We focus our charitable efforts on supporting the provision of basic needs that are fundamental to an individual’s ability to survive, grow and thrive. Eric Sturdza Investments is proud to be working with The Tumaini Fund again in 2022, a charity that seeks to support orphans in remote regions of Tanzania.
Eric Sturdza Investments has been fortunate enough to be able to support the efforts of The Tumaini Fund since late 2017, who with our direct support has:
Five clean water wells were constructed in the Karagwe District of the Kagera region, Tanzania between 2018 and 2019. These wells normally provide access to safe drinking water for approximately 3,500 people; however, this number doubles in the dry season and as such service 7,000 people.
From 2019 we shifted our focus, in consultation with Dr Wilson, The Tumaini Fund’s founder, to focus on the provision of secondary education starter packs. These represent the basic supplies that each child must obtain to be able to enter secondary education.
We have been delighted to have the opportunity to in some small way contribute to The Tumaini Fund’s efforts, who today support over 50,000 orphans in the Kagera Region of Tanzania, but more importantly to support the people in the region in gaining access to clean drinking water and education. Basics that many in the developed world take for granted; however, that is not guaranteed globally and are fundamental to an individual’s ability to survive, grow and thrive.
Accordingly, we will once again be supporting the Tumaini Fund’s education push as part of our 2021 charitable giving programme, providing the funding for 500 secondary school starter packs, taking our support to orphans in this regard to a total of 1,300 in the last 3 years. Details of the Fund’s aims, challenges and ambitions in this regard are provided below.
We would encourage readers to visit The Tumaini Fund’s website to learn more about their work, whilst further information regarding the impact that our donations have had, can be viewed via the below links:
- Eric Sturdza Investments focuses on individual empowerment through education in Tanzania.
- Our commitment to charitable giving.
Update on the Charity’s work provided by Dr Wilson:
“We today support over 50,000 orphans in the Kagera Region of Tanzania, a Region in the far North-West, bordering Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Lake Victoria.
Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the World, and the Kagera Region is the furthest away from the centre of finance, Dar es salaam, which is located in the South East of the country.
In Kagera, which is the size of Northern Ireland, most (>90%) people are subsistence farmers who may only earn £150 each year from their farming activities. The region has been severely impacted by an AIDS epidemic that occurred after the Civil Wars in Rwanda and Burundi when fleeing soldiers raped women and girls and the HIV rate jumped from 2.8% to 28%. It is very hard to be an orphan in an area suffering from such poverty and with severely limited resources.
The Tumaini Fund has been working with orphans and their families in this area since 2003, and as we approach the end of 2021 we are caring for in excess of 50,000 orphans.
In Tanzania, leaving school without a Form 4 Secondary School leaving certificate means there is limited to no prospect for further education or work.
As such we are desperately trying to enable our primary schoolers to make the transition to secondary education and ultimately successfully complete their education and pass the Form 4 examinations.
Each of our secondary schoolers – last audit 11,602 – need to start school with 10 hard-backed exercise books called « daftari ». They are specified by the government. Each student requires 10 books for the year ahead and is not allowed to continue unless they have these – they are the key to another year of education.
As well as this we check that they have a decent school uniform and shoes, and provide a bicycle if needed for a long journey to school and a solar lamp to enable them to study at home – these items are subject to availability of funds.
As you can see we need a budget of £116,000 to meet this need, which is a big ask. All our Tumaini outposts – in Scotland, Canada, the USA, England and here in Guernsey are working hard to find funds for this need and we would be so grateful if Eric Sturdza Investments would join us in the fight for these children’s educations, as you have kindly funded our work previously as part of your Charitable Giving Program.”
As we’ve stated in previous communications regarding our work with the Tumaini Fund, we fundamentally believe in the empowerment that education provides and as such are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our support of their invaluable work for the benefit of the orphans of the Kagera region of Tanzania.
Commenting on our continuing support of the Tumaini Fund’s efforts Dr Wilson comments:
“The Tumaini Fund gratefully acknowledges receiving £5,000 from Eric Sturdza Investments at the end of 2020.
Those funds were used to provide Starter Packs for new orphans being supported by Tumaini. This comprises a primary school uniform (made by our orphans in our vocational training schools for tailoring) therefore made skilfully but at minimal cost, exercise books and pencils and a mosquito net – sleeping under a mosquito net in Kagera, Tanzania gives the child 50% more chance of living to adulthood (cf UNICEF) as malaria is the biggest killer of children in Kagera, it is also a major cause of school absence and loss of education.
Each pack cost £10 and as such Eric Sturdza Investments and its clients gave 500 children the chance of a new life through their 2020 donation. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
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.
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