How We Help
What The Tumaini Fund Project Programmes have achieved
Since formation in 2003, the charity has established four offices in Kagera from which our social workers service the widows and orphans in the surrounding parishes.
Below you will see a map of Kagera, where those offices are located, and the date they were opened. In 2013, with generous donations from supporters in the United States and the UK, we opened two new offices. In Chato
, close to Lake Victoria, we can now service a new area previously remote from our head office in Murgwanza, including the area around Biharamulo. The districts around Kayanga
were already serviced from our Muleba office but the cost of reaching them was very high and the new office will provide better service and reduce costs of delivery. A few years ago with donations from Guernsey, we re-built the church and created a kindergarten school facility in the village of Kabalakela; and in 2013 we have, again with donations, sunk a very successful borehole which services the whole valley and we have built two classrooms in a new primary school that services the valley community. For the first time orphans children do not have to walk miles to collect dirty water or to attend school. A new community is being created. The Tumaini Fund work in this area is a model for the rest of Kagera – working with the authorities and the community to bring education and healthy lifestyle to the orphans – to bring them hope that they have a self-sustainable future.
100% of every donation
goes out to Kagera, as any Channel Islands or UK costs are covered by Tumaini workers at source. There could be 200,000 orphans in Kagera, which is the size of
Northern Ireland. In 2013 Tumaini is supporting 25,000 orphans. Tumaini does not run orphanages: if a child has lost its parents, losing their identity by going into an orphanage, far from home and family, is another catastrophic loss. Tumaini orphans are cared for in their own communities by their own people. Kagerans don’t need to be taught this, it is culturally normal for the wider family to adopt orphans, but the extent of the Aids Pandemic caused the remaining adults to be overwhelmed by the number of orphans needing care – Tumaini provides the means for this caring society to support its own orphans.
A head of family may be an ailing parent – PEPFAR ( The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief) criteria for Aids orphans is that just one parent has died from Aids, as very often the second parent is also dying – a grandparent, an aunt or uncle, a family friend, the oldest sibling: we try to ensure that the head of a child-headed family be at least 16 years old.
registered with Tumaini have 24/7 access to one of our 180 Parish-workers who work in pairs, one male, one female, usually covering 3-4 villages. We provide bicycles to enable them to visit children weekly.Registrations:
we enter new areas to register orphans, taking emergency help to those in severe difficulty, and appoint Parish-workers.
we return to our registered orphans with a welcome package of 2 sets of clothes, school uniform and books, pens/pencils, mosquito nets. The clothes enable children to re-enter society, school supplies enable them to access primary education, mosquito nets protect them from malaria, the biggest child-killer in Africa. Children are offered a Children’s Bible “Biblia kwa watoto” sourced from the Bible Society with funds outside Tumaini.
House-building: Orphans are often found in derelict shacks. Tumaini has built or facilitated 400 homes to have been built since 2003.
If a child passes final primary school exams they can access government secondary school, but only 7% of Kageran youngsters do this as many fail the exams and many cannot afford the costs of £35 per year. In 2012 Tumaini sent 8000 orphans to secondary school: if they succeed there, they can find a salaried job, lifting their entire family out of poverty. Tumaini provides bicycles and solar lamps to many secondary schoolers to enable them to improve their grades.
we have a student loan programme, enabling 30 successful secondary school graduates to access teacher-training college year-on-year.
University: if an orphan graduates Sixth Form with a First Division pass, the Government provides an 100% student loan for specific courses. Tumaini assists with transport, pocket-money and internships in Uni holidays. In 2013 we have 15 students at University and 1 student studying a Masters degree.
we have 2 vocational-training schools for tailoring and a workshop for carpentry-training, for orphans who leave after primary school.
Child-sponsorship: people can sponsor a family of Aids orphans for £1 per child per week: this can cover all their needs for food, clothes and education – so a family of 3 orphans can be “adopted” for just £12 per month/£144 per year. The £1 is sent in its entirety to the child in Tanzania, the sponsors receive a photograph of their child/children and information about them – they are encouraged to pray for the child, as the child prays for them.
Microfinance: throughout our areas our families have been helped to set up Microfinance initiatives – setting up businesses, improving their agricultural yields, rearing chickens, goats, cows, bee-keeping, and fish ponds.
Education/Prevention and Treatment. Tumaini Parish-workers teach Aids prevention and encourage all families to be tested. Aids treatment is available in hospitals and we provide bus fares for sufferers to access treatment. We work to prevent Parent to Child Transmission encouraging pregnant women and newborn babies to access treatment and our Dairy Goat programme enables early weaning to reduce risks further.
Dispenser Training: We have a student loan programme that allows orphans to attend a two-year Government scheme that will qualify them to go back into their community as Dispensers.
Tumaini has established 14 supplies of clean water – boreholes, shallow wells and protected springs – to enable villagers to access clean water for their children for the first time.Please read the Tumaini Mission Strategy for 2020 – Tumaini – Mission, Vision and 2020 Strategy (as at 2012)
. See also this PDF overview
on the work being done by Tumaini Fund.
“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” James 1:27