Vibrant Victoria

Vibrant Victoria

In August, 16-year-old Victoria received a diagnosis of a brain tumor. Thankfully, the tumor turned out to be benign, and the doctors were confident that a quick operation would save Victoria’s life.  But there was one big challenge:  We needed over $6,000 to pay for the surgery within weeks.  We shared the need with Victoria’s single mom and her church in Kenya, but they were financially unable to provide the funds. Victoria’s sponsor and her church in Yuma, AZ were very supportive and donated to the cost! I can’t thank them enough for their generous participation. 

However, we still needed to raise a substantial remaining amount to meet the full cost, so we reached into our General Fund account to cover the remaining cost of Victoria's operation. This is one of the reasons why the General Fund is so critical to Tumaini, to meet the unexpected cost issues that arise from time to time.

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I am very grateful to those of you who regularly give to our General Fund.  It was through your generosity that we were able to pay for Victoria’s surgery and the subsequent treatment. Today, Victoria is on her way to full recovery and has resumed her studies at Tumaini International Girls High School to pursue her future dreams.  


Thank you for empowering us to continue providing tangible hope to a population of vulnerable children who have lost so much.  Without the General Fund, it would have been impossible to afford Victoria’s operation. It is this General Fund that makes it possible for us to meet such medical and other emergencies throughout the year.

With your help, we can give them hope one child at a time.  Thank you all!

Stanley Mutunga, 
President/CEO

 

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Mulwa

Mulwa

Mulwa is 8 years old but is only in Kindergarten, the same class as his four-year-old sister Agnes. Most of the day he sits in the same spot and tries to smile at people passing by. According to a recent medical diagnosis, Mulwa is suffering from Angelman syndrome, a genetic complex disorder that affects the nervous system. As a result, Mulwa’s overall development has been adversely affected, especially his ability to speak and move freely on his own.

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Unfortunately, Mulwa’s mother mildly suffers the same condition and this has made it hard for her to take care of her two children.The family is extremely poor as their father has no formal skills and the odd jobs he does are not enough to take care of his family financially.  This is a family that is highly unstable. The good news is that Agnes is sponsored but due to the mother’s mental condition, Tumaini is taking the unusual step to negotiate with the father to allow us to move Agnes to a private boarding school where she can be better-taken care of.  

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Ordinarily, Tumaini doesn’t sponsor children with both parents or send them to boarding primary schools except in cases of dire vulnerable situations. This family’s situation calls for such an action.  I am appealing to you for Mulwa’s sponsorship so that he can attend a special needs school and get the help that he needs. 

If you are in a position to provide hope to a child with special needs, please consider Mulwa.  Also, you may know of friends or your social networks where you can share this need.  Please do because Mulwa desperately needs some intervention before it is too late to help him.  If you can help, please call us TODAY or click and sponsor Mulwa and provide the hope and stability that he needs.

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Thank you for caring.  I have truly been humbled by your outpouring love and participation in bringing hope to a few deserving children…one child at a time.
 

Stanley Mutunga, 
President/CEO

 

Smiling Sarah

Smiling Sarah

If you met Sarah today, she would most likely greet you with a glowing smile.  As she often says, “It [her smile] is a testimony to what tumaini (hope) has brought in my life.”  Although only twenty-five years old, Sarah’s life journey has been full of many twists and turns. Listening to Sarah narrate her past brings both tears and joy. 

Smiling Sarah

Smiling Sarah

If you met Sarah today, she would most likely greet you with a glowing smile.  As she often says, “It [her smile] is a testimony to what tumaini (hope) has brought in my life.”  Although only twenty-five years old, Sarah’s life journey has been full of many twists and turns. Listening to Sarah narrate her past brings both tears and joy. 

A Tangible Hope

A Tangible Hope

Some of you may have met Stephen before. After completing high school, he volunteered at our field office in Masii, Kenya.  Stephen is always jovial and welcoming and has come a long way from a humble background.

Stephen lost his mom in 1996 when he was three years old with his dad also passing the following year. After the dad's passing, Stephen and his three older siblings were taken in by their uncle. It was, however, difficult for the uncle to provide for the children's basic needs along with his own family. Stephen remembers how hard it was sometimes getting a single meal. Humanly speaking, the future looked very bleak for Stephen.

But little did he know that hope was on the way. Stephen put it best saying, "I thank God…. things took a new shape when I received sponsorship in the year 2004 by Tumaini International …. I was enabled to continue with schooling, and all my basic needs were catered for until I graduated grade 12."

After graduating from high school, Stephen worked as an intern until he joined the university. He recalls going to college as another miracle because his sponsorship had initially ended after completing 12th grade. Stephen states, "God opened another chance, and I got a sponsor through Tumaini who paid my college fees, and I was able to pursue a Diploma in Education!" Today Stephen is as happy and jovial as ever and teaches high school Biology and Agriculture. 

Stephen is another example of the many success stories we witness every day at Tumaini International. Thank you for faithfully offering tangible hope to so many deserving orphans like Stephen, who proclaims, "I can truly say that God has performed miracles through Tumaini….Tumaini has taught us that people should live to touch others' lives positively….I would like to promise that I will live to do this to others."


Thank you for bringing hope where there was previously none.  Such opportunities are endless.

Thank you all.

Stanley Mutunga, 
President/CEO
Tumaini International