"Toto" is swahili for "child". The idea for the charity came about when Simon Mwafando, a friend of the Knowles family, died of HIV leaving four children - Agnes, Tom, Daniel and Emmanuel. Their mother had abandoned the family some time ago so the children were effectively orphans.
With no father to pay for school fees and no mother to care for them, the children had been withdrawn from school and were living in the bush. The Toto Trust was set up to sponsor them for the duration of their education
- school fees, uniform, clothes, school books, transport, accommodation etc.
Since then the Trust has started sponsoring two more children whose father, a friend of the Francombe family, died suddenly.
The Trust also funds the construction & upkeep of five schools in a remote part of Northern Kenya, an area which government funding does not cover. Construction is only the beginning - once the school is up and running the Trust, along with the local community, funds the cost of school materials, teachers' salaries & maintenance of the buildings. The Trust aims to build one new school or an additional classroom at an existing school each year.
Today there are 691 children in education.
Run by volunteers the Trust can guarantee that 100% of any money donated goes directly to the schools and children.
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