“Development is not done to people or for people but with people.” In other words, giving money only treats the symptoms of poverty, but working with people in Kenya builds relationships and gives them a sense of ownership. It is their orphanage, and these are God’s children. American donors offer spiritual, financial and technical support, so the Kenyans are empowered to support themselves. They do the work and are with the orphans 24/7. Through the process our hope is that everyone grows closer to God and each other.
The board of directors for the AIC Tumaini Youth Center in partnership with staff members in Kitale, Kenya are looking at the following projects for the enhancement of their 15 acre property. All projects are to be developed and maintained by the Kenyans, for the 53 children living at the orphanage.
Our first project is a new irrigation system with a cost of $1875 U.S. dollars. After our founder, Mike Heid, visited the sight in April of 2017, he learned that a new pump would not be necessary. Gravity will take existing water from the well and run it through new PVC pipes to a Sub Irrigated Planters System and/or nearby field. This will allow the staff to irrigate two acres of crops during the dry season to grow fruits and vegetables like tomatoes and beans that are not grown at this time of year. These crops would produce revenue, and enhance the orphans’ diets.
Tied to this project will be a water filtration system. The water on site is drinkable, but not all the time, and there is not always enough. There are simple systems by Clean Water, Sawyer, Pelican, Sweet Water and Pure that can purify 170 gallons/day for a one-time cost of approximately $525 for the system.
The third project that is needed and could also produce revenue for the center is a mill house. This will be an electric machine that grinds the corn produced on site. At present the corn is sent to a mill off-site to be ground at a significant cost. With the grinder they could grind their own corn and other legumes, plus that of the surrounding small farmers. This would be an inexpensive project, which will cost in the ballpark of $300 for the system.
Next on the wish/need list is a clinic. When one of the orphans gets sick they take them to the hospital in Kitale or a nearby clinic. A clinic with a nurse from Kitale would save money by having their own antibiotics, malaria pills and other medical necessities on site. It would also simplify travel expenses, and time lost going off site by bus and taxi.
Fifth on the list is a girl’s dormitory. The eight girls at the orphanage have to stay with one of the ladies on staff 24/7. A building, 20’ X 40’ with a small room for a bathroom and shower would help solve this problem. This project would be around $15,000.
Another project that would not bring in revenue but would be an asset for the center is a soccer field and a new ball. The kids have very little recreation or fun in their lives. They workaround the center or go to school. There is always free time. The kids make soccer balls out of old socks and clothes and kick it through the uneven fields of the center. It would be fantastic to set aside an acre of land to be cleared and leveled for a soccer field. The joy it would bring to the kids would be immeasurable. Plus, it would be a community builder as other families and kids from nearby could come and watch, socialize and fellowship.
Staff Needs The adult staff at TYC need the following electronic equipment to keep in touch with donors and the board of directors in Colorado. First on the list is a new and updated internet service provider. Connected with this would be a new computer, printer and digital camera.
Our long-term prayer and goal is to host conferences at the center, which will bring pastors together from around the region to train and fellowship.
The Tumaini Youth Center has finished an apartment project, funded by our donors and built by the Kenyans. The building project video of the four apartment buildings, shows the construction stages of this $60,000 project .The apartments will provide funds for the orphans. We plan to build another apartment building for staff members and to rent them out for additional funds for the center.
This project’s completion, and the ones listed above, show that A.I.C. Tumaini Youth Center is moving towards a brighter future. Your prayers and donations will help it to be even brighter.
One by one they came far as the eye could see; each life somehow touched by your generosity.“
– Ray Boltz