Why Tumaini International
Tumaini is Accessible
We are proud to be a grassroots organization which allows everyone to be included and be a part of the team. More importantly, we are accessible to our donors and sponsors, as well as guardians of the children that we sponsor. We have proven to be an organization without sacrificing an organic nature. We are governed by a volunteer Board of Directors who meet biannually in Southern California to provide oversight to the President/CEO along with a Regional Board.
Partnership is Prominent
A main element of our outreach is Child Sponsorship. This method allows the sponsor to be in a direct relationship with their sponsored child. Lasting relationships are established through letter writing, photo exchanges and home visits by the donors and sponsors. We work in partnership with others. Our outreach is a partnership based endeavor that includes sponsors, guardians, and the larger community. We believe that our role is to come alongside the orphans’ guardians and their community for maximum wellness and holistic development. We focus on providing help with the "big ticket" items like school fees, tuition, medical bills and food. By doing so, all recipients maintain dignity while preventing the over-dependency of an outside agency.
No Orphanages or Group Homes
Our approach is Extended Family Care. We do not run orphanages or a foster care program. Instead, we encourage the surviving extended family members to care for their orphaned relatives in their homes and provide assistance in that setting. This approach allows the children to live in their familiar environment and limit the challenges of adjusting to new a setting. Through this model, most children live with their grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and sometimes even neighbors. This helps to make the transition from sponsorship to adulthood as seamless as possible.
See Your Impact
We encourage Vision Trips to expose sponsors and potential donors to the needs and value of our work. Instead of just telling stories about AIDS orphans, we encourage sponsors and donors to make a vision trip to see the work first hand. This helps the sponsors connect better with their sponsored children, see the context in which the child lives, and build solid lasting relationships with one another.
Wholeness & Empowerment
Our purpose is Wholistic Development, focusing on both the physical and spiritual needs of the children. As a faith-based agency, we strive in balancing the child's spiritual needs along with their material needs seeing that both are crucial for wholeness and wellness. This individual wholistic care then extends to the family, friends, and larger community. Through sponsorship, we Empower Orphaned Children to become all they can be. Such children who previously had little or no hope, develop into empowered community members, ready to make a difference in their own lives, their families, their local community and the world.
Low Overhead means Greater Impact
We pride ourselves in maintaining a very low overhead. With this low overhead, your money goes further providing more resources, and most of all, hope. See our 2016 year end report below for details.
Through the years, we have seen 1,872 AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children become sponsored in 7 of the 47 counties in Kenya. Currently, there are 1,137 children in the program while 735 are successfully pursuing various careers.
- Because of the growing need of quality education in Kenya, the Tumaini International Girls High School launched in 2015 and is producing some of the brightest young minds in Kenya.
- This year, we treated 3,023 patients at our premiere medical clinic along with 2,060 patients via our mobile medical outreach team. We partner with several government departments and private medical institutions in Kenya to provide free medical services to impoverished communities that otherwise would not be able to receive care.
- Recently, we provided over 250 solar lamps to aid in children's educational pursuits.
- As of today, we partnered with 7 Community Based Organizations (CBO) consisting of 200 members and over 1,000 beneficiaries bringing hope and community to people of all ages and abilities. Current CBO projects include: micro loans, grants and technical skills education.