Eric Sturdza Investments continues its support of the Tumaini Fund in 2020, a charity which seeks to support orphans in remote regions of Tanzania.
The Tumaini Fund was founded in January 2003 by Dr Susan Wilson, a local Guernsey doctor who worked in Kagera in 2001 and was horrified by the lack of hope for the 100,000 AIDS orphans in the remote and desperately poor northwestern region of Tanzania.
The Charity today supports 33,170 orphans and has dug over 100 clean-water wells; as well as providing educational support from nursery to university level. As a result of the Charity’s efforts, they are currently supporting 8,000 children in secondary school and have 200 at university. Further information regarding the extent of the charity’s work can be found on their website; The Tumaini Fund.
Eric Sturdza Investments has been working to support the efforts of the Tumaini Fund since late 2017 and has during this time provided the funding for the construction of five clean water wells in the Karagwe District of the Kagera region, Tanzania. These wells normally provide access to safe drinking water for approximately 3,500 people.
Dr Susan Wilson in commenting on the impact of Eric Sturdza Investments’ donation in 2019 stated: “In the Dry Season the number of people coming to these wells can double to 7,000 people as the surface water dries up in their villages.”
Following discussions with Dr Wilson in late 2019 and having gained an understanding of imminent needs, we elected to provide 300 secondary school starter kits in 2020, which included the necessary books that children are required to obtain in order to be admitted for secondary education. We fundamentally believe that education is crucial to individual empowerment and as such we are delighted to be able to contribute.
The Tumaini Fund’s biggest challenge is again securing the necessary funds needed for their children at secondary school from January 2021. In 2020 they have supported 11,602 orphans at secondary school. In Forms 1 and 2 children study 10 subjects each and require 10 hard-backed exercise books (daftari), the cost being prohibitive for many. In Forms 3 & 4 children need 6-8 daftari. The charity provides additional support with regards to uniforms.
Accordingly, and in recognition that education provides the opportunity for the children to escape the grinding poverty of subsistence-farming, we have elected to provide further support to The Tumaini Fund in 2021, providing funding for the educational needs for an additional 500 children.
Further insights on the work we’ve supported throughout the years for The Tumaini Fund can be found here: