What an experience our first week has been at Tumaini. We’ve seen this vision from it’s outset as members of our church back in the UK, yet never experienced the reality. Having seen progress from photos and videos to feel the heat, and actually be on location brings everything to life. Glyn and Jane broke us in gently to the culture, sharing hospitality at their home before moving to the lovely apartment at the school.
It’s just awesome and very life changing. From our first steps into the school and home we experienced hospitality and warmth from both the children and staff alike that far exceeds that from any other. Against a backdrop of adversity, poverty and deprivation, our hearts are hugely humbled by the abundance of love, joy and trust given by the children in particular. It really puts into perspective the true concerns of life!
We are keeping busy assisting where possible. There are so many opportunities to get involved at Tumaini. Our intention was to bring what skills we have from home to impart where needed into the running of the school. Our combined experience of Financial Services and Human Resources, although contrasting and different to UK practices, can at least be applied and adapted to benefit the staff and children.
Along side this, working with the nursery school children is a fantastic experience, singing nursery rhymes and songs like ‘row, row, row your boat’ and ‘heads, shoulders, knees and toes’, they love the actions and sang the songs perfectly in tune. In fact they remember these songs so well that they come up to us days later and sing them to us – truly wonderful and melts our hearts a thousand times over.
Richard attempted to cut the Football pitch with a slasher and regrets not bringing a petrol strimmer to do the job (something that needs to be added to the wish list!) and has now conceded that the local professionals do a much better job!
We are enjoying working in the Kitchen with pans big enough to bath in! Preparing food with the team of dedicated cooks and experiencing this vital provision for all the students and wider community children.
It was Nelly’s birthday on Tuesday, and although she thought she could outwit us, she got a real soaking, first from Richard, then John who trapped her on the apartment balcony with a large bucket of water. She got soaked British style but enjoyed every minute!
This school and everything associated with it is evidence of faith in action and God’s faithful provision. It’s so encouraging to see the amazing work of the school and the way in which Jane and Glyn are blessed in their dedicated service to God. Their accomplishment through God is a true inspiration to all.
God Bless everyone at the school and home,
Richard and Clare Tucker (Christchurch, Doncaster)