Orphans at Tumaini Children’s home celebrate Valentine in style
Orphans at Tumaini Children’s Home in Voi sub-county celebrated the lover’s day in style after Taita-Taveta County Assembly Welfare team joined them to celebrate Valentine at the institution.
Led by the Clerk of the County Assembly, Michael Ngala, the welfare members donated foodstuff and personal effects to the children. The members also spent the day cooking and cleaning the facility in what officials said was spreading love to the less fortunate in the society.
The Chairperson for the Welfare team, Andrew Mlawasi said there was need for the community to remember and engage the marginalized through constant meetings, adding that orphans were particularly vulnerable and needed love from the community.
“We came here as part of humanity family. We came to show them that they are not alone,” he said.
Amongst the donated stuff included flour, soft drinks, detergents, rice, sugar amongst other products valued at over Sh. 100,000. Over 20 members of the welfare attended the event.
Japheth Adasi, a director of the facility, thanked the members, noting that they had become part of the community that was making impact on the lives of the children, noting that the community had embraced the home and made it their own. Well-wishers had donated money, building materials, clothes and other forms of aid to enable the facility grow.
He said the institution was still facing challenges like lack of water and funds to sustain itself and asked the county government to set aside money to assist such facilities. The facility has got over 30 children.
“We take children who have nowhere to go. The county can do its part and support facilities like ours to ensure the children we have are also taken care off,” he said.
The County Assembly Clerk asked the director to organize a day when the children will be treated to a tour at the County Assembly precincts to see how it operates, adding that such events were meant to demystify the county governance and act as motivation to orphans to aim at achieving more in life.
“This is a beginning for a long and fruitful engagement. We want these children to feel they can be anything they want to be in life,” he said.
By Wagema Mwangi