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 :

        The Tumaini Fund :

  • Over 30% of the population are HIV positive.

  • Encourages and facilitates testing for all widows and orphans.
  • Supports access to medication through provision of bus fares to dispensaries.
  • Provides dairy goats for pregnant widows (thus reducing 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.
  • Supports children in secondary school through provision of required books and solar lamps.
  • Have built 6 vocational tailoring schools and 5 carpentry schools.
  • Offer student loan schemes for teachers and dispensers.

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

  • Have sunk over 100 shallow and deep wells and work with local village water committees and local authorities to maintain these wells.

  • 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 saving 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 hoping to resource further 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

These images portray some aspects of the work of The Tumaini Fund in Kagera , NW Tanzania, giving a broad overview of some ways that the Fund is supporting widows and orphans in the region.

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

Changed Lives