Mercy talks about the project and the difference it is making to the lives of children from the slums.
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For any one child currently, from age 3 at nursery, to the end of tertiary education around 19 years later, the costs mount up.
Karibuni Trust came into being via a Declaration of Trust executed on 30th January 1995. Its name was changed to Karibuni Children in 2016.
Bill Murphy was its first Chairman, a post he held for fourteen years until 2009.
Under his leadership the charity grew from the smallest of beginnings to become an organisation with an annual budget topping £250,000. Karibuni’s enviable reputation for striving to ensure that its funds are put to best use stems in large part from Bill’s example.
Bill had so many relevant qualities: he was a man of integrity, unswerving in his determination to ensure that the voice of the poorest of the poor children was heard. He possessed great humanity and he really cared for others. He had an ability to relate to all sorts of people, being equally at ease when dancing with children in the Kibera slum or chairing a Trustee meeting He remained heavily involved right up to a few days before he died in 2012.
Joy Murphy, another original trustee, continues to play an active role in the management of the charity, giving talks, running stalls and visiting Kenya every year.
Karibuni has been so fortunate to have been led by Joy, Bill and other dedicated trustees over the last twenty five years. They have brought differing skills and experiences and have been united in a common commitment to the charity’s work.
None of this would have happened without one person’s singular vision and determination. That person is Corinne and it was most fitting that, in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours list, she was awarded the British Empire Medal. Last year, having served Karibuni Children for 24 years, Corinne stood down as a Trustee and was appointed Karibuni’s Founder.
May I conclude by thanking our many supporters who have shared our mission, contributing so generously over the years. The hundreds of young Kenyans who have benefitted from the food, education and guidance which your money has bought are living testimony to your generosity and to the vision of those who signed that original Trust Deed twenty five years ago.
Chairman of Trustees
At Njoro we met Zilpha who was originally sponsored by Karibuni to join the Nursery there. She went on to Primary and Secondary school , followed by College where she gained an Accountancy qualification. She now works in the Accounts department at the local Egerton University. She had taken time out of work to come to thank Karibuni for, as she put it, helping to make her what she is today.
When visiting Tharaka we invariably receive gifts made by the mothers of sponsored children. Often these are straw hats or shopping baskets. We are humbled to receive such gifts on behalf of Karibuni and it’s supporters.
The Project Office at Tharaka, constructed entirely with funds raised locally. The land on which it is built was donated by the local Primary school and George, who was sponsored by Karibuni to do a Masonry course at the local Polytechnic, helped with the construction. There are now plans to build a Community Resource Centre. Karibuni is helping to raise funds to pay for it.
When visiting the families of sponsored children we normally follow Kenyan tradition and take a gift, usually a bag of groceries.
This young lady was sponsored by Karibuni at Limuru Academy north of Nairobi. She came from a very challenging home background and the school found out she was at risk. She was fostered by the school head teacher and has just passed her end of Secondary school exams with a B+ which will qualify her for a good degree course. She wants to read Law. She brought us an iced cake to say thank you for the support she had received. She is pictured with her foster mother, Jane.