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Project information

Funding of Tumaini Senior School

Tumaini Education Trust provides funding and support to Tumaini Senior Primary School and Pepo La Tumaini community in Isiolo, Kenya.


Charity information: Tumaini Education Trust

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  • Need


    Isiolo has one of the highest incidences of HIV in Africa and it is also one of the poorest and most marginalized areas. Many children in the community struggle on a daily basis with HIV in their family. The problem we are trying to solve is to give the most vulnerable children the best possible chance to live successful lives and to support their family and siblings. We will achieve this by offering quality education, both academic and vocational in a safe, supportive and healthy environment.


    Tumaini Education Trust will use funds to offer:

    An innovative and effective curriculum which teaches both the kenyan curriculum and vocational skills such as carpentry and masonry.

    Support for the student’s families at home with regular home visits from community mothers and extra food so the student can feel comfortable at school knowing their families are not suffering while they are absent

    One-on-one medical and counseling support.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To advance education in Tumaini Senior School


    » We will provide an innovative and effective academic curriculum
    » We provide vocational skills such as carpentry and masonry This allows students who dont go to secondary school to set up a small business.
    » We provide one on one medical councelling for the students.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continued improvement of facilities, and an increase in pupils attending secondary school

    Aim 2

    To advance education to the Pepo La Tumaini community and clinic


    » We set up the Tumaini senior school in order to educate the tumaini community and provide food and counselling to its members.

    What success will look like

    Success will be the continued availability of medicine and counselling to all those affected by AIDS in the community.

  • Impact


    The long term changes we hope to bring about is our development of a scholarship program in order to further the education of our students, and to give them the opportunity to experience the same lives which many young adults in Kenya can enjoy.

    We also hope the education of the students reduces the size of the stigma attached to HIV infection in the Tumaini community of Isiolo and thereby make the community aware of the HIV issues which affect the area.


    There is a risk that students could drop out of school. We have dealt with this by supplying food and care to their families, in the form of regular visits from community mothers. This is so the students can take comfort in the knowledge that their families are not suffering while they study.


    Funders of this project will receive a yearly newsletter detailing the ongoing and forthcoming activities, and any necessary changes which have been made to the school. In addition there is a monthly newsletter from our staff which is posted on our website.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £50,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £10,000 Food Food for families
      £10,000 Food Food for students
      £15,000 wages Staff salaries (17 staff)
      £5,000 Building Reconstruction
      £5,000 Class room supplies New class 6 supplies
      £5,000 Medical Medical help and clinic
  • Background


    Isiolo in Northern Kenya is one of the most marginalized areas of Africa. In isiolo there is a large stigma attached to HIV, with many children and families being cast out of their tribe for contracting the disease. The dry and arid conditions in northern Kenya mean that many children cannot choose to make a living off the land, resorting to working in the streets and caring for their families after their parents have died of AIDS.


    Over 700 people will be indirectly affected by this project, while 100 people at the school will be affected most directly. The Pepo La Tumaini community will all be affected, with many of the members attending the school. The vocational skills taught to the students will enable the community to form small business, creating a better standard of living, and an improved local economy.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Our charity is run by a hugely experienced board of trustees who have had many years of experience in Kenya. In addition to this, our London based trustees have lifelong experience of managing international corporations, making the communication between the school and the trustees extremely fluid.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Khadija Omar Rama

    Khadija Omar was nominated for UN woman of the Year in 2005. She runs the Tumaini Senior School, and started the Pepo community.