Seeds of Hope Staff

Kirk Schauer, Founder and International Director

Kirk Schauer is the Founder and International Director of Seeds of Hope International Partnerships, a nonprofit organization that works to reverse the downward spiral of poverty by empowering community members with hope and holistic solutions. While part of a team visiting Zambia in 2003, Kirk was struck by the communities’ need for safe water. He and his wife, Denise, founded Seeds of Hope to empower Zambians to bring health and transformation to their communities and improve their quality of life. Prior to starting Seeds of Hope, Kirk served as Associate Pastor of Vineyard Christian Fellowship in Santa Maria, California for nine years. He and Denise have also spearheaded community development projects in Asia, facilitating vocational skills trainings for rehabilitating heroin addicts in Hong Kong, and providing vocational training and helping to plant a church in Cambodia. Kirk and Denise lived in Zambia from 2009 to 2012, to focus their efforts on building the capacity of the Zambian office.

As International Director, Kirk engages with civic leaders in communities across the World, local and international non-governmental organizations, Rotary Clubs, industry representatives, and religious leaders to work together to bring lasting change. Under his leadership, Seeds of Hope has grown from nine community members trained in pump repair to a staff of 80 that has brought clean water to approximately 800,000 people. In addition, Seeds of Hope is pioneering holistic community development interventions in proper sanitation and hygiene, agriculture, and business development.

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