Below are a few examples of how The Tumaini Fund is helping to restore hope to families in Kagera.


This family were found in Kagera near the border with Burundi. Bandits had killed mum and dad and left Andreas (10), Arnold (7), Joyce (5), Amos (3) & Agripa (baby) as orphans. They also stole what little this family had. Their parish worker alerted The Tumaini Fund to their plight and requested emergency help. He wrote “Let us pray for these orphans … for Jesus to give them hope. Let’s make their faces smile as they are sad and wounded for missing their parent’s love. It really hurts!”

After a donation from a family in Scotland the children now have their own home with land and are being cared for by an elder sibling who had been found. They have been sponsored by a family in Guernsey and this will allow them all to access schooling. The parish workers will continue to support them. How amazing that now ‘their faces smile’!



In Sept 2017 Kagera was hit by an earthquake affecting many families like Johnmerry’s. He is a widower who cares for 12 orphans, although they are not all his own. His house in Minziro was badly damaged and became uninhabitable. Tumaini parish workers found this family of 13 sleeping under tarpaulin outside.

The family have been supported by their parish workers and received emergency help with clothing, blankets from Guernsey and mosquito nets. Their new home is a gift from a Scottish family.

As Dr Susan Wilson says “For him and his children, this is a modern-day miracle- they live in a remote village (Minziro) that nobody knows about but because their parish worker contacted the Muleba office, suddenly help has come to them from people 5000 – 9000 miles away”


We met this dear grandmother during our fist visit to Kagera. She was desperately trying to care alone for her grandchildren who had lost both parents. Katuska was very frail and in poor health herself, and in despair at the thought of what would happen to her grandchildren when she was no longer able to care for them.Their shelter was this straw house, open to the wind and rains and also to any passing wild animals.  

A family in Scotland were able to support them urgently through the provision of a new home and “shamba” for farming, providing income for the family.

An Aunt and Uncle were found after Katuska sadly died and they have been able to care for this young family, as well as their own, with the help of monthly sponsorship through The Tumaini Fund. The parish workers continue to visit and support regularly.


Judith’s mother died when she was young from AIDS and her father did not cope well, fearing he too would become ill and be unable to farm the land.  He started to drink heavily and would disappear for long periods of time leaving Judith to care for her younger siblings (Bariki, Yeseti and Joyness). She was unable to go to school and would walk miles every day looking for work or food.  When found by The Tumaini Fund the family were starving.

After support, Judith started primary school aged 16. The family were built a new home with some land to farm. Judith later married a lovely young man and now has two boys. She now works as a tailor after being gifted a sewing machine through a Tumaini Fund micro-enterprise scheme.