Send a Needy Child to High School in Rural Kenya

 
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Raising our Water Tank
Raising our Water Tank

Dear Friends of Tumaini:

We are grateful for the support towards the wellbeing of our children. They enjoy the good health and the good environment at the centre because of you. This has not just happened, it has come a long way which has involved you and your commitment. We just don’t take this for granted but we really appreciate and we know this is happening because of your sacrifice and commitment to change lives.

Water is life as they say. To have clean and running water helps very much especially in protecting children from water borne diseases. Tumaini children have always had a problem with water and our boreholes dry up for more than five months every year. Children are forced to fetch water from the stream which gives us hard time as the water is not treated. We are hoping to drill water and this project started early last year. This was to enable Tumaini family to have running water throughout the year and not only Tumaini family but even the community members. We have managed to buy a 10,000 litre tank and we have done the fabrication and we have raised the tank. We have not drilled the water yet and the tank has been raised and this is now the second year with the tank up without water. We know if we can come together this will happen and our children will have clean and running water. Drilling has not happened because of lack of funds but we have always made it in other projects together. Clean and running water is part of good hygiene for the children and for the general use at home.

How will this happen? We have made always made things happen, and through sharing with our friends and family, it makes a difference. We have seen it happening and we know having clean and running water for our lovely children will make a difference in their home.

Thank you so much once again for your support and commitment.

Our babies are growing!
Our babies are growing!

What a blessing to have our high school students with us! We had a wonderful time having our girls and boys together and have them share their new experiences in high school. All are in boarding schools and it is just amazing to see how much they have grown and the difference in their faces. They didn’t only share their experiences with us and our children in primary school but they helped us with chores like planting of flowers, trees and maize in our small garden. They helped with the young ones in the home which made a big difference.

Their reports are encouraging as all have performed well in their exams. Their behavior has been recommended well and we are proud of them. May you allow me to say that, this is not happening because we are able but it is happening because of you. Your commitment, sacrifice has brought these children this far. When others are sent home due to school fees debts, our children remain in school and this has made them comfortable and has motivated them so much in their studies.

It is now two years since our children started joining high school and it is ongoing as every end of year we have new primary graduates joining high school. This is really keeping us on toes as fee for all these children has to be met. It becomes difficult when we have new students joining as their fees is higher as it includes other things. We all know that this can be worked out once our high school fees fund is stable. Through sharing with friends, family, clubs and our social pages, we can be able to expand our donor family which will enable us keep our children in school.

Thank you so much for your commitment and sacrifice and let us continue with this wonderful unity for the betterment of our world.

 

Note: Sorry attaching pictures has been a problem and I will do that in the next report.

Mat
Mat's sixth month in the home

Mat (not her her real name) joined Tumaini School in the year 2006 and later on she was admitted in the children's home. She was the first child to be rescued and admitted to the Tumaini Miles of Smiles Children's home.

One day Mat happened to be is school and she never used to sleep at home. She would come to school with dirty clothes and hungry. It was realised that our girl was actually spending her nights in the sugar cane plantation in fear of going home to be beaten by her step mother. She had bruises all over her body  which we didnt know and it was sad to see and imagine what was happening in her life.

Mat became happy when she came to our home and she worked hard in her primary education. She is now in her second year of high school and working hard.  Your donation to this program have enabled Matrober to remain in school until the time they close for holidays. Unlike many children who have been sent home because of school fees and have not even done their end term exams.

This is not because of Tumaini, we only saw the problem and you have done what it takes to ensure that Mat is continuing with her education. Currently we have 35 children who are in high school, 17 are in their second year and 18 joined this year, we are proud of you for enabling us continue to pay the high school fees through your donations. Joining high school especially for the needy children is not easy and it is the only opportunity that can change their lives for ever. Thank you for so much for making it happen.

We managed to pay the fees for the last semester which is ending on the 10th April and we will be opening the schools on the 5th May for the second semester. We still have to pay the fees for this semester and it is in this regard that we are requesting you to continue sharing the word so that we can be able to continue paying the fees for these precious children. Sharing the word and expanding our donor family will enable us continue to support these children remain school.

Keeping our page active and getting involved in Global giving offers will help us very much and the high school fund will keep growing. This is an ongoing program as every year we have children who graduate from primary school and when we put together the donations we are able to pay for all the children, the ongoing and the one joining.

Thank you very much and we know as we continue to work together, we are changing the lives and world for better!

Mat in the new home, 8th month
Mat in the new home, 8th month
Mat now in high school
Mat now in high school
Head of State Commendation Certificate
Head of State Commendation Certificate

Happy New year!

It is our hope that you started the New Year well and we pray that God will continue to strengthen you, bless you and give you good health.

We started our new year well and with good news! You have all made us proud as we received all the good news because of you. Last year we had 17 children who did their national exams and their results were announced on the New Year’s Eve.  All our children passed the exam and we didn’t have any child who was below average.  We are position 0ne in our division which has 27 schools and position 7 in the district which has 122 schools. This was just unbelievable!

One thing is that we couldn’t have achieved all these without you, all is because of you, your support, commitment, encouragement and sacrifice.  You have given our children a good environment for learning and you have made them stay at school without any disturbance of lack of anything. They don’t go hungry while at school and this has given us the good results that we have now.  This is showing a good future for these children and a change in the community.

The other good news is the Head of State Commendation award! I was overwhelmed with joy when I received a call and I was told that I have been a warded the Head of State Commendation. I can say that I have just been given this award on your behalf, without you I don’t think I could have been given this award. You have made Tumaini what it is, so much has changed in the lives of the children and the community members. This has brought us to this recognition and we have been awarded. On your behalf I received a certificate and a silver medal, thank you so much for everything, I have no words to express the joy.

Our children who did their exams in 2012 are continuing with their education well, they came for the holidays and they did well in their tests, they are now in 10th grade. This year we have 17 who will be joining high school in February which is next month.  High school fee is high and this is the most challenging point in the life of the children who are needy. Most of them never get this opportunity despite their good performance. This the most dangerous stage in the lives of these children, if they won’t be able to join high school then it will be the end of their good future.

We know with your assistance these children will be able to join high school and those who are already in high school will be able to continue. Sharing about us with friends, with friends, relatives, and encouraging friends to share with their friends will expand our family and support to enable us pay high school fees for these children.  Through the expansion of our support family and also participating in the global giving matching promotion I believe we will be able to meet the needs. 

Thank you once again for all your efforts, sacrifices and commitment towards Tumaini family. Please feel free to ask any questions and in case you need more details on anything do not hesitate to write back to us. We love you and we are proud of you, thank you for being part of this family

Celebrating the award at the school
Celebrating the award at the school
Celebrating good results from last year
Celebrating good results from last year's exam
Our  best girl in the district exams
Our best girl in the district exams

It is another time that we are approaching the end of the year. This is the time we normally have our primary national exams that will see our pupils join high school next year. We have 17 pupils who have just finished their primary national examination and they are looking forward to joining high school in January.

We have had very hardworking students in this class, in our distict exams our school was position 5 out of 125 schools, and we prodused the best girl in the district. We had two students who were the best in two subjects, kiswahili and mathematics. Our mathematics and kiswahili teachers were the best in the district.

What we can say is that we have achieved all these because of you, you have played a big part in enabling our students to work hard and to come to school regularly.  You have made sure that they are not learning on an empty stomach but they are fed. They never stay at home because of lack of school uniform nor books, they are always in school. Our teachers have been motivated and they have worked hard to make sure that our students are perfoming, and all these is because of your sacrifices and commitment in making a difference in lives. We lack words to express our joy and happiness as we see the changes that are in our children lives and community.

As we understand only 10% of all the children who 235,570 have the opportunity to join high school but the rest never get this opportunity. This is due to the high level of poverty in our community and the recent research indicated that western province has the highest level of HIV/AIDS and rape cases, hence many children are left with no parents or one parent who is sick. This leaves many children in poverty and with no chances of proceeding with their education to high school. Last year we had 17 children who did their national exams and they have joined high school. This year we have 17 students who have just finished thier exams and they have to join high school next year. In total we will have 34 pupils in high school and it is in this regard that we are writing to you again, to request your support through sharing with friends, family organisations and churches to donate towards this project to enable us pay fees for these pupils.

Paying their fees will enable them to stay in school and have an opportunity in proceeding with their education. We are looking forward to a changed community after their education. We are proud of you and the children know your names and they appreciate all the support. Nothing is taken for granted, children know they are supported and they work hard in their education.

Once again thank you and lets expand our support family to enable these students to proceed with their education. Thank you

Our three best pupils in Eng, Kiswahili and Math
Our three best pupils in Eng, Kiswahili and Math
Primary graduation and prayer day
Primary graduation and prayer day

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Rosalie Benitez

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Malibu, CA United States

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