CHANCE Foundation Wine Tasting Event
Jun 21

CHANCE Foundation Wine Tasting Event

On June 6, 2015, members of the TCP team attended a wine tasting event hosted by Ottawa’s CHANCE Foundation at the Perrault Winery in Navan, ON. The winery served as a perfect location for the event due to its isolated rural location and plantation of grape-bearing vines.

The event started off with wine tasting and appetizer pairings, complemented with the beautiful vocals of Julie and Pierres, a duet band from Montreal, QC. Apart from the large turnout and overall success of the event, TCP was fortunate to meet the CHANCE Foundation’s President and Founder, Shannon Tessier.

TCP is grateful for the new partnership with CHANCE, and learning about Shannon’s reason for creating the organization is an example of philanthropic heroism. Her stories of wanting to improve the lives of unprivileged children by providing education, health and recreation closely align with Julie Hakim’s aspirations for TCP.

Julie invested her time in launching small-scale development projects for the sole purpose of improving the lives of children in Western Kenya. Her goal, since TCP’s inception, is to provide a better life to orphaned Kenyan children affected by HIV/AIDS. This specific focus stems from her time volunteering at a local hospital in Kenya. After witnessing the harsh realities faced by children, Julie returned to Ottawa with determination and was able to raise money for an orphanage that was home to underprivileged children.

During the CHANCE event, Shannon shared the story of how children from a very poor village adjacent to where she conducted research in Vietnam met with her every morning at the front of her room; they carried her research equipment to the study site and sat with her as she studied. Shannon eventually formed a bond with the children and knew that she wanted to help better the lives of unprivileged children.

Shannon and Julie share a common ambition, which they both realized during their experiences as volunteers. Volunteering teaches valuable lessons and in some cases, it can change a person’s perspective on life.

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May 20

TCP Partners with Ottawa’s CHANCE Foundation

The Tumaini Children’s Project (TCP) is proud to announce a new partnership with CHANCE Foundation, a non-profit organization located in Ottawa with a local and global reach. Both TCP and CHANCE share similar visions and mission statements with the aim of improving the well-being of underprivileged children.

CHANCE focuses on helping children living in Ottawa and in developing countries such as Haiti, Nicaragua and Ecuador by providing healthcare, education and recreation; their three pillars of focus. As a result of the new partnership, CHANCE Foundation will expand their circle of influence to Africa by supporting TCP in its efforts to ensure that Kenyan children have the opportunity to grow and become contributing members of their communities.

CHANCE Foundation will host fundraising events in Ottawa this summer to support TCP achieve its goals. On Saturday, June 6, 2015, the organization will host “A Taste of France,” a wine tasting event that runs from 2-5 p.m. The second event is a charity golf tournament that takes place on Monday, July 27, 2015 at 1 p.m. Click here to learn more.

Oct 17

2014 TCP Fundraiser

On October 15th, The Tumaini Children’s Project held their annual joint fundraiser in support of the children in our program.

A few elements from that night left me feeling inspired. Some of our TCP volunteers took time off of work, away from their significant others and their children, and in the case of two of them, traveled from Toronto to spend a couple of days not only on the fundraiser but on TCP work. Despite long hours and a late night, their energy and enthusiasm was contagious.

At the event, as I watched the crowd savouring the food, clinking glasses with the Ottawa REDBLACKS quarterback, Henry Burris, and compete for bids at the silent auction, I pictured our TCP kids studying, playing, and whispering to each other from their beds before falling asleep. I imagined them doing what they can now do because we have sponsors and donors.

Speaking of our sponsors, the event’s highlight for me was meeting the sponsors of Anthony Ooyoo. This young, beautiful couple exude warmth and care, and are representative of our community of sponsors and donors.

Finally, once home, I crawled into bed where my two year old now insists on sleeping. She tossed around a bit until her hand found mine. Our TCP kids may not have a mother’s hand to find in the dark but they have several hands within their community, their school, and TCP’s donors and sponsors.

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Aug 11

Exhibit Up In Ottawa!

Habari everyone!

For the first time in a while, the photos from this project are being exhibited in Ottawa. They went up recently at The Green Door Restaurant and will be on display until Saturday, August 21. So far, response has been quite positive so I’d like to encourage you to go check it out and have some yummy food!

The photos cover the walls of the restaurant but here’s a quick shot of one of the walls.

And some more precise informations: PIECES OF INNOCENCE
Une innocence en morceaux
Photographs by Kenyan HIV orphans / Photographie par des orphelins kényans affectés par le VIH

Presented by the Tumaini Children’s Project / présenté par le Tumaini Children’s Project

du 25 juillet au 21 août 2010 | July 25 – August 21, 2010
The Green Door Restaurant
198, rue Main Street Ottawa (Ontario) K1S 1C6
ouvert du mardi au dimanche 11h à 21h | open Tuesday to Sunday 11 am – 9 pm

Also, to stay on top of what the Tumaini Children’s Project has been doing this summer, be sure to follow @TumainiKids on Twitter!

Thanks all of you for your support!

Feb 19

Black History & Toronto Exhibit

Habari?! It’s been a while but we’ve all been pretty busy. When I last wrote, it was a few days before a one-night showing of the photos during a Christmas concert in Ottawa presented by Ferline Regis. The photos were well received and we were even able to raise some money for future projects.

More recently, we showed the photos during a Black History Month event at the National Library and Archives of Canada. The exhibition was alongside a screening presented by Partnership Africa Canada and the Colours of Africa Film Festival. Everyone was so nice and the screening, a presentation of four of the six episodes of Africa Dreaming was super interesting too.

Serious thanks to Godwin, Sanjay and Sarah at Black History Ottawa for inviting us to be involved with this event. Thanks again to Ferline for having us be part of her concert in December. A huge huge huge thanks to anyone who attended these events and is now reading this blog. After the kids, this is basically for you so hopefully you like what we’re doing.

Meawhile, Alyssa in Toronto has been crazy busy planning an exhibit at Tan Coffee (992 Queen Street West) for March. This should be pretty fun. If you’re in Toronto, please do check it out! There will be an opening on March 12…more info to come.

And now, a few photos from the two events I just talked about…

Sale Is Done. Bits Of News!

The Pieces of Innocence exhibit at Foreign Affairs headquarters in Ottawa is now over. Thanks to everyone who went to check it out. I’m still amazed by how these photos made it so far.

If any of you have thoughts of the images, feel free to share in the comments.

Thanks also to everyone that purchased one! If you were interested in getting one but missed the auction, get in touch and we might be able to sort something out!

This weekend, the images will be on display during a private function in Parliament and on December 16, they’ll be shown at a Christmas concert. This concert is a benefit for the Tumaini Children’s Project and should be quite awesome. I’ll post more information about it when it becomes available.

Things with TCP are getting to be pretty exciting. Stay tuned and thanks for reading!


Pieces of Innocence Photos For Sale

Alright! There’s been a lot of talk about exhibits and all but never have each of the 16 photos actually been shown here. That is changing RIGHT NOW. For the first time, you can now see the photos that are on display at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa until October 31, online! I’m pretty excited about this. Are you?

Each photo you see in this post is being auctioned on eBay. If there’s one that interests you, you should click on it. This will lead you to the auction page where you can learn more about the individual photograph and place a bid!

The auctions will run until the end of the exhibit on October 31.

Proceeds from the sale of these photos will go back towards youth projects in Western Kenya which is pretty awesome. This is a unique opportunity for you to play a part in making a difference in the lives of Kenyan children!

These kids all worked really hard and I miss them so much. It’s amazing to me that their work has come this far. So proud. SO PROUD!

There’s more going on with Piga Picha and Pieces of Innocence too. Joanna and Alyssa have started a similar workshop at Regent Park Public School in Toronto. Alyssa and Catherine are planning an exhibit in Toronto and Jenny’s got things rolling in North Bay. Exciting times for us. Exciting times for the Tumaini Children’s Project.

Thanks to everyone for their support and for reading this blog to follow our progress! xox

Also, shout out to MoreTimeMoms, GPC Labworks and Michelle’s FrameMaker and Gallery. Huge support. HUGE!

Oct 11

The Exhibit Is Up And Photos Will Be For Sale Soon!

We’re a week into the exhibit now. Setting it up and the response has been pretty overwhelming. In Ottawa, CBC, CHUO and CKCU have each covered the exhibit. Sometimes twice.

A big thank you to anyone that has gone to see the photos already. A lot went into getting the photos created in Kenya and then finally mounted on a wall. The list of thank yous is way too long (you can see it at the exhibit) but really, it is so appreciated!

The photos will be up in the lobby of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (125 Sussex Drive, Ottawa) until October 31. If you haven’t seen these photos yet, make the trip. It’s worth it!

In an effort to raise money for the Tumaini Children’s Project, a print edition of the photos that are part of the exhibit will be auctioned on eBay between October 21 and 31. More information will be posted here on the 21st but you should bookmark the Tumaini Children’s Project eBay page anyway!

Upcoming stuff in the works includes Black History Month in Ottawa, an exhibit in Toronto and another in North Bay. There might be some other events in December too but I don’t have the details in front of me right now so I’ll leave it at that.

Upcoming Exhibit In Ottawa!

Things have been a little quiet over here but believe us…they have not been inactive!

We’re just days away from launching a major exhibition called Pieces of Innocence in the lobby of the Pearson Building (Foreign Affairs headquarters at 125 Sussex Drive in Ottawa). The exhibit will be open to the public from Monday, October 6 to Friday, October 31, 2008.

I also want to say thank you, asante sana (Kiswahili) and ero komano (Luo) to some of our major supporters including MoreTimeMoms, GPC Labworks and Michelle’s Frame Maker and Gallery in North Bay. Michelle was completely stupendous and provided an overwhelming contribution in framing supplies for this exhibit. A lot of other businesses in North Bay supported the project too. Thanks to everyone for their generosity.

If you’ve been following this blog, you know what’s up but if not, this summer, a few of us went to Kenya to teach a photography workshop at an HIV orphanage. We’ve been back since early August and have since made presentations at the World Youth Congress in Québec City, Zoom in on the World in Pembroke and at World Global Health Day at the University of Ottawa Medical School.

That’s it for now, I think. More to come later. Leave a comment if you have any questions!

And The Show Begins!

We’re back in Canada now, and missing our friends in Africa.However, there is no shortage of things to do here!  So not much has changed in that regard.

On Wed, Alyssa is teaching a workshop at the World Youth Congress, discussing how to go about a project like ours.  She will be showing some of the photos, and discussing the hows and whats for people to be able to implement such a project themselves.

And Paul has been busy organizing our first exhibit in Ottawa.  

We know you are all anxious to see the photos that the kids have taken.  And all I can say is, you should be!!  It’s an excellent show, and we are extremely excited to share it with you.