Fish & Chips | The Story of James

Fish & Chips

James, once a Tumaini child, is now a family man with a business on the rise. But James has come a long way. Here is part of his story:

James' mom died while giving birth to his young sister. At the time James was still a toddler, so his elder sister had to take the responsibility of parenting him and the other three siblings. James describes how they lived during those very challenging days.
“Life was not the same again, and we were living as refugees in our land. We could not even afford the basics and even joining school was just like a dream. ….. we went the whole day without food, and mostly maize flour porridge was the best food for us. For a couple of years, we did not afford any new clothing and only survived with what our mom left for us before she passed on.”

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It was during those dark days that a pastor brought the kid’s situation to Tumaini’s attention and James became sponsored. Once sponsored, Tumaini took all the responsibilities of paying his school fees, buying him clothes and making sure he did not lack food, which to James, was, "like a miracle from above.”
After completing high school three years ago, James was employed to work at a fish café. Within a short period of time, he was able to establish his own fish café, which he hopes to grow depending on the availability of capital.  James is now a married man to Faith, and they have a daughter by the name of Joy.

A few years ago, James was delighted to meet his sponsors P & J when they visited him during a vision trip.  James still remembers the impact of their sponsorship. Meeting them, he recalled the impact they had on his life.

You are amazing partners. Together we continue to bring hope to orphans without hope like James. Thank you for caring.

Stanley Mutunga,
President/CEO

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.