Project #12353

Send a Needy Child to High School in Rural Kenya

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
Graduation with Grandmother
Graduation with Grandmother

You made 2014 a Year to Remember

Last year was an exciting year for TMSC family and it's all because of YOU!

YOU enabled us to feed our 267 children lunch at the school, provide school supplies, and medical care.

Our grade eight national exams were very fulfilling, we didn’t have any failure in our school. All have received letters to join high school.

YOU have made these children smile

YOU empowered them to stay in school.

You have given them another chance in life they would have never experienced

YOU have made them discover their talents. 

We know that without you all these cannot happen and we appreciate your efforts and sacrifice towards your children here in Kenya. You are a great blessing in their lives and these marks will never be forgotten. Your names will remain in their heart and at Tumaini forever!

As we continue to work together it is our prayer that you will continue to pass on this information to your families, friends and even share on your social pages. This will help us expand our donor family and enable us to give the best to your children and reach to more. We have more children out there who are still waiting for us to support them and we hope this year our donor family will expand to enable us reach out to them. We have no words to express our joy, but we appreciate your being part of this family. Have a blessed 2015!

Fantastic Results!

You made our children proud! Last year’s exam results were wonderful! We have four students from our school joining national schools! This is always not easy as national school are our best schools in the country and when a student has been called in one of these schools, there is always a guarantee they will make it to university.

Helen is one of our girls who has been admitted in a national school. Helen is an orphan staying with her grandmother! We are proud of her and she was very much focused. Helen didn’t have this focus when she first joined tumaini you changed her when you gave her a second. Your support in providing her with the basic needs, free education, food made her comfortable and she settled to work hard in her education. You enable her learn in a very conducive environment and all these has been achieved because of your efforts.

We have 24 children who are supposed to join high school this year and it is in this regard that we are requesting you to share about Tumaini with your friends and on your social pages. Our high school education is very expensive and it is not free, we are happy that our children have been admitted in national schools, but when we see the fees structures we get scared. Sharing about the high school education will help us expand our donor family and we will be able to pay school fees for our children. They get discouraged when they don’t join schools that they were admitted in because of lack of school fees and sometimes when we can’t raise the fees we have to take them to village schools which demoralize their efforts.

Help us, have a look on our high school fees fund page, and do something to enable your children stay in school.

Thank you and have a blessed 2015

Class 8 Graduation - ready for High School!
Class 8 Graduation - ready for High School!
Graduation of this year
Graduation of this year's grade 8 pupils

It is now three years since Tumaini children started joining high school. On the 4th Nov our grade eight pupils started their final national exams. After this exam our children will be able to join high school in January 2015.

We are living in a community where out of 235,560 pupils aged between 6-14 access primary school but only 10% happen to join high school. The destiny of the 90% is just realized through the high level of poverty, prisons with many young people, drugs and high prevalence of HIV/AIDS in young people.

Donors, all the pupils who have done their exams at Tumaini School have been able to join high school. The last two years of our primary national exams have been successful, all the pupils passed their exams and all are in high school, second and first year of high school. This year is our third year and we have 24 pupils who have just graduated and are now sitting for their exams.

We are very confident that all are going to pass their exams. This is because of their performance in trial interschool exams. First semester, our pupils became position 5 out of 123 schools, second, position two and third semester they became position one. This is actually better than last year and we are expecting better results in their final national exam.

What is making all these to happen, what is behind all these successful stories? Donors, you are all behind these successful stories. This has been achieved because of your commitment in supporting these children. Your monthly sponsorship and other donations have brought a smile on these faces. We are all grateful for the happiness you have brought in the lives of our children and our community.

Next year is another year which we will have these new students joining high school. As you all know our high school fee is high and that is why many students are not able to continue with their education. It is in this regard that I am requesting you to take a moment and share with your friends, families, clubs, social pages and churches about our cause. The word of mouth will work better and this will enable us pay the fees our children will need in January.

Global giving is giving us another opportunity to fundraise through the end year campaign challenge which will be matched and this may give as opportunity to get funds for the high school fees. Please take your time to share this with friends and let’s join this campaign to prepare for the next year.

Donors, you have enlightened the lives of our children and we are grateful. Thank you once again and on behalf of Tumaini family, I wish you all a MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A PROSPEROUS HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!

Pupils and teachers,during graduation
Pupils and teachers,during graduation
our sponsored children
our sponsored children
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'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

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Organization Information

Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Rosalie Benitez
Chair, Board of Directors
Malibu, CA United States
$13,819 raised of $30,000 goal
129 donations
$16,181 to go
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