Corrine Murphy Founder
In 1990 I saw two young children lying, almost curled up at the bottom of a lamppost on the streets of Nairobi.
They were dressed in very little. The clothes they did have on were torn, fraying and filthy.
They didn’t move.
They were starving.
It was rush hour and noisy but, standing not far from the children, I could hear them.
Their crying was weak.
They looked so fragile.
They had no energy.
I clutched my Mum’s hand.
I desperately wanted to gently pick them up and take them away.
“No” we were told. They ‘belong’ to someone. They are ‘owned’.
Tears came to my eyes.
I wanted to reach out… but was told I couldn’t.
I wanted to love… but felt my love was forbidden.
I had to walk away.
I had to leave them.
Three years later I was involved in a car accident. My injuries were severe. I was paralysed and had a major operation on my throat. The treatment I was given saved my life.
Six months later the memory of those two young children came back to me.
Where are they now?
Still on the streets? Sniffing glue? Still crying weakly, praying for a little food to be given to them that evening? At least enough to enable them to cry the following day.
God forgive me.
Where are they now?
God be with them… wherever they are.
Those children became a vision.
A vision that became the Karibuni Children.
A vision to stop that happening to any other child.
John Cotton Chairman of Trustees
I first came across Karibuni’s work through my local Methodist church. Subsequently my wife, Sheila, and I got to know Bill, Joy and Corinne Murphy, who happen to live nearby.
Soon after my retirement from full-time employment in 2005 I helped to run a strategy workshop for the charity’s Trustees and subsequently joined a work party trip to Kenya in 2007. Later that year I became a Trustee and in September 2009 I took over from Bill Murphy as Chairman.
Most of my working life was spent with Barclays Bank where I undertook a mixture of roles ranging from Regional Director for West London, Group Human Resources Director and Group Property Director. I am married with three grown-up children and three grandchildren. Apart from enjoying the role of Grandpa, my hobbies include gardening and walking. In 2009 with another Trustee, David Welsh, I completed the 500 mile pilgrim trail across the northern Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
Bill and Joy Murphy
Head of Projects & Head of Communications
Bill was born and brought up in Liverpool where he spent 10 years working with the Cunard Steam Ship Company and 2 years in the RAF before entering the Methodist Ministry in 1958 and retiring in 1996.
Joy was born in Hessle, Yorkshire and brought up in Blackpool. She trained as a Paediatric and General Nurse in Manchester, spent a year in Sydney, Australia, before returning to the UK to marry Bill in 1963. Joy retired from the NHS in 1999.
We have four children, 9 grandchildren and one step-great grandson all of whom we are very proud of and take great delight in.
During our shared ministry we travelled in Basingstoke, South Lambeth, Dorking, Northwood and Amersham, before retiring to Aylesbury. In 1990 we took part in a ministerial exchange for 7 months with a Kenyan Methodist Minister to Nairobi, Kenya, and with our daughter, Corinne had many life-changing experiences.
When Corinne founded the Karibuni Children in 1995 we both became Trustees and Bill the chairman until 2009. As Trustees we have continued to travel around the country raising awareness about the needs of vulnerable, poor children and money to support the projects caring for them in Kenya.
With others we visit Kenya each year to meet and share with the people involved there, plan future support and funding – and are inspired and encouraged by them to keep on telling the story and raising funds.
My first meaningful participation in charity work was as a member of Round Table but that was very localized. I became aware of the Karibuni Children through the Chairman, John Cotton, a friend of over thirty years. In 2009 I raised some money for Karibuni by trekking across Spain and that led to my joining a visit to Kenya to see the projects. That visit convinced me that this is a charity to which I should contribute more time and effort.
Working life finished in 2003 and was all spent in banking in a variety of businesses within the UK. Whilst over sixty, I still enjoy squash and hill walking although the theatre is increasingly becoming a more comfortable hobby.
Pat Wignall – Head of Finance
I met Bill, Joy and Corinne in 1998, through the Methodist Church in Aylesbury. Bill invited me to join the Trustees as treasurer for the Trust. I have dealt with the finances since then and watched the income grow through the work of the Murphy family.
I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, involved in training and consultancy rather than the preparation of accounts or tax matters. I work for myself in a business with my husband.
I have a teenage daughter who is a keen musician, so we spend a lot of time at concerts, listening to her play in various bands and orchestras. This is no chore for her parents as we both enjoy music, and as she has developed her talents, the concerts have got even better! I enjoy singing and take part in concerts with the choirs I am a member of.
As a family we also enjoy walking, theatre and a recent addition to the family, a Golden Retriever puppy.
Michael Carr – Head of Fundraising
I first came across Karibuni’s work through a visit by Bill and Joy to Oakley Methodist church for a mission’s weekend. For many years I was active in running an MAYC youth club so hearing that Karibuni arose from an experience Corinne had at a London MAYC event spurred me into taking a closer look at the work of the Karibuni Children. Subsequently we have enjoyed the company of Bill and Joy at a number of fund raising events at Oakley Methodist Church, I now have the wider role of seeking long term secure funding for the vital work of the Karibuni Children.
Most of my working life has been spent in Central Government and in particular the Foreign Office. My work at the Foreign Office necessitated a number of visits to Kenya and other African countries so I gained first had experience of some of the difficulties facing children in impoverished parts of Africa. I am now working part-time as a director of Malcolm Reading Consultants in central London.
I have been married for many years and have 2 grown up sons. I am a Methodist Local Preacher, and local church property steward. To relax I just disappear into my garden which gives me a great deal of joy.
I have been involved in Karibuni since it began, after Corinne’s epic bike ride to raise funds to start the charity.
My church minister was Rev Bill Murphy who knew of my work as a volunteer with the Charity Workaid since it began in 1986. As Chairman of Karibuni he invited me to become a trustee. I had been to Kenya several times for Workaid and had experience of the country and the Kenyan people particularly the poor and disadvantaged. Karibuni was tackling the problems of children living on the streets or in desperate circumstances in the slums.
I have always had a concern for the the poor in our world, I’m a commited Christian and feel we should do all we can to make the world a fairer place for everyone. I am also a member of the World Development Movement, which campaigns for the worlds poor, I have joined many of their campaigns.
I was widowed in 1993, I have a lovely partner Keith, who is very supportive and is also involved with Karibuni. I have 2 married daughters who have great husbands, I have 4 wonderful grandchildren who are a great joy to me.