The Mama Tina Resource Centre is a 501 c(3) charity organization based in Kisumu, Kenya. We provide children at the Mama Tina Children’s Home with a loving, stable family environment. We support them with their physical, educational, and spiritual needs, which gives them the opportunity to grow into fully-enriched and productive members of society. We do this with the hope that they will eventually be able to re-invest in the lives of others around them and continue to make a positive difference in the Kisumu community.
We also offer outreach services to children and families that live in the close vicinity of our home base. We help provide school supplies, clothing, food, and other things that may be necessary to help them if they are unable to help themselves. Our goal through community outreach is to form long-lasting positive relationships that encourage networking together for opportunities, the sharing of natural resources, and food/energy sustainability.
The Executive Director for the Mama Tina Resource Centre is David Ayoma. David grew up in Kenya, and the Children’s Home belonged to his parents. His mother, ‘Mama Tina’ was known throughout the community for her kind and caring heart towards children. She was especially fond of those children who really needed someone in their life to support, encourage, and value them. She was ‘called’ to take care of children who lost their parents or were victims of severe poverty. She opened the door of the family Ayoma home and along with David’s father, agreed to provide them with what they needed to be successful in life.
Through the years many children have come and gone through the doors of the Ayoma family home. They each came with their own story, unique set of circumstances, and with a need to belong to something in this world. They left knowing that a lack of a biological connection wouldn’t keep them from having a permanent bond with their new ‘family’. Many have come back to help with the new children living there.
David’s parents passed away more than a decade ago, but his siblings and other concerned members in the Kisumu Community have kept the doors open for any children that need it. His family home was renamed the ‘Mama Tina Children’s Home’ in honor of his mother. There are currently about 15 children who live at the home full time, and at least that many more who come home between school terms.
There are millions of children living in severe poverty and depression in Kenya. Many of those children do not have the opportunities to get an education, learn a trade, or learn to network with others to overcome their circumstances.
The Mama Tina Resource Centre wants to see EVERY CHILD GET AN EDUCATION. We provide resources, supplies, transportation, and tutoring to the kids living in the Mama Tina Children’s Home.
All the children start school in the 1st grade, receive support through high school graduation, and even into college if that is the direction they choose to go. Just last year we had a handful of college graduates!
We also try to give other children in the Kisumu Community educational opportunities by helping to pay for tuition and supplies.
In January of 2013 we will be opening a nursery school / kindergarten for young children at our Children’s Home, as well as in the community. We will be partitioning off a section inside of the local community church to house 2 classrooms for young children. Right now many children are not afforded the opportunity to adequately prepare for primary school, and because of that they are held back academically & socially. In Kenya, the children that prove themselves worthy are able to attend better schools than those that are just average or behind. We want all of our children to have an equal opportunity for the best start possible into school. We want to see all 4-6 year old’s knowing the basics of reading, writing, and math. We want to see them develop socially and get used to the healthy structure that this nursery school / kindergarten would provide them. We are employing 2 full-time teachers from in the community, and they’ve agreed to be on a reduced salary for 1 year while we get this project underway. We’d love to be able to pay them a good wage, as well as provide all of the children exactly what they need to succeed in school.