Archive for August, 2011

What a week!

Friday, August 26th, 2011

25-Aug-2011 11:17, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 8.0, 12.2mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

It’s been an amazing couple of weeks but at last our playground that came all the way from Alberta, Canada is up and running. The excitement on opening day was electric, and that was just from the adults! At 4 pm we prayed a prayer of dedication and thanks and then released around 300 children to play, it was quite a challenge keeping them back while we prayed.

The noise of excited screams was almost deafening as children climbed on every possible part of the playground and by 6pm the children were still going strong, so we had to get the Askari (Security Guard) to chase them off until the next day, I will let the photos tell their own story!

25-Aug-2011 11:19, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 7.1, 11.0mm, 0.011 sec, ISO 100

I would like to tell you one very special story about Felista, a 6 year old girl who has spina bifida. We brought her to the playground yesterday, her eyes lit up and she just started to giggle. She has so wanted to play for such a long time but has been too weak. With the help of special shoes and regular physiotherapy sessions, she’s beginning to be able to walk a few steps (almost unaided). Being able to play has opened up a whole new world to her and will help her to build her strength.

23-Aug-2011 14:15, FUJIFILM FinePix S200EXR, 4.5, 19.9mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100

We hope that the playground will be able to be used by others like Felista to make physiotherapy sessions fun!

It’s funny to watch how the children play and what attracts them, they climbed over everything, even if it wasn’t designed for climbing, they went up the fireman’s pole and for some reason all the small children were attracted to the wobbly tortoise and formed a long queue, while the wobbly elephant was left all lonely!

It’s hard to put into words how much this playground will impact the lives of so many children. We would like to give an enormous thank you to all those who have been involved in getting this amazing project up and running.

Until next week have a great time, Xx Glyn & Jane

26-Aug-2011 11:56, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.002 sec, ISO 100

26-Aug-2011 11:58, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 6.4, 6.4mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100

23-Aug-2011 13:48, FUJIFILM FinePix S200EXR, 8.0, 18.9mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

If you would like to see some more photos, including how it was all put together follow this link ; Playground Photos 2011

Our Story!

Friday, August 19th, 2011

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


Friday, August 12th, 2011

10-Jul-2030 07:35, Samsung Techwin , 6.3, 6.6mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

What a fantastic team effort there has been in the library this last couple of weeks! In the container from Canada there were hundreds of books of all shapes and sizes. We saw it as a mission to get all these books sorted out and put in the relevant sections so that the children could start using them.  One of the jobs was to decide which books were more important to be out and accessible. The library is such a fantastic resource and even in the holidays some children come in to do some reading and have a quiet space.  Together with the library staff, Ruth and Emily, plus a lot of other help we managed to sort, categorise and label over 2,000 books.  We were pleased to divide the shelves into fiction and reference sections and we did have enough shelf space, although more will be needed soon as there are more books to go out.

Helen celebrated her 18th birthday Kenyan style so received 8 buckets of water in their generous spirit!  Irene made her a beautiful cake which the kids upstairs happily enjoyed.  Mikey and David have loved all the evenings upstairs playing many games with the kids.  This week we have introduced the game PIT and I don’t think we have ever heard such a loud version of this game but it has created a huge amount of fun and laughter.

17-Jul-2030 11:18, Samsung Techwin , 7.2, 11.8mm, 0.004 sec, ISO 80

We introduced a new song at church on Sunday “Our hope is in You Lord”.  The words have been timely as we have prayed for 2 members of staff who are sick in hospital.  We prayed for them and put our hope in God and have been pleased to see their health improve during the week.  Though please do pray as the hospital fees are very expensive and rising every day.

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16-Jul-2030 18:55, Samsung Techwin , 3.5, 6.6mm, 0.022 sec, ISO 200

We have been very impacted by our time at Tumaini and can’t believe that the 3 weeks are nearly over.  This is a very special place and we cannot believe the huge amount of lives that have been transformed by the work that has taken place here.  God is at work here and we pray that he will continue to bless all that happens here.

Written by John and Lynda Blakeley (St Luke’s, Nottingham)

26-Jul-2030 07:32, Samsung Techwin , 4.1, 11.8mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 200

10-Jul-2030 07:30, Samsung Techwin , 4.5, 19.8mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 80

A Time to Bless Others!

Thursday, August 4th, 2011

04-Aug-2011 09:11, SAMSUNG SAMSUNG ES74,ES75,ES78 / VLUU ES75,ES78 , 3.5, 4.9mm, 0.022 sec, ISO 400

Inside the long awaited container from Canada along with the playground were boxes and boxes of clothes and shoes.  Before we arrived at Tumaini the clothes had been sorted into piles of clothing items and age groups.  A visit had already been made to a village about five miles away and with the help of the village elder several families in real need of clothes and shoes had been identified.

Back at Tumaini packages of clothing items were sorted into correct sizes for each of these families. Each family member would receive a full outfit.  On Monday five of us set off to deliver the clothes parcels.  We squeezed into a tuktuk to the ferry and then on foot carrying the bags of clothes.  We trudged through smelly alleyways and muddy paths until we reached the village.  Our first package was for the village elder, he called his family together and they waited in anticipation as the bag was opened. Each person, one by one was handed a bundle of clothes, their smiles said it all. The village elder then guided us through the village to the other houses to give out the other packages, three families in all.

The poverty in this village was worse than I could have imagined, young children sat playing in muddy puddles, mothers with young children living in wet mud floored houses with virtually nothing.  Children gathered and followed us calling “Mzungu,” I called back “African” and they would laugh and run off.

We were then introduced by the village elder to several more families, listened to their stories and wrote down sizes and ages ready for a further visit this week.  One family we visited, a mum with five children, one of them asleep on the concrete floor with no mattress or blankets to be seen, just a few cockroaches and masses of flies. I sat on an upturned drum and listened to the mother explaining her situation to our team. Between her chatter she smiled but her eyes were deep and desperate.  I hoped no-one would ask me anything as the lump in my throat would prevent me from answering.

As we pulled into the driveway back at Tumaini I thought of how much the families have here in Timbwani, compared to where we have just been and I wonder if they realise that.

On our return we began to put together clothes bundles for the families we had met.  It was exciting to choose clothes from our stocks and imagine the families wearing them.  We returned to the village this morning to deliver them, I love to see their faces when they are given their own bundle, they hold them so close and so tight.

This project will take many months to visit, identify, pack up and deliver all the clothes to extremely needy families in several villages.  I feel very privileged to have played just a small part in it, so thank you Canadians, your provision has and will continue to bless so many people. Written by Julie Fyfe (Sleaford New Life)

04-Aug-2011 08:47, SAMSUNG SAMSUNG ES74,ES75,ES78 / VLUU ES75,ES78 , 3.5, 4.9mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 80

04-Aug-2011 09:02, SAMSUNG SAMSUNG ES74,ES75,ES78 / VLUU ES75,ES78 , 3.5, 4.9mm, 0.022 sec, ISO 400