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Jun 28, 2018

And we were building...

Destroyed bathroom
Destroyed bathroom


Siaka School is a boarding school located in Bungoma County and receives 20+ deaf and blind children aged 5-18. Most children are orphans and some of them were abandoned by their parents due to lack of finance to support the children.

Through your help those lovely children will not feel stigmatized when they grow up and they will find more easily a proper place in the society! Thanks to all the donors who have so far helped this dream come true Disability is not inability!


In the last quarter of this project, we have helped Siaka school in many ways. Apart from this main project we have also fundraised additional 250$ (also through Global Giving) for a micro project named Kitchen Garden. Additionally, they are fighting with heavy rains in the area; these rains are corrupting the statics of the school buildings. Following paragraphs are in detail describing Tumaini’s activities at Siaka school:

Kitchen garden

In April 2018 we had the idea with the school board to launch a kitchen garden in order to complete a bit of the daily diet with fresh vegetables and fruits. Tumaini’s volunteer, Alice Luscher was coordinating the work on this project with the local staff and pupils from the Siaka school for the past three weeks (from 9th June to 31st June). Thanks to her diligent work, the Kitchen garden is now finished plus, we have managed to save some of the money for rebuilding the bathroom.

Destroyed bathroom

We decided to use the extra money to fix the bathrooms which have been sadly destroyed few weeks ago by heavy rains as it was an emergency for the safety and health of the children and staff. These are the things we used for the re-construction of the bathroom:

  • Cements x5 = 29$
  • Iron sheets × 2 = 11$
  • Sanitary pipe ×2 =10$
  • Sands =14$
  • Ridges =6$
  • Nails= 2$
  • Work labor  (7$/day x2pers× 2days)= 28$

TOTAL= 100$

The construction was successful therefore now everyone is able to bath; which was impossible to do so for the last few months.

Food supplies

Before the micro project kitchen garden was started we went to school to visit them in order tosupply highly needed food. For $25we purchased 10kg of rice, 8kg of beans and small amount of onions, tomatoes, carrots and cabbages.


 The school depends entirely on the support from local volunteers (teachers, cooks, and other school assistants) and our generous donors. Still we have a lot of work to do to make this school able to support more vulnerable children. Because of the Kitchen Garden the school is becoming more self-sufficient. Nevertheless, they are still facing plenty of challenges. Most of all the presence school Dormitory is too small to accommodate all the pupils. That means that every child has to share a bed with other two pupils. As a reaction to this state we are launching a new micro project and to build a first new dormitory for the pupils.

Let’s stand with the special children of Siaka School for the Blind and Deaf.

School break
School break
Lunch time
Lunch time
Repairing the bathroom
Repairing the bathroom


Jun 27, 2018

Amazing kitchen garden


Before beginning this report all the Tumaini team and the school board want to gratefully THANK EVERY SINGLE donors and volunteers for their generous contributions. Every single cents and sweat drops have made this idea come true!


Siaka special school for blind and deaf is receiving currently 20 children blind or deaf. The school faces some financial challenges as the parents from poor and rural area struggle paying the school fees and the few incomes have to go to the food budget before school kit. But still it happens the incomes don’t meet all the needs and this special children end up not accessing to a nutritious and healthy diet in a daily basis. In April 2018 we had the idea with the school board to launch a kitchen garden in order to complete even a bit of the daily diet with fresh vegetables and fruits. Tumaini team started a micro project on GlobalGiving to help us to fund all the material needed for a good kitchen garden.


Only after 2 months we managed to collect 250$ thanks to the numerous GlobalGiving donations! The 7th of June Tumaini team went to the school and launched the project. Alice Luscher, one of the Tumaini international volunteers stayed 3 weeks in the school to monitor the project and budget.

Here is the summary of all the goods we bought:

Seeds seedlings and trees:

  • Carrot seeds= 0.50$
  • Coriander seeds = 0.70$ 200
  • seedlings of " sukuma" (local cabbages’) = 3$
  • 30 seedlings’ of spinach = 1$
  • 10 seedlings of green pepper= 1$
  • 2 passion fruit =1.5$
  • 1kg of cow peas=1$
  • 50 seedlings of “perpetual onions" =1$
  • 6 seedling of garlics= donations
  • Water melon seeds = donation
  • 10 seedling or tomatoes= donation
  • 1 seedling of aloe Vera= donation
  • 2 mango trees = donation
  • 2 avocado tree= donation
  • 1 orange tree= donation
  • 1 lemon tree= donation


Kitchen garden tools:

  • 3 buckets (For seeds nursery) 6$
  • 1 glove pair= 4$
  • 2 water cans= 7$
  • Jembe =3$
  • Sprayer =7$
  • Gumboots ×3= 9$
  • Shovel ×1=5$
  • Rake ×1= 2$
  • Rope= 1$
  • Wheelbarrow= lent by neighbors’ when needed= 0
  • Plastic layer for handmade manure = donation


  • Fences: Wooden post = donations from neighbors’
  • Chicken wire 30m× 3 =53$
  • Bending wire =10$
  • Nails= 3$

TOTAL = 66$

Other Transport:

  • town- school + Lorry location= 11$
  • Sign post for Tumaini =10$
  • Fertilizers DIP=6$
  • Extra air times = 3$

TOTAL = 29$

Total of expenses = 150$

Thanks to donations from local neighbors’ and volunteers we managed to have a total of 90$ below of our plans. We decided to use the extra money to fix the bathrooms which have been sadly destroyed few weeks ago by heavy rain as it was an emergency for the safety and health of the children and staff.

Result and success of the project after 2 weeks:

It is incredible and wonderful, international donors and neighbors’ but also local volunteers and the children managed to stand up for this project and be fully involved! In 4 days the first part of the garden was finished and the seeds planted. Local volunteers sweat a lot to plough the ground and plant carefully every seeds. We are glad to ‘see our vegetables growing small by small every day. We will be able to harvest our first cow peas and sukuma wiki in 3 weeks’ time. As for the children, Blind, deaf or not, no matter their conditions it is always impressive to see how they want to help and how they manage to organize themself to fetch the water from the borehole and supplying the watering team ( don’t worry also grown up volunteers belongs to the watering team!). We are still working on the second part of the garden, but at the end we will have in total around 110m2 of useful surface 70 lines of vegetables and 6 fruit trees.


We are conscious that this garden is not big enough to sustain entire school feeding program. Nonetheless it will be of good help, it will bring fresh and nutritious food to complete the menu. Even once or twice a week would be already a success! We also see it as an opportunity to involve the children in its maintenance as it is a good educational activity, and they will probably need this skill to sustain themself in their near future. We are currently thinking about making a budget to buy a cow and a shelter in order to collect around 4ltr of milk/ day.

Watering the plants
Watering the plants
Working on the fence
Working on the fence


Jun 14, 2018

Warm food in a cold weather

The school entrance
The school entrance


Glory Education Centre is a tiny school in the Kiambiu slums of Nairobi. Today the school receives 98 pupils from 3 to 10 years old children coming from the surrounding slums. Our primary objective is to provide them with good quality and free education, as it is the first step to going out from rough poverty they are struggling with.

This school is entirely funded by the parents of the pupils and the support from our NGO Tumaini through the generous donors from GlobalGiving. The fundraising pays the three teachers and all the resources (books, uniforms, pen, tables, board and so forth) we manage to get in past two years.


We receive this last three month 100 $ through GlobalGiving. Thanks to your tremendous support and local volunteers we managed the last few months to run these following activities:

- Food program

In last three months, we visited pupils several times. We have received 100$ from generous donors we have divided into two lunch options for 13 days. The first option is chapatis beans tomatoes and onions .in the second option the chapatis are replaced with a portion of rice. The total price of the food was $ 97.1, and the rest was used for transportation

Thanks to your support pupils will receive full meal three times per week next two months. Our goal is to provide them with full lunch every school day.

- Health program

As part of our health program activity, we visited the school on 7th May and carried out a general cleaning of inside and outside areas of the school. Surrounding areas of the Glory Education Centre are in an extremely polluted area that creates a hazardous playground for pupils. During which we also provided maintenance of the interior of the school. For instance - cleaning school desks, fixing posters, sweeping and other minor fixes. These activities were executed during the food program visits, and they didn't carry any cost.

Thanks to this proactive steps, the pupil can now play freely outside the school and without any danger of hurting themselves (there is not broken glasses or other sharp objects).


The most significant long-term challenge for Glory Education Centre is to find permanent housing for the classroom(s). In present days, education takes place in a rented facility that is draining the small amount of money this organization has; on top of that, 90+ pupils are crowded in one room. On top of that, the school has been given a notice which is stating that this part of slams will be demolished.

In next three months we are preparing following activities: (i) continue campaigning for long-term food program (ii) looking for an appropriate location or building for the relocation of the school

Moment of entertainment
Moment of entertainment
Lunch break
Lunch break
Cleaning in progress
Cleaning in progress
Helping with the cleaning
Helping with the cleaning
Pupils outside the school
Pupils outside the school


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