segunda-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2012

TUMAINI FUND - Kagera in Tanzania

Tumaini Fund, a registered Charity in Guernsey, was founded by Dr Susan Wilson and is a member of  the Association of Guernsey Charities 

"Truly I tell you: whatever you did for the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40 

Dr Susan Wilson with some of the students
"Karibu"means welcome in Swahili - the language of the 20.000 Aids orphans in Tanzania supported by this fund.

"Tumaini" means "hope". Why not become part of this work of hope for the orphans of Kagera, Tanzania.


Dr Susan Wilson, Chairman of the Tumaini Fund.                              
Les Ruettes Farms, Les Ruettes, St Andrews,  
Guernesey, GY6 8UQ, Channel Islands.                                                                                                                  

have known Susan since she was about 4 years old, when she began to attend Sunday School at our Church in Bournemouth.   As a result of that work, Susan gave her life to Christ.  Later, having married a doctor and become a doctor herself, she and her husband Douglas went to live and work in Guernsey.  They have four boys, now grown up. 

Whilst in England many years ago, we received a visit from Susan and Douglas and they told us about Tanzania. I believe they went there whilst on sabbatical and left with a clear vision in their mind about the work needing to be done there amongst people and orphans affected by Aids.  So, the idea of helping these children was conceived in their hearts.

They later founded Tumaini Fund, based in Guernsey, currently supporting approx. 20,000 children.  It has since expanded do USA, New Zealand and Canada. 

Back in 2009 I won a slogan competition at work and the prize was a day trip to Guernsey! So, I went with my husband Viriato and two of our children, Joana and Filipe and we had a truly wonderful day, with Susan as our delightful host.  We were able to meet Douglas again and also their youngest son.  We don't know how Susan finds the time to do everything linked with Tumaini Fund and be wife, mother and doctor!  Well, she must get it from God, otherwise she wouldn't be capable of fulfilling all the tasks.

Would you consider becoming a supporter of Tumaini Fund?  

£1 per. week will feed, clothe and educate 1 Kagerian child, 
£4 per. week will support a family of 4,  
£7 per week a family of 7.

Janet Cook Martins (Viriato's wife) 

Poole 11/01/2013


What Tumaini Fund is all About?

Tumaini is the Swahili word for Hope . It is a Guernsey-based charity which seeks to alleviate the terrible suffering of AIDS widows and orphans in Kagera, the North-West province of Tanzania. Figures are unreliable, but average life expectancy there is 43 years; HIV carriage is thought to be 28% with, perhaps, one in every three mothers delivering HIV-positive babies. A subsistence farmer earns in the region of $110 each year, and normally supports 6-8 family members. There may be 200,000 orphans in the region.

Tanzania is one of the 10 poorest countries in the world as measured by most poverty indices. Most of the wealth is concentrated around Dar es Salaam, the capital, in the South-East of the country. The province of Kagera is in the far North-West, bordering Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Lake Victoria, with Congo close by. It is furthest from the source of wealth, so is one of the poorest regions. Within this very poor area,  AIDS widows and orphans are the poorest section of the community … the poorest of the poor.

Subsistence farming is a tough way to survive, especially with climate change and unpredictable rains. Education is the only way to get out of this hand-to-mouth existence. Primary schooling is free in Tanzania, but children cannot enrol unless they have school uniforms, books and pencils, which prices education out for a lot of subsistence farmers’ children and makes it impossible for sick widows’ children, or children in child-headed families.

Children are called AIDS orphans if one parent has died from AIDS. If one parent is affected, the other parent will almost certainly become ill as well. Tumaini tries to increase parents’ time with their children, by improving their health and life circumstances – the children just want to have their Mum or Dad with them for a bit longer . As Tumaini works with the family, the parent will also come to know that, after their death, their children will be supported. At the death of the parent we promote the children’s rights to their parents’ small-holding and support the family as a child-headed unit. For each AIDS orphan we support, we supply the child with school uniform, books and pencils for getting to school and everyone in the household gets 2 sets of clothes and a mosquito net (Malaria is the biggest childhood killer in Sub-Saharan Africa, while repeated episodes of malaria threatens the lives of immuno-compromised parents, such as those living with AIDS.)

20,000 orphans are now supported by the Tumaini Fund and receiving this help. We employ 7 local workers in Kagera to carry out the project, which is monitored by the Anglican Diocese. There are 70 local parish-workers, working in pairs – Kagera is about the size of Northern Ireland. We aim to find support for all the estimated 200,000 orphans.

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