I was on my way walking to the school and I met a lady with two children, one on her back and the other one walking. She greeted and asked me where Tumaini office was and I asked her what she needed from the office. She told me she had a letter from the Catholic sisters that she wanted to deliver. I asked her to come with me and we went to the office. She was surprised and she asked me if I was working with Tumaini and I answered"yes" She gave the letter and the letter was requesting us to help her, at least admit the young girl in our children's home. I asked her why she wanted us to take in her child, she told me that her husband died and the brothers to the husband had taken everything from her and that she was asked to leave. The other child was sick and had a heart problem, he couldn't sit nor eat by himself. She was also sick from HIV/AIDS and so couldn't do much and she was always bed ridden. I didn't take this girl in as I didn't have enough bedding but I promised that I would contact the sisters if there will be any possibility of admitting her in the future. After a month I sent our social worker and manager to see the sisters and ask them for directions to visit the family. When they came back, they had no words to express the situation, and immediately I asked Vivian's mother to bring her and we admitted her in our home. Vivian was our top student in our school in the primary national exams. She joined high school this year and her first performance in high school is promising. She wants to be a doctor! Vivian can only achieve this if we all come together and support her. Donating towards our high school fees fund will enable us pay her school fees for next year. We have 16 other students who joined high school this year. Share our report with friends and lets expand our family to make a difference! Thank you for enabling us admit them in high school this year! Your support is very much appreciated and will never be forgotten, has created a mark in lives that will be shared forever!
Rose has sent some fun photographs of the children at Tumaini who want to wish everyone a Happy Easter!
Some of you may recognize the faces of, Christine, Sophie (aka "Kofi Annan"), Evelyn, Hellen, Samwel, James, Toba, and the little kids with missing teeth Miryam, Ble, Nora, Whitney, Florence, Irene, Rabecca.... So cute!
Rose has told me that everyone is doing really well, they have been busy planting maize and the kids help with this after school, and otherwise preparing for Easter, which is a very big holiday to be celebrated in Kenya.
Since the unexpectly big success of the children's camp at Tumaini last fall, which brought many more people from the community to Tumaini, lots of people have been coming to the school for church singing and service on Sundays, which before was only just the kids living at the orphanage and took place in one of the classrooms. Now Tumaini is becoming an even bigger center of the community with more adults and children coming on Sunday to be together. This Easter should be a big celebration, bigger than ever.
Rose has asked me to thank you all on her behalf for being a part of the Tumaini community and to let you know that your money is helping the kids grow with their education and basic needs, and now with the planting of the new crops.
Happy Easter to all,
Dear Friends of Tumaini,
TMSC Director Rose Bugusu has sent the following report regarding the 16 children from TMSC who have now joined high school:
"Last year we had our first Primary School graduation and the results were released on the 28th of January. The pupils performed very well: we had six pupils who scored 300 marks out of 500, ten pupils scored above 260 and two pupils scored below 250 marks. This was really a good trial being our first attempt, and we thank you all for your prayers and support. Some of you have taught these pupils and helped them in many different ways and helped their results.
All these children have joined High School. We had ten pupils who were living at the Tumaini children's home and six pupils were sponsored at Tumaini school. Three students joined day school and the rest have joined boarding schools. We managed to pay school fees for them all, and those who joined boarding school had a budget for several things, which included bedding, toiletries, basins and buckets, towels, etc. It was a challenge to shop for all these things, but for those children who had parents we asked them to help with the shopping. Many didn't do well on this, but we did what we could to make sure the children have gone to school.
High School fees are a very challenging new level for Tumaini, and it really reminded me what happened when it was time to join High School. Everything involves money and it was scary for me to handle this, especially for the children in the home. When I came across GlobalGiving I thought it was a greater idea for us to start a fund and request friends to donate through the organization to enable us to admit these children in High School. This was successful, and thank you for those who worked toward this. We now have a permanent spot on the site where people can continue to donate. We are hoping that people will continue to give towards this fund so that we can be able to have the fees ready whenever it's needed. It is our prayer that friends will continue to share with other friends for more donations."
On behalf of Rose and TMSC, thanks for your continued interest and support of the children at Tumaini.
Knowledge is Power!
It is our prayer and hope that you have settled well into the year 2013 filled with joy.We take this opportunity once again to thank you for what you did for us last year!
Our children has their final national exam and they all past this exam! It is of great pleasure to see this children joining high school comfortably without school fees difficulties! This success is because of you!
All our success we owe to you, our committed supporters!
Seeing these children who had no hope of joining even stepping in a classroom are now joining high school! The abandoned, orphaned abused! Without you this could not have been achieved but know that you have enabled our 18 girls and boys pay their first semester fees with no problem. Everytime you donate, you enhance the life of students in the Tumaini family
Thank you so much once again for the difference you have made in the lives of these little faces!We are kindly inviting you to walk with us and our students on this journey they have just started. The journey of the new life in high school and new needs as well. You have walked with us through the first semester and the second semester is just on the way. We value your support and we would love to walk and share this new journey with you.
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