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Road Race With A Purpose

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The day was Sunday October 5th, 2014. And the place to be was Machakos Town, a city of 170,000 people located in the SE part of Kenya. As early as 7:00 am, one could hear the familiar sounds of Kenyan music blaring through the giant loud speakers at the Kenyatta Stadium located right in the heart of the city. The event? The Mulleys Road Race.


The Mulleys Road Race is an annual half marathon that attracts hundreds upon hundreds of Kenyans every fall. Each year, the race has grown in popularity and participation. Three years ago, we entered a partnership with the The Mulleys Supermarket Group, one of the fastest-growing market chains in Kenya, to make the race a fund raising event benefitting Tumaini International. That was one of the happiest days of my life since we began our ministry thirteen years ago! Since then, the proceeds from the event have been used to sponsor AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children through Tumaini International.

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This year’s event was very special for two reasons. One, it was the first time ever where a US team traveled to Kenya to join Kenyans and do a major fund raising event together, including one team member (Justin Rudd) who trained for a year and ran in the half marathon!. The friendships and bonds made by our strong team of five (Susan, Vasti, Lois, Dean and Justin) with hundreds of marathoners, sponsored children, field staff and community members is invaluable. The second reason is that a couple weeks prior to the race, The Mulleys Supermarket Group announced that this year they would double the number of sponsored children! In the previous two years, they had sponsored five orphaned children each year, with the criteria being that the children were high-school age with a desire to achieve academically despite their circumstances. The children’s school fees, uniforms, and more would be provided by The Mulleys Supermarket Group for the kids’ full four-year high school career as a result of proceeds from the Road Race. It has been a solid investment in these bright children’s lives, and as such it is a solid investment in the future of Kenya.


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I am overjoyed to see able Kenyans joining the cause of Tumaini to bring hope to AIDS orphans and other vulnerable children. The Mulleys Supermarket Group have set an example that other corporate bodies, churches and individuals in Kenya can follow in fighting HIV/AIDS and other economic challenges that millions of Kenyans and people from other developing countries face every day.

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I can’t wait to see what is in store for the future as the partnership between Tumaini International and The Mulleys Supermarket Group grows stronger with each passing year. Let’s enjoy the ride and thank God who ultimately deserves all the glory! ~Stanley



I Want to Go With You!


Despite a series of challenges many of us cannot fathom, Kennedy has not lost hope. Born on July 27th, 2008, Kennedy is six years old. He could easily pass for a small four year old, as his tired eyes, frail and tiny body tells a story of pain and suffering that words cannot suffice. Jackline, his single mother, died from AIDS complications just months after Kennedy was born.  He was in her care just long enough to bond with her before losing her. To make matters more difficult, Kennedy was unfortunately born HIV-positive.


Thankfully Kennedy’s grandparents, James (70 years old) and Francisca (60 years old) love their grandson dearly. They are doing their very best to take care of him, but they are extremely poor and at their advanced age, they are running out of energy.  James is the bread winner for the family, but with no formal education or marketable skills and living in a semi-arid region where even subsistence farming is not entirely reliable, life has been prohibitively tough.  The day our staff visited the family, James was at a local shopping center humbly doing some manual labor to put food on the table for that day.


I was really touched to learn that when Elizabeth and our driver were about to leave and drive back to the office, Kennedy ran inside our van and begged her to take him with them. “But I want to go with you!” he said.  Elizabeth learned that Kennedy did not even report to his Nursery (Kindergarten) class this semester. Reason?  His grandparents could not afford to pay for his school uniform and other small dues. These are items that cost an average of only $10 per semester.  Elizabeth talked gently to Kennedy and assured him that we will do everything we can to get some assistance for him.


I truly believe that together we have the means and capacity to partner with these loving grandparents to help raise Kennedy. To me, that is the heart of God.  Sponsoring Kennedy through Tumaini International today will make it possible for him to get the desperately needed nutritious meals and ARV’s (anti-retroviral medication) that he literally needs to stay alive. When reached in time, we have seen that most of our sponsored HIV-positive kids live and thrive once they receive proper nutrition and medication. Would you sponsor Kennedy today and make that happen? He will also be able to go to school and enjoy one week each year making lifelong friends at our TUBE (Tumaini Bible Experience) Camp. It takes only $35 a month or $1.17 a day to give hope and make a difference in the life of a child such as Kennedy.


Together for the King,

Stanley M. Mutunga
Stanley M. Mutunga, President CEO
* See other featured children available for sponsorship here.

Stories of Hope & Joy: Meet Morris

IMG_1872 Catherine and her son, 15 year old Morris Mutune are living out their lives very positively and with great hope despite their HIV-positive status. When I visited them recently, the first words out of Catherine’s mouth expressed her gratitude to God. Catherine: “Since I found out that I had the virus (HIV), I accepted my situation and cooperated with Tumaini to get the medication that my son and I need. My life has turned around, and God has given me peace and strength. Actually, there is nothing physical now that I can’t do.”


Morris, a high school freshman, has a favorite hobby– playing cricket– and he told me he is actually good at it! But more importantly, he wanted to underscore to me that despite his condition, he still has a dream: “My dream career is to become a lawyer. I am performing very well in the subject matters related to this career.”


Morris is the youngest son of Catherine’s four kids. She has two grown daughters and a son who completed grade 12 in 2013. Catherine’s husband died several years ago from AIDS, and she has since been chased away from her late husband’s family. A tragedy upon tragedy, but she and her young son have been fully taken back by her own family. Catherine is doing everything she can, but paying for high school expenses and meals needed to go with the necessary anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs and other daily expenses are simply out of her reach without the assistance of a Child Sponsor for Morris.


Morris was sponsored through Tumaini last year, but unfortunately his sponsor was unable to continue with the support this year. I am appealing to anyone able to sponsor Morris to please contact us TODAY. If you will sponsor him for just $35/month, he can continue with his high school education and eventually maybe even realize his dream of becoming a lawyer. Thank you for helping to keep hope alive. To see a short video of Morris, click here.

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Stories of Hope & Joy: Nicholas Kimenye, 30 Years Later

The last time I saw him had been exactly 30 years ago. At that time, Nicholas Kimenye was a teenager and one of my 12th grade students at Masii Boys High school. Now thirty years later, Nicholas is a mzee, or grown man, with a wife (Mary) and four lovely kids, three daughters and a son. After high school, Nicholas went on to further studies and is now an accomplished executive with the Nivea Company, serving as the Country Director in Uganda.


So how did Nicholas and I re-connect after so many years? Through the magic of social media. Unbeknown to me, Nicholas is one of the growing number of Kenyans who follow Tumaini’s ministry activities regularly. We are active on both Twitter (@Tumaini_is_Hope) and on Facebook ( Recently when I covered the story of one Wambua Ndunda, a little boy who had lost both parents to AIDS, Nicholas decided to get involved in a tangible way. So when he flew into Kenya from Uganda last week, coming to meet little Wambua and his family was one of his priorities. On Thursday August 14th, he did just that and we met again after thirty years. The entire family drove from their home district of Kangundo to fulfill his commitment to God.


The Kimenye’s act of mercy and kindness was significant at so many levels. First and foremost, they blessed Wambua and his siblings by bringing food and other basic supplies. They brought maize worth 120 kilos or 264 pounds. They also brought lots of clothes and shoes for Wambua, his elder brother Vincent, and their two sisters.


Second, my staff and I were deeply touched by the humility of Nicholas and his wife Mary. They just wanted to do what they felt was normal—to share with the less fortunate without much flare. But for us, we saw their act as a tangible example of what many Kenyan families can do to touch lives. Indeed, it doesn’t always take a lot to make a difference for the poor. A kind word goes a long way, and a good deed goes even further. Letting someone know, especially a child, that they are not alone and not forgotten is one of the kindest gestures anyone can make.


Thank you again Nicholas and your loving family.  May the Lord continue to bless you as you remember the less fortunate in our backyard. “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done” (Proverbs 19:17).


Stories of Hope & Joy: Hope Partners and Bridging the Gap for Forgotten Kids


“Where will I stay next year when they move me again?” 11-year-old Brenda asked Aunt Vieta, her new guardian. Since her mom died several years ago from AIDS complications, Brenda had been moved around to three different homes to live with various relatives. Sadly, in one of those homes she was abused by one of the people who was supposed to be caring for her. Brenda carries a scar on her face from a knife wound that she suffered from an aunt a couple of years ago. Aunt Vieta shared with me how this question moved her to tears, and she promised little Brenda from that day that she will never be moved again.


Tumaini has partnered with Vieta to help her raise Brenda. Even after she lost her sponsor last year, Tumaini continued to pay for all the medical expenses and special diet that she needs for her survival (Brenda is HIV-positive). We also paid her school fees & tuition. And just recently, we even found her a new sponsor! But we could not have done any of this, and Brenda would not have the hope she has now without critically needed funding from ordinary people like you.


That is why I am writing to you today to consider giving generously to either our BRIDGE THE GAP! fund with a 1-time gift, or becoming a Hope Partner with an ongoing monthly gift. These are the funds we use to help kids like Brenda who have lost their sponsors while we search for a new sponsor to take their place. Take this opportunity today to provide hope where there is no hope. Click here to get started!

Stories of Hope & Joy: Nicholas Kaesa


Jambo and welcome to the Tumaini International Ministries podcast, where we are talking about stories of hope and joy. I am talking with you from Kenya. I am at the Christian camp this week. We are doing the Tumaini Camp and God is blessing us with a wonderful week. Today I am joined by one of our sponsored kids, Nicholas Kaesa. Nicholas has been with us for a few years as a sponsored child, and he is going to share his hope and joy from his perspective. [Editor’s Note: It is important for you, the reader, to know that Nicholas is HIV-positive. When he first became sponsored through Tumaini, he was very ill, weak, and we did not know if he would even live to see the end of the year. Since being sponsored, he began a course of anti-retroviral medication and the results have been life-changing.]

Stanley: Nicholas, how many years have you been sponsored so far?

Nicholas: For fourteen years.

Stanley: If I remember correctly, you came when you were still very young. God has been very good to you and to all of us. How many brothers and sisters do you have?

Nicholas: I have one brother and one sister.

Stanley: What class are you in right now?

Nicholas: I am in class 8.

Stanley: [Class 8 is equivalent to 8th grade, or junior high]. Now if you can look back, what is the one thing, or maybe several things, you can say God has done in your life through sponsorship by Tumaini?

Nicholas: Tumaini has sponsored me since I was sick, and I got well. And Tumaini has paid for me for fees in school, and has provided for me food and basic needs.

Stanley: That is wonderful. What are you hoping to do? Are you going to high school next year?

Nicholas: Yes.

Stanley: What would you like to be or become when you finish high school?

Nicholas: I would like to be a great dancer in the world.

Stanley: That is wonderful! We don’t have many dancers here as you know, so that would be a very special skill. I know your sponsor is not here, they are miles and miles away. What would you like to say to your sponsors who have given money (over the years) so that you could be sponsored by Tumaini?

Nicholas: I can thank him and tell him to continue with that spirit.

Stanley: That is great. So you said you would like to become a dancer, do you know how to dance?

Nicholas: Yes.

Stanley: Well, as a way of showing your joy and gratitude and the hope you have in Jesus Christ, would you like to dance even right now?

Nicholas: Yes.

Stanley: Absolutely, go ahead!

At this point in the interview, the normally soft-spoken Nicholas lit up like a firecracker! His face was beaming with a big, bright smile, and he broke into a spontaneous, unrehearsed song, singing in Kiswahili combined with rhythmic, energetic dancing.  Click here to watch.

Stanley: Wow! That is amazing! For those of you who are not Kiswahili speakers, what Nicholas Kaesa is saying is that “ganga is a witch doctor (or traditional medicine man). They can’t heal but only Jesus can heal” and if there is someone who has that testimony, it is Nicholas. “(He is singing that) God is able to heal, and that is why he is singing and dancing to the Lord.” Praise God!

Nicholas: Yes.

Stanley: Thank you so much Nicholas. I appreciate your time. May God bless you and may you become the greatest dancer ever!

Stories of Hope & Joy: Rachael and Her Children

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Rachael and Dr. Mutunga

Jambo from Kenya and welcome to the next installment of Tumaini International Ministries’ podcast, Stories of Hope and Joy. This month features President Stanley Mutunga talking with Rachael, one of the guardians, her daughter Damaris, another daughter Nthenya, and her son George. They are visiting at the family home in Kenya. Rachael is 35 years old and a widow. She and her kids have been devastated by the AIDS epidemic and Tumaini has been sponsoring these kids for a number of months now. We wanted to talk briefly with Rachael and see how she is doing and have her share some of the things she has been going through.

Stanley: Rachael can you tell us what life was like before the children were sponsored by Tumaini?

Rachael: (translated by Tumaini field staff member Elizabeth Nthiw’a) I thank the Lord because of the sponsorship. When I was applying for my kids’ sponsorship at Tumaini, I had a lot of poverty, especially with my kids’ education. I went to the school where my kids were and told the teacher that I am not able to pay for my school fees for my children. They told me they would talk with the Tumaini staff to see how they can best help the kids.

Last year in September, the Tumaini staff came to my home and took pictures of my kids. In three days, they came again to my home and told me they had good news… that all 3 of my kids were sponsored. I was so grateful to them and I told them may God continue to bless them. From there they told me to have my kids come to the office so they can be told how Tumaini will be helping them and I did so. From that time Tumaini has been supporting my kids. I have been cooperating with Tumaini concerning how I am going to take care of my kids. Thank you.

Stanley: Thank you Rachael. Maybe you can share briefly with the people who are sponsoring Damaris, Nthenya and George. If they were here, what would you tell them?

Rachael: I am so grateful to the sponsors who support my kids. Once again, thank you for paying for the school fees of my children. They have been buying clothes for my children and I am also so grateful for the supply of food for my family. I am so, so grateful for Tumaini and what they have done for my family. May God continue blessing Tumaini as we continue partnering with them to support my kids. May God continue to bless you all. Thank you.

Stanley: Thank you so much. I hope you can see what a difference you are making to make a contribution and come alongside a family like Rachael’s. I am so grateful to see the children and I know they are smiling inside [kids and Rachael laugh] and it has been a joy spending a morning with them, just getting to know how God is blessing them. Thank you again for bringing joy and hope! May God bless you. Thank you.

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George, Damaris, Rachael, & Nthenya

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