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British 10K 2017 report British 10K 2017 report

British 10K 2017 report

8 Supporters ran the British 10K for Karibuni Children!

On a hot July Sunday a team of 8 people took up a challenge to raise funds for Karibuni.

The British 10K follows a route through the centre of London, including Piccadilly, Trafalgar Square and The Strand.

After the run participants met up with Karibuni Trustees to enjoy a long cold drink and to receive certificates from Karibuni.

If you would be interested in running this event next July (or the North London Half Marathon in March), do let us know by registering your interest via office@karibuni.org.uk

You can find out more about the race here: http://bit.ly/2uLF0Sp

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London to Paris Bike Ride: Challenge Completed! London to Paris Bike Ride: Challenge Completed!

London to Paris Bike Ride: Challenge Completed!

On a grey and damp Thursday in July, I made my way to Crystal Palace Park at 6.30 a.m to meet up with 29 other riders and our tour organisers for the first time, to embark on a 3 day ride from London to Paris.  I didn’t really know what to expect but as we got underway I quickly matched up with another lone rider of about the same fitness.  Despite the early start we had a bit of time pressure on day 1 as we had to get to Newhaven in time for the ferry!  The ride was challenging having to cross the south downs and, despite the sun coming out for the afternoon, we had to fight some fairly significant cross and head winds but we rolled down to the check in with about half an hour or so to spare.  With the 4 hour ferry journey and the change in time arriving in France it was gone midnight before we were tucked up in our beds.

The second day was the shortest ride and with no time constraints we had the luxury of a 10 o’clock start.  It remained sunny all day and the route took us through some really beautiful French countryside.  The wind however kept up and, especially in the afternoon, the terrain was definitely undulating!

The final day was another early start as we had over 70 miles to cover.  The morning was once again a bit grey and dismal, at times we all just put our heads down and pedaled, at others we came together in small groups to chat and cycle together which really helped on some of the harder sections.  We had covered 46 miles by lunch time, over half the day’s distance, as the second section would be significantly slower winding through Paris suburbs and on to the city centre.  The rain petered out and it became pleasantly bright for the rest of our journey.  Negotiating the Paris traffic was “interesting” especially towards the end when we were trying to stay together but finally the Eiffel Tower came into full view.  This was an amazing feeling although it was difficult to take it in and concentrate.  We ended our ride at the furthest end of the Champs de Mars park from the Tower where we were greeted by friends and family that had come for support.

This was certainly a challenging event but it was also an amazing experience.  It was so well organised that we really had nothing to worry about except the riding, all the others taking part were great company and it’s something I would really recommend to anyone that might be considering it.

By Gill Nord

 

 

 

Golf Day September 2017 Golf Day September 2017

Golf Day September 2017

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

Karibuni Family Fun Day! Karibuni Family Fun Day!

Karibuni Family Fun Day!

Our Fun Day is back for the 3rd year!

Come along on Saturday 17th June at Fairford Leys Community Centre for Music, Food and Fun for all the family!

 

If you’d like to be a stallholder at the Fun Day, please email: eileen6d@gmail.com

Pitches are £20, or £25 with a table provided for you.

From London to Paris for Karibuni! From London to Paris for Karibuni!

From London to Paris for Karibuni!

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!

 

Congratulations Robert! Congratulations Robert!

Congratulations Robert!

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!

Calling All Runners! Calling All Runners!

Calling All Runners!

Help us to transform young Kenyan lives by taking part in a half marathon!

We have spaces for runners for next year’s Vitality North London Half Marathon. It’s taking place on Sunday, March 11th 2018.

Contact mcarr49@hotmail.com to register or find out more.

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Quiz Night 2017! Quiz Night 2017!

Quiz Night 2017!

Our Quiz Night in 2016 was such a success, we’re holding another in the new year.

So get together a team of 6 – 8 and get your quiz hats on. Tickets are sure to sell out again so get yours fast!

Once again Fish and Chips are included in the ticket price.

See below for contact details.

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Could you give a student a future? Could you give a student a future?

Could you give a student a future?

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.

Where possible, potential sponsors are matched with students according to preferences and interests, giving aErick and group personal link to encourage the student in their studies.

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.

Find out more detail about the scheme or read more about the stories of students who have already been sponsored, ErickAnn and Eric.

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 sponsorship@karibuni.org.uk or call them on 01235 200402

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Family Fun Day 2016: Thank you! Family Fun Day 2016: Thank you!

Family Fun Day 2016: Thank you!

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…

 

 

How about joining a team of volunteers to visit Kenya and make a difference at one or more of Karibuni’s partner-projects? How about joining a team of volunteers to visit Kenya and make a difference at one or more of Karibuni’s partner-projects?

How about joining a team of volunteers to visit Kenya and make a difference at one or more of Karibuni’s partner-projects?

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 joymurphy@karibuni.org.uk

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.

10K For Karibuni! 10K For Karibuni!

10K For Karibuni!

We’re looking for people to take part in this year’s British 10k London Run to raise money for Karibuni!London 10K 2015

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.

Read more about last year’s runners and how to enter!

 

Karibuni Blog: A Huge Step for Small Feet Karibuni Blog: A Huge Step for Small Feet

Karibuni Blog: A Huge Step for Small Feet

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.Tania in Kibera

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.Tania in Kibera

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”

June 2014

Find out more about Tusaidie Watoto Nursery School and our work in Kibera

Trustees’ Visit 2016 Trustees’ Visit 2016

Trustees’ Visit 2016

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.
Joy

Hunajeza Nursery

Hunajeza Nursery

Hunajeza Nursery

Hunajeza Nursery

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)

Joy 

We’ll keep you updated with the latest from Joy and the other trustees during the rest of their trip.

Quiz Night Success Quiz Night Success

Quiz Night Success

Our first Quiz Night saw over a hundred people come together to have a fantastic evening!

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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.

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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.

 

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