February 2019 Newsletter: Celebrating our Partners

Our partners in Kenya, The Tumaini Children's Ministry, kicked-off February on a high note. The community surrounding the Vocational Training Center, along with friends, local and national civic leaders, gathered for a Harambee (Swahili for "all pull together") fundraiser to benefit the Center's construction. The event raised a total of $17,000 in one day! These funds will advance construction to the next phase, which includes adding window casements.

Skills Training & Kenya’s Development Agenda

A little over one year ago, President Uhuru Kenyatta unveiled his action plan for economic development in Kenya anchored on Food Security, Affordable Housing, Manufacturing, and Universal Healthcare. The President and his administration have pledged to focus on these pillars of the "Big Four Agenda" aimed at creating jobs and transforming lives.

As we get closer to completion of the Vocational Training Center, we want to share how we envision the alignment of the Vocational Training Center to the Big Four initiatives.

Food Security

We will provide training to help Kenyans learn new farming methods, start their own agribusinesses or find employment in this growing sector.

Affordable Housing

The government plans to add at least 500,000 homes in all major cities by 2022. This initiative is expected to generate over 350,000 jobs. The Vocational Training Center will include programs to accredit plumbers, masons, carpenters and other trades to help meet this need.


To support the government’s goals of creating 1.3 million new manufacturing jobs, we are developing strategic partnerships with Kenyan companies and government to enhance growth in this sector.

Universal Healthcare

To achieve the government’s goal of universal healthcare coverage, more trained healthcare professionals are needed. We are developing curriculum to include training for Certified Nursing Assistants in collaboration with Inova Fair Oaks Hospital in Virginia.

And Even More Programs...

In addition to supporting these areas, we also plan to offer programs in tailoring, culinary arts and computer information technology. All the courses offered at the Center will be standard-based and the curriculum endorsed by the National Industrial Training Authority and the Center accredited by the Technical and Vocational Education Training Authority.

We are grateful to the local leaders for putting the Vocational Training Center on the national map and to our donors for your unwavering encouragement and support.

Vocational Skills in Practice

Thanks to many generous friends, our Giving Tuesday 2018 Campaign was very successful! We quickly raised $4,000 to launch a Hairdressing & Barber Skills Training program in Nyeri, Kenya. Twenty young people will receive training before aging-out of the orphanage.

This month our focus was on renovating the space for a new salon. Not only will training in hairdressing and barber skills take place in the salon, but the renovated space will become a center for our newly skilled artisans to ply their trade and earn revenue. We expect the operations to begin in March. Stay tuned!

Kona ya Marafiki (Friends Corner)

Today we celebrate the US Friends of Tumaini who gathered in Laguna Beach, California during the weekend of February 8-10. The gathering was orchestrated by The Outreach Foundation and hosted by the Laguna Beach Presbyterian Church. This gathering occurs once every two years where new and long-term friends of the Tumaini Children’s Ministry and Riamukurwe Parish in Nyeri County meet to strengthen bonds to enable us to achieve maximum community impact. Over the years, the group has collectively and strategically partnered with the Tumani and Huruma Children’s Homes, the Sugarbaker Health Clinic, and the Vocational Training Center.

Jifunze Kiswahili (Learn Swahili)

Our Swahili word of the month:

Furaha - means happy

We are full of joy to be on this journey together!

Posted on February 27, 2019 .