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Kennedy’s Story—Part 1Kennedy Mbaja
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Tumaini children's Home was started in 2015 while I was attending University. The first children who were rescued were two girls living on the street near campus. Since I had no place for them to stay, I supported them with food, clothes, and some basic necessities, but they were not safe on the streets. Every day, they shared with me stories of sexual abuse. Since I had no cash, I used the small loan I received from the government to support them.

After completing my university education in December 2016, I made plans to move back home with the two girls for whom I had been providing. while traveling back home, I met another two girls and three boys who heard about me. They refused to leave my side knowing that I had already resuced two for their friends, so I decided to go to the Office of Child Services in the city with these seven children, ages seven to ten years old.

At the Office of Child Services, I tried to convince the children to let me go and promised them that I would pick them up another day. They all refused saying I was their hope. In Swahili, the word "hope" translates to Tumaini and that is how the word Tumaini came to be used. The Office of Child Services advised me and agreed to let me take these seven children home. I had no job and I would be responsible for feeding and clothing them.

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