January 2014 – Lily’s visit to TCP

Everyone having fun with the new skipping ropes! Lily and some of the kids Managing the vegetable garden


“Turi Children’s Project is such a happy place where local children visit after a day at school and receive some much needed tender loving care.

I had the chance to spend three days at the project, where I met the incredible staff who make TCP happen each day plus all the wonderful children who have come to know TCP as their second home.

Providing a hearty meal, help with school work, and lots of games; TCP not only helps to meet the immediate needs of these children, but also aims to provide them with a real hope for the future by teaching them that they each have a God-given purpose in life.

It was such a joy to play catch with the children, take pictures of them and see how much they enjoyed posing for the camera and just chat with the older girls about our lives and their dreams for the future. I was so impressed with their English, which completely put my little Swahili to shame.

What struck me most about the project was the dedication and care for these children from Michael, Sarah, Francis and the rest of the team. Not only do they play games with the children and provide a meal, but they take a holistic approach to running the entire project, from planting and growing vegetables to generate a sustainable food source to providing counselling and meeting with each child’s family to ensure the right care is being provided.

During my time spent at TCP, I have met children who have made me laugh so much with their boundless questions and quirky quips but also a team of staff who demonstrate God’s love in the work that they do every day and I am very much looking forward to seeing how the project continues to go from strength to strength in the future. I would encourage anyone who is local and yet to visit TCP, to pop by and see this happy, flourishing environment in action. You will be made to feel so welcome and greeted with a high five and a cheerful ‘Amina!’.”