Irishman sets up Kenyan charity
Thomas Keown is the founder of One Home Many Hopes (OHMH), a loving and inspirational home for orphaned and abandoned girls in Mtwapa, Kenya.
Although a recession is not the ideal time in which to be fundraising and looking to send money abroad, Keown remains optimistic of people’s good natures, especially his fellow men.
“I knew enough from growing up at home in Ireland and from my parent’s stories to know that Irish people always help even when we are in hard times ourselves,” he said.
And so far so good. To date dozens of Irish men and women have supported OHMH in one way or another.
“An Irish lady, Una McKeever, who was getting married, dug our fish pond by having me write to all her wedding guests saying she had enough toasters so please give to OHMH instead of getting her wedding presents,” said Keown.
Keown, who began the organization in Boston, will open up a chapter in New York City this week.
The aim of opening a chapter in New York is to recruit more volunteers to help fundraise and support OHMH, said Keown.
“New York will be the big engine for us. I believe that there are many people here who are working hard and doing well, but know that there is something bigger than their jobs and success and home and want to help with it if it is good and reputable,” he feels.
“There is a quiet voice in their head telling them so, but it gets drowned out by life and the rush of the city.”
Keown is urging young and old to attend the launch and get involved with OHMH.
“The last year has taught us that no matter who you are, you can do something. If we all give a little of ourselves, large things happen,” Keown says.
“If you want to be in on the ground floor of building something new, then we want you. We need people to sit around the table and help us work out how we are going to transform a region over the next generation.”
The launch of the New York chapter will take place from 7-9 p.m. at the Galway Hooker (1 East 36th Street) on Wednesday, August 26.
Visit www.onehomemanyhopes.org or e-mail Thomas Keown at
firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 617-230-2574.
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