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Dec 12

2015 New Year’s Tuition Drive

2015 New Year’s Tuition Drive Progress : $1000 of $1000

The Tumaini Children’s Project works to provide opportunity to a group of orphans in Kisumu Kenya who otherwise would not have access to education. Due to the generosity of donors and sponsors, our children spend their days in a classroom, in a safe environment, rather than on the streets.

In January 2015, we are excited to provide further opportunity to a group of students who will register for high school and launch their secondary education. With this in mind, we are launching the second phase of our holiday drive: school fees for our new high school students!

The costs associated with a high school education are significantly higher and so we are actively raising funds to cover the school fees of two promising students: Elizabeth Kemintho and Kevin Omondi. We also encourage you to consider sponsorship, which will secure their seat in the classroom from term to term (which would amount to a commitment of $125/month). Click here for more information about the Child Sponsorship program.

These two students (L to R: Kevin Omondi, Elizabeth Kemintho) will be entering high school in January 2015. This is a rare opportunity for any child in Kenya and almost unheard of for an orphan/ vulnerable child. Please help us make sure they can go on to high school by sponsoring their school fees or making a donation to our Tuition Drive. Finishing high school would be an amazing achievement and would help break the cycle of poverty.

We are aiming to raise $1,000 for Kevin and Elizabeth (Note: Four students will begin high school in January, two of which already benefit from the generosity of TCP direct sponsorship). These funds will be directed to their school fees and boarding costs.

These students have worked hard to qualify in the entrance exams. Let’s enable them to bring their efforts to fruition.

The Tumaini Childrenʼs Project (TCP) is an international youth-focused, registered Canadian charity (registration #888977790RR0001) that provides hope and opportunity to orphaned Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS by caring for them, educating them and implementing sustainable development projects.

Dec 1

2014 TCP Holiday Drive: Kentank for Vision School

TCP 2014 Holiday Drive Progress : $600 of $600

Thank you to everyone who made a donation and helped us reach our goal of $600 in less than a week! We’re incredible grateful for your generosity.

We have kicked off our New Year’s Tuition Drive to help raise funds for our kids who’ll be entering high school in January. Tuition for high school is much more expensive than elementary school, so our two students will need addition assistance to help pay for their secondary school education in the new year.

Click the button below to make a general donation and your contribution will be applied to our students’ 2015 high school fees.

*Note: You will be directed to . Donations over $20 will receive a charitable tax receipt.

The Tumaini Children’s Project (TCP) develops programs that directly help Kenyan children expand their intellectual horizons, and give them the chance to positively contribute to Kenyan society. Our programs are focussed on education – the main building block to a sustainable life – but children also need access to water, the hub of life.

For our 2014 Holiday Drive we have one goal: to solicit donations to purchase a Kentank for the Vision School in Kisumu, Kenya. The school in Kisumu harvests rain from the roofs of their buildings to provide students with clean access to water. To equip the needs of students so that they can continue to be productive, a second water tank is required.

Water tank installation

Kentanks (made of made of food grade polyethylene) are inexpensive, virtually maintenance-free, easy to install (on a base made from brick, stone or block walling filled with soil and sieved sand) and have a lifespan of 30 years. (Photo by Flickr user Matt Berlin)

All proceeds from our 2014 Holiday Drive will go towards purchasing a large plastic Kentank and water treatment unit. $600 in donations have been given by Kenyan parents and now it is our turn to raise another $600.

The Tumaini Childrenʼs Project (TCP) is an international youth-focused, registered Canadian charity (registration #888977790RR0001) that provides hope and opportunity to orphaned Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS by caring for them, educating them and implementing sustainable development projects.

May 28

Community E-Learning Centre and Library

In partnership with the Asembo Bay Women and Development Group, TCP launched a community e-learning centre to benefit more than 600 AIDS orphans and 100 AIDS widows in a rural village outside of Kisumu.

The computer centre teaches basic computer skills, e-mail, and programming, as well as computer repair. Youth learn business management basics, which will help them assume management of the e-learning centre as a community income-generating project.

This is a short documentary about the Asembo Bay Computer Resource Centre that was shot, directed and edited by TCP volunteer Josephine Anderson in 2010:

TCP also partnered with nursery and primary schools in the Asembo Bay region to set up the first community children’s library within the region.

Thank you to Dr. Straszak-Suri (of the Ottawa Obs-Gyn Dept) and her Kilimanjaro climbing team for sponsoring this project!

Want to be part of our Computer Resource Centre project? Here’s how you can help.

Images of the Asembo Bay Computer Resource Centre

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Apr 28

Kenya Kollection

TCP strives to provide materials to the orphanages in Kenya. We collect gently used clothes, books, bags, shoes and other goods. Our past drives have allowed to us to gather generous amounts from donors in Quebec and Ontario, to be sent to St-Clare’s Orphanage and to the Integrated Family Support Project in Asembo Bay and Siaya.

Thank you to past donors for their generosity.

Kenya Kollection Images

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Apr 28

Paper Bead Project

In 2006, the Tumaini Children’s Project partnered with the University of Ottawa’s Centre for Global Health (formerly the Centre for International Health and Development). Students designed the paper bead project as part of a course entitled “Theories of International Health”. The income-generating project was implemented by 4 students during a field trip to Kenya in 2007.

Children aged 4-16 years made paper-bead jewelry from donated supplies, which was sold along with a companion DVD shot by TCP project volunteers. Proceeds went toward TCP’s Kenyan partners.

To read more about the experiences of our Canadian volunteers, please refer to the blog section of the website.

Images of the Paper Bead Project

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Apr 28

PIGA PICHA (Take a Picture)

In the summer of 2008, 5 young Canadian TCP volunteers – Alyssa, Paul, Catherine, Jenny and Joanna – developed a photography workshop at the St Clare’s orphanage. “Piga Picha” – which means “take a photograph” in Kiswahili – was meant to convey the stories of the children of St. Clare’s Orphanage and raise awareness of HIV/AIDS in Canada.

Here is how Paul Galipeau described the project on his blog in 2008:

“As part of PIGA PICHA and the Tumaini Children’s Project, our small team will teach a month-long photography and art workshop to children living at St-Claire’s Orphanage, in Kisumu, Kenya, about 350km NW of Nairobi.

The HIV/AIDS rate in Kisumu is 15%, considerably higher than Kenya’s national of 6.7%, according to a 2003 Kenya Demographic Health Survey. Canada’s rate in adults is 0.3%.

Through this workshop, kids will participate in an empowering local and international dialogue about the needs and wants of children living with HIV/AIDS in continental Africa. Their photographs will raise awareness through an exhibition at the World Youth Congress in Québec City this August and, finally, future exhibitions, prints, books and other income generating projects will provide the orphanage resources to care for the children.

We’re all super excited about this project and have already seen the promise and potential of these kids. Stay tuned!!!”

Youth learned the basics of photography during workshops with TCP volunteers. Some of the older youth even contributed to a photography exhibition titled “Pieces of Innocence.”

The exhibit was shown in Kenya and has been showcased at the 2008 World Youth Congress in Quebec; Foreign Affairs Canada Offices in Ottawa; Library and Archives Canada during Black History Month; and UN Day of the Child celebrations at Parliament Hill in 2009.

“Piga Picha” produced some very interesting offshoots. TCP volunteer, Joanna, a grade 7 teacher in a Regent Park school in Toronto, was granted permission to run the project with her class.

Children’s Pictures from the Piga Picha Program

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You can read more about the PIGA PICHA project at the blog that Paul and co. put together in 2008.

PIGA PICHA’s Twitter feed can be found at