La Fraternelle Light Up Guernsey Helps Tumaini Fund

6th February 2018

The Tumaini Fund will benefit thanks to La Fraternelle’s Light Up Guernsey competition.

Last year’s winner, Julliet Veron, was awarded prize money to donate to her chosen charities. Ms Veron chose to donate some of that money to the Tumaini Fund, which is very grateful.

The fund is based in the Channel Islands, and seeks to alleviate the terrible suffering of AIDS widows and orphans in Kagera, the most north-west province of Tanzania.

We are told average life expectancy there is 43 years and HIV carriage is thought to be 28%, with about 1 in 3 mothers delivering babies being HIV positive.

A subsistence farmer will earn about £55 each year, and will usually have to support 6-8 family members.

There may also be 100,000 orphans in the region.

Chairman of the charity, Dr Susan Wilson MBE, told Island FM the money donated by Ms Veron will go towards buying mosquito nets for children in Tanzania.

She says:

‘We can buy about 250 mosquito nets that will probably protect 500 children. According to the UN, that gives the children 50% less chance of dying of Malaria in childhood for a £4 net, which is about £2 each if there’s  two of them under there. So, that’s an awful lot of children that we can protect with the money that Julliet and her friends donated.’

Dr Wilson has just returned from visiting Tanzania, where the fund has been helping the surviving children involved in an accident with a hand grenade:

‘There’s a little boy who nearly had his leg blown off, he’s lost an eye, another couple of children have lost eyes. That little boy has had his leg saved now and we were able to visit him. We visited the school, we saw the children. We bought them all new school uniforms because they’re so poor because their school uniforms had been blown off them, they wouldn’t have been able to go back to school. But folk in Guernsey enabled us to give them school uniforms and books and pencils.’ 

Dr Wilson has brought back some handmade decorative stars, which the fund will sell to raise money for those suffering in Tanzania. She likened the stars to Ms Veron’s Christmas light display, which won the competition:

‘Some of our widows make these stars just out of scraps of material, and we call them stars of hope. And I noticed in Julliet’s display, the first thing you saw when you approached it was the word ‘Believe’, which I think’s really lovely. I think it’s a challenge for everybody. I have to believe that we’re going to get a million pounds this year to support the children.’ 

You can donate to the fund or find out more on the Tumaini Fund website.

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