African Inland Church Tumaini Youth Center and the Colorado Mission Committee 2020 Christmas Letter
Our mission is to bring hope and security to abandoned, and orphaned children in the city of Kitale, Kenya
First and foremost, this Christmas season, the Colorado Mission Committee and the Tumaini Youth Center wish to heartily thank all current and past donors for their prayers and generosity in helping us to provide for our children.
Since 2014, the Colorado Mission Committee team has been assisting Tumaini Youth Center with income producing, agricultural and construction projects. We began with small agricultural projects for food sustainability purposes. These early projects became quite successful, thanks to the wonderful staff at the youth center.
Our next project was a four-unit residential apartment building with a surrounding security wall. The purpose of the Apartment project was to provide monthly revenues to support the center financially. Our last large construction project finished in 2019 was a new girl’s dormitory to house up to 24 female children.
Unfortunately, 2020 has been very challenging for everyone. Due to the worldwide Covid-19 pandemic, prices for food, gasoline and medical supplies have skyrocketed. Because of this, the center has been experiencing a need for consistent food sources.
Our teams in Kenya and Colorado agreed that our next projects would be aimed at improving the center’s food sources and providing educational funds for our older kids who are ready to move on to trade schools or boarding high schools.
We have purchased milk cows and egg-laying chickens to enhance the children’s diets. Coming up with a chicken coop structure will be done by the staff with local scrap materials. We plan to start small with 100-200 one-month old chickens for approximately $4 dollars apiece. Regarding the milk cows, we will also set up structure that will accommodate up to three cows with room for feed and milking tools. A good quality milk cow sells for nearly $1,000.00 in Kenya.
According to the government calendar, all schools are expected to reopen fully in January, 2021 after Covid-19 restrictions are lifted. We have several older students ready to go to high school, boarding school, or trade school. Most of these schools require uniforms and substantial tuitions. Costs for these six students will be $4,961 for the year.
Our hope this Christmas season is to raise around $15,000.00 to help finance all three of these needs. Please help us by going to our website at aictyc.org for a secure and tax-deductible donation. Again, thank you for the prayers and support given in past years, and may God bless you for your continued generosity.
The Colorado Mission Committee for Tumaini Youth Center