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A memorable summer with Karibuni

A memorable summer with Karibuni

Joshua writes

“My visit to the UK last July during Karibuni’s 20th Anniversary is unforgettable in many ways. As a young boy growing up in rural Africa I fancied visiting the UK, because I heard or read about young Africans studying or working there and succeeding!

The opportunity to visit some of my Karibuni friends is another reason the visit is memorable. I received numerous invitations to stay with different families and ended up living with 6 different families who not only went out of their way to make me feel very welcome but also met
my personal needs in very many practical ways. I also had the opportunity to speak at various meetings and events.

There is so much that I can say about the UK and the people. To say I was surprised by how green as opposed to concrete and sky scrapers the countryside is, would be an understatement. The transport system especially the trains, transporting millions of people daily with terrific efficiency and ease was phenomenal. British architecture dating back a couple of centuries ago in the city of London was amazing. Visits to historic sites like Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Downing Street and to actually take part in the 10K Vitality Charity Run around London was exciting and fulfilling.

It is the warmth of all the people I met that blew me away. The students and staff at Aylesbury High School were wonderful. Their discipline and the espirit de corps there is contagious.

Finally, I was blown away by the dedication with which the small team of volunteers at the Karibuni office carries out its work. Whether doing routine and mundane stuff or organizing big events, those guys exude unmatched energy, optimism and a spirit of excellence.

Visiting Bill’s burial site was meaningful in a deeply personal way.”

Eric writes

“When I decided to go to England and spend my summer of 2015 doing volunteer work with Karibuni Children I had no idea how it would turn out. It turned out to be an exciting, inspiring, and well spent summer in which I was able to make a contribution in a small way to the charity that I hold so high in my heart, having worked at MCK Meru Children’s Home and Meru Township Programme where the operations entirely depend on Karibuni.

To begin with, I attended the 20th anniversary celebration held at Aylesbury Methodist Church. It was inspiring to see many long term Karibuni supporters come together and testify to the growth that Karibuni Children has made over time.
It was a highlight to get the opportunity to be in the team that participated in the London 10 K run in support of Karibuni projects. I appreciated the entire team that ran, led by Rev Helen Kirk. The cheer group so encouraged me that I was able to run on a bandaged knee!

This was soon followed by preparations for the Karibuni Fun Day and the actual event which was a huge success and has become an annual event.
I can’t forget to mention the busy Christmas card workshop which was such a huge task but made easy by the teamwork, unity and sacrifice of the volunteers.
It is said that, “work with no play makes Jack a dull boy” so besides all the work I had lots of fun. I visited many places, interacted and made friends with all the hospitable families that hosted me. It was also a big learning opportunity for me. A big thank you to Karibuni Children for making my summer count.

May the star of Karibuni continue to shine brighter. Asante. (Thank you) “

2 Comments

Thomas Nyamwaro
posted on December 11, 2015 Reply

I have read the article.
Let me say a big thank you Karibuni Trust for the work you are doing in ensuring that children from less fortunate families get education. As a person who cherish education as the foundation of solving the many problems ailing our communities, I fully support your programmes and may your effort continue bearing fruits and shinning to such families.

My worry is for those those children and families who “Totally Refuse” to take up Vocational Training Courses. By the way, this would be the basis of moving up the academic ladder. They should know that such opportunities are rare and hard to find. Given to other needy children will enable them achieve something meaningful in life.
Money is hard to come. I changed my admission letter at a small fee to well to do parents who had offered to give me a small a mount of money because my parents would not afford school fees for form 1. but because of determination, I was given the money, paid fees for one term. guess what, I can say I am successful in whatever I do.

I would not therefore look back and see such children leaving an opportunity and for them fading away. Gooooooh…for it children.

Nyamwaro is a Sociologist specialized in Community Development Specialist

Jamie Currey
posted on December 16, 2015 Reply

Thank you for your comments. It is frustrating when eligible children do not take up opportunities to attend Vocational Training Courses. Often that seems to happen because their parents are not keen on such courses, whereas in fact they provide an opportunity to develop a worthwhile skill with a recognised qualification. We can point to young people who have undertaken vocational training and now have a good job or are running their own business. Kind Regards, John Cotton

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