Archive for September, 2011

Wired & Ready to go!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

28-Sep-2011 07:30, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 4.5, 16.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800

It’s already been a great week and a great start for us here in Tumaini. Having had a smooth but long journey from Nottingham to Mombasa, we felt exhausted when we arrived at 2am; though the excellent greeting from Austin immediately removed any nerves we had. The greeting from the children was just as jubilant when we had a little explore around the school the next day.  We’ve made some great friends already, and have been treated far too well by our hosts.

Sam has already got stuck in with his electrical work, having made several trips into Mombasa city centre for the materials he needs. Along with the workmen they’ve already started on one of the 10 homes they’ll be wiring. I’ve started on improving the audio/visual facilities used in the Church and have started planning for the school photos which will be taken in early October.

28-Sep-2011 06:55, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 2.8, 27.0mm, 0.02 sec, ISO 800

Both of us feel very much at home here, everyone has been very welcoming, showing us around town and teaching us the basics in Swahili. We have dinner each night in the children’s home; it’s been a pleasure to get to know the kids and their hopes for the future.  God has already done so much good here, and he continues to bless this community; we count ourselves lucky to be able to witness his work here in Tumaini. We’re looking forward to what the next 11 weeks have in store for us!

God Bless,

Jonathan and Sam (St. Luke’s, Nottingham)

28-Sep-2011 06:57, Canon Canon EOS 7D, 5.6, 27.0mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 100

Breakfast!!!! (Porridge)

Friday, September 9th, 2011

08-Sep-2011 07:35, FUJIFILM FinePix Z200fd, 3.8, 5.9mm, 0.013 sec, ISO 400

Niongezee tafadhali! (Add me more please!). That’s what they say when they are not satisfied. Some of the children in our school come from home on an empty stomach; their parents can’t afford anything for breakfast.

Thank God for the sponsors who donate to the porridge programme! Giving the children a daily mug of nutritious porridge means they can focus on their studies, not on their empty stomachs.

07-Sep-2011 06:28, FUJIFILM FinePix Z200fd, 3.8, 5.9mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

Vivian starts preparing the porridge at 5:30am. That’s early in the morning but she has to start preparing it at that time for it to be ready by 7:00am, for the children to take before starting their classes. She has to light a jiko (stove) that uses charcoal and it takes about ten minutes for the jiko to be ready for cooking. For it to be called porridge it has to be prepared with milk, sugar, uji wimbi (porridge flour) and water.  When the jiko is ready she puts some water in a sufuria (cooking pot) ready for boiling, and when it’s ready she puts the uji wimbi, mixed with some cold water, to the boiling water in the sufuria, and stirs it for some minutes. Next she adds the milk and stirs it until it’s ready.

07-Sep-2011 07:14, FUJIFILM FinePix Z200fd, 3.8, 5.9mm, 0.017 sec, ISO 400

The porridge is ready; but not ready for the children because they have to take it when it’s cold, so she takes a big sufuria with cold water in it and places the sufuria with the porridge into the cold water sufuria for the porridge to cool.

Yummy!!! It’s 7:00am and the porridge is ready, the children line up for the porridge and they do love it. Mmmh! Some of them can’t get enough of it and they don’t even want to sit next to anybody when taking it. All the cups go back empty. Porridge is a healthy meal to start a day, especially for children. Thanks to you! We would also like to say a special Thank you to Second Chance Coffee Shop and all their customers in Seaford who are specifically supporting this programme. Written by Nelly Osaleh

07-Sep-2011 07:35, FUJIFILM FinePix Z200fd, 3.8, 5.9mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400

07-Sep-2011 07:33, FUJIFILM FinePix Z200fd, 3.8, 5.9mm, 0.008 sec, ISO 400

My time @ Tumaini

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

23-Aug-2011 13:31, FUJIFILM FinePix S200EXR, 8.0, 17.1mm, 0.003 sec, ISO 100

The main question I asked myself in the last days was: What should I write for the Tumaini blog? This question was challenging to me, not because I had run out of ideas but simply because there were too many topics jumping around in my head, all worth writing about.

I feel so much like sharing all of my valuable moments and the precious life changing experiences I encountered while taking care of Martha during her last months with us; in researching the rules and regulations of running a children’s institution under the laws of Kenya; the joyful and inspiring Thursday afternoons during “Mama Sema”; organizing and establishing a student’s council in High School; identifying needy families in the Likoni region and distributing the basic necessities i.e. clothes, blankets and shoes from Canada.

After some soul searching I got to my final decision: I will share my experience during the preparation of  THE NEW COMPOST SITE OF TUMAINI and the TREE PLANTING EXERCISE!

17-Aug-2011 16:14, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 4.4, 9.8mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200

Since when I can remember, I have always loved nature and all that comes with it, being in the woods, spending time around meadows, making hay with my grandpa and planting kitchen vegetables in our family garden.  Although it is a painful truth, it is quite difficult in our time to live in balance with nature, but I think we, the inhabitants of this planet should strive to care for and protect our environment. Because at the end of the day we are all part of a grand design.

During my stay in Kenya, in particular Likoni, I have come to realize that in Kenya’s major towns’ garbage management is a huge challenge. Many inhabited areas of Likoni are overflowing with garbage, which does not only give the residential areas a disorganized and dirty look and unpleasant smell, but it is unhealthy and contaminates the soil too.

Some weeks ago, we (Boniface, Ali, Kevin, Peter (from Tumaini Kids) and Andrew) discussed and researched between ourselves on how to go about making a good compost site and about the different factors which influence the outcome (soil) and started immediately while digging the two pits, we discovered that the soil is full of inorganic waste, such as plastic, metal and glass. Later on, to separate the compost site from the school compound and to create enough shade to ensure the compost won’t dry up, we decided to plant 2 trees and 12 bushes…. I am really looking forward to the progress and outcome of this project!

17-Aug-2011 16:14, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200

To have compost feels really good especially due to the following reasons:
1.We now have a fixed organized place for all our organic waste (from the children’s home, the feeding programme kitchen and home science department)
2. At the end of the composting process we will have plenty of self generated manure, which can be used for different projects, like agriculture classes.

The compost site itself can be used as a model demonstration site for field work studies in the institution to emphasise the important aspects of garbage management, organic recycling and making manure. This will help us to naturally think about our environment and our place in it and create ecological awareness.

My time in Tumaini was amazing. I learnt so much, I got to know many wonderful people with great visions, I will definitely come back. Thank you all!

Written by Teresa Ernst from the Catholic University of Applied Social Sciences, Berlin, Germany

17-Aug-2011 16:14, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200

17-Aug-2011 16:15, FUJIFILM FinePix Z700EXR, 3.9, 6.4mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 200