John Peake grew up in North Texas. After high school, he pursued a career in the food and beverage industry. Most of this time was spent in management at Starbucks Coffee.

John met his wife Caelene in 2001 in London. They married in 2004 and have three children. John has a Degree in Finance and a Masters in Business Administration. His position before his work in Burundi was as a financial analyst in Dallas.

John is a committed Christian who works hard to make sure that Amazi Water is an efficient and effective NGO in Burundi.

Caelene grew up in Cape Town, South Africa. Caelene has a degree in Social Work from the University of Cape Town. She became a follower of Jesus Christ at the age of 20. Caelene has worked in her field in a wide variety of settings including township development; street child advocacy, child protection, refugee resettlement and teenage counseling. She is also passionate about Bible study and teaches part-time.
Caelene works alongside her husband John to help Amazi Water’s work to be culturally sensitive and sustainable.

Journey to Burundi

John & Caelene (2016)

John and Caelene were married in 2004 in Cape Town and are based in Texas when they are not in Burundi. They have three wonderful children, Judah, Levi and Victoria.

From Refugee Resettlement work in Texas (working directly with Burundians) to connections with projects in Burundi, by 2014 it became clear to John and Cae that God was leading them to Burundi full time.

By 2016, they were making preparations to move to Burundi. May-July of 2017, the Peakes went through a rigorous missionary training program through Missions Resource Network (See link: They arrived in Burundi August of 2017; with the water well project well under way.

The scope of the project continues to grow with the construction of deep wells, water pipes and reservoirs – partnering effectively with churches and NGOs. A large team of Burundian staff are now employed by Amazi Water and doing an excellent job of running the project. John continues to act as project manager.  All glory to God for all that He has done in causing this project to be a success. There are many challenges along the way and it is important to remain in prayer.


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