US woman fulfils lifelong dream of doing charity work in Africa

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Patreese Jones.
Patreese Jones.
  • Patreese Jones, 52, has wished to come to Africa and do some charity work since she was 10.
  • She is going to Mombasa, Kenya for the first time after years of sending donations.
  • The mother of five is about to retire from the US military, and she can't wait to give her dream for African children all the attention it deserves. 

It has been over 40 years since her dream of coming to Africa was etched in her heart. Now it is finally happening.

Patreese Jones from the US, was only 10 when she promised herself that she would someday make a difference in Africa. 

"I remember a commercial came on while on the floor [watching TV] because I was feeling sick. I saw children from Africa with bloated stomachs and flies on them. I was 10, and I said, 'Mom, I am going to go to Africa and feed children'," she says.

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Giving and sharing with those less fortunate is something she was taught while growing up in Detroit, Michigan.

"I grew up very very poor, but even though we were poor, my mom helped other people. We would have people come to stay with us. Even though we had very little," the 52-year-old says.

In 2006, Patreese joined the US military and was deployed to Germany, where her service was in refugee camps. There were a lot of Africans in those camps, she tells us. 

As fate would have it, in 2018, she reconnected with a woman she had met and helped in the camps. 

"She was back home in Kenya. I told her what I wanted to do in Africa," Patreese adds. 

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The vision started coming to fruition. They established a pastoral base, the Overcomers Church in Kenya, Mombasa. Patreese started asking for donations and sending them to Kenya for food to be bought for children who were less fortunate. 

"I am thankful that God has allowed me to fulfil my dream of going to feed the children," an excited Patreese says.

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After all the delays due to Covid, she will be is in Kenya for the first time. Frequent video messages have helped create a bond with children who have benefited from her heart work.

"I remember there was a time when I was a child and hungry. I would wish that someone would bring us food. When I was hungry, I would pray and hope that someone would feed me," she says. 

A lot of the money used was coming straight out of her pocket or from people she would interact with and ask for donations.

"You can only do so much with everything being straight out of pocket," she says. 

But in 2021, she joined TikTok with the hope of extending her reach and getting more people to donate. 

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She is about to retire from the military and is ready to give this dream all its attention. A food pantry, food garden, orphanage and a school are what she would like to fulfil.

"I know I can't feed everyone, but I want to feed as many as I can. If I can get enough people to catch the vision. Think of how many lives we will be changing. Let's come together and make a different one child, one person at a time," Patreese adds. 

For more information about the work done by Patreese, you can email her on

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