WHO WE ARE
Roberta Peterson is the President and co-founder of Hope Africa Ministries, Inc. and works closely and works closely with the Hope Africa Ministries, Inc. Board; the Hope Educational Centre Board and School Chairman; Pastor Gideon of Mumomatei Foundation; Markdiego Onsongo--liaison with Flomina; and many other advisors and supportive friends. Born and raised in California, she holds degrees in Sociology from Humboldt State University and Child Development from San Diego Mesa College. Roberta is a former early education teacher and social worker and is a proud mother of two daughters, mother-in-law to two sons, and Grandma to three grandsons.
After residing in Sakwa, near Hope Educational Centre, for almost four years, she has moved back to North Carolina and makes periodic trips to Kenya--usually staying for a month or two. She still stays closely involved with all aspects of the ministry through emails, texts, zoom meetings, and calls. While at the school, she: continues to give Bibles to the Grade 4 pupils at Hope Educational Centre and teach them How to Use Your Bible; oversees the school library, usually adding more books every visit; provides washable sanitary towels--made by and donated from friends in the USA-- for the Grade 5 girls and older newcomers to the school; teaches Bible stories and does art projects with the pupils; manages a sponsorship program-- Help4Hope--to assist the school orphans and some extremely needy pupils; and sometimes provides the devotions for Friday chapel service.
When in Nairobi, she always tries to visit the Mumomatei Foundation clients with Pastor Gideon to support and encourage them, sometimes bringing small gifts; sometimes visits Manager Rose, Pastor Charles, and the pupils and staff at Joysprings in Kibera slum; and meets with friends she has made over the years. Outside of Nairobi, she likes to visit with other missionary friends who are of great encouragement and support as we do missions in Kenya.
Tony Jones is the Vice President and Treasurer of Hope Africa. Tony first became involved in Mission in 2004. Because of the impact that experience had on his life, he has participated in or led Mission trips to Cambita, Dominican Republic; Waveland, Mississippi; New Orleans, Louisiana; Atlanta, Georgia; and Sakwa, Kenya. He has attended Team Leader and Disaster Response training through United Methodist Volunteers In Mission. Tony attended college at the University of Virginia and was awarded his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor. He is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Troutman Sanders LLP. Tony is married with two kids and can't wait to introduce his family to his friends in Kenya.
Tim is the Secretary for Hope Africa Ministries, Inc. He is also a member of our partner in Kenya, Christ Church of Virginia. Tim spent a career as an Army officer and engineer. He is now fully retired and dedicating a lot of his time to Christ Church, HAMI, and our mission to bring hope and a new future to the children and families of Sakwa, Kenya. He made his first trip to Hoppe Educational Centre in August 202, as we dedicated the new school building and began planning for the next phase of ministry to the community of Sakwa.
Tim is working on the Hope Education Centre Vision that in addition to education of community children, the school can also educate family members. The goal being to help families develop businesses, which further strengthen their ability to educate their children, make HEC sustainable, and create even greater hope for a bright future.