“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.”
“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) “