Feburary 2013 Update
by Gordon Walz
With the arrival of a new year and thanks to some very generous gifts from friends of the children at Tumaini , we have completed our sixth and final cottage. The weekend of February 23rd and 24th marked the beginning of new lives for eleven more Kenyan orphans in their new home. This brings to 66 the number of orphans who now call Tumaini home. We also welcome Chrispine and Catherine Otieno as house parents to the 11 new children in cottage six. In addition to these orphans, Chris and Catherine have an 18 month old biological son, Sweergerd.
As with all the Tumaini children (as well as the children at the Kakamega and Jua Kali orphanages) our primary goal is to introduce them to Christ and give them every opportunity to know Him as their Lord and Savior. We also provide them with an education at the Tumaini School and beyond in hopes of developing the next generation of Christian leaders for Kenya.
The Tumaini School, which is located on the grounds of the orphanage, is also in the process of expanding with the addition of a separate building which will house three levels of Early Childhood Developement (ECD) classes. These pre-school classes, as well as primary grades one through eight, are also offered to children in the surrounding areas for a nominal tuition charge which helps pay our teachers' salaries and thus offset some of the costs associated with the school.
We thank God for all He has done to make every aspect of this orphanage happen and also for His provision for the Kakamega and Jua Kali Orphanages. Because of Him over 200 children in the three orphanages we support are now living a better life on earth and have hope for an eternal home in heaven.