John Wilson and the Story of Hope Kenya
Hope Kenya is the story of one man pursuing his passion to make a difference in the world. It’s also the story of how we can move beyond charity in our efforts to help people and communities in need. John Wilson,born and raised in Kenya, came to the US at the age of 24 to get an education with the intention of giving back someday to his homeland. Now, over 20 years later with a business degree, an MBA and a career in the telecom industry he is making good on that original dream. READ THE REST OF JOHN’S STORY
Hope Kenya began in 2006 in Machakos, Kenya with plans to build the Hope Community Center which would serve as a focal point for a holistic, sustainable community development effort. The main areas of focus would be on leadership development, childcare and education, economic development and health and wellness. The first initiative was Hope Pre-School to help the poorest children of the community earn the necessary “pre” school certificate gaining them entrance to government sponsored schools for grades 1-8. There are 30 students in the school with a full-time director, two teachers and two additional student-teachers working with the children.
Since the pre-school began we’ve dug a well on site as well as purchased cows and explored a chicken farming business as ways to help fund the school/community center. To see more of what’s going on with Hope Kenya see their website at www.kenyapartners.org.
Hope Kenya and Significant Matters
One of the primary purposes of Significant Matters is to help people explore and pursue their God-given passion to make a difference in the world. It’s our goal to help people with the strategic thinking, collaborative partnerships and “back-office” services necessary to pursue that passion. John Wilson, the founder and president of Hope Kenya, wanted to start and build a community center in his hometown of Machakos, Kenya. Typically that would mean that John would have to go through the time, expense and ongoing work of starting and maintaining a 501c3, non-profit organization with yearly IRS reporting, fiduciary oversight and board responsibilities. All of which adds to the difficulties and limited time he has available for this. You see, John is not independently wealthy. He’s a middle-class guy who works full-time for a telecom company, has a daughter in college and two other children still at home. Significant Matters provides a way for John to give leadership and execute on his dream. We take care of the fiduciary responsibilities making it possible for him to receive tax-deductible contributions for Hope Kenya as an initiative under the umbrella of Significant Matters. We also handle administrative details and help connect him to individuals and organizations that want to partner in his work. At some point in the future, when it makes sense to John and his current strategy team, Hope Kenya may spin off into it’s own 501c3, non-profit organization. Until then Significant Matters is proud to be a part of helping John pursue his God-given passion to make a difference in Machakos, Kenya.