Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association
The Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association was created in August 2016 and consists of young people who have graduated from one of two orphanages, the Tumaini Children’s Home and the neighboring Huruma Children’s Home. Both homes are under the purview of the registered nonprofit organization, Tumaini Children’s Home.
Until their merger in August 2016, the alumni of these orphanages created their respective organizations with the primary objective of engaging with its members to provide support and inspiration to each other and to the children residing in the two homes. Both organizations were inspired early on by young men and women in the community who used to visit them in the children’s homes and donate food, treats, and provide encouragement to the young residents on the value of a good education. The actions of these men and women brought joy to the lives of children who were touched by the generosity, care and love they received from strangers. When the young children graduated, they decided to “pay it forward” by sharing the same spirit they had received, leading to the birth of the alumni organizations.
The founding members of the Tumaini association in 2009 were Chrispoh Murungi (Chair), Rachel Maina (Secretary) and James Gititi (Treasurer). The Huruma association was established in 2015 under the leadership of John Mwangi (Founder), Beatrice Khakali (Chair), James Maina (Vice Chair), Beatrice Mwangi (Secretary), Julius Ekale (Treasurer), and Peter Aule (Organizing Secretary).
From April 2016 to August 2016, with the support and encouragement of Learn for Life Kenya, the Tumaini and Huruma leadership convened a series of discussions to merge both organizations and formally register a Community Based Organization (CBO) to maximize impact through a shared vision. In August the alumni leadership launched their merged alumni association and hosted their traditional annual fun event at the Tumaini Children’s Home campus.
Historically, the two homes have always aspired to establish projects that would eventually maintain the smooth running of the operations at the homes for the betterment of the young and vulnerable residents. The association’s newly drafted constitution is guided by the historical spirit and intent and enhanced by new ideas and partnerships. The Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association, with a potential membership of 300+ alumni, has identified among its key goals and objectives to:
- Assist with the development of income generating projects.
- Raise awareness of the home’s accomplishments and needs.
- Enhance unity among the alumni and community by leveraging their professional knowledge and networks.
- Facilitate alumni members’ access to professional development opportunities.
- Enable members to access finance through financial institutions.
- Engage in activities that promote its members’ domestic welfare.
Meet the leaders of the Tumaini-Huruma Alumni Association: