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School of Hope Foundation seeks to provide a wholistic education that frees vulnerable youth of Kibera to realize their dreams and to live for others.

The 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. The Foundation seeks to make donations impactful by providing funds for Jesuit college preparatory education and opportunities for college to young men and women while instilling in them the values of service to their community.

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.

 

 

Hope Lives Here!

Help Us Build Safe and Secure Dormitories Now

 
 

We have now raised over $1 million of our $1.8 million goal!

Phase 1 of the Dormitory Campus construction, which is beginning now, includes the security wall and the Band Room.  Phase 2 includes the Volunteer and Staff Building as well as the Girls and Boys Dormitories, each with 30 dorm rooms and 3 recreation rooms.

In 2016, we raised $800,000 and purchased the land.  Now we need your help!  Total construction costs are $1.8 million.  To date, we have raised $1,000,000 for construction of the dormitory campus.  We are asking for your help to make the residence halls a reality for our students.

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Matching Gift Opportunity!

A very generous donor has offered to match all gifts up to $250,000 for the dormitory campus construction. Please help us take advantage of this opportunity and help get us closer to reaching our goal.

Thank you for support!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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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

Mark Maxwell

Mark Maxwell

Martha Swanson, President

Martha Swanson, President

Marjory Blumenthal

Marjory Blumenthal

Rev. Dan O'Hare, SJ

Rev. Dan O'Hare, SJ

Claire Brichler, Vice President

Claire Brichler, Vice President

Charles DeSantis

Charles DeSantis

Jenny Semaca

Jenny Semaca

Patrick Fitzgerald, Treasurer

Patrick Fitzgerald, Treasurer

Rosemary Kilkenny

Rosemary Kilkenny

Bud Sents

Bud Sents

Jeff Smart, Secretary

Jeff Smart, Secretary

Ken Kobe

Ken Kobe

 

Remembering Cedric Asiavuqwa

School of Hope Foundation and St. Aloysius Gonzaga mourn the loss of Cedric Asiavugwa, our friend, Board Member, Social Media Director, and so much more. His dedication, passion, huge smile, and loving heart will be greatly missed.

Cedric was a third-year law student at Georgetown University. Before going to Georgetown in 2016, he served for a year as the Assistant Development Director for St. Aloysius. He died in the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 on his way home to be with his wife after the death of her mother. Please join us in praying for all of Cedric's family and friends, especially his wife Linet and their one-year-old son Jabali.


Associate Board of Directors

 

Stephen Fleischer
Nairobi, Kenya

Ethan Domsten
Chicago, IL

Cedric Asiavugwa
Washington, DC

Maxwell Dopsch
New York, NY

Thomas Arning
New York, NY

Khaliyah Legette
Washington, DC
 

Dougie Barnard
Atlanta, GA

Francis Ogutu
New Jersey

Kelsey Collisi
Chicago, IL

Myles Phillips
New York, NY

 
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