ORPHANS AND VULNERABLE CHILDREN IN KENYA
(WOULD YOU WALK AWAY)
I am sure most of you saw this picture. I later learned that the picture was taken by Kevin Carter. PULITZER PRIZE “winning photo taken during the Sudan famine.
The picture depicts a famine stricken child crawling towards a United Nation Food camp, located a kilometer away. The vulture is waiting for the child to die so that it can eat it. This picture shocked the whole world. No one knows what happened to the child, including Photographer Kevin who left the place as soon as the photograph was taken. Three months later he committed suicide due to depression.
As I stopped to look at this picture what I saw has haunted my mind since then I could not help it but I broke down in tears right there. Kevin’s photograph became such an image for me personally, and with an image as emotionally powerful as this one, when I saw it, I was overcome with sorrow.
10 years later the dream was realized, I started with an orphanage that took care of 21 Children. Between 2004 - 2019 the Children have know Valley of Tumaini Children Home as their home. They have grown to be responsible citizens who are either in high school, University and even Working class (see our success stories )
Tumaini children Welfare Foundation is a small seed that is planted on this earth, with hopes to grow in to a tree of strength and bear the fruits of hope to the orphaned and destitute children of Kenya.
For the last 14 years I have been running the children's home, the journey although fulfilling, was also very emotionally draining. These Children called the Center "their Home" and yet deep down they perfectly knew that this is not a home but an institution. I have come to believe that a Family.. May it be made of grandmother, aunties, or distant blood relatives, is always a good place for children who have been orphaned.
A family is a nurturing and caring environment and is the ideal place in which to raise a child.
The 15 years experience I have had, has made me believe that growing up in a family helps children to develop a sense of self-esteem, belonging, family values, and religious and cultural identity. Due to the nature of family care, children learn to interact better with the community and are better equipped to face life challenges than those placed in institutions. This is because most institutions are highly structured, controlled and operate according to strict routines of the Government .
That I am putting all efforts to support relatives to continue to care for children once they have been orphaned or abandoned . This will be done by Adopt a Family Model of care.
Tumaini Children Welfare foundation will act as a BRIDGE to those Families and individual willing to contribute to the betterment of children of Kenya though the adopt a family program. Our foremost philanthropic priority is to contribute to their physical, mental, emotional, Educational and spiritual welfare of children and youth of Kenya in the adopt a family program. Adopting a family to take care of the orphaned children will enhance the quality of life for children in need, as well as their respective families, we actively help them gain access to life's Basics.