IT’S OFFICIAL!! We are Kiwanda Cha Tumaini!!


After months of preparation back home in Texas, and lots of bumpy rides on the back of a piki piki, producing documents, collecting signatures, and getting copies made, we are officially recognized in Kenya as a Community Based Organization (CBO), known as Kiwanda Cha Tumaini, the Swahili translation of The Hope Factory!

Piki-Piki Cropped

Through the kind and energetic efforts of the sweet woman at the County Government Offices, I even got my hands on the actual certificate before leaving Western Kenya last Sunday. It wasn’t supposed to be ready until the following Tuesday after I had returned to the States, but she said if I would be patient, she would go and track down the District Commissioner and get his signature. We waited for about two hours while she was gone (also on a piki piki).

IMG_3630So, here it is!! Our CBO Certificate!

CBO Certificate

This gives us legal coverage to operate where we are in Western Kenya while we await our certificate from the NATIONAL Non-Governmental Organisation Co-ordination Board. That’s right! It is finished!!! Our application as an NGO on the national level was fully accepted, and the certificate will be ready in December!!! God has granted us favor at every turn, and we are giving Him all the glory and honor. This is His work, not ours!

Bwana asifiwe!!! (Praise the Lord)

Mary Catherine


2 comments on “IT’S OFFICIAL!! We are Kiwanda Cha Tumaini!!

  1. jackie shikhule says:

    hooray!!!!!!! am happy for you

  2. Pat Mott says:

    So very wonderful, MC! God bless you and the precious people of Kenya!!!! Pat

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