02-Aug-2011 17:38, FUJIFILM FinePix S5700 S700, 3.5, 7.7mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 800

This is my second visit to Tumaini. I came in 2009 and spent 7 amazing weeks here with one of my best friends. Since then my many stories have been the main topic of my conversation. Not surprisingly therefore I was more than a little bit excited when at last I was preparing to return, this time staying for 8 weeks along with my younger brother.

We made the decision to eat in the evenings with the children living in the kids home here. It has been one of the best decisions I have ever made, as I have been able to hear some of their stories and share in some of their day-to-day activities. The Tumaini Kids along with Charles and Mary make up such a wonderful family who I love very much. My evenings have been something to look forward to. I have very much enjoyed eating African food, talking, doing homework, reading stories and best of all, playing games!

22-Jul-2011 08:10, FUJIFILM FinePix S5700 S700, 6.3, 27.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 64

Charles and Mary are 2 people who I take my hat off to, they have so much love for their children, work so hard and often join in with our games too; Charles has made me laugh until my sides hurt and the family as a whole has been one of the best parts of the past 8 weeks.

22-Jul-2011 07:53, FUJIFILM FinePix S5700 S700, 6.3, 6.3mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 64

During my stay I have had the opportunity and privilege of visiting homes both in the villages giving out clothing given in the container from Canada and also the homes of some of my friends here. Through this my eyes have been opened to a very different way of life, a way of life that has taught me so much. It has taught me how to hand wash clothes, cook ugali (one of the staple foods) and how to collect rainwater but most of all it has taught me to always be happy. That’s one of the things that I have noticed most during my stay here: everyone is so happy! I can only put it down to God’s blessing over the community of people but no matter what their past is or what is happening in their present the people who make up the Tumaini community are always so full of life and joy, always happy to welcome you and almost always ready to dance! God is blessing Tumaini and I am blessed to have been able to spend what seems to be such a short time sharing in the life of the place.

Written by Helen Sherrington (The Hub, Rotherham)

23-Jul-2011 15:28, FUJIFILM FinePix S5700 S700, 3.5, 6.3mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 800