Tumaini Children's Ministries - May 2014 Update
Dear Partners and Friends,
Tumaini Children’s Ministries care for vulnerable children regardless of their tribe, creed, or religious affiliations. Due to the increased level of poverty in the area around the Riamukurwe parish and in rural Kenya in general, there are many children who are not being cared for properly. The Tumaini ministry helps prevent these children from becoming street children. Because of their precarious situations, these children are recommended to us either by church leaders or the Department of Social Welfare. We provide accommodation, education, healthcare, food, and clothing. We create self-reliance and opportunities through vocational training. We also provide behavioral guidance. We are encouraged by the accomplishments of many of these children and would like to share a few of their stories:
The computer department at Tumaini provides various computer training courses to our students, especially those who are about to leave. The community has also benefitted from the computer program, for a fee, as well as from e-learning. These are our newest programs, a joint venture between Presbyterian University and Riamukurwe Parish. The courses offered include various disciplines offering degrees, certificates, and diplomas.
The Tumaini Children’s Ministries have helped many children, some of whom have excelled in their careers. We had a higher enrollment this year because some children were unable to enroll last year due to lack of facilities. This shortage caused an increase in the number of desperately needy street children in the Nyeri area. We now have 145 children at Tumaini and 73 at Huruma for a total of 218 children.
Groups are warmly welcomed at Tumaini and the Riamukurwe Parish. We invite you to plan a trip there to visit with the children and experience firsthand the fruit of your support. Activities for groups include games with the children, vacation bible study, and construction and building repairs. If you would like to explore this opportunity for your church for the first time, we would welcome members of your mission team to travel to Nyeri with former Outreach trustee Eve Tolley and Projects Coordinator Ebralie Mwizerwa from September 29 – October 7, 2014.
We appreciate your partnership with us in this ministry which has grown to be a model for caring for vulnerable children and has greatly impacted many congregations in the U.S. Thanks to many who are mentors, prayer partners, sponsors, and friends to Nyeri children. You’ve made an impact in their lives, and we pray they did the same to yours.
Grateful for your support for children in Nyeri on their behalf,
- For the newly admitted children to adjust to their new environment
- For the Tumaini staff to have patient and nurturing spirits
- For The Outreach Foundation as we strive to support the ministry financially and for the completion of the vocational center building which will enable the children to access more skills training for self-reliance
- For friends traveling to Nyeri this summer: Meadows Presbyterian Church group in June 2014 and Outreach group in September/October 2014
Amount needed in 2014
The Outreach Foundation seeks to raise a minimum of $6,250 per month for the Tumaini Children’s Ministry and $5,000 for e-learning scholarships. To make a donation, click the Donate Now link in the sidebar.
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