March 2010 Update
TUMAINI ORPHANAGE STAFFING CONTINUES
Tumaini Orphanage, our church’s orphanage in Soy, Kenya, is nearing completion of Phase I construction. In anticipation of orphan intake and the start of operations the Orphanage Committee announced this month the appointment of the first house-parents for the new institution (see pictures and information below).
Since the goal of the orphanage is to provide a family-like environment for each child, the house parents fulfill a critical function. “They are the backbone of our orphanage concept,” said committee chairman Gordon Walz. “They will function just like parents in a normal home only they will have twelve children to care for instead of just two or three.”
In the Tumaini model house parents will emulate a typical family in a variety of ways. Fathers will be expected to work outside the orphanage or be actively seeking employment. Unemployment rates are crushing all over Africa, and Kenya is no exception, so the committee is concerned to set realistic expectations. Nevertheless, the goal is to have every able-bodied man working. The goal is to provide an experience of home life in which a responsible father figure provides for the family and exercises a responsible governance over his home.
The house mother will fulfill the typical roles of a Kenyan mother (and biblical mother): primary care-giver, early childhood educator, and nurturer. Some of the house mothers will serve as teachers in the school or work in food service or other on-campus roles within the orphanage. But they are there primarily to be the loving and supportive presence of a mom for the children under their care. Moms and dads will assign chores, help with homework, exercise family discipline, and create a loving family environment just as though every child were their own.
Sponsor support for house parents will help them maintain a reasonable standard of living and a stable home for the children under their care in Kenya’s tumultuous economic environment. Sponsor support for orphans will enable the orphanage to provide the food, clothing, shelter, education, and other necessities for the children in the orphanage. The Orphanage Committee is actively seeking support for house parents and children (see “How You Can Help” belowfor details).
TUMAINI ORPHANAGE HOUSE PARENTS NAMED
Since house parents are such an integral part of the Tumaini Orphanage concept, we began our search nearly a year ago with much prayer and searching for those couples whom God would have as the first three sets of parents in the new home. We believe God has provided loving, talented, Christian parents for the children who will call Tumaini their home.
All the house parents are fluent in English as well as Swahili and their tribal language. They all have warm and energetic personalities and demonstrate a joyful Christian walk with the Lord as well as an obvious love for children.
Kristen & Edward Makari
At age 39, Edward is the oldest house parent. He and Kristin, age 29, have been married for eight years and have been Christians since 1993. They have two children; their daughter, Edda Shalom, is five and their son, Bethel Bright, is three. Both parents are high school graduates. Edward has worked repairing automobile parts since 1995 and Kristin is a pre-school teacher.
Huntington & Stella Ingosia
Both Huntington and Stella are age 30 and are high school graduates. They were married in 2006 and have one son, Wesley, who is one year old. Huntington has had his own small business manufacturing detergents, and Stella has been employed as a secretary and is skilled in computers.
Mary & Charles Bulimo
At age 27 and 26 respectively, Charles and Mary are our youngest house parents. Charles came to Christ in 1998 and Mary in 1999. Their daughter, Juanita, is 2 ½ . Charles interprets (Swahili to English ) at his church and is self-employed as a graphic artist. Mary is close to earning her college degree in early childhood development and has taught in a primary school in Eldoret for six years.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
A Word from Committee Chairman, Gordon Walz
As blessed as we are to have a great Director and wonderful house parents, the fact remains that we need money to defray the expenses associated with raising the thirty six children who will live in the first phase of the Tumaini Orphanage. For $1200 per year you can provide food, clothing, shelter, education, and health care for a child and in so doing share the love of Christ with him or her. Since we are seeking only sponsors who know Christ as their Lord and Savior, we would also encourage sponsors to stay in touch with their child by email and provide another source of spiritual guidance and encouragement for them. Many of the sponsors who now sponsor children in the Kakamega or Eldoret orphanages have seen first hand what this contact can do to enable a child to rise up from the depths of despair in a slum to become all God has intended for that child. For the committed sponsor this can be one of the greatest investments you will ever make.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Tumaini Orphanage, please contact Gordon Walz, John Moore, Tom Harrison, Dave DeBruler, or Chip Mealy.