This year is at Moor Park Golf course on Monday 18 September.
Cost covers Green fees, two course meal and prize giving afterwards. Register at karibuni.org.uk/golfday
This July Gill Nord is taking on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris, all for Karibuni. That’s 181 miles!
The cycle will take 3 days from the 20th – 23rd July and the journey will finish in Paris in time for the final stage of the Tour de France.
Gill is a keen cyclist, but has never covered such a huge distance or cycled for 3 days in a row!
Please donate generously and support Gill as she takes on the adventure! You can find her donation page at www.mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/gilliannord
Good luck Gill!
Robert Murithi Kamwara, was sponsored by Karibuni through the Tharaka Children and Women’s Welfare Programme.
He went on to study for a Bachelor of Commerce Degree at Meru University, which he was awarded three years ago.
Karibuni funded his Bachelor degree, but on cost grounds we have a policy to finance only one such qualification per young person.
However, Robert has now graduated with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) Finance Option!
He financed the degree himself, by taking part time jobs, including lecturing at the University.
What an achievement, congratulations Robert!
Karibuni is helping students who have been supported throughout their school life to become employed and start their own independent careers through a sponsorship scheme.
Many students need further training on completion of their schooling at University, college or in a vocation.
We are looking for sponsors to provide more secure funding to students at this stage.
Typically, sponsors have offered between £20 and £50 a month, to fully or partially sponsor an individual, or an equivalent annual sum.
Karibuni has already supported a number of students through to this point. They range from those starting careers with top international firms to those looking to set up their own businesses.
We are now looking for sponsors for the next academic year, starting in September, when we expect to have 14 students proceeding to further training.
Last year we piloted the scheme at two centres and we are hoping to start extending the scheme to other Karibuni projects if we get enough support.
We are now looking for sponsors for 14 young people who will be moving onto further education courses later this year.
Each case is different. Here’s how Makena, who runs the Tusaidie Watoto project, described one of last year’s sponsored girls:
“Lydia is pursuing a Certificate in Community Health Nursing. She joined Tusaidie Watoto Nursery at the tender age of 5 years. Her mother sells vegetables by the road side to earn a living and that is how she has been able to support her family. While in Primary school, you would see Lydia at the roadside selling vegetables with her mother and yet she would always have books by her side to read if they were not busy. She is a jovial character with a smile always on her face. She is also hard working and has told me several times that she would love to build her mother a house and to change the family’s lifestyle.”
If you would like to know more, please email Robert and Penny Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or call them on 01235 200402
The 23rd July saw us hold our 2nd Family Fun Day!
We had stalls from Fair Trade, The Works Ice Cream, Holy Cow and Charlie’s Pots, and there were fantastic performances from the Ellesborough Silver Band, JBD Fitness and Dance and Magician Roger Dunlop.
Thanks to everyone’s support we raised over £1500!
We’re already looking at next year’s Fun Day, so stay tuned…
A group of 10 intrepid travellers, all volunteers who are paying their own expenses, will be flying out to Kenya on 6th February 2017 to visit the projects, meet and interact with children, staff and carers and do some practical work in two of the projects.
At Njoro we are planning to repair the boarded walls in the classrooms and paint them as well as spend time with the children in the classrooms and the playground, and visit some of the basic homes where the children live. We may, time permitting, do some repairs to the small rental homes we helped to build some years ago.
At Embakasi we will be repairing or replacing the leaking roof, cutting windows in the corrugated iron walls to bring some light into the very dark primary classrooms, install a ceiling and line the corrugated metal walls with soft board which will insulate them and provide boards for children’s work and bright posters. That’s the first week!
The second week we will travel north to Meru, where we will visit the Township Programme in Meru Town and Mwithumwiru School where we support the feeding programme and a unit for children with learning disabilities. At both places we will spend time with the children in the classrooms and visit some homes.
In Meru we will also be able to meet young people who have graduated from the various projects and hear firsthand how their lives have been transformed.
We will also visit the Maua Methodist Hospital North East of Meru where we are minor donors to both the Disability Community Centre and its work with disabled children – truly heart-warming, and the AIDS Orphans Programme which supports the orphans and their carers – elderly grandmothers or older siblings.
We will be carrying lots of donated items, which we are very grateful to receive, including new school uniforms, new or good-as-new, T-shirts, football boots, footballs, tennis balls and many pens, pencils, rulers, etc. – a case full for each project. It is always very exciting and we are all looking forward to being there – most of the group for the first time.
At all these venues we will stay with local families in safe situations where our Kenyan hosts take excellent care of us – and feed us rather too well! It is a great opportunity to gain an insight into the lives of people in Kenya which is denied to most visitors.
We can still take a few more in 2017 – we fly out on 6th February and come home after 2 weeks if you don’t want to go on safari, or on 26th February if you do. You need to book with the group by 5th December when we will try to get you included on the group rate booking. Contact Joy on email@example.com
We usually take a group every two years and it is possible to join the next group going in 2017. If you may be interested, please contact us. There is the opportunity to visit some of the projects we support for yourself and to help in the classrooms or assist people on the spot with physical work such as repairs to classrooms or even new construction. No particular skills are necessary – other than a willingness to roll up your sleeves!
All members pay their own expenses, including air fares, travel in Kenya and accommodation which is provided either in guest houses or with local families. Such trips are very rewarding, providing a unique insight into life in Kenya and the projects we support. Some people decide to go on a safari to one of Kenya’s famous game parks during a third week.
For more information please call or e-mail us.
We have several places available for the run on the 9 July through the streets of the Capital.
The route takes you past iconic landmarks including the Houses of Parliament and Trafalgar Square.
For running for Karibuni you receive a Race Day Karibuni T-Shirt!
You must be 15 or over and are asked to raise £250 in sposorship.
Karibuni Children – A Huge Step for Small Feet
A little boy, barely more than three years old, throws himself at the legs and body of the head teacher, who is talking to the surrounding children sitting cross-legged on the matting. A gentle hand of reassurance comes down to placate the boy, which, although gratefully received, can not take away his urgency for attention.
The other children, some managing to interact with each other and the other two staff members, all look wide-eyed at the ‘mzungu’ sitting in front of them, listening and applauding their attempts at singing together – a heart lifting sound.
The little restless chap doesn’t give up on his attention-seeking – and who could blame him. The head teacher, whose gentle nature and physical contact he craves, tells me later that they found him locked up in a shed.
He had not been abandoned, but for his own safety and parental piece-of-mind, his mother had resorted to shutting her son away on a daily basis in order to go out and find work…any work that would give her enough to keep them alive for a while longer.
How long this had been going on was not known, but the psychological trauma to this boy was apparent for all to see.
I was in a little school in Kibera, one of the world’s worst and biggest slums, sprawling on the edge of Nairobi. Kibera is the unfortunate home of over 60% of Nairobi’s population, on 6% of the city’s land. The 1 million tenants massing in 12’x12′ mud and tin constructions.
I attended this school with Karibuni Children organisers John Cotton, Joy Murphy and David Welsh. Now Kibera is not a place I would have chosen to visit – I have no need to actually visualise the horrors of abject poverty on mass – but as I am now a temporary resident in Kenya and my in-laws were visiting from Wingrave, Buckinhamshire, Ken & Sylvia were keen to support John and his mission.
Although small, the Tusaidie Watoto Nursery School and Kibera Primary School is producing a powerful punch into the lives of over 250 children, who otherwise would face a future of crime, illiteracy and probable prostitution. We spent time amongst children who had little but the uniform they stood up in and food provided by the school.
There were so many smiling faces, eager and willing to absorb details and information from the outside world, the world beyond their litter strewn, mud encased, bare existence. We were able to talk with these delightful children, hiding the horrors of their ‘real’ lives whilst in the protection and comfort of their classrooms.
In the huge scale of things, caring for over 250 poverty stricken children in Nairobi may not seem a worthwhile cause, in a country and continent rife with problems, but these children may well go on to produce a powerful punch of their own.
This is only one of the ventures undertaken by the Karibuni Children, who are now seeing the fruits of this labour of love and compassion in the students attending University: qualified, confident and cared for – hopefully a strong influence in the future of this country and continent.
I wept when I left the confines of the school, so powerful was the impression of hope against the odds for these lovely little human beings.
Tania Francis “done Asia, now exploring Africa”
Each year, our trustees cross continents to visit each of our projects in Kenya to see what progress has been made and to ensure funds are being used effectively.
Trustee and Founder Joy Murphy travelled out to Kenya on the 13th of February and will be joined by Chairman John Cotton and trustee Nigel Roberts on the 28th of February.
Week One: Joy in Mombasa
For the last couple of years, it has been too dangerous to visit the projects around Mombasa, on the coast, because of security fears. But this year she was keen to make the journey to the sites in the area: the Hunajeza and Upendo projects.
At the end of her journey to Mombasa, Joy sent this message back to Britain:
Greetings from the Kenyan Coast!
I have been to Tsunguni and spent a day at the Hunajeza project. They are struggling to keep on with it as all the voluntary grandmothers get old. They can no longer grow vegetables to sell, and there is no water anyway. But they keep on in hope and with faith and have started a nursery. I hope the families can manage the very low fees. After one night there I am now in Kilifi and have been at Upendo all day. They keep on growing – their women have had more education and they are getting younger women to join them. But no water here either, people are really struggling. Every drop has to be bought, delivered and stored, not easy in small homes. Showers are a bowl of cold water and, if you’re lucky, a jug! Tomorrow I’m flying back to Nairobi and hope to have a good shower! All is well and I feel well loved and cared for. All I have met send their greetings and love to you and gratitude for all your support.
God bless you and with love.
After flying back to Nairobi, where she will be visiting more projects, Joy was able to tell us more about her visit to the coast.
I have done my visits to Mombasa and arrived in Nairobi late last night. Lindberg’s driver, George, was there to pick me up and bring me to the Presiding Bishop’s home where there was a bishops meeting in full swing! So I met them, half asleep as I was and bedraggled from the journey from Kilifi.
The visits to the two projects went well, although one, Hunajeza is really struggling. It is a Women’s Fellowship project and they have been going for 35 years, so you can imagine the women are now getting old! Sadly they are not attracting new, younger women to take on the work and now have to pay two cooks to provide around 60 lunches Monday to Friday. Until now the mothers and grandmothers have done all the cooking, etc, as well as digging the shamba (smallholding) to grow vegetables for sale and for lunch, which provided some income. They have now started a nursery, but don’t seem sure that they will get fees to even pay for their food or the teachers’ salaries! Hunajeza means ‘we are trying’ and they are keeping on trying, but are very tired and dispirited. I tried to encourage them, but it seems they no longer ‘own’ the project and really need new leadership and community involvement.
The Upendo (meaning love) project is also a WF community programme, but is in total contrast to Hunajeza. It is well managed and the whole group, of mixed ages, is actively involved, fund raising, meeting, praying, giving hands on assistance with the many children, and being very involved with the lives of the AIDS orphans the programme supports – it would be great if the Hunajeza leaders would visit Upendo for just a few days! Here I did a couple of home visits, first to a very young widow with five children, who are very bright and doing well in school. Their home is falling down, their bathroom is a bundle of twigs and torn plastic and there are no facilities at all. The family is almost at the top of the waiting list for a newly built three roomed house from the project. The next visit was to a mother of five whose new house is completed and built next to her old falling down home. The contrast is stark! The project raises donations to build these simple, strong houses for the most needy of the orphans.
My accommodation was challenging in both places. The first one I knew would be very basic, and it was, although the family did everything they could to make me comfortable. I may be getting too old for latrines, etc, especially when I had to get up in the night to go – no lights, toads in the passageway, no water and across an open area! And a ‘shower’ is a bowl of cold water and a jug! However, it was only one night, although I should have stayed another night to try to work some things out with them.
The home in Kilifi was more comfortable, but still no water (so same shower arrangement and pouring half a bucket of water down the loo to flush) until the last night when we heard water suddenly start to fill the cistern. The family immediately ran hoses from taps to fill giant containers and left them running. When I got up for the loo I should have worn wellies! The tanks in the cloakroom were overflowing! I turned off the tap, but then had to wash and dry my feet before going back to bed, I didn’t stay up to mop up, I’m afraid so had to wade through the flood to have my shower the next morning.
I realised as I was taken to Mombasa airport on Wednesday evening that I hadn’t looked in a mirror since leaving Nairobi on Sunday morning! Not a pretty sight when I got to the airport!
I am now in luxury at the Ntombura’s, not just running water, but hot running water! Plus I have Internet access and a new Kenyan SIM card for my phone! (And a ‘normal’ loo!)
They have made me very welcome and I feel I have come home again.
My love to you all
Mungu awabarike. (God bless you all)
We’ll keep you updated with the latest from Joy and the other trustees during the rest of their trip.
Our first Quiz Night saw over a hundred people come together to have a fantastic evening!
Food was served amidst the brain teasers with Fish and Chips produced by local restaurant the Codfather.
A raffle and round of Heads and Tails allowed everyone to digest their food before returning to the challenge of more quiz rounds.
The scores at the top were close by the end of the night, but one team came out as victors – congratulations to them!
The night raised £900 and we hope we to make it an annual event, so don’t forget to keep your eyes open for details of next year’s quiz!
Many thanks to everyone who came and everyone who helped out, the Codfather, those who served teas and coffees, quiz masters Viv and Steve Kemp, Lyn Bernstone and Gill Marks.
1995 was the year the DVD was introduced to the world, Windows95 was launched and Amazon began its online shopping take over. In the 20 years since then, the mobile phone has become smaller and internet has transformed the way we work. In that time, the Karibuni Children has also grown to become an integral part of many projects supporting children in Kenya.
2015 has seen the Karibuni Children celebrating its 20th anniversary and its impressive achievements over the past two decades. The £2.56 that founder Corinne Murphy deposited in a bank account in 1995, has been transformed into an income for the charity of nearly £200,000 a year with the unwavering support of her parents Bill and Joy Murphy and a dedicated group of volunteers.
Focusing on improving the lives of street children in Kenya, the charity now supports 14 major projects across the country and works with countless numbers of children and their families, through schools, hospitals and community projects. Karibuni has seen many children all the way through nursery and school, with some now completing further education and vocational training and giving back to their communities. It is this that makes the 20th anniversary so apt and important to celebrate.
Karibuni’s 20th birthday has seen celebrations throughout the year, helping the charity to have one of its most active years yet. Anniversary events so far have included a 1920s themed concert at Aylesbury Methodist Church in April, quizzes, and races such as a 10 kilometre run done by volunteers including Rev. Helen Kirk.
One of the highlights of the year was the Karibuni Fun Day held at Stoke Mandeville Community Centre in July. In what is hoped will become an annual event, families around Aylesbury were invited to join in with circus workshops, face painting and entertainment provided by local schools.
Over the summer, Aylesbury was visited by two of Karibuni’s workers on the ground in Kenya. One of whom, Joshua, liases with the projects on behalf of Karibuni and reports back to the trustees on a regular basis. He has been involved with Karibuni for many years and whilst visiting for the anniversary celebrations, he met and talked for volunteers, supporters and friends of the charity. The other visitor was Eric, a former project manager at Meru, now studying for an EU sponsored masters degree course in places across Europe. Both explored the delights of Buckinghamshire, London and other parts of the United Kingdom. Joshua said that to see the passion of Karibuni supporters in the UK was life changing, giving him the energy to go back and help make sure funds were being well used. He was particularly taken by a man he met who makes marmalade and jam to raise funds for the charity. Both took part in the celebratory service in July which saw trustees, volunteers and supporters come together in worship to celebrate their ongoing work and achievements.
It is not just the different events, but the variety of different people that the celebrations are aimed at and successfully engaging this year. As well as the church and beyond, the charity has forged stronger links with local school Aylesbury High, becoming their adopted charity. Some of their pupils have been volunteering in the charity’s office and helping with fundraising.
One of the key missions of the year has been the launching of a scheme to encourage individuals or groups to support young people beyond school, to university, college or vocational training. This illustrates the charity’s evolution over the past 20 years from supporting children into nursery school to enabling them to continue into further education.
The Karibuni trustees are setting themselves challenging targets to work towards. Chairman John Cotton said how they are restless to do more as they know there is so much need. He described the genuine sense of excitement and feeling of generating good will with so many people willing to get involved.
The charity has matured, alongside the children they initially supported through nursery. The gratification of seeing what can be achieved is clear, but so is how long that has taken. I’m sure everyone is looking forward to seeing the current generation of young children being supported through nursery, travel the same journey of the past 20 years when Karibuni’s 40th birthday celebrations take place.