The Tumaini Fund is a charity set up in Guernsey to bring hope to the AIDs orphans of Tanzania.
'Tumaini' means 'hope' and that is what we aim to do. 20,000 orphans are currently supported by The Tumania Fund.
"Whatever you did for the least of one of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Jesus
The Tumaini Fund is a charity registered with the Guernsey Income Tax Office (CH187) and a member of the Association of Guernsey Charities (No.266).
The Tumaini Fund was set up in 2003 to offer support to the estimated 200,000 Aids orphans in Kagera, the poorest province of Tanzania, and to support the surviving Aids widows and widowers in the area, usually themselves terminally ill with Aids.
Its objective is to provide support towards independent existence by improving their standard of living and promoting their health and education: clothing them, improving their nutrition, providing them with the means to get to primary school, supplying mosquito nets to prevent malaria and paying fees for all who pass to government secondary school.
In the region where Tumaini works only 7% of children have access to secondary schooling and few orphans would ever be able to experience secondary education. Tumaini has sent 6,700 such orphans to school in 2011 - at £35 each this amounted to more than £230,000 - and the number of students registering for secondary school support in 2012 is over 8000 orphans.
Tumaini currently supports a total of 20,000 widows and orphans. It has created 11 bore-holes to deliver clean safe water, and hopes to increase this to 100. Ultimate aims include support for all 200,000 Aids orphans. It has also commenced a Students' Loan programme to enable students to continue into tertiary education. Working in partnership with local government in education, water, health and HIV work, the charity has recently been acknowledged by the Tanzanian Prime Minister in his Regional Address.
In November 2011, Tanzania's High Commissioner to London, His Excellency Peter Kallaghe, spoke to The Royal Commonwealth Guernsey Committee, and praised the work of Tumaini in his country. "We are doing our best to create conditions where they can continue their work and we thank the people of Guernsey for their support. I can testify that this is one of the best charities we have".
Guernsey Community Award Winner
Tumaini's work was also formally recognised in Guernsey in November 2011 when the charity won a Guernsey Community Award for Overseas Charity of the Year 2011, sponsored by Specsavers.
To continue its success the charity needs over £500,000 to run its programmes for 2012.
In recent years it has spread word of its aims onto the international scene and established support groups around the world. It is a member of the influential Forum of African Orphans in London, has a UK registered charity (no. 1143833), is registered in:
USA as Tumaini Fund USA (www.tumainifundusa.org)
New Zealand (contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
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