Tumaini Youth Center
The children of Tumaini Youth Center in Kenya are well taken care of in both their physical and spiritual needs. The children send Merry Christmas tidings to all!
Because South Africa is in the Southern Hemisphere, Christmas comes in the summer. So, there’s lots of sun and beautiful flowers in full bloom. In Kenya, Santa doesn’t arrive with his Reindeer but might well come by Land-rover, Camel or even a bike! In cities and large towns, stores can have fake snow outside them, and there might be a Santa in the stores as well. Only small gifts are normally exchanged and sometimes food and gifts are provided by missionary organizations.
The schools are usually closed for the Christmas holidays and some people like to go camping. Many people, especially Christians, will go to a Midnight Church Service to celebrate Christmas. The service will have Christmas hymns, carols & songs; and often nativity plays, poems & dances. Church Services are also celebrated Christmas morning with a feast to follow.
In Kenya, Christmas is a time when families try and be with one another. Many people travel from cities, back to the villages where the main part of their family might live. This is often the only time large families will see each other all year, so it is very important. The people try to be home for Christmas Eve, so they can help with the Christmas preparations. Houses and churches are often decorated with colorful balloons, ribbons, paper decorations, flowers and green leaves. For a Christmas Tree, some people will have a Cyprus tree.
Popular Christmas foods include a barbecue which can be a goat, sheep, beef or chicken. This is eaten with rice and chapati flat bread. The big Christmas meal is called ‘nyama choma’. People often make their own beer to drink and different tribes also have special dishes they make. If you live in a city you might have a western Christmas Cake, but these aren’t very common in rural areas.
Most Students in Kenya have a four month break in the school year. January is back to school time for the children living at Tumaini Youth Center. In the African Country of Kenya, there are approximately 500 abandoned or orphaned children living on the streets of Kitale Town. Kitale is located in the northwestern region of Kenya and is mostly agriculturally based. Roughly fifty of these children are cared for by Tumaini Youth Center. Each child has a story and a need, we provide life giving necessities, spiritual guidance and hope for the future.
Here are some of the main reasons young children in Kenya can end up homeless:
- A child is orphaned (often by disease).
- A child is abandoned , or dropped off by parents or family members
- There is a lack of food, clothing or education provided by parents
- Tribal differences within their families and communities often create isolated or ostracized children.
- A child is forced to flee from their home due to abusive parents or family members.
Dear Colorado Team,
We are so happy to hear from you. I have attached pictures of some of the staff working in various places and our animals as well. Thank you so much for your prayers and continued support to Tumaini Youth Center. God bless you and the entire team. Pray for Pauline she is still unwell. Some of the children have started their two months recess and will resume school on the first week of January 2019. We will attach on a separate sheet a list of children’s needs shortly.
AFRICAN INLAND CHURCH-TUMAINI YOUTH CENTER
There are 3 million orphaned or abandoned children in Kenya
Your gift to Tumaini Youth
Center provides hope to over
50 children with the addition
of a new girls dormitory.
In 2019, we need your help
to give 24 new girls a
T U M A I N I M E A N S H O P E, BE A GIVER OF HOPE TODAY