© District 3 RTO/ERO           Legal Notice Human Rights Statement 

Tumaini Afrika SSM

“Tumaini” is the Swahili word for hope.  Retired Principal Holly Wickett and a small team of volunteers are raising funds to support a

school in Kenya.  Their goal is to provide a breakfast and lunch program, as well as clean water, to 250 children aged 5 to 17 (145 boys,

105 girls) at the Compass School for orphans and refugees in Kikuyu, just outside of Nairobi Kenya.  Tumaini Afrika SSM is dedicated to

raising funds to give a "hands up" to children in Africa. 100% of donations go directly to help the children.

Holly is supported by retired educators Sylvie Mackey and Sheree Wilson in her fundraising endeavours.  Three RTO Members!

Holly, Sylvie and Sheree travelled to Kenya in March of 2016 to volunteer at Compass School.

4. Funds raised have helped rebuild

the chicken coop and purchase

chickens. Chickens and eggs are

now being sold to raise funds for

the school!

 3. Retired teacher Sylvie Mackey,

planting a tree with her student

on the Compass School

grounds.

The kids working hard in their classroom.

Compass School grounds.

Sylvie looking through our trip

book.

 2. The orphans and refugees

getting served lunch at the

school - beans and rice.

 Kids in the class having fun for

the camera!!  Kids are kids, no

matter where they are.

 1. Students looking at winter

photos (Curling) sent from

Northern Heights Public School

in Sault Ste. Marie.

 5. Compass kids all set up waiting

to entertain us as their guests!

Table of treasures from Kenya,

Uganda and the Democratic

Republic of the Congo.  (Picture

from April 2015 RTO Meeting.)

Holly Wickett and Sylvie Mackey

presenting at the RTO April

General Membership Meeting!

Retired Princpal Holly Wickett

and her excited friends at the

Compass School, Nairobi,

Kenya.

Compass School outside of

Nairobi, Kenya.

A classroom at Compass

School.

Middle Row:

Click on a picture, below, to ZOOM in!
"I shall pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."      - Stephen Grellet
Background In March 2014, retired educator Holly Wickett visited schools, orphanages and women’s shelters across Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  “People say it’s going to be life-changing and yes I realized that but I had no idea the impact the people would have on me since I got back,” said Holly. 
Jambo all! It has been a while since you have received info regarding Tumaini Afrika.  I am happy to tell you that we are still going strong!  Thank you to all those who supported our Murder Mystery!  It was a fun night and we raised over $5500 for the kids in Kenya!  Special thank you to Jeannine Jefferson for organizing this event and to Grand Gardens staff for their usual great service as well as participation in the mystery! Thanks as well to the actors who generously donated their time and expertise to the evening. Our next big event is our As Big As An Elephant Garage Sale, to be held in the morning of June 3 at St. Andrew's United Church auditorium!  This has been an extremely successful event for the past three years, and with your support, it will be again! If you are doing your spring cleaning, we would love your items. The church will be open for drop offs on June 1 and 2, and if you would like us to pick up your items, please call Holly at 705-942-6088 or Diane at 705-759-3418. Please come to the sale as well, as we always have some great treasures! While in Kenya last year, we were trying to explain to our African friends that we have a big garage sale to raise money for them.  They did not know what a garage sale was, and when we explained it to them, they were still somewhat unclear as they asked "you mean people have things they don't need?". Enough said. Over the past several months, our funds have been assisting in the Mathare Slum- rebuilding kitchens where the children at the schools are fed. We have also sent funds to the County Girls Caucus, a preventative and leadership program for young girls in rural Kenya.  Donations have been made to Days For Girls and we distributed 166 sanitary bags to girls while in Kenya. Many members and supporters of Tumaini Afrika are members of the Days For Girls group here in the Soo.  Funds have also been sent to Principal Annastacia, for food for the children at Compass School, in their final months. We are very saddened to say that the Kenyan Government is taking the land that Compass School is on, and building a hospital. They do not have plans to reallocate the orphans and refugees who attend this school, so many of the children will not be able to attend school and may end up on the streets, as they are unable to pay the fees at other schools. We are happy that we were able to assist with feeding and educating these kids for almost three years, but so sad to hear what has happened. Members of Tumaini Afrika have also been involved with assisting with (not monetarily)a refugee family who have come from a country in Africa. They have felt very welcomed in our city and country! If you are interested, we have beautiful hand designed and beaded pillow cases/wall hangings to sell, created by Kenyan, Mary Warinidi. Our web-site has been updated and we encourage you to check it out, as you will find a lot more information as well as links to the websites of the programs or sites mentioned above.  There are also photos of Mary's beadwork and a blog from our last trip. We hope to head back to Kenya in March 2018! Thank you again for your interest and support! Holly for Tumaini Afrika Our Website:  http://www.tumainiafrikassm.com/ If you wish to be taken off this list, let us know.
District 3 President Bernice Whalen presents Holly Wickett with a cheque for $4,000.00, to assist the Compass School in Kenya.  With Holly are Sylvie Mackey in green, Cynthia Sutton in orange and Sheree Wilson in red.  Holly and her team are tirelessly raising funds for the children of the Compass School in Kenya!
Goals: To provide a breakfast and lunch program, as well as clean water, for the 250 children aged 5 to 17 (145 boys, 105 girls) at the Compass School for orphans and refugees in Kikuyu, just outside of Nairobi Kenya.  
Are we making a Difference?!  Absolutely!! Thank you so much for your caring and support!
RTO/ERO proudly operates a grant program for its 48 Districts, providing $100,000 to sponsor local community projects. Through Project – Service to Others (STO), Districts apply for individual projects that support local, national and international programs that often involve children and/or disadvantaged groups, to a maximum of $4,000 per project. A provincial committee of RTO/ERO assesses the merit of each Project – STO submission according to established criteria, including level of member and District participation in the project. RTO/ERO Local District 3 Algoma submitted Tumaini Afrika, the support of a Kenyan school of 250 children -- a project spearheaded by retired educator Holly Wickett, and was accepted!  This has provided Holly’s Kenyan school with the maximum donation of $4,000.00!
Project - Service to Others (STO)     Tumaini Afrika, 2016
Apply for a 2017 Service to Others (STO) grant here!
Pictures from Holly and her Team’s May Visit to the Compass School
© RTO / ERO District 3 Legal Notice       Human Rights Statement  

Tumani Afrika SSM

“Tumaini” is the Swahili word for hope.  Retired Principal Holly

Wickett and a small team of volunteers are raising funds to support a

school in Kenya.  Their goal is to provide a breakfast and lunch

program, as well as clean water, to 250 children aged 5 to 17 (145

boys, 105 girls) at the Compass School for orphans and refugees in

Kikuyu, just outside of Nairobi Kenya.  Tumaini Afrika SSM is dedicated

to raising funds to give a "hands up" to children in Africa. 100% of

donations go directly to help the children.

Holly is supported by retired educators Sylvie Mackey and Sheree

Wilson in her fundraising endeavours.  Three RTO Members!

Holly, Sylvie and Sheree travelled to Kenya in March of 2016 to volunteer at Compass School.
Click on a picture, below, to ZOOM in!

From Left to Right:

1.  Retired Princpal Holly Wickett and her excited friends at the Compass School, Nairobi, Kenya. 2.   Compass School outside of Nairobi, Kenya. 3.   A classroom at Compass School. 4.   Compass School grounds. 5.   The kids working hard in their classroom. 6.   Looking at winter photos (Curling) sent from Northern Heights Public School in Sault Ste. Marie. 7.   The orphans and refugees getting served lunch at the school - beans and rice. 8.   Retired teacher Sylvie Mackey, planting a tree with her student on the Compass School grounds. 9.   Funds raised have helped rebuild the chicken coop and purchase chickens. Chickens and eggs       are now being sold to raise funds for the school! 10. Compass kids all set up waiting to entertain us as their guests! 11. Kids in the class having fun for the camera!!  Kids are kids, no matter where they are. 12. Holly Wickett and Sylvie Mackey presenting at the RTO April General Membership Meeting! 13. Table of treasures from Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.       (Picture from April 2015 RTO Meeting.) 14. Sylvie looking through our trip book.
Background In March 2014, retired educator Holly Wickett visited schools, orphanages and women’s shelters across Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  “People say it’s going to be life-changing and yes I realized that but I had no idea the impact the people would have on me since I got back,” said Holly. 
"I shall pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now, for I shall not pass this way again."      - Stephen Grellet
Jambo all! It has been a while since you have received info regarding Tumaini Afrika.  I am happy to tell you that we are still going strong!  Thank you to all those who supported our Murder Mystery!  It was a fun night and we raised over $5500 for the kids in Kenya!  Special thank you to Jeannine Jefferson for organizing this event and to Grand Gardens staff for their usual great service as well as participation in the mystery! Thanks as well to the actors who generously donated their time and expertise to the evening. Our next big event is our As Big As An Elephant Garage Sale, to be held in the morning of June 3 at St. Andrew's United Church auditorium!  This has been an extremely successful event for the past three years, and with your support, it will be again! If you are doing your spring cleaning, we would love your items. The church will be open for drop offs on June 1 and 2, and if you would like us to pick up your items, please call Holly at 705-942-6088 or Diane at 705-759-3418. Please come to the sale as well, as we always have some great treasures! While in Kenya last year, we were trying to explain to our African friends that we have a big garage sale to raise money for them.  They did not know what a garage sale was, and when we explained it to them, they were still somewhat unclear as they asked "you mean people have things they don't need?". Enough said. Over the past several months, our funds have been assisting in the Mathare Slum- rebuilding kitchens where the children at the schools are fed. We have also sent funds to the County Girls Caucus, a preventative and leadership program for young girls in rural Kenya.  Donations have been made to Days For Girls and we distributed 166 sanitary bags to girls while in Kenya. Many members and supporters of Tumaini Afrika are members of the Days For Girls group here in the Soo.  Funds have also been sent to Principal Annastacia, for food for the children at Compass School, in their final months. We are very saddened to say that the Kenyan Government is taking the land that Compass School is on, and building a hospital. They do not have plans to reallocate the orphans and refugees who attend this school, so many of the children will not be able to attend school and may end up on the streets, as they are unable to pay the fees at other schools. We are happy that we were able to assist with feeding and educating these kids for almost three years, but so sad to hear what has happened. Members of Tumaini Afrika have also been involved with assisting with (not monetarily)a refugee family who have come from a country in Africa. They have felt very welcomed in our city and country! If you are interested, we have beautiful hand designed and beaded pillow cases/wall hangings to sell, created by Kenyan, Mary Warinidi. Our web-site has been updated and we encourage you to check it out, as you will find a lot more information as well as links to the websites of the programs or sites mentioned above.  There are also photos of Mary's beadwork and a blog from our last trip. We hope to head back to Kenya in March 2018! Thank you again for your interest and support! Holly for Tumaini Afrika Our Website:  http://www.tumainiafrikassm.com/ If you wish to be taken off this list, let us know.
District 3 President Bernice Whalen presents Holly Wickett with a cheque for $4,000.00, to assist the Compass School in Kenya.  With Holly are Sylvie Mackey in green, Cynthia Sutton in orange and Sheree Wilson in red.  Holly and her team are tirelessly raising funds for the children of the Compass School in Kenya!
Goals: To provide a breakfast and lunch program, as well as clean water, for the 250 children aged 5 to 17 (145 boys, 105 girls) at the Compass School for orphans and refugees in Kikuyu, just outside of Nairobi Kenya.  
Are we making a Difference?!  Absolutely!! Thank you so much for your caring and support!
Project - Service to Others (STO)     Tumaini Afrika, 2016
RTO/ERO proudly operates a grant program for its 48 Districts, providing $100,000 to sponsor local community projects. Through Project – Service to Others (STO), Districts apply for individual projects that support local, national and international programs that often involve children and/or disadvantaged groups, to a maximum of $4,000 per project. A provincial committee of RTO/ERO assesses the merit of each Project – STO submission according to established criteria, including level of member and District participation in the project. RTO/ERO Local District 3 Algoma submitted Tumaini Afrika, the support of a Kenyan school of 250 children -- a project spearheaded by retired educator Holly Wickett, and was accepted!  This has provided Holly’s Kenyan school with the maximum donation of $4,000.00!
Apply for a 2017 Service to Others (STO) grant here!
Pictures from Holly and her Team’s May Visit to the Compass School