To the ends of the earth…and back!


August, already?!

Days have continued to be busy and very productive at Tumaini Junior School as the school remains a leader in academics and athletics!

Teachers and students have been poring over examinations with neighboring schools in preparation for upcoming national exams—Standard VII in September and Standard IV in November. Both classes must sit for and pass the examinations in order to advance to the next grade level. In fact, Karatu-wide Standard VII students sat for a mock exam in May. Tumaini students earned the highest marks in the district earning Tumaini the top spot out of 96 Karatu primary schools! Further, 30 Tumaini students earned A’s and 24 earned B’s; nothing lower!

Additionally, a handful of Tumaini athletes traveled to Arusha and some onto Dar es Salaam to represent Tumaini in sports competitions. Some of these skilled athletes are our very own Journeys of Solutions-supported students!

Here are some additional recent highlights from the school year so far:

Library books arrived, thanks to the efforts of a Tauck visitor and PepsiCo! Anne Wells and UNITE were also instrumental in filling the library shelves!

Books arrive!


Tauck travels to Tanzania to cut the ribbon of Tumaini’s new library! Tauck generously donated to TEC to name Tumaini’s library!


The new beautiful library! Special thanks to Sara Shifrin (Gould Academy) for design assistance!



Tumaini Celebrated its 10 year anniversary and welcomed back its three alumni classes (2011, 2012 & 2013) to join the fun, marking the first few steps in creating a fabulous alumni network for Tumaini grads!

Celebration time!




Standard VII Class




Class of 2012


Class of 2013


Class of 2014


Standard VII students visited the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the shifting sands

Road trip! Standard VII Students en route to seeing the rim on Ngorongoro Crater, Oldupai Gorge, and the shifting sands


Reading about the Crater


Looking over the rim!


Shifting sands



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5 responses

  1. Susan Rickert

    Dear Elizabeth,

    Are you back from your inspirational trek in Spain? Where are you now? Did you go back to Tumaini for its 10th anniversary? What’s next for you?

    Thanks for the wonderful pictures of the 10th anniversary at Tumaini.


    Sue Rickert

    12/08/2014 at 10:44

    • adventuresofadelicateflower

      Mama Sue, thank you for reading and for your wonderful support of education! I am back in NYC and owe you a much more substantial reply–let’s chat soon! Xoxo

      23/08/2014 at 10:57

  2. nancy beals

    How wonderful!  Ten years!  I remember when it was one building.  Congratulations to Bayo and Lightness on their success.  No one deserves it more.


    12/08/2014 at 11:08

    • adventuresofadelicateflower

      Thank you Nancy for your kind words! Bayo and Lightess are such visionaries!

      23/08/2014 at 10:53

  3. Susan Rickert

    Dear Elizabeth,

    What a terrific update! Wonderful pictures! Congratulations on Tumaini’s on-going success.

    Sue Rickert

    12/08/2014 at 12:01

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