Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya

by Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre
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Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Educate an Orphan in Rural Western Kenya
Learners back to school
Learners back to school

We have had the shortest school holidays ever!  The schools were closed  for 8 days and the learners are back to  school!  Normally Our shortest school holidays go for four weeks but covid 19 pandemic paralyzed everything.   Our government has come up with a new calendar to help us catch  come back to our notmal academic calendar come year 2023.

Our pupils are  on marathon with the exams and other things.  Those who completed their primary studies are joining high school this month. We have anither primary exam in march and November then we will get back to our normal calendar. 
Our 8th grade students did very well in their exams and have been admitted in very good schools. Our next class has 35 pupils, this is a large number and we are looking forward to good results in March. 

our new curriculum system is going on well and by the end of  2023 the old system will have ended. We will conduct the first exam end of 2022 then the students will proceed to junior secondary, no 7th and 8th grade. We are looking forward to seeing the unfolding of this new journey. 
We have more than 200 students who have no sponsorship. Looking back to our project we are very few and this is affecting our us in different ways. As you all know sponsoring a child changes a life forever. It is one of  the best ways for bringing a lasting positive change in a child/family's  life. 
To help us kindly share with your friends and family about the good work you are doing. You have done a wonderful job and we cant wait to see growth. 

Thank you for your continued support and prayers. 

New classrooms
New classrooms
All these learners have been admitted in high scho
All these learners have been admitted in high scho
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Eighth grade graduation
Eighth grade graduation

It has been so painful to see our students struggling to cope with the new lifestyle due to covid-19. Wearing masks and washing hands every time they are outside has been a challenge to so many especially the young ones.  Teachers in most of the schools have been on their toes, making sure that the learners are following the instructions to carb spread the virus.

We have had no cases so far, all the learners are safe and healthy. The three months have been busy, bringing the learners back to the learning mode and preparing the eighth graders for their final primary exams. We have come to the end of the semester which has been treated as the second semester. We are looking forward to the year 2023 when our calendar will normalize for now we are struggling to understand the academic calendar. 

Our eighth-grade students' graduation ceremony was wonderful. We had several entertainments from our learners and everything was lively. We believe all our students are going to pass their exams and they will all join the high school in July.

Currently, we have 312 learners at Tumaini School, we have 50 learners who are waiting to find sponsorship. All the 50 learners have lost their fathers and they live in abject poverty. These learners came on board during our covid 19 relief food program. Our sponsorship program is not doing well, we are overwhelmed. We believe in you, this far is you, and we know you can make it happen as you have always done. Kindly share our cause with family and friends, reveal to them what you have done in the lives of the orphaned and needy.  Share with them the needs and together let's expand our donor circle for the betterment of the needy. We are the chosen to change lives. Without YOU, where would be these children? Thank you for what you are doing.

We love you, we appreciate you! Remember together we can.

Students  Matching
Students Matching
Entertaining guardians, parents and teachers
Entertaining guardians, parents and teachers
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November food distribution
November food distribution

The reopening of eighth and fourth grade was a big relief to us and the students.  Covid - 19 has not only caused death but has caused our girls' education. Reopening of the schools even for the two classes was a new beginning.

We have 67 students at school and the rest will be opening in January.  We will be closing on the 18th of this month for the Christmas holidays and we will be back on the 4th of January.  Our National exams for 4th grade, 8th grade, and form four in high school has been postponed to March.  This has affected our academic year and the high school students are sad because they were expecting to be out of school this month.  The eighth-grade students are also wondering when they will join the high school because the exams have been postponed. The academic year will be not the same until 2020.

We have been going through trying times but YOU have not been far from your children. The children and their families have received food hampers every month. YOUR support has done more than expected and we can't just keep quiet but we strongly raise our voice to thank you.

Our monthly supporters are very few and it is our prayer that this will change next year. We cant make it on our own but we believe in you and together we can make it happen!  Many lives have changed just because of you!  Kindly share with your friends and family about the incredible change you have brought in the villages. Our goal is to have new sponsors to sponsor the 50 fatherless children who came to us during covid - 19 period.

GlobalGiving is matching all new monthly supporters signing in this month until 14th.  Please share, thank you.

Building a new house for a widow whose house fell
Building a new house for a widow whose house fell
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Our children helping as we prepare to do our food
Our children helping as we prepare to do our food

Kenya has not been exempted from the ongoing worldwide pandemic. They are sad to report that the schools are still closed until next year.   The government stated that the schools will open once all the COVID -19 measures have been put in place.

The children are out of school and their lives are not the same.  Most of the children are happy when they are at school. The village children are going through a lot of difficulties as they have no food.  Many children depend on the meals served at school, this makes it hard for them to stay at home without a meal.  Families are surviving on one meal per day and the children are finding it hard.

We have tried our best as an organization to support not only the children from our school and home but the children in the community. Since the month of March we have been giving food baskets to widows, widowers, and poor families. The program has been of big help to the community members, especially children. The basket comprised Maize flour, sugar, tea leaves, salt, cooking oil, and soap.  The soap was a must because with COVID – 19 we need to wash our hands with soap every time and some families have cannot afford soap.  They would rather buy maize flour than soap. 

We would like to thank GlobalGiving for their generosity towards our food program.  Tumaini benefitted from the grants and we were able to reach out to more families in the village.  Our food distribution has benefitted 100 people directly and more than 500 people indirectly.   

We would like to thank all our supporters who have continued to send their monthly donation during these hard times.  This has helped us feed our children who have been placed in families and those outside Tumaini fraternity.  Kindly share with friends about the good work you are doing.  This is the only way we can be able to build our donor family and reach more suffering children. 

We recieved an abandoned baby girl
We recieved an abandoned baby girl
our children helping with packaging
our children helping with packaging
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We were optimistic! The year 2020 looked brighter until last month when our government announced the first corona positive case. Things changed and everything became dark. As per now we have 216 cases and 9 death.

It is hard for everyone and we are praying that this may end soon. We are staying at home and we are trying our best to keep the children safe.  Our children are remaining in doors and we are keeping them busy, it has hard when they are not in school. We have not had any case in our neighborhood, but we can’t go out without a mask, we can’t attend any funeral nor any gathering.  All the open markets are closed and we must go to town to buy groceries.  The food prices have gone up, all the businessmen have taken advantage of the pandemic and it’s not looking good.

People on the rural areas live day by day, most of them can’t have food on their tables if they have not worked on a farm which earns them a $1.5 a day for their food. It has not been raining and therefor no working on the farms. We look at the situation and feel most of the people might die from hunger and not covid-19.  Our children from the community might be going through the same, we shared the food we had for the children from the orphanage hoping that this pandemic will end soon but it looks as if it’s just starting.  We also gave out soaps because there is washing of hands and many can’t afford soaps.  Old people come to our gate every morning asking for food which we cannot provide for right now. As you pray for the world pray for us and the children living in the community.

We have been hit hard but all in all we thank you for your continue support.  With your support we can reach out to those outside our circle and change a life. This pandemic has brought us together than before. We will be grateful for those who are willing to give towards this need to enable us reach out to more families in the village. Thank you

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Tumaini Miles of Smiles Centre

Location: Malava - Kenya
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