Come along and browse our Christmas Gift Shop for a variety of presents and cards, from a range of prices starting at £4. Plus stop for tea and cake whilst you shop. It’s the perfect way to start your Christmas shopping!
This summer we held our third annual Family Fun Day in Fairford Leys.
On the 17th June, one of the hottest days of the year, we had a number of stalls, a bouncy castle, BBQ and circus and magic sessions.
The musicians who performed throughout the day were fantastic and gave the day a lively atmosphere.
Thanks to the support of the Fairford Leys community and our supporters, we raised £1000 – a successful day!
Our next Fairford Leys Event will be our Quiz Night on the 27th January 2018.
Thank you to everyone who helped out on the day and for battling the heat!
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 email@example.com
You can find out more about the race here: http://bit.ly/2uLF0Sp
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
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…
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 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.