Julius K. Wahome, Chairman
I was born on June 29th, 1988 and raised in a small village known as Chorong’i in Nyeri, Kenya within walking distant from Tumaini Children's Home. My aspiration was to become a productive chap in society but life presented some serious hurdles. When I was six years, we lost my father, the provider for the entire family. My mother was courageous and presumed to take on all duties but we exceeded her capability to care for us all as she was just a mere farmer.
I went through pre-primary school (1994-1995), followed by primary school (1996-2004) where I was the second best in my class. However, joining high proved grim with scanty finances to afford school fees. This reality peeved me double. My mom was only able to raise half of the 1st term’s school fees for high school. After missing classes for almost a term, I approached the management of Tumaini Children’s Home and pleaded them to take me in so I could continue with my academics. I could not hide my ecstasy when I heard that there was a chance for me!
I joined Tumaini Children's Home in 2005 and I entered school as a freshman. Life became calmer since we were provided with all basics for living. I finished high school in 2008 still under the care of Tumaini. I went on and joined college with the help of Tumaini Childrens’ Home in 2009-2012 where I studied Cooperative Management. Afterwards, I joined several companies offering industrial internships, as per the course’s policy.
In 2014, I joined K-Unity SACCO Society where I have functioned as a marketer, teller and currently credit officer. The company has helped me grow financially and even further my studies.
I am an intimate man, living a happy life and frequently paying visits to destitute kids and aged persons makes my heart feel restored.
In February 2018, I was elected as the Chairman of the Tumaini Huruma Alumni Association. With the aid of the management of Tumaini Children's Home and Learn For Life Kenya, I have been able to network with many people to help make both homes a better place to live. Our determination is to make progress on living standard for the kids but most significantly to look at how Tumaini and its sister home, Huruma, can sustain themselves in the future by innovating and embracing various business ideas presented by THAA committees. It's highly noted that training up children at a tender age makes them better in the future. We shall therefore put more effort in counseling our kids.
Finally, a quote from Jan Schakowsky, "There is a lot that happens around the world we cannot control. We cannot stop earthquakes, we cannot prevent droughts, and we cannot prevent all conflict, but when we know where the hungry, the homeless and the sick exist, then we can help.”
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!
James Mburu Maina, 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.
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.