Joseph Waiganjo, Chair
My name is Joseph Waiganjo, and I am the Chair of the Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association. I resided in the Tumaini Children’s Home from 2004 to 2007.
Our financial hardships started when my mother passed away in 2002, after which I sought help through my aunt to pursue my secondary school education. After graduating from high school in 2007, I joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and graduated with a Bachelors degree in Mass Communications. I am currently a Promotion Leader with Nakumatt Holdings. I intend to further my education in Integrated Brand Communications and Advertising with the goal of becoming a Brand Manager. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling and adventure.
I feel compelled to serve as a leader in the Alumni Association after the love and support I received from Tumaini. I feel indebted and eager to reciprocate the love. As a leader of the association, I am excited about the organization’s potential -- especially the establishment of an income generating project that will teach skills to the less fortunate at Tumaini and its surroundings.
Christopher Mwaniki Muthoni, Secretary
I was born 2 June 1990 in Kenya -- in the town of Nyeri on the slopes of the Aberdare Mountains. I have four siblings, and since my single mum couldn’t care for all of us, I was raised by my grandparents. My father, who I don't know to this day, never cared for any of us. I grew up knowing only my younger sister, Jane -- as my mother and my two older brothers and an older sister had moved to Nairobi for work.
Primary school was a big challenge for me, but I had the desire to succeed. When I finished primary school in 2004, my grandpa didn’t have money for me to continue my education. And then when I was only fourteen, just a few weeks after my final exams, my grandmother died. Then my aunt and her son came to live with us -- all five of us were in three small rooms.
After being out of school for a term, I really wanted to be in secondary school like other kids, and God gave me the inspiration to seek for a way. I went to the principal of Riamukurwe Secondary School, and she took me in, with no uniform or books -– and later, she arranged for me to live in Tumaini Children’s Center.
I was so excited about staying in this very beautiful place, and I promised myself that I would work very hard, so that one day in the future I would be able to live in my own beautiful home. I met many Americans who came to visit the Centre -– they loved my jovial mood and wanted to be my friends.
After I finished secondary school in 2009, one of them sponsored me at Cooperative College in Karen, which is next to Karen Blixen’s farm (of Out of Africa fame). I studied at Cooperative College for three years, and graduated in 2012 with a credit 1 grade. My sponsor was so excited about my high grades that he sponsored me again, for further studies at Daystar University. Now I am hoping to finish the requirements in April for a Finance and Accounting degree.
In April 2012 I joined a NGO, Hand in Hand Eastern Africa, where I work with poor women to help them start their own small enterprises. I train them to be entrepreneurs -- to create jobs for themselves -- and I teach them the skills required for making detergents, yoghurt, cakes and woven items, and then they can sell what they produce and support themselves and their families.
All this I do, as I also attend classes in the evenings, so that I can pay my rent and buy food and clothes for myself -- and buy some things too, for my sweet young sister Jane, whom I love so much. I have seen the power of the friendship -– it is worth much more than gold.
I am thankful for the many people who have helped me to become who I am today. My goal in this life is to love and be kind to everyone, especially the poor, and to promote peace among all peoples. I believe God created me for this purpose, and I pray that He will continue to help me to help the poor to develop their talents.
I am happy meeting new friends each day, and I am happy that God gave me my heart of love. In God I Trust -– and every day I pray the St. Francis of Assisi prayer: “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace ---”, as well as read and meditate on Tracy Fox’s OMBS (One Minute Bible Study) messages.
Beatrice Khakali, Treasurer
My name is Beatrice Khakali, and I am the Treasurer of the Tumaini Huruma Alumni Association. Our family of eight fled Western Kenya to Nyeri when I was very young due to violence. When I was four years old, my father passed away which was the beginning of our financial hardships that carried on through 2006, when I started secondary school. It was then that I boldly introduced myself to Reverend Bernard Muindi who facilitated my adoption into the Huruma Children’s Home. I remain grateful for the stability that this provided me as it allowed me to focus on my education.
Through the support of sponsors of and donors to the Tumaini Children’s Home, I enrolled in Murang’a College of Technology and earned a certificate in Food & Beverage in Service Production in 2011. In 2013 I completed a diploma in hotel management. I am currently an Assistant Manager at Batian Guest Hotel in Nanyuki and have had the opportunity to hire two women from the Huruma Children’s Home.
I love the children growing up in Tumaini and Huruma homes and enjoy using humor as a tool to connect with them. I am eager to see my brothers and sisters in the homes receive the same benefit that was accorded to me. I would also like to see them become useful and responsible people in society.
John Mwangi Simon, Deputy Chair
My name is John Mwangi Simon. I was in Huruma Children’s Home from 2008 to 2015.
We were affected by the post-election violence in 2007: our houses were burned down and a place we called home for so many years was no more. Through God's grace we moved from our Rift Valley home in Kuresoi to an encampment for displaced persons at Ruring’u Stadium in Nyeri. With heavy rainfalls, we spent cold nights outside because the few structures in the stadium were full to capacity. We had a hard time there, but fortunately, we were rescued by Rev. Bernard Muindi. That is how my siblings and I found ourselves in Huruma Children’s Home.
This past July I graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Law, magna cum laude. I am now following my dreams to enter Kenya School of Law and plan to take the Bar exam in 2017. Thereafter, I have aspirations to pursue a Masters program in Public International Law. My dream is to work for the UN at high level, let's say, Secretary General. I admire Ban Ki-moon.
I love indulging in books and motivating the youth. My passion is in team building activities.
As Vice Chair of the Alumni Association, I am keen to help my brothers and sisters live a hope-filled life for their future. I hope to show them that there is still light at the end of tunnel. My vision for the Association is that it will provide a channel for self-reliance for both homes, and over time, become the main sponsor of associated activities. Through it, we will be able to have vocational training to train the children and nurture their talents.
Having experienced the same troubles and hardship, my fellow alumni understand the need for a united approach in fighting for a better future together. We are all brothers and sisters.
James Mburu Maina, Deputy Secretary
I joined Huruma Children’s Home in Nyeri in 2008. I came from Rift Valley province during the 2007/2008 post-election violence and had camped at Ruring’u stadium in Nyeri as an Internal Displaced Person (IDP). It was while I was there that the Patron of the Tumaini Children’s Home, Reverend Bernard Muindi paid a visit and requested the Home accomodate the children who were residing at the camp. At the children’s home, I was given shelter and an opportunity to go to school. I remained in the home until 2015 when I completed my undergraduate course in December.
I joined the neighboring Riamukurwe Secondary School in 2008 as a Form One student (9th Grade) and after four years sat for my Form Four national exams. I stayed one year at the Home and then through the help of the Think Kindness Kenya scholarship fund, I joined Kenya Methodist University in January 2013. I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Information Systems in July 2016.
I enjoy playing soccer, watching movies, and travelling during my free time.
I am inspired by all the people who have changed my life and have given me hope for a brighter future through education. I feel compelled to give back to my fellow brothers and sisters through the Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association because of all the support I have received.
It is my belief, hope, and prayer that the Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association will inspire the kids and play a big role in their lives to change and help them morally, spiritually, and most importantly academically through constant encouragement and serving as a role model for the kids to emulate.
Kelvin Theuri Kairu, Vice Treasurer
My name is Kelvin Theuri Kairu, and I am the Vice Treasurer of the Tumaini Huruma Alumni Association. I resided in the Tumaini Children’s Home from 2000 to 2010.
Our financial hardships with my sister started when my parents passed away back in 1996 and 1997, respectively, after which we sought help through my grandmother to pursue our education.
After graduating from primary school in 2006, I joined the nearby Riamukurwe Secondary School in 2007 and graduated in year 2010. In 2011, I joined Kenya Institute of Highway Building Technology and graduated with a diploma in Plant Engineering.
I am currently working with CMC Motors as a Technician, assembling new tractors and implements. In my leisure time, I enjoy traveling and adventure.
I feel compelled to serve as a leader in the Alumni Association after the love and support I received from Tumaini. I feel indebted and eager to reciprocate the love. As a leader of the association, I am excited about the organization’s potential, especially the establishment of an income generating project that will teach skills to the less fortunate at Tumaini and its surroundings.