Tumaini Children’s Home founder Briton, Joan Smith passed on earlier this week at Premier Hospital in Nyali.
Joan’s friends are now calling upon well-wishers to help raise funds to cover hospital bill expenses and funeral arrangements for the fallen heroin.
Joan worked as a probation officer in Kent, United Kingdom before moving to Kenya where she started Tumaini Home for Hope Childrens’ in 2002 near Mombasa through the joint partnership of the government and the private sector.
Joan opened the home after working as a volunteer and saw a dire need to help children who had been orphaned as a result of HIV/Aids and also those children living with the virus.
Her work has been recognized internationally and has been featured on Jeremy Kyle show when he visited Kenya in 2007.Joan was very dedicated and committed towards helping the needy in the society with the children being at the core of her heart.
Joan fell ill and was expected to be transferred to the Coast General Hospital ICU but her condition got worse before passing on leaving behind an accrued hospital bill of ksh.99,900.
One of her friends remembered Joan as very charming woman who put smiles on people’s faces and as very kind person.
“Joan was an amazing woman who had gone through her fair share of troubles and hardships in life. There was never a dull moment when was around. Her house was a like a drop in center for people from all walks of life. The conversations that have taken place around her table should be put in a book, no one would believe it. I have lost my best friend and the world has lost someone who loved helping other,” said Emma Metcalfe, one of her friends.
Aside from the hospital bill, friend are appealing for well-wishers to contribute approximately Ksh.15,000 for the morgue fees and also more money to foot the coffin, cremation and transport charges.