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Letter from the Chairman, John Cotton

Dear Friends,

John Cotton2013 has been a year of positive developments for Karibuni Children.

It started with news of a most generous legacy from a long-standing supporter, Reg Whiley. It ends with the Trustees having agreed the most ambitious budget in our history, as we provide increased financial support for children studying at Secondary Schools and most significantly, increase the number of children to be sponsored each year at three key projects: Kibera, Tharaka and Njoro. As you will see elsewhere in this newsletter, you, our supporters, have been busy. More of you have signed-up for regular contributions to Karibuni, which are our life-blood. The number and variety of fund-raising events have multiplied, with more people than ever walking, running, climbing and dieting for Karibuni.

Our links with UK schools have expanded, including a new exciting partnership with Aylesbury High School.
We are delighted that 16 people have signed up to join a work party which will be visiting Kenya in February 2014. This will provide a practical and psychological boost to the projects concerned, and doubtless will be a great experience for members of the team. Several Trustees will also be involved in the important annual round of visits to all major projects, when we review progress and finances in depth. Joshua Katungu, our Kenya Representative, accompanies us on these visits, providing valuable advice and insights.

We welcome two new Trustees, Michael Carr and Peter Wells. We also remember with warmth and gratitude our friend Bill Murphy, whose drive and vision as Karibuni’s first Chairman continues to inspire us.
Finally, thank you all for what you do to keep the funds coming in, and for the encouragement you give us. We have a true sense of partnership with you as together we seek to do more to help some of the most needy children in the world.

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