Karibuni Children Representative in Kenya, Joshua Katungu, is now in post part-time and already proving to be a great asset to the Trust as he visits the projects and builds relationships with staff, children and carers, as well as staff in Government Primary Schools where most of the children attend. We have known him since 1995 – almost from the beginning of Karibuni Children – when he became the first person the Trust supported in a project working with children from the streets. In his role as teacher, pastor and counsellor for the older street boys in Lyfe for Kids, he did a tremendous job: getting the street-wise, unruly, teenagers off their drugs, teaching them to read and write and do basic arithmetic and coaching them through their Vocational Training courses. All the boys left the project with skills enabling them to earn a living, either in small businesses they set up themselves with support from Karibuni Children and Workaid, or working for someone else. A remarkable achievement!
Joshua married Kristine a few years ago, and they now have a delightful family of three young children and Kristine’s orphaned niece. The whole family is totally committed to Karibuni Children and the work supported by it in Kenya.
Kristine is a teacher at the Teacher Training College in Kikuyu close to Nairobi, and Joshua is the headmaster of a private school which he pioneered in the compound of the church he attends and which he is gradually handing over to others to run which will gradually give him more time for Karibuni Children.
John Cotton, our Chairman writes: “We speak to Joshua via the internet at least weekly, sometimes more often. It is already clear that he will make a valuable contribution to Karibuni Children and to the projects we partner. We are thankful and very fortunate to have this perceptive and dedicated young man on board”.