Windows of Hope International

About Us

There comes a point in all of our lives when we decide to become part of the solution rather than being part of the problem.

Shammah Orphanage Home was begun in 2002 with the mission of caring for AIDS orphaned children in Kakamega, Kenya.  Many of these children were living on the streets suffering abuse; still others were living with relatives who could not financially support them and as a result were being neglected.   The children were often malnourished and unable to attend school because of the needed fees.

Windows of Hope International began in June of 2004.  It started as a dialogue between three friends, one having just returned from his home in Kenya.  We discussed at that time the plight of the children of Shammah Orphanage Home in Kakamega, Kenya.  It was then that we decided we must do something; no longer was it adequate to just shake our heads and say, "something should be done."

It was a Saturday afternoon when a few friends gathered to see a presentation of the "Children of Shammah".  Each member of that small group of people was moved with compassion and committed to a year of giving.  With the firm commitment of 15 people, we began sending a small monthly monetary donation to Shammah Orphanage Home.

In our first year we were able to meet all of our goals which included making sure the children had three meals a day, providing necessary fees so that they were in regular attendance at school.  We also were able to provide funds for clothing and school supplies.  We wanted to make sure that each child had access to medical care when needed and had a permanent place to live.

Windows of Hope International has as its mission to help children who are struggling with the effects of some catastrophic life circumstance that has left them without resources and without hope.  

Merle V. Miller, President
BA Education – Mills College, Oakland, CA (1995)
20 years experience as a teacher and health care worker

Carl Vinson, Vice President
BA - Sociology, Oral Roberts University (1975)
Retired Lieutenant - Alameda County Sheriff's Office (28 years)
Michael D. Miller, Treasurer
BS Business Management, California State University Hayward (1968)
MBA – Accounting, California State University Hayward (1976)
Bachelor of Theology – Shiloh Bible College, Oakland, CA (2006)
35 years corporate accounting experience in positions of increasing
responsibility, serving in the position of Vice President and Controller the
last 13 years.

Margueritte Champion, Secretary
Bachelor of Theology – Shiloh Bible College, Oakland, CA

Herndon Jenkins, Director
Employed by United Insurance Co. as an Sr. Insurance Staff Manager
22 years business management experience
LUTCF certification through American College

Norman Walker, Director
Employed by Xerox Corporation 30 years as a Technician and
Tech Specialist

Bonita Vinson, Director
BA - Sociology, Oral Roberts University (1975)
Deputy Chief, Alameda County Probation Department

Samuel Lawani, Director
Sales Manager, Nissan USA Corporation
University of Benin, Nigeria
Business Degree (in progress)

Marcy Lawani, Director
Paralegal Assistant
Small Business Owner
B.S. Business Administration (in progress)

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