About Us

Tumaini Afrika Sault Ste. Marie is a locally based group of volunteers who are dedicated to giving a "hand up" to children and youth in Africa. In March 2014, a group of women from across Ontario travelled to Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Africa By Design Safaris. Some women from SSM, who had been in the group, came home clearly moved by what they had experienced and realized that we fortunate ones, needed to do something to help those less fortunate. Several friends and interested others came together to form Tumaini Afrika and we have been raising funds and helping support children and women in Kenya ever since.

Through a variety of fund-raising initiatives, money is raised to support projects and programs that provide students with skills, lessons, and the opportunity for a sustainable life that will last for years. We see education as the key and helping children and schools have been the focus so far.

Current Members of Tumaini Afrika- Diane Hilderley, Judith McLeish, Bruce McLeish, Jan Poulin-Zurawinski, Wendy Upton, Maria Burgess, Sheena Smith, Gabi Doleske, Marg Dodds, Carey Groot, Sheree Wilson, Jeannine Jefferson, Micheline Findlay, Holly Wickett, Cheryl Mireault, Maxine Lalonde, Linda Mizzi, Sherri Johnson, Heather Douglas and Mariella Hales.

How We Raise Money

Major Fundraising Events

YMCA Holiday Bazaar

YMCA Bazaar Poster

We will have a table at this event. Hope to see you there!

A Taste of Kenya Dinner

Our Taste of Kenya dinners, held at the Water Tower Pavillion, have been huge successes! We have had sell-out crowds who thoroughly enjoyed the wonderful Kenyan food prepared by Chef Todd (assisted by Chris), as well as the delectable dessert auction and fabulous musical entertainment by The Vines. Check out our Blog for more information.



Reptiles Pubs at the Water Tower Inn Pavilion

The Reptiles

A local band, The Reptiles, played all night long to sold out crowds and a full dance floor! Spearheaded by Jeannine Jefferson and featuring the Reptiles Band, these were amazing events!



Murder Mystery Fundraisers

On January 27, 2017, we have hosted a Murder Mystery Theatre and SOLD OUT! Under the direction of Jeannine Jefferson and with assistance from other members of Tumaini Afrika and their friends, a murder took place and the crowd helped to solve it. Special thanks to Grand Gardens and their staff for helping to make this event special. Thank you to all who supported!



As Big As An Elephant Garage Sales

To date we have had many large Garage Sales at the St. Andrew's United Church auditorium, and during the Covid pandemic, in member's driveways. All items are donated by generous members of the community and hundreds flock to the sales to buy up the great deals. We've noticed that many buyers quietly slip in a little extra cash knowing the good their donation will do.

Garage Sale Crew

Station Mall Pre-Christmas Sale

Every American Thanksgiving Thursday, Tumaini Afrika sets up two tables at the Station Mall, with wonderful items to sell that have been donated by many community members. Thanks to Kenyan-Canadian, Mary Idehen, who instructed us on how to make her mother's famous Kenyan bread to sell at one of these events.

Mill Market

Selling handmade items at a booth at the Mill Market prior to Christmas, has been another great fund generator! Members of Tumaini Afrika and family, friends and other supporters, have all contributed to items for the table.

Mill Market



The Ole Warehouse

We no longer have a spot at the Warehouse. Thank you for your patronage.



To find out how we use this money, check out our Initiatives page.