Project #12353

Send a Needy Child to High School in Rural Kenya

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
Happy Valentine
Happy Valentine's Day

Its our prayer and hope that you all started your year well!  It is another time when we have to appreciate our loved ones and Tumaini family wishes you all a happy Valentine's Day!  May your love life continue to flourish!

We take this opportunity to thank you all for your commitment and support towards the lives of our children and the community. We started this year well and all the children are in school.  We had a new group of 31 who are joining high school this year. It has been a stuggle but all have joined high school.  I thnak those who helped us to see that our youth get the opportunity to join high school.

In our country we have about 250,750 who get through primary school but only 10% to 15% get to join high school. This brings our youth down completely and it increases the poverty level and crime in our communities. High school is the bridge to so many advantages like getting to university and other tertiary colleges. This brings a huge change in someone's life and if we can not give our children this opportunity then all we have done for the last 10 years will be in vain. Our motto is to teach how to fish and not just feeding.  We have 21 students whom we are fully responsible and they all passed their exams. They have now joined high school and we managed to pay their first semester fees and their shopping for their personal effects and books. We thank all who helped us to make this happen.

We are humbly requesting if possible you visit this page and support for the second semester which starts in May. Once again we are grateful for everything you are doing in the lives of these children, a brighter future is seen. Remember to share our pages with friends and groups.

Have a lovely Valentine's Day!!!!!!

Moses in his new high school uniform! Just joined!
Moses in his new high school uniform! Just joined!
studentswho are  joining high school  now
studentswho are joining high school now
this year
this year's graduation!


As we approach the end of the year, I take this opportunity to thank you for the commitment you have shown towards our cause. It is beyond our words and we all congratulate you! You have done an amazing work and we can tell from the performance of the children and their health.

Your support has made all these to happen and we are grateful. The high school students are doing well, the first group will be compeleting their high school next year! We have THE FIRST HIGH SCHOOL CANDIDATES!  It is FOUR YEARS down the line since you started supporting our high school students.  Lets look forward to their perfomance and we pray that they will make it to UNIVERSITY!

I have shared with you about the challenges we have on the high school education and this year has been difficult. Our support is not sufficient because we have few friends who are donating towards the high school fees. You can visit our page and you can tell we dont have much coming on this project. This year we had a problem as most of our children were sent home for we had not cleared their school fees. We have  39 students already in high school and we have 31 who will be joining by January.

We know you are already committed and most of you are doing child sponsorship which is helping. Our sponsorship is not enough for the high school fees and that makes it difficult for our high school students to remain in school.  We are kindly requesting that you help us build this project. Introducing friends and relatives will help us achieve this goal. Go through this three steps and help this children to remain in school. Expanding our donor family will make it work.



1. We have introduced a fund which we are requesting friends to introduce 10 friends each who can give $30 ones per year. Encourage the 10 friends to introduce 10 friends each and we will achieve our goal. This will help us to pay the high school fees for all our children.

2. The second way we are requesting friends to introduce 10 friends each who can give $10 or $12 monthly which will support for their monthly visits and also be spent on income generating activities to enable us become self sustainable. This will be helpful in reducing dependency.

3. We have introduced a cow project to help us with the children who are still in lower primary classes. The cow will be bought for them and their guardians/parents will take care of the cows. Part of the milk proceeds will be saved towards the high school fees for that particular child and rest of the milk will be for the family. This will not only benefit the child but the entire family. Precautions have been taken in making sure that the cow is safe and well taken care of. Some of our friends have bought cows for their sponsored children and others have been donated. We are also requesting that you share with friends to expand on this, a cow is $380. We have already given out 20 cows.

listening to the speeches of encouragement
listening to the speeches of encouragement
pupils having fun with teachers during graduation
pupils having fun with teachers during graduation
some of our high school students
some of our high school students

Next year we are expecting YOUR  high school girls and boys   from the first group will be graduating. YOU have made them come this far and we are looking forward to their graduation and the good results.

As you all know education is power, it is the only weapon for change! This cannot be primary education but high school education opens more doors for the change. We all understand that after high school, you are able to go to university or join any college as long as you have performed well. Joining high school is a big challenge to many students in our community. Just to share with you about the statistics in our county between 2012 and 2013: We had 237,570 children who went through primary school but only 15% joined high school. This is also happening with Tumaini children as it has been a challenge to meet the needs for the high school students especially payment of the school fees. All our children have always done well in their final primary exams and they are admitted in some of the best schools. These schools are expensive which makes it difficult for us to actually admit them in these schools. Keeping them in school becomes a problem and so they are sent home for school fees which interrupt their education. We are trying to sometimes admit them in other schools and this brings their esteem down, as they have always worked hard to go to better schools.

We have looked into various solutions and we feel it will be good to share with you as our friends. We have come up with a high school fund to enable us raise funds for fees. Friends can do a one time donation or a recuring donation which can eventually help us meet this need. We are also kindly requesting every Tumaini friend to introduce 10 friends who can donate $10 per month. The 10 friends can also introduce 10 friends each so that our donor family can grow to enable us a chieve this goal for our children. We understand that not all can be able to sponsor a child monthly especially with high school fees as it is expensive and so if we can have little by little, it can all pull up and enable us achieve this goal. The money will be used on the high school fees as well as starting income generating activities which we feel can help us become self sustainable. We are also looking forward to support other bright orphans who are not in our school but are from the community. We also have a cow project which will involve the guardians/parents for the children. The cow will be bought by Tumaini and the guardian/parent will take care of the cow. Three litres of milk will be sold and the money will be saved for the the child’s high school shopping. The rest of the milk will be for the family of the child and they can sell to buy food and also help in taking care of the cow. The calves will be kept and when the child joins high school, the calves can be sold to pay fees. The children in our children’s home are also involving therefore we are looking into pig and livestock farming which we feel can generate income for their fees.

It is in this regard that we are writing to you to join us and help us expand our donor family to enable us achieve these goals. We always appreciate your efforts and commitment towards our work. It is YOU who is actually making the difference and we are grateful, we have no words to express it!
We have two links for the donations and please feel free to share with friends, family members, church and clubs. We pray that you will stand with us in this and share the word. We are looking forward to the new start up and thank you for being part of the Tumaini family. Each and every friend signing up will also send us his/her emailing address to enable us send letters and at least communicate.
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Children having fun with our summer volunteers
Children having fun with our summer volunteers
high school students
high school students' meeting over the holiday

Your children came home after for school holidays and it was great to see them and have them share more about their experiences in high school. It was great to look into their report forms and see their performance! YOU are doing a great job!

The hope YOU are giving our students is contagious. Our young girls and boys in high school are doing well and though they are in different schools, they are still competing! Their dreams are elevated just by seeing our first students to join high school are finishing next year! They are now realizing how possible and fast it to finish high school.
We had a great meeting with them and everyone was encouraged and motivated. They tell each other how they are will beat them next semester! Their dreams are growing and growing, some coming up with new careers in mind as they are now growing and seeing what they can do comfortably.

YOU are making this happen! YOU making them remain in school even when others are sent home because of school fees. YOU are providing for their basic needs while in school and now they are comfortable and their duty is just to study and work hard rather than thinking on how they will be sent home.
We have a challenge next month on the 15th and we hope you will share this with friends. We are looking forward in participating in this so as we prepare for the next semester. Take time to share!

students remembering the rock at the centre
students remembering the rock at the centre
getting together again
getting together again
high school students
high school students' meeting over the holiday

The mark YOU are putting on the lives of these students will never fade!  YOU have enabled them to stay in school for the whole of this semester!

A part from giving them education YOU have fed them, enabled them to participate in several sports competitions, they have gone for school trips and have seen most of our country and resources.

In our Kakamega County out of 256,100 pupils who finished their primary education only 25% joined high school. You have made our boys and girls proud, YOU have given them this precious opportunity to join high school! High school is the gate for everything, be it university, job, or college. We are grateful as YOU HAVE opened this gate to these students and they are just waiting to finish their high school.

Next year is one of our best years as YOU will have your first high school graduates!

We now have an ongoing high school fees as every year we have students joining and we have those who have already joined. The high school fees has to be paid every new term ( semester) Share our links with friends to help us expand our donor family. We know if all our friends can share with their friends and encourage their friends to share as well we will be doing great work. Our social media pages and even groups need to know what we are doing and sharing the links will help.

As we are approaching Easter holiday, take time to visit one of the links below for our micro projects and share. Make this Easter different by encouraging friends to come on board!  Thank you for your support

boys listening from a counselor
boys listening from a counselor
high school girls helping with the young ones
high school girls helping with the young ones

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Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Rosalie Benitez
Chair, Board of Directors
Malibu, CA United States
$16,979 raised of $30,000 goal
164 donations
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