How Tumaini Helps

How The Tumaini Fund Helps

Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world and Kagera, in the North West, is one of the poorest regions within the country. It is estimated there may be over 100,000 orphans in this area alone because of the HIV crisis.

The Tumaini Fund have offices in 5 districts – Murgwanza, Karagwe, Muleba, Chato and now Biharamulo and  all the care for the widows and orphans  is co-ordinated from these offices by a dedicated team of social workers.  A team of 200 parish workers, who work in pairs, provide practical and emotional support for those in need.


In Kagera :

How Tumaini helps :

Over 30% of the population are HIV positive

– Encourage and facilitate testing for all widows and orphans
– Support access to medication through provision of bus fares to dispensaries
– Provide dairy goats for pregnant widows (reduces direct transmission by avoiding breast feeding)

7% of children go to secondary school

– Helps children access primary school with ‘welcome packs’ containing school uniforms and resources
– Support children in secondary school through provision of required books and solar lamps
– Have built 4 vocational tailoring schools and a carpentry school with 3 workshops
– Have student loan schemes for 30 teachers and 10 dispensers to access training each year

12% of children die before their first birthday because of gastroenteritis from dirty water supplies

– Have sunk nearly 80 shallow and deep wells which each provide clean water for an entire village

1 in 5 children under the age of 5 will die because of malaria

– Provide mosquito nets to all families in their care – each net sleeping up to three children beneath – £4 saves 3 lives

Most people are subsistence farmers but the rains are unpredictable and so drought and crop failure is common

– Have funded an irrigation scheme through solar power in Kibehe and are securing funding for another three water towers
– Are passionate about equipping families with sustainable and income-generating skills through vocational training and micro-enterprise as an alternative to farming. For example – rearing chickens, goats, cows, bee keeping, sunflower oil production, tailoring, craft making and fish ponds.

Many orphans are found in derelict shacks

– Have built hundreds of new houses for families who have been found living in the most dreadful conditions. Usually with a “shamba” to farm alongside.

Having read a little about how The Tumaini Fund supports families in Kagera, please click on the button below to find out how YOU can get involved too.




Vocational School

Carpentry School

Tilifina - goat keeper

Shallow Well

Johnmerry's New Home

Judith's tailoring micro-enterprise

Welcome Pack Distribution

Here are a selection of images that portray the work of The Tumaini Fund (Scotland) in the Kagera region.

Find out more about the effect of Tumaini’s work by reading stories of how lives are being changed.

Changed Lives