CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya
CIVS Kenya

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development International

Tumaini Fund For Economic Development International

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development (TFEDI) aims to support the local community through church development projects, entrepreneurship education and training, business advocacy and the provision of micro credits to start up small businesses.

The Project

Tumaini Fund for Economic Development is a local NGO based in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya. It is set up in order to fight the widespread poverty, HIV/ AIDS and many social problems in Nairobi's slums.  Tumaini is a Swahili word that means hope and is a non-profit organization with the main goal is to empower the vulnerable women in slums and to help schools that are in need. Tumaini is presently implementing three projects: (i) Microfinancing women in need, (ii) Siaka school for special children, (iii) Glory center in Kiambiu slums.

Microfinaning women in need

We mobilize small business operators and those who would like to start small business into self-help groups of five people and train them on pulling contributions together and borrow from the same to finance their business. This forms a revolving fund account.

Siaka School for Special Children

K.A.G Siaka School for the Blind and deaf is a boarding school located in Bungoma County in the western region of Kenya. Our goal is to support around 20 deaf and blind special children by funding their special education needs and offer them a safe and happy haven.

Glory Center in Kiambiu slums

The main goal in this project is to support the Glory center school located in Kiambiu slums in Nairobi in order to provide free education to around 100 children who hail from the poorest in the informal dwellings. It will also support them with other basic needs which will create a conducive learning environment.

Volunteer Tasks

  • Teaching children at schools
  • Assistance with bookkeeping
  • Helping with creating new partnerships in Kenya and abroad
  • Managing global founding project
  • Managing social network image of Tumaini
  • Updating the organization’s website


The project is located in Buruburu estate in Nairobi, about 10 minutes walk CIVS offices.

Project Availability

This project is available throughout the year

Airport Transfer Upon Arrival and Departure

You will be piuck up from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi upon your arrival by a representative of CIVS Kenya. After welcoming you end suruing that your entuire luggade is there you will be brought to your host family where you will spent the first days during your orientation.

After the project we also will arrange for your airport drop off at JKIA in good time for your departure flight.


All volunteers taking are provided with an upo to 3 day long Orientation at the CIVS office in Nairobi before the project. The orientation is given by our Kenya staff and covers everything you need to know for your volunteer program in Kenya – Introduction to Kenya, Kenyan Customs, Language Training Details, Rules and Expectations, Safety, Travel Opportunities in Kenya, Introduction to your project and placement. The orientation will also give you a chance to meet other volunteers and swap contact details for weekend travel and socializing. Once your orientation is complete, you will be transported to your homestay and introduced to your host family.


You will be provided with three meals per day (breakfast, lunch and dinner), which is served at the homestays or directly at the project. Breakfast generally consists of chai (tea), toast and sometimes mandazzi (deep fried dough) and fruits. A typical lunch can include vegetables with rice, occasional meat and fruit. Dinner usually includes traditional food, such as ugali, chapatti, mboga and irio, sometimes alongside meat and vegetables. Bottled water is readily available in Kenya and volunteers should budget approximately US$5 per week for this (2 liters per day). If you have any special dietary requirements, please let us know when you apply for the program so we can make arrangements for you.


During your project you will be accommodated in a local host family or the project, who have been​ ​approved by our local ​team in Kenya. Volunteers can expect to share a bedroom​ ​​ other volunteers, comprised of single beds and bunk beds with​ ​bedding provided. ​I​t is important to note that​ ​there are often power outages and water shortages​, and ​​volunteers need to be prepared to have the occasional bucket shower or​​ ​some time without power.​ Some rural homestays and projects do not have electricity or running water​. In these locations you​ ​​can expect to find​ ​squat/long-drop toilets​.​

Our local team give your host family a fee for your support, food and board. It is exciting to​ ​stay with a host family, providing you with a​ ​unique opportunity to learn about the​ ​Kenyan way of life, meet local people, try local food, speak the local language and​ ​engage in local customs and traditions​.​​

Weekends and sightseeing

During the weekends, you will have free time to relax and explore Nairobi, wider Kenya and Eastern Africa. Sunday is a religious day of rest in Kenya. If you wish, you can accompany your host family to their local church, as a Kenyan church service is a unique and special experience for many volunteers.

During your project you can also take some time to travel around (e.g. Coast, Uganda or Tanzania), or to embark on a safari (e.g. Masia Mara, Amboseli). Kenya is Africa’s original safari destination and is famed for attracting explorers, adventurers, and travelers for centuries. From the shores of the Indian Ocean with its white sandy beaches and coral reefs to the snow-capped peaks of Mt. Kenya and the wild and vast deserts of the north, Kenya offers travelers a beauty and freedom which is hard to resist.