One Home Many Hopes Celebrates Results From 3rd Annual Breaking Ground Fundraising Campaign

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Thousands Participated in the Annual Breaking Ground Campaign to Benefit Abandoned Girls in Kenya

Thomas Keown

Our fundraisers are all volunteers, busy with their jobs and lives, but once again they exemplified how a lot of people doing a little can have a big impact.

One Home Many Hopes, a fundraising organization that helps to find, rescue, house, love and educate orphaned and abandoned girls in Mtwapa, Kenya, today announced the results of its third annual Breaking Ground Campaign, held in 2011 from October 17 through November 20. Over $342,000 was raised to benefit the girls supported by One Home Many Hopes, 100% of which will go to the cost of building the group's first school in the Kilifi District in coastal Kenya.

"This is the third successive year that thousands of One Home Many Hopes’ volunteers from around the world came together to hit and then exceed the target that we set,” stated Thomas Keown, founder and executive director of One Home Many Hopes. “As a result of their efforts we will be able to build a school that will provide some of the poorest children in the world with an education to better their and their neighbors' world. Our fundraisers are all volunteers, busy with their jobs and lives, but once again they exemplified how a lot of people doing a little can have a big impact."

More than 2,000 donors contributed to the campaign online and at various events held by volunteers, including those in Boston, New York City, Washington D.C., San Francisco, London, Bristol and Belfast.

For more information about the work or to get involved, visit

About One Home Many Hopes
One Home Many Hopes finds, rescues, houses, loves and educates orphaned and abandoned girls in Mtwapa, Kenya and equips them to be the future agents of change in their community. Our goal is not to house every orphan in Kenya to a point where they can subsist. Our goal is to house those who need us most and to raise and educate a group of children with the ability and desire to change the system that keeps them and other children in an endless cycle of poverty. For more information about becoming a volunteer or to give a donation, please visit

Note to Editors:
In the early 1990’s, Anthony Mulongo was selected by the Kenyan government as one of the 18 brightest students in the country. He was placed in an intensive program of study in journalism. A successful career beckoned, but his outlook and perspective changed one day several years later while covering a story in Mombasa. He had befriended a group of street boys living and eating from the rubbish dumps. They introduced him to Gift, a six-year-old girl who lost her mother to AIDS, and whose ten-month-old brother was strapped to her back as she searched the streets for food. He was already dead, but she didn’t know. Anthony moved Gift into his house, enrolled her in school and raised her as his daughter. Thanks to assistance from dedicated friends in Wales and Germany, as well as individuals in the U.S., Mulongo began to rescue and house another girl, then another, and another. The first home at Mudzini Kwetu was established. Thomas Keown visited Mudzini Kwetu in August 2007 and wrote a column about his experience. So powerful was the response among readers and friends who wanted to help that “One Home Many Hopes” was established in November 2007.

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