. Terry Charlton, SJ,  Co-Founder & Chaplain

Rev. Terry Charlton, SJ,  Co-Founder & Chaplain

 Martha Swanson, President 

Martha Swanson, President 

 Claire Brichler, Vice President

Claire Brichler, Vice President

 Patrick Fitzgerald, Treasurer

Patrick Fitzgerald, Treasurer

 Jeff Smart, Secretary

Jeff Smart, Secretary

 
 
 Charles DeSantis

Charles DeSantis

 Rosemary Kilkenny

Rosemary Kilkenny

 Ken Kobe

Ken Kobe

 Mark Maxwell

Mark Maxwell

 Rev. Dan O'Hare, SJ

Rev. Dan O'Hare, SJ

 

 

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Associate Board of Directors

 

Stephen Fleischer, Chair
Chicago, IL

Ethan Domsten
Chicago, IL

Cedric Asiavugwa
Washington, DC

Maxwell Dopsch
New York, NY

Thomas Arning
New York, NY

Khailyah Legette
Washington, DC
 

Dougie Barnard
Atlanta, GA

Francis Ogutu
New Jersey

Kelsey Collisi
Chicago, IL

Myles Phillips
New York, NY

 
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