Our Story ... Reaching Children In Need

KHOPE International was the brainchild of Sandy Kain and Michael Schneiders.  Several years ago Sandy became involved, with her son Matt, in a home building project in the impoverished village of La Morita, Mexico a colonias of Tijuana.


Michael working with the Catholic Archdiocese of Nairobi, Kenya started the Nairobi Street Kids Project, which evolved into a boarding school for the girls of the slums named “The Cardinal Maurice Otunga Empowerment Center for Girls.”  The school began in 2004 with $5000.00 and 15 girls; today the school accommodates over 90 girls.

Sandy and Michael both realized that for their programs to grow and to be able to assist more children in need, a more formal organization was needed and KHOPE International was born.


KHOPE International’s mission remains the same as it was when they started:  To provide financial and hands-on support for the basic needs of    children living in poverty regardless of nationality, race, gender, politics or religious affiliations, through direct scholarships or grants to organizations that directly support children.


KHOPE continues to be a primary source of funding for the CMO Empowerment Center for Girls in Kenya but has also reached out to help children around the world and at home.


Through their partnership with the City of American Canyon, KHOPE has become an important part of families in need in our home community.  To date KHOPE has donated over $10,000 to support various projects here in American Canyon.


KHOPE, working through KIVA.org has facilitated micro-loans to impoverished families in over 60 different countries.  The micro-loans are made to families who want to start or build a small business to make the lives of their children much better than their own.


The current members of the KHOPE Board of Directors are passionate, dedicated leaders of the community who are committed to making a difference all over the world.  They continue to seek new ways to help children.


KHOPE does not issue grants to any reqifting organizations so they can guarantee that your support reaches the children they serve.


Board of Directors

  • Joe Nabrynski:  Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer

  • Sandy Kain:  Chief Financial Officer and Board Director

  • Julie Douglas:  Secretary and Board Director

  • Elizabeth Goff:  Board Director

  • Kevin Kain:  Board Director

  • Betty Lorenz:  Board Director

  • Nancy Nabrynski:  Board Director

  • Teri Urrutia:  Board Director

IRS Determination Letter

KHOPE International is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit charitable foundation.