Tumaini Children’s Foundation is a not for profit, charitable organization dedicated to the care, support and education of orphaned and needy children in and around Usa River, Arusha, Tanzania. Tanzania is one of the poorest countries in the world. In 2008 it was ranked (based on 2006 stats) 162nd out of 177 countries on the UNDP Human Development Index.
TUmaini CHIldren’s FOundation, or (TUCHIFO, – acronyms are VERY popular in Tanzania) has acquired its NGO registration (United Republic of Tanzania, Non-Governmental Organization Act, 2002, Section 12(2) of Act. No. 24 of 2002, Certificate No. 3232) and has received charitable registration approval from Revenue Canada.
TUCHIFO has no religious affiliation, most simply put; the level of need dictates the level of assistance TUCHIFO provides. We made many home visits during the months of August and September, 2009 assessed need and selected children based on their individual living situations. Several of our children are orphans in the purest sense. Brothers Stefano and Lazaro’s parents have died of AIDS and they are living (and starving) with their uncle, aunt, and two cousins who all share a one room, mud hut.