Generating good with solar energy
The Tumaini Center was created to provide assistance to some of Kenya’s most neglected social groups – orphans and street women. We want to show that it is possible to improve the conditions of these people in a sustainable, expandable way that can be applied all over Africa. We are already more than 80% of the way there – and we are asking for your help in getting us closer to our goal.
Solar power is a clean and sustainable solution to one of Tumaini’s largest expenses. Electricity prices in Kenya are more than double those found in the United States, but our location in Nakuru, Kenya has steady, year-round sunshine. This project will fund the installation of a 20 kilowatt (kW) solar power system that will reduce Tumaini’s power bill by more than $10,000 per year. Over the expected life of the system, this amounts to over $250,000 in savings – money that could instead be used to provide food, clothing, housing, and a full primary education to an additional 50 orphaned children.These savings also bring Tumaini closer to its goal of self-sustainability. Currently more than 80% of Tumaini's operating budget is covered by revenue from our businesses and partnerships within Kenya - this project will bring us much closer to our goal of 100% self-sustainability.
We Need You
Installing our system requires purchasing the solar power components, shipping to Kenya, building a mounting structure for the system, and meeting requirements set by the local utility company. Thanks to generous matching of donations by The Beech Foundation, we are able to set our fundraising goal at $37,500.
With your help, we can reach this goal! Please consider donating to the campaign, and sharing this page with your friends and colleagues.
This solar installation is the first step in a planned transition to solar power at the Tumaini Center. If our campaign surpasses its funding goal, we have several stretch goals set up that would allow us to complete other phases of our plan immediately. If a stretch goal is not met, the additional money will instead go directly towards scholarships for the orphans at Tumaini.
About the Tumaini Center
The Tumaini Center was built using donations from the United States and Kenya to create an ecosystem of both for-profit businesses and not-for-profit programs. A large part of the revenue generated from the for-profit businesses is used to fund the not-for-profit programs, showing that it is possible to provide extensive community improvement in Kenya without being reliant on a constant stream of donations.
The Tumaini Center is currently home to the Tumaini Bethany Children's Home, the Jitegemea School, and the Nakuru 3:16 Bridge of Hope for Street Families. The Jitegemea School has about 350 students, of which over 100 are orphans living at the Children's Home. Nakuru 3:16 is home to six mothers and their eighteen children. They are supported in part by our water trucking, cottages and conference center, our farm, and partnerships with local businesses.
As we begin to apply this model in other parts of Kenya, we aim to reach the point of full self-sustainability. In this way we can show that with proper planning and management, and strategic use of initial donations, it is possible to create sustainable solutions to some of Kenya’s most pressing socio-economic problems.