In kakamega 70% of 254,570 between the ages of 6-14 years access primary school and only 9%manage to join high school. We take this opportunity to thank our donors for what they are doing in our children's lives. This is our third semester since our children joined high school. During their school holidays, they came back from their boarding schools and we had a great time. They helped all the young children at the children home, planted flowers and trees at the home and the school. This is a good indication that they are appreciate and are willing to work harder not only academically but even by coming back and helping others. This could not have been achieved without our donors, their efforts and sacrifice in making this happen. These boys and girls could be now among the 9% who never manage to join high school, they could be now involved in child labour, prostitution and other tings that ruin their lives. We can smile now, Vivian was the best girl in Mathematics and German language! John Kamadi was the best boy in English! All these is because of you all who have given them to excel in their education. Vivian said that this chance is like gold in her life! She is looking forward to being a doctor and really working hard to see it happen. Vivian spoke at the meeting and encouraged the others who are preparing for their primary exams in November this year. We are proud of our donors for walking with us in this journey and for enabling these children experience the happiness they would have never found in their lives We managed to pay the school fees for this year for all the 16 children who joined high school this year. We are now preparing for the next year which we have to prepare to pay school fees again not only for the 16 who are already in high school but for 18 more who will be joining high school next year. We are still calling upon you our donors, to share the word with so that we can see this happening as we approach next year. Your contributions, sharing the word in anyway is making a difference. Lets walk together and give a child an opportunity that will change his.hr life forever, thank you.
Dear Friends of Tumaini,
I arrived yesterday for a visit to the school and orphanage and wanted to immediately send a report to let you know the progress that is being made due to your support. The school and orphanage now have electricity, allowing the children to study and read in the evening. With the completion of the seventh and eighth grade classrooms, a new building has been constructed for administrative and teacher’s offices. The old teacher’s office is now dedicated to the Baby and Pre-Unit classes, so the youngest children have more room and a continued renovation will mean the little ones have a proper space for afternoon naps. In very exciting news, the new Administrative Building also houses Tumaini’s first Library! The text books for class are stored here, with two walls dedicated to Encyclopedic volumes, storybooks, and non-fiction texts. Soon the library will be furnished with tables and chairs so the kids can really use the space as a resource for continued learning. This will no doubt benefit all of the children, but particularly those who reside in the community who don’t have electricity at home.
Here in Kenya the national teacher’s union is currently on strike, and we are very grateful that Tumaini’s teachers remain dedicated to the children’s learning. There are six new teachers at the school, and the children really look up to them. As some of you know, Rose has shared with me in the past her eventual goal to raise the teachers’ salaries, to a more competitive level. The teachers are paid fairly, but as the budget does not allow for salary increases at the moment, Rose has instituted a system so that the teachers are awarded bonuses based upon the performances of their pupils’ monthly exams. This has motivated the teachers in the classroom, and improved morale, as well as performance of the teachers and students, so that now the teachers are competing with each other, too.
For the children’s fitness, a project is underway to level the soccer field and plant more grass, as we are now in the rainy season and it has become quite muddy. There are also two basketball goals, which are a new and fun addition. Cypress seedlings have been planted along the perimeter and fence line of the property, which will grow into a lovely green border, stabilizing the soil and also beautifying the security wall of the school.
As I have not visited in two years, I am amazed by all of the growth here at Tumaini, which could not have occurred without your help. I will be taking photos and videos during my visit, so you all can see the tangible results of the work you have encouraged, supported, and helped materialize. The children are all healthy, learning, and thriving and are so very grateful to their friends abroad.
On behalf of Rose and everyone at Tumaini, THANK YOU!
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,
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.
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