About Tumaini Children’s Project

The Tumaini Childrenʼs Project (TCP) is an international youth-focused, non-profit (charitable) organization that provides hope and opportunity to orphaned Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS by caring for them, educating them and implementing sustainable development projects.

Tumaini means “hope” in Swahili, Kenya’s national language. In 2006, we began working in the town of Kisumu, providing financial support to two locally-run AIDS orphanages by purchasing food and clothing; paying school fees; and helping to cover the immediate bills like rent and water.

In the last few years, our role has evolved into a two-pronged approach: while we continue to provide funds to educate children, we also design and fund small projects that allow orphans in other regions of Western Kenya to continue their education or acquire much needed job skills. Young Canadians design and implement projects based on our local partners’ development needs. All funds raised during the course of our projects go back to the community.


TCP’s goal is to provide measurable changes in small but significant ways. Through TCP, Kenyan children have the opportunity to grow, and become contributing members of their communities.

The Tumaini Children’s Project (TCP) recognizes that privilege or poverty, health or illness, are not the only determinants of well-being. We feel that beyond all else, hope differentiates surviving from thriving.

To provide hope and opportunity to orphaned Kenyan children, many of whom have been affected by HIV/AIDS, by meeting their basic needs, keeping them in school, and engaging them in projects, developed and implemented by Canadian youth, which combine sustainable development and positive social change.

Our vision is of children and youth, from Canada and Africa, directly engaging and realizing the power of their potential to help achieve positive social change and sustainable development.

From Inspiration To Reality

War and disease do not discriminate. Some of the world’s children face the devastating consequences of these events everyday. It is disheartening to imagine such a life and empowering to know you can make a difference. We are inspired by and seek to make a difference to the children of Kenya in small, measurable ways that allow for the charting of growth, learning, and of hope. Our goal is to provide measurable changes in small but significant ways. Through TCP, Kenyan children have the opportunity to grow, and become contributing members of their communities.

We offer young Canadians and others a chance to make a difference in the life of a child. Tumaini initiates change through hope: the hope of improving one life at a time. By making one small difference, we are changing the world.

Tumaini has helped the children realize that they can accomplish things and have control over their own destinies regardless of the fact that they are orphaned. As well, Tumaini has helped young Canadians realize just how much they actually can contribute to the global community.

Julie Hakim, TCP Founder & Director

Governance & Staff


Tumaini Children’s Project is made up of a dedicated and knowledgeable team, consisting solely of volunteers. This means that none of your donation/sponsorship dollars are put towards administrative fees. Our Executive Members and staff make it possible for TCP to do its work in the most efficient and impactful way possible. Our gratitude goes to all those who support TCP with their knowledge, experience and time.


Dr. Julie Hakim

Founder & Director
During her second year in medical school at the University of Ottawa, Julie founded a youth-run registered international charitable organization, The Tumaini Children's Project (TCP). Since 2006, TCP has brightened the lives of over 200 AIDS orphans in Kenya, raising over $200,000 and conducting three successful youth-led projects. Following her graduation from medical school and completion of her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa, Julie completed a 2 year sub-specialty fellowship in Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Julie now works there in Paediatric GYN while completing her Master's degree. Despite her busy schedule, Julie somehow finds the time to compete in triathlons, practice jujitsu, perform weight lifting and walk her dog.Email

Wendy Muckle

Field Manager
In addition to her work in health & homelessness, Wendy has been working in Kenya since 2001. She travels to Kenya 3-4 times per year & provides the on the ground support there for the TCP children- paying school fees, helping with shopping, visiting schools, & spending time with children & their teachers- while working with the Kenyan TCP team to ensure that all the needs of the children are addressed in a culturally appropriate manner. Wendy is also a member of Asembo Bay Women for Development, which works collaboratively with TCP & cares for 200 primary school & 72 secondary or post-secondary school children. Wendy is extremely grateful for the generosity of the TCP & Hera donors in Canada.Email

Michelle Kania

Executive Director
Formerly a TCP Project Manager who ran several initiatives in Kisumu and Asembo Bay, Michelle is currently TCP’s volunteer co-Executive Director. Before starting her dream job as a Project Manager with the Government of Saskatchewan, Michelle worked for nearly 10 years as a Historical/Litigation Researcher in Ottawa. In her free time, Michelle loves to read and to take part in outdoor activities such as biking, walking, and swatting mosquitos.

Sarah Tuck

Communications Director
Sarah was a TCP sponsor before joining as a volunteer in 2017. Her background as a family doctor working with socially disadvantaged populations has heightened her interest in advocacy. She believes that each person has the power to effect change and empower others. In her spare time she loves knitting, being outdoors, playing soccer and spending precious time with her husband and their two girls.

Ben Knowles

Financial Officer
Ben Knowles is an Australian who immigrated to Ontario, Canada in late 2015 with his wife and 2 children. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of South Australia and is a CPA. Ben has spent the past 8 years working both Finance and Operations in the service industry. He has a spent the past 7 years involved in youth community events such as camp counselling and coaching basketball and Australian Football teams. Ben joined TPC in February 2016 to assist in the financial management of the organization.

JoAnne McCormick

Financial Director
JoAnne McCormick has over 16 years of experience managing Finance, Operations and Distribution. She has an honours degree in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Waterloo, and is a Chartered Professional Account. Having volunteered on the Board of Directors for a non-for-profit daycare for 3 years, JoAnne wanted to take on a more active role in a children’s charity. JoAnne joined The Tumaini Children's Project in Sept 2016. When not working, JoAnne spends her time watching her kids play hockey or playing hockey herself. JoAnne lives in Ontario, Canada with her two kids and husband.

Tim McIntosh

Executive Director
Raised in a rural community in southwest Ontario, but now based in Ottawa, Tim was drawn to TCP by his passion for the international community and the idea of development through education. He hopes to use his degree in International Studies, as well as his experiences working with a variety of non-profit organizations, to help support the TCP team and children. In his spare time Tim enjoys exploring new places, hiking, and expanding his Hawaiian shirt collection.

Jane Kuluo

Sponsor Liaison Officer
Originally from Kenya, Jane and her family moved to Canada in August 2016 after working for the Canadian High Commission for over ten years. Jane is a creative self-starter with a passion for international development, programs and project management work with a demonstrated history of working in the individual and family services industry. Jane enjoy engaging in policy dialogue around social development issues and building effective collaborative relationships. While bringing a wealth of knowledge about Kenyan culture, Jane also has experience working in Gender Equality, Human Rights, Capacity Building, Monitoring and Evaluation, Humanitarian, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Community Development.

John Michael Otieno

Community Health Work
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The Honourable Stephen Kadera

Country Director
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