About Us

The Africa Circle of Hope Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) organization, raises funds to provide aid and support to African women and children impacted by AIDS and poverty, so that they can develop the skills and resources to raise themselves out of poverty and improve their quality of life.

Our Mission

Our programs focus on urban slums and rural areas in Kenya.

Our mission began more than 10 years ago in helping the children of Good Samaritan with uniforms and primary school fees. We established our foundation to build on this relationship and expand our efforts to raise funds to support secondary education, university scholarships and other programs to benefit women and young people living in poverty.  

These orphans have found a caring place of shelter and hope even as they are surrounded by overwhelming poverty, disease, and despair in the slums. The children join hands on this day in a Circle of Hope.  Our vision is that these children get an education, reach their potential and make a positive difference in the world for themselves and their community. 

The circle is one of the most common indigenous African symbols because it represents interconnectedness, unity, community and cooperation. We are all connected to a Circle of Hope held together in this place by these small hands. These young people are also our children and the hope for our collective future.  We invite you to join our Circle of Hope.

Sally Christiansen
President and Treasurer

Ms. Christiansen, co-founder of ACOHF, has extensive management, finance, operations, and quality process experience from 35 years with Sears Roebuck & Co. where she served as a manager and senior executive. She applies her corporate business and financial experience and proven leadership skills to operations of the Foundation as president and treasurer. As a documentary photographer and public speaker, she also helps educate people about the impact of AIDS and poverty on women and children in Kenya and the mission of Africa Circle of Hope.

Dr. Patricia Kay Felkins
Vice President and Secretary

Dr. Felkins, co-founder of ACOHF, is an organizational development consultant with expertise in communication, marketing, and public relations. She is an associate professor in the School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago and author of several books on corporate and nonprofit organizations and community programs. Dr. Felkins travels to Kenya to coordinate and monitor programs, and facilitate collaborative relationships for educational and economic development initiatives. She has substantial leadership experience with grassroots community programs and collaborative partnerships.

Dr. Raymond Sambuli Mosha

Born and raised in Tanzania, E. Africa, Dr. Mosha was founder and Director of Tumaini Vocational Training and Community Development Center, in Arusha, Tanzania. Dr. Mosha is known for his leadership in local and national initiatives to improve the quality of education and vocational training for youth and increase cultural understanding. He holds a Ph.D. and three Master’s degrees and has taught at several major universities in the U.S. Dr. Mosha has authored books and articles about African educational systems, indigenous knowledge and spirituality including The Heartbeat of Indigenous Africa. He is currently living with his family in Tanzania.

Rev. Marilyn Makandi Brenchley

Rev. Brenchley, a longtime resident of Kenya, is a respected community leader in educational and development initiatives in the rural Meru district. Her efforts include working with primary and secondary schools as well as universities and technical colleges, educational scholarships, women’s cooperatives, mission programs, and cultural initiatives. Marilyn Brenchley is also Co-Founder of the Thiiri Centre for Culture, Music and Community Development in Meru, Kenya, As the Program Director at Thiiri Centre, she coordinates and monitors our ACOHF projects for youth. rural women’s entrepreneurship and AIDS support groups in Kenya. 

Dr. Clarisse Croteau-Chonka

Dr. Croteau-Chonka is an experienced consultant working at the intersection of technology, education and business. She is expert on educational initiatives and workforce development at both the local and international level. She serves as a Director of Digital Workforce Education Society, an Illinois Entrepreneurship Network Affiliate, and CEO of andsoitbegins LLC, focused on cutting edge technology and lifelong education design and learning.

Charles Kathurima Mwiti

Charles Mwiti is a Kenyan businessman with substantial executive experience and respected leadership in grassroots community development initiatives to help women and children. He is the CEO and owner of Lindberg Holidays and Safaris Ltd., which specializes in travel services for nonprofit and service organizations, and also Chairman of the Kianja Investment Co-operative Society for rural economic development. As our Director of Education, he is the administrator of all of our educational programs with schools, universities and related projects in Kenya.

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