Moto Hope Mission Inc., is a Minnesota-based non-profit, charitable organization that was founded in 2011, to oversee the planning and financing of Center and School Academy. Moto Education-Link, a separate non-profit organization in Moto, Kenya, was also established by capable local citizens to manage new construction and the operations of the center's various programs all on volunteer basis. Francis' first-hand knowledge of the impact of education in Kenya and his deep-seated love for his native people spurred in him a burning desire to bring these two teams to work together.

Fr. Francis grew up in a family of 12 in Moto Village, Kenya, where Moto Hope Center and School Academy is located. As a Kenyan youth, Francis was exposed first-hand to the realities of a good education. His father was a teacher, and his mother was extremely supportive. His whole family was well aware of the immense value of a good education and community empowerment.

On a trip to Florida in February 2011 Fr. Francis with a dear family friend Sandy Baldwin pondered on their passion in life; reaching out and empowering others. An urgent urge to act on the said passion grew irresistibly stronger. As they savored the breathtaking horizon of the Pacific Ocean in the rich warmth of Florida's February away from cold Minnesota, they put their vision to action. They rolled out plans to start fund raising with the noble intention of making a difference in the lives of the wonderful people of Kenya.

Sandy who had initially made several trips to Kenya and Tanzania had a deep understanding of just how vital empowering the people of Africa is. She is a wearer of many hats; she is a retired teacher, loving mom and grandma from St. Cloud, and the able co-founder of Moto Hope Mission Inc. Fr. Francis and Sandy enjoy the unwavering support of strong, qualified and cooperative volunteer board members. They have worked very hard and realized commendable success of this non-profit Organization thus far.

A seed was planted, it is growing. You are invited to help it flower to fruition and spread its branches of hope and make a difference.

News and Events

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    Feb '18

    First Term 2018 Tree Planting

    Tre posterIn line with our environmental conservation goals, we have a tree planting session on 21/04/2018 at St. Francis Moto Hope Center and Academy, Kenya.

  • 23
    Feb '18

    First Term Mentorship 2018

    mentorship3Our children at St. Francis Moto Hope Center and Academy have their mentorship days scheduled for:

    1. 10/03/2018 For Grades 6, 7 & 8.

    2. 20th - 22nd April 2018 For 2015,2016,2017 Alumni, and Grades 7 & 8.

  • 23
    Feb '18

    "Once upon a time..." with Verarita

    Once upon a time

    The next "Once Upon a time..." with Verarita session will be on 31/03/2018. At St. Francis Moto Hope Center and Academy, Kenya.

  • 22
    May '17

    Friends of Moto Hope Event

    September 7, 2017 Sacred Heart Church- Hackensack

    September 14,2017 Immaculate Heart of Mary-Crosslake

    Updates of progress will be shared.

    **Mark your Calendar and hope to see you there.

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